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Pregnancy Diary – 18 Weeks

I know I promised last week a big gender reveal this week, but unfortunately when we got to our appointment, my doctor made the decision that she didn’t think it wise for HER to do my anatomy scan. Instead, she has referred me to a high risk specialist, and I will (hopefully!) be getting to find out NEXT week sometime.

I’ll admit I was bitterly disappointed with the visit. Being put into that high risk category AGAIN is highly frustrating. Not getting to see our baby was frustrating. Having the doctor look over my log book for blood sugar and deciding they are too high is frustrating. But that’s how it goes, I guess.

The good news is that she used the doppler, and we got to hear the baby’s heartbeat for the first time. It was rocking steady at 161 bpm. I am pleased, as at least it gave me a small bit of comfort at an otherwise disappointing visit. And hey – I only had/have to wait an additional eight days to see the baby, which isn’t bad. Especially considering I’ll still be under 19 weeks when they do it, which means it’s still earlier than the 20 weeks I was expecting.

So let’s play a game, shall we? In an effort to make myself feel better about it all, I have been looking up all the old wives’ tales surrounding gender, as well as doing various online gender predictors. So I figured we could have a guess as to what it’s going to be. I’ve already said that Mark is more than 100% convinced it’s a girl. So let’s see what the internet thinks!

#1 Gender Based on Baby’s Heartbeat

The theory states that if your baby’s heart rate was 140 beats per minute and above, you would be having a girl. If the heart rate was under 140 beats per minute, then you would be having a boy.

RESULT: GIRL! 161 bpm would mean it’s a girl based on this predictor.

#2 Gender Based on Morning Sickness

The theory is simply based on the fact that I had no morning sickness with Dexter, and all of my mother friends say they only had it with girls.

RESULT: GIRL! I had some terrible morning sickness during this pregnancy – a complete turn around from the first time when I had a boy.

#3 Gender Based on Shettles Method

The theory is very convoluted but is basically based on the WAY the baby is conceived. For a girl, it must be missionary position, shallow penetration and no orgasm. For a boy, it will be the exact opposite.  Studies are saying that this is actually a VERY accurate way of predicting gender with over 3/4 success rate.

RESULT: BOY! I’ll leave it at that. 😉

#4 Gender Based on the Chinese Gender Predictor Chart

The theory here is straightforward. Find your Chinese Age and the Lunar Month and the point where they cross on the chart will reveal the gender of your baby.

RESULT: GIRL! Though I’ll be honest and say that according to this theory, Dexter was to be a girl, as well…

#5 Gender Based on The Old Wives Tales Gender Predictor

The theory here is to take a 15 question quiz which is totally based on 15 old wives tales. At the end, it predicts your percentage chance of girl vs boy.

RESULT: GIRL! Strangely after the first five questions, I was 60% boy. The same after the second five questions. But the final five must have swung the boat heavily, as I wound up with 60% chance of a girl!

So there you have it. Fun ways to predict the baby’s gender. So will we be welcoming a little girl into the world in a few months? Or are we to be blessed with another little boy? I’ll hopefully be able to answer that next week!

Anyway, here’s this week’s highly anticipated (HA!) bump photo. Enjoy!

18 weeks pregnant

For comparison purposes, here is my 18 week photo from the first pregnancy:

18 weeks pregnant

I’m not going to bother going through the physical and emotional effects this week, as really they are the same as they have been the last two weeks. I’m MOODY and TEARY and basically just PREGNANT.

Though I will add one physical symptom that has been ongoing but has kicked into high gear this week – My BOOBS are REALLY sore! And REALLY huge!

I wonder if that means it’s a girl, too!?

So thoughts on a post card – is it a girl or boy? Help me feel better and have a guess!

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