Betting on gender

by Milton on Thu, Oct 29th, 2009

in Studies and rumors,Week 13

When Esther first got pregnant this time, I had this dream about a baby boy named Oscar.  I woke up pretty convinced that the baby in Esther’s belly was a boy.  The next night I had a dream about this magically swimming baby that we adopted from Japan, and her name was Japanese for Waterlily.  I watched this 3 month old swimming laps in a festive Japanese swim meet for babies and I had my first pang of, “that’s my kid!” parental pride that I’ve ever experienced.  Still, despite the dream, the first dream seemed to be stronger in truthiness, and I stuck to the prediction that the baby was a boy.

Now, the whole reason I decided to predict the gender and stick with it with utter conviction is because I’m totally not a believer in the “I had a feeling it was going to be a boy” intuition.  Okay, I believe the intuition exists, I just don’t think it’s any more accurate than randomness.  So, I thought it would be fun to play the opposite role and be totally certain it was a boy. Plus, it seems like a fatherly thing to do.  Am I overthinking this? Yes. But it’s just how my brain works.

Anyway, I also love gender prediction rituals, superstitions, and the like.  The Chinese gender prediction chart claims it will be a boy.  Our acupuncturist says it’s a boy.  That little ring on a string thing says it’s a boy. And now Esther herself has the intuition that it’s a boy.

So, of course, I’m officially changing my prediction to girl.  And sticking to it.

And now we’ve got a bet going.

If the baby turns out to be a boy, I have to buy Esther a pizza.  If the baby turns out to be a girl, she buys me a pizza.  We love pizza.

I hope I win!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kristy Thu, Oct 29th, 2009 at 2:52 am

Good luck! Your odds are good :) I was absolutely certain that Adelyn was a boy, all the “intuition” and every trick, tale and predictor known to man also pointed this way. I made the ultrasound tech check again like 3 times after she told me it was a girl. I still didn’t believe her. If it wasn’t for the following million ultrasounds (I was high risk) confirming over and over again that it was a girl, I wouldn’t have believed it until the end. So I think that intuition is crap! LOL My vote is girl, because I really want it to be a boy. You need to have a boy to keep our Benson name going! So I am pretty sure it’s going to be a girl :)


2 Jana Kleitsch Thu, Oct 29th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

For some reason I have “girl” stuck in my head. I was correct in my hunches with both my kids so I have a 2 for 2 track record!


3 Renee Serra Fri, Oct 30th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Ahh, the guessing game of the gender. For some reason I am frightened to guess, that’s where science and ultra-sound would work well for me.
When I saw Esther last she firmly believed it was a boy . We did the whole ring on a string pendulum above the mom to be’s belly. It seconded the notion of a boy.
Whatever DNA madness is happening at the moment my wish for you is that Baby Benson is a healthy happy baby who has no food allergies!
Because pizza is food from the God’s in my house.



4 Aimee Thu, Nov 5th, 2009 at 8:42 am

well no matter who wins this bet….I have a nice bottle of wine coming to me in February 24th from one of you. You know who you are! :)


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