We have about a week before we find out if Hamish is a boy or a girl. It’s time for a poll! We want to know what you think. So, in case you need a little help to make your decision, here are some old wives’ tales to guide you along:

It’s a boy if:

  • You didn’t experience morning sickness in early pregnancy. – I did this time, but just got a little queasy with Madeline. Go figure.
  • Your baby’s heart rate is less than 140 beats per minute. – Nope. 150.
  • You are carrying the extra weight out front. –  That’s where the baby is. Isn’t that where I should have extra weight?
  • Your belly looks like a basketball. – Too soon to tell.
  • You are carrying low. – I think this one’s a little higher, actually.
  • You are craving salty or sour foods. – YES!! I want to drink pickle juice and eat salt & vinegar chips all day. Mmmm. Tasty.
  • You are craving protein — meats and cheese. – Yuck. Still not a meat eater and I can only tolerate cheese in moderation.
  • Your feet are colder than they were before pregnancy.  – We live in Alabama. It’s 350 degrees outside, 8 months a year. So, no.
  • The hair on your legs has grown faster during pregnancy. – Nah.
  • Your hands are very dry. – Nope. Still baby soft.
  • Your pillow faces north when you sleep.  – I’m supposed to take a compass to bed??
  • Dad-to-be is gaining weight right along with you. – He’s lost a little poundage, to be honest.
  • Pregnancy has you looking better than ever. – Ugh. No.
  • Your nose is spreading. – Big nose anyway.
  • You hang your wedding ring over your belly and it moves back and forth or side to side.  – Yes. But, it did that with Madeline, too.
  • You are having headaches. – Some, but not as many as the first time.
  • You add your age at the time of conception and the number for the month you conceived and the sum is an even number. – This one is tricky because it’s based on the Chinese lunar calendar and I conceived in January.


It’s a girl if:

  • You had morning sickness early in pregnancy – Yep.
  • Your baby’s heart rate is at least 140 beats per minute. – 150.
  • You are carrying the weight in your hips and rear. – If my butt gets any bigger, I can just stand by the couch and Dan can use it as an end table. Let’s hope this one never happens!
  • Your hair develops red highlights. – Well, since I haven’t seen my natural hair color in 20 years, this one is impossible to verify.
  • You are carrying high.  – See above.
  • Your belly looks like a watermelon.
  • You are craving sweets. – No more than usual.
  • You are craving fruit. – Not really.
  • You crave orange juice. – Yes, but only when I’m already thirsty.
  • You don’t look quite as good as normal during pregnancy. – I really, really don’t.
  • You are moodier during pregnancy. – Poor, poor Dan.
  • Your face breaks out more than usual. – Like the spotted elephant from the Island of Misfit Toys.
  • You refuse to eat the heel of a loaf of bread. – Bread is bread.
  • Your pillow faces south when you sleep. – Again, I don’t think I own a compass.
  • You hang your wedding ring over your belly and it moves in circles – See above.
  • You add your age at the time of conception and the number for the month you conceived and the sum is an odd number. – See above.

All right, here we go. What’s your prediction for the new kid?