20 Gender Prediction Tests to Try

 20 Gender Prediction Tests to Try

Disclaimer! These are wives’ tales.  They are merely for fun. In reality, these predictions have a 50% chance of being right, so take it for what it is. Regardless if being accurate or not, it is certainly entertaining to see the results! 

So, are you having a boy or a girl?

Cravings

Craving sweets? That is a sign you are having a girl. Cravings salty and/or protein? Prepare to be a boy mom!  I craved protein and sweets, so I guess that means I was just pregnant. 

The Garlic Test

Eat tons of garlic. If you do not smell like garlic afterwards for a few days then you are carrying a girl.  FYI, this one was WAY too gross for me to try. 

Morning Sickness

If you are suffering from excessive morning sickness, that means you are carrying a girl.  My personal experience with this one is mixed. My first daughter I was sick the entire pregnancy.  My second daughter I was not sick at all. 

Pregnancy Glow?

If you are “glowing”, aka have a bright complexion and glossy beautiful hair, you are said to be having a boy. If you look like a hot mess, aka dry hair and an acne face, you may be having a girl.  This held true for me.  Both pregnancies I definitely didn’t have a glow.

Partner’s Weight Gain

In the book of tales, if your partner is gaining weight with you, that is a sign that you are carrying a girl. This was not true for me.  My husband actually lost weight both times. 

Moody vs Mellow

Moody? You are probably having a girl. More chill/mellow? Boy. This held true for me.  I was a moody mess both times.

Carrying High vs Low

According to not science, carrying high means you are having a girl, while carrying low means you are having a boy. I carried high both times, so this held true for me.

The Ring Test

Tie a ring on a string and dangle it over your belly. If the ring moves in a circular motion then you could be having a girl. If it is swinging back and forth then it means you are having a boy.  Mine swung back and forth both times, so this didn’t hold “true” for me.

Heart Rate

During prenatal visits, your doctor should be checking the baby’s heart rate. If the heartbeat is beating faster than 140 beats per minute then you are said to be carrying a girl.  This held true for me both times.

Chinese Gender Chart

This was my favorite one to do! It was correct with my first, but incorrect for my second. There are many charts online, so try out a few to see if you get the same prediction each time. 

The Cabbage Test

This one I didn’t try, but what you are supposed to do is boil red cabbage and mix the water with your urine (eww). If the water turns pink then you are having a girl. If the water turns purple then it is a boy.

The Baking Soda Test

This is another test I didn’t try.  I preferred to stay away from the tests that involved mixing stuff with my pee. For this test, take two tablespoons of baking soda and mix it with your urine. If the mixture fizzes, it’s a boy. No fizz means a girl.

SneakPeek Early Gender Prediction DNA Test

I didn’t try this one either, but it does say to be 99.1% accurate. Unlike urine-based gender predictor tests, SneakPeek uses a blood sample from the mother to test the DNA. You can find out as early as 8 weeks into pregnancy if you having a boy or girl. 

Ramzi Method

If you have an early ultrasound, ask the technician which side of the uterus the placenta is attached to. If the baby is on the left side it means girl, right side means boy. This method is said to be 97% accurate, but it was wrong for me both times. I guess I was just part of the 3%.

The Linea Nigra

You know that dark line you get in the middle of your belly? If that line goes above your belly button, you are having a boy. If it stops below your belly button, you are having a girl. This held true for me both times.

Weight Gain Placement

If you are carrying all your extra weight in the front, then that means it’s a boy. If the weight is all over your body, then that means it’s a girl.  I carried all in the front both times, so this was not true for me.

Feet

Cold feet? You might be having a boy. Warm feet you might be having a girl.  This was not true for me both times.  I’ve always had cold feet even before pregnancy.

Sleeping

If you prefer to sleep on your left side, you are carrying a boy. The right side is a girl. I always sleep on my left side, so this was not true for me.

Clumsy vs Graceful

You might be carrying a boy if you are clumsier than usual.  The problem with this one is I am always clumsy, so this was not true for me at all!

Urine Color

Bright yellow urine means boy. I didn’t really pay attention to this one much.  My pee color was different all the time because it really depended on how much water I drank. 

