We have opted to find out Violet's gender at birth.
We have now had three MFM appointments and they've noted in our file that the gender is a "surprise". That being said, at the December appointment, Bryan saw "female" written in our file. He spent the last month firmly convinced that "Violet" was indeed a girl and keeping everything a secret from me.
Yesterday was my January MFM appointment. We had a pause in the appointment after the tech was done with her measurements but the doctor wasn't in the room yet. Bryan told me his story and we viewed the computer screen together. Sure enough, it said "female". Right next to my name and birthdate. That's right, I am female!
And the baby remains a surprise.
Out of curiosity, I've looked up the old wife's tales for gender prediction. Some I won't do as they are just ridiculous. Dangle my wedding ring on a string above my belly to see how it rotates?? Please, just no.
I am eliminating the heart rate one. Cora and Mac had identical heart rates for most of my pregnancy with them (including labor which freaked out the nurses thinking they were missing a baby).
I haven't had any cravings.
My only food aversions have been texture related not taste related. Yogurt and I are still on questionable terms.
After an extensive five minute internet research, I can only really think of two remotely plausible gender predictors.
1. Baby is low. This means boy. Speaking of positioning, it is amazing how much force a 14 oz baby can exert on one's bladder...
2. Baby was on the "girl" side during my first clinic ultrasound. (There is a newer study done comparing gender in pregnancies with baby positioning in 6 or 7 week ultrasounds. This study has been very reliable in my embryo adoption group, though not 100% reliable...)
For comparison, I can say Cora and Mac were on their respective girl/boy sides during my six week ultrasound with them.
Well, there you have it. We are either having a girl or a boy!