Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Holy Grail of Gender Selection?

First of all, let me just address the fact that I have been absent from blogging for a couple of weeks. No good excuse, really. Mostly just lack of creativity and wanting to hibernate in this horrible nasty weather. I turned the big 3-1 on Monday and haven't left the house since! My boss let me stay home Tuesday (usually a day I work, but that was the day we were SUPPOSED to get all of the snow) and I take Wed. & Thurs. off, so I don't plan to leave until I go in tomorrow! I am currently able to *enjoy* the snow from my window and watch the dogs frolic like bunny rabbits through the drifts.

Anyway, now to the point of my post. So, Steve and I, like many couples who are having children, have always wanted a boy and a girl. Not necessarily in that order, but we've always talked about having one of each. Ideally, the order would be older brother and younger sister (because I grew up with younger brothers... and well, yeah. Not that I don't like my brothers, mind you... but I always saw the older brothers of my friends to be caring and watchful of their younger sisters, while it seemed that my friends, myself included, with the younger brothers tended to get teased and taunted).

So, we have our boy "YAY!". Now, I desperately want a girl. I know there is no definite way to pick the gender unless we do some crazy genetic DNA stuff (which I am totally against)... but while reading through the different wives tales of how to pick the gender of your child, I came across The Chinese Gender Chart. I actually discovered this when I was first pregnant with Brett, before we knew the sex. I didn't put much stock into it, but it actually was correct on predicting that he would be a boy. I've since then talked with other parents who have told me that it was right for their kids too.

I know, it sounds a bit crazy, but what you do is look at the chart and pick the age of the female from the left column and then the month in which she conceived on the top column and then meet them in the middle (like battleship). For, example, I was 29 and conceived Brett in August of that year, which said he would be a boy (and note: don't go by the day of your last period girls... go by the date of CONCEPTION - sorry about the TMI).

Now, my question to you, my loyal blog readers, is how accurate was this chart for you if you have had a baby or are currently pregnant? I am hoping to cast an informal poll here by your responses to see if this is something that might have some credibility. And, if you have some other suggestions that seem to work (and please keep your responses clean... this is a family friendly blog!).

Again, the link is here...The Chinese Gender Chart. Check it out and please post your comments! (I have to manually approve the comments due to a jerk who posted something this past summer... but I WILL post your response!)

10 comments:

The Kahl Family said...

What a fun topic! Unfortunately, the chart was wrong for me...Miles is definitely not a girl as it predicted!

Suellen said...

Correct for us!

Krysten said...

Not correct for us. I was 27 and she was conceived in December. It says boy - which we really thought would be the case - but clearly Sadie is one very cute little girl! :)

Elizabeth said...

Not correct for me. I was 28 and conceived in September, but had a boy rather than the predicted girl. (and it was hard to do the math in my head to figure out how old I was!). :)

Cathy said...

Nope sorry was wrong. In Both cases, it predicted girls. Though, I suppose theoretically...three ultrasounds could still be wrong on this one.

Andrea said...

These things are almost always wrong for Hannah (there are tons of versions out there) but this one was actually right. It predicts girl for this baby as well but we won't know that for another 2 months or so.

As for a method that actually works, obviously nothing can guarentee, but the only one that I've heard truly gives you a better chance of conceiving a certain gender is the "Shettles method". I would describe it but it's a little lengthy so google it and I'm sure you'll get the answers you are looking for. We have not tried it but if you read the reasons behind their suggestions, it does kind of make sense.

Good luck!

Tina said...

It's accurate for us! And thanks for blogging about this - you know how I would love to have a little girl!

Anonymous said...

I have two kids. For my first it was correct...my second not so much. She was supposed to be a boy but instead we got our beautiful little girl.

Rebecca said...

Wrong both times for us...according to this chart but I swear it predicted boy for us the first time and that would be correct!

Heather said...

one was right and one was wrong for me. (sorry-just now saw this)

Heather E