Well there ya have it! I’m sure there many more predictions out there, but here is a list to at least get you started during your waiting game. Again, these are just for fun. Please don’t take it too seriously. If every single one of these predictions tell you that you are having a boy, don’t go out and buy all boy things.  You could still have a little girl cooking in there.  

Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

The Last Time

The Last Time

There was a time when my oldest daughter would not go to bed unless I rocked her in my arms. I would stand in the middle of her room and cradle her, rocking ever so slightly until she fell asleep on me. My arms would ache and my back would hurt every single time, but I would force myself to ignore those pains. I would just focus on my daughter and the mission to get her to sleep. As the minutes ticked by I’d watch her eyes get heavy and eventually she would drift off to sleep. I distinctly remember the last time she wanted me to do this for her. As I rocked her, she looked at me and pointed to her crib.  She wanted me to lay her down instead this time. I put her in her crib as she wished and stood on the other side of her room waiting to see if maybe she would change her mind and want me to hold her again.  She shuffled a bit, curled up and fell asleep all on her own. A tear ran down my face as I realized she didn’t need me to rock her anymore. Where did my baby go? Even though I rocked her every night for a year, I would have given anything to do it just one last time.  I was very emotionally unprepared for it. I felt robbed.

This moment made me think back on how many lasts I completely overlooked. I can’t remember the last time my daughter woke up at 2a.m. for a bottle, or the last time I wiped drool off her chin from teething. I can’t remember the exact moment her newborn scent faded away. I know there will be many more of these endings to come, but I fear that I won’t know that they are the lasts until they are long gone. By the time I realize it I’ll yet again have little memory of when the ending actually came.  

That’s when it really hit me that these days are numbered. This time is fleeting. I focused so much on my daughter’s firsts that I rarely paid any attention to her lasts.  Her first tooth, first word, first steps. Every one of her firsts is recorded in some way and marked as milestones.  I feel ashamed to admit that I have neglected to appreciate what she has left behind as she has grown.  The scary part is that I will have no clue that it will be the last time when it comes. A last time I will wipe a dirty face or give her a bath. A last lullaby. I won’t know enough to pay attention or appreciate the moment as if it were the last time. I get scared to think of all the precious times I’ve missed from hurrying through our routine and not really being present for each moment. What if it really was the last time my daughter wanted me to carry her or hold her hand? By the time I realized it, it would be too late.

You never know when it will be the last time your child will need you or want you. The last time you kiss a “boo-boo” and somehow it makes it all better. The last time your child gets so excited to see you and runs into your arms when you pick them up from daycare or school. The last time you will carry your child from the car to the house because they fell asleep during the commute. They are only little for such a short amount of time. That is why you should cherish every moment for what it is because after all, it could very well be the last time. 

Now, let’s be real here.  I know there are going to be days where I will be frustrated and impatient. Days where I am overwhelmed and angry. There will be days where I can’t wait until bedtime because I want the day to be over. I’m not going to be this blissful every moment of every day, even though I wish I could be.  During those hard times though, I hope that I can think back to this mindset, the one I have now, and remind myself that these moments will not last forever. I hope that I can open my mind to see the bigger picture and realize how fast it all really is. I want to be able to tell myself to not take any of these days for granted because some day all of these “raising small children” duties will end and I am going to miss it. Every single bit of it.

10 Ways Your Life Changes When You Have Kids

 10 Ways Your Life Changes When You Have Kids

It’s no secret that your life changes once you have a baby. Actually, my entire life has changed in some way or another, but here are the top 10 ways that becoming a Mom has changed my life.

What is Sleep?

You have a whole new definition of the word exhausted. Getting a good night’s sleep and feeling rested in the morning is a thing of the past.  The baby stage is particularly hard since they tend to get up frequently, but even my 3 year old gets up often from bad dreams.  “Sleeping in” is also something that is long gone. Why do kids love getting up at the crack of dawn? All I can say is thank goodness for coffee and Simply Skin Vitamin OIl.

New Appreciation

I now have a new appreciation for my own Mom.  She changed my diapers, stayed up with me at night, sacrificed a lot of herself for me and always put my needs before her own. As a child/teenager I often overlooked those things. Now I have a much clearer image of what her life was like when I was growing up and I am so appreciative for all she has done.

New Routine

Your daily routine is going to change, probably a lot.  You might have to wake up earlier and go to bed later.  You might have to plan dinner earlier so you can squeeze in bath time. Your once hour long showers turn into quick 5 minute ones.  It might be hectic for a while, but you will get into a new routine that works for you and your family. It’s like taking on a new job. You will be nervous, confused and a little uncomfortable at first but over time you will get in a routine and everything will become easier.

It’s the Little Things

The little things in life matter more now. Who knew that painting rocks or picking flowers could bring so much joy?  You now see things through the eyes of a child and it may even remind you of your own childhood. Some of my best memories as a child were not things that cost a lot of money or involved a huge vacation.  They were things like going mushroom picking with my Grandfather and going for bike rides with my Dad. Those things helped shape my life and created memories that I will cherish forever. Ever since becoming a Mom I now see more than ever that the little things really do matter the most.

Patience

Kids will test your patience on a daily basis and sometimes you will lose your S.H.I.T. You are human and have your limits. Even though that will happen, overall you will become much more patient than you ever thought you could be.  You learn to go with the flow and take one day at a time.  You will master the art of staying calm in the middle of a tantrum and not losing your cool when your child refuses to eat everything you cook them.  And let’s not forget about potty training; nothing is more of a patience tester than trying to potty train a stubborn child!  When you are put in situations where you would normally scream but instead remain calm and collected is when you will really see this change.

Friendships

The old saying is true; you do lose a lot of your friends once you have kids. The ones who promised to visit you after your baby is born never do and the ones who use to invite you to go out now stopped. But don’t think of this as a bad thing. It is a new chapter in your life and not everyone is meant to be in it. The friends who still stick around and are still there for you after you become a Mom are the ones you should keep close to you.  You may even create new friendships with other Moms!        

Changing Priorities

Things that use to matter to me don’t as much anymore. I don’t care about looking perfect before leaving the house anymore. Can you believe I use to do my hair and makeup just to go to Walmart?! Money I use to blow on clothes is now being saved for my kids college funds. A spotless house is no longer the top of my list of priorities. Chores will always be there, but your kids will only be small for such a short amount of time. I would rather spend that precious time with them.

Less Time For Yourself

You will cherish alone time more because you won’t get it very often. Peeing and showering alone is a luxury now.  Time you used to spend web surfing or watching TV is now being used to care and play with your kids. Even though I miss time alone, I wouldn’t trade this life of chaos for the world.   

You’re Scared Of Everything

The world seems more like a dangerous place now.  Those protective Mama instincts come in full effect and you become hypersensitive to everything that could possibly harm your child.  People you used just pass by are now on the corner of your eye.  You become much more cautious while driving. You may even notice yourself saying “be careful” 50+ times a day now.

Everything Takes Longer

Everything takes longer to do because it’s not just you anymore. Leaving the house is a process that becomes more than just grabbing your car keys and leaving. Going grocery shopping takes nearly double the amount of time than it used to.  All I can say about this is give yourself enough leeway time and always expect the unexpected, like your baby having a massive blowout the moment you pull out of the driveway. 

Yes, your life changes when you have kids.  Some of those changes are hard to deal with and others are eye openers on what actually matters in your life and what doesn’t. Life will be different, but welcome these changes and embrace this new chapter of your life. It is quite beautiful.

My POSITIVE IUD Experience

My Positive IUD Experience

After my second child was born I knew I didn’t want to have any more kids. Two was a perfect number for our family and my reproductive organs were now closed for business.

During my post-birth doctor’s appointment my doctor recommended Mirena.  Everything my doctor said about it was positive.  Works for 5 years, maybe 7 years (still being tested if it can last that long), potentially NO MORE PERIODS and you don’t have to worry about taking any kind of pill every day. It all sounded great and I was on board.  I scheduled my IUD appointment and went home. 

Now maybe it is just my personality but I love looking up how procedures are done and other people’s experiences so I know exactly what is going to be done to me. This turned out to be a bad idea. I did this before I had a root canal too, which was another bad idea.  When will I learn?

Every single site I entered was a horror story. It ranged from severe pain to Mirena puncturing through the uterus and getting lost inside people’s bodies.  My poor anxious self couldn’t take it and I ended up canceling my appointment, which I later on rescheduled after my husband convinced me it wouldn’t be so bad.  What does he know though, right?

Needless to say I drove to my new appointment shaking and terrified. All I could think about was how much pain this was going to be and how I was crazy for letting this happen. All of those online horror stories put fear into me and I couldn’t shake it.

As I layed on the table, the doctor talked me through the entire process as she was doing it. She could tell I was nervous so she kept cracking jokes to help me lighten up. It didn’t work, but it was a nice gesture nonetheless. Then the moment came where she inserted the IUD.  I held my breath waiting for the intense pain everyone said I would have…and….NOTHING. I felt absolutely no pain at all. It was as easy as that.  I was so relieved and also very angry at myself to getting so worked up over nothing. 

Here’s the breakdown on how it all
went down:

  1. Make sure to take 600 to 8800 mg of Ibuprofen about an hour before you arrive. I actually took mine while in the waiting room because we all know it takes forever for the doctor to actually see you.
  2. The doctor will then use the spectrum (just like a pap smear) to open you up.  Lovely right?
  3. The doctor then wipes your cervix with an antiseptic solution. FYI, this felt incredibly weird, but it didn’t hurt at all.
  4. She then used a measuring tool to measure my cervix depth.  This was the only time I felt a slight pinch, which I think was from the clamps she used to hold my cervix in place.  The pinch only lasted half a second. I’d label it as more uncomfortable than it was painful.
  5. Last but not least, she inserted the IUD and that was that!  All worried for nothing.  
  6. Afterwards expect bleeding/spotting for a few weeks.  I spotted for about a month before it went away completely.  If you think your bleeding is abnormal then check with your doctor.

I have had my IUD now for just over a year and I have not had any complications at all.  I also have not had a period since. WOOHOO!  So if you are thinking about getting an IUD take it from me, DO NOT read online horror stories.  People tend to share the negative things in their life more than the positive. So I am here to give you a glimmer of hope that it really is not as bad as it seems. 

Obviously every situation is different, but please understand that not every IUD procedure is going to be miserable.  Just for the record, those who had a bad experience usually say the IUD was still worth it in the end.

My FIRST Vacation with 2 Toddlers (I Survived)

My FIRST Vacation with 2 Toddlers (I Survived)

So let me tell you a story. 

We went on our first family of four overnight vacation. The picture perfect image I had was what you would see in a Hallmark movie. Kids are all having fun at the beach, everyone is smiling and laughing and my husband and I are in bliss with each other and soaking in the precious memories. 

All I gotta say is…perfect bliss and harmony my a$$.

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9 Tips to Lose the Baby Weight After Pregnancy

9 Tips to Lose the Baby Weight After Pregnancy

Losing weight in general requires a lot of dedication and motivation. Losing baby weight is a challenge all on its own. You have a baby relying on you 24/7, your body is recovering from birth, your boobs are sore and you are exhausted.  If you are like me then you have Pelvic Girdle Pain too, which I still have 6 months after giving birth. Yay me.

Both times after giving birth I left the hospital about 12 pounds lighter than when I checked in. 12 pounds in 3 days?  WOOHOO!
That instant weight loss was a huge confidence booster, but if you break it down it makes sense how it happened so fast. Math time!

  • Baby: 7 ½  pounds
  • Placenta: 1 ½ pounds
  • Enlarged Uterus: 2 pounds
  • Amniotic Sack: 2 pounds
  • Extra Blood: 4 pounds
  • Extra Fluids: 4 more pounds
  • Breast Tissue: 2 pounds
  • Stored Fat: 7 pounds

Total: 30 pounds

After you give birth you will lose a lot of weight all at once, but it won’t be all fat loss unfortunately. Once your body adjusts to not
being pregnant anymore what’s left should be the stored fat.  For me that was about 10 pounds and it took me about 3-4 months to lose it both times. I had to tweak my diet a few times and once I found a healthy balance I started losing 1-2 pounds per week.  

As much as I wish losing weight was simple, it’s not. There is no magic pill or potion that makes the pounds disappear. The only way to do it is through dedication and consistency, aka HARD WORK. This way easier said than done, but here are some things that could help you on your journey.    

Track Your Intake

I use the MyFitnessