Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Google, Ancient Chinese Charts, and The Like

I don't know what pregnant moms did before the internet. Where else can you do a search on some arcane pregnancy symptom and diagnose yourself, thereby becoming sure that you have some rare disorder that will most likely...

OK, that's probably not one of the best things about modern pregnancy. I have to actually tell myself, "Do not Google this" when confronted with medical symptoms. Headache? Doom! Rash? Doom! Tired? Doom! Can't sleep? Doom, again! Of course!

Back when I was pregnant with the child that turned out to be Tigger, I discovered sites that discussed old wives' tales about whether you were pregnant with a boy or girl. (Eating salty or sweet foods, carrying high or low, etc.) These type things are amusing, of course but sadly inaccurate. For instance, I thought Sweet Pea might be a boy because I just felt so "different" and the old wives' tale consensus seemed to say so.

Obviously, they were mistaken. Sweet Pea is the girliest-girl in our family. The child doesn't like to go out of the house without fixing her hair and donning matching (or not) jewelry.

One prediction method has been accurate for us, however. Have you heard of the "Chinese Gender Chart?" This is some silly chart that was supposedly found in an ancient tomb...blah, blah, blah. The thing is, you put in your birth date and when the baby was conceived and it tells you whether to buy blue or pink.

For us the chart is 4 for 4. So I was beginning to think it strangely accurate. Until I discovered that a friend would have a girl according to this chart and, lo and behold, she's actually expecting a little boy.

Hmm. So, just to satisfy my curiosity, was this chart accurate for you?

(Disclaimer: The Management wishes to make clear that this is a "just for fun" exercise. The management in no way endorses planning your life around, taking seriously or otherwise caring much about charts found in ancient tombs, whether Chinese or no. Thank you, very much.)


MacKenzie said...

It was right for me.

Amy said...

2 for 3.
Oddly, though, the one that it got wrong was the one I was most sure of the exact date of conception.

Elisabeth said...

I didn't use the chart with the first two but so far the chart is saying baby #3 is a girl. I hope it's right but I'm not going to know until it is born, hopefully.

Vicky said...

Chinese Chart??? NEVER heard of it! I can tell you, tho, that the size mattered not for me. Supposedly, because I was having big babies they were all to be boys.......as you know, they were only half correct. I guess 2 for 4 in some instances is a pretty good deal! It was for me! :)

Anonymous said...

Have you considered the fact that this might work another way? I am wondering if anyone else has come across something
exactly the same in the past? Let me know your thoughts...

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