At baby number four, we have yet to find out the gender before birth. Ultrasounds put a too-solid “date” on the calendar, and I like my freedom to go to or past 42 weeks. Plus, every time I tell someone I haven’t found out the gender in this pregnancy, I get a story about so-and-so who thought it was a _____ the whole time but the ultrasound turned out to be wrong. And on top of it all, there is absolutely nothing like that moment in birth when this strange new person is pulled up to your chest, a towel or blanket thrown over them, and you get to find out and announce to the room the first fact you know about them.
Whatever reason you choose not to have an ultrasound, sometimes it’s fun to have some predictions anyway. I have no intuition about gender, but my family tends to. With this one, the boys think it’s a boy and my daughter and her cousin both think it’s a girl. It’s turning into quite a competition, actually.
Organic Gender and Gender Prediction
So when Organic Gender wanted us to try their system, we thought it’d be fun to throw their prediction in the hat. The idea is based on an ancient method where the mother’s urine on planted seeds would tell the gender. I am all about passing along tradition, so this is really interesting to me. Organic Gender sends you 2 little flower pots, one Girl and one Boy, with dirt discs and two packets of seeds. And then…a pee-cup. Yup. Pee in the cup (hey, why not- you do it at every prenatal!) and follow the instructions to keep it watered. The strongest one wins!
To make sure that the kids didn’t get too hung up on the results, we talked about old wives’ tales, predictions, and tried a few other prediction methods, too. By the way, my kids were super disappointed that there weren’t any “old wives’ TAILS” in the box. Woops!
Old Wives Tales (Tails?)
A few of the ones we tried and their results:
-Ring Test: Hold a ring over your belly. Circle swings mean girl, line means boy. Answer: Girl. This one has been accurate thus far, so…
-Chinese Calendar: Your age and month of conception tells you the gender. Answer: Inconclusive. Using the Lunar calendar gives me one answer, using our calendar gives me another. Not accurate with my other kids, either.
-Belly: Carrying “out” is boy, carrying “wide” is girl. Answer: Boy. I always carry out, though, so it’s been right for 2/3 so far. Ha!
-Mayan Age Prediction: If your age at conception and the year of conception are both even or odd, girl. Mismatched? Boy. Answer: Girl. This one held true for my others, so…
-Cravings: Sweets means girl, salty/protein means boy. Answer: TRIPLETS! (Seriously, give me all the food.)
And for the Organic Gender answer…
They say they are 70% accurate, so for me it’s between the ever-accurate ring test and the Organic Gender sprouts. Which will prevail? We’ll know in the next month or so!
Though, my spunky girl and her cousin have taken matters into their own hands. After about a week and very clear results, they took the Girl pot outside to add more soil to it to make it grow better. We’ll see if that helped them out at all.
Disclaimer: Organic Gender sent me the flower pot kit for review, but all opinions, prediction methods, crazy battling kids, and baby fat is mine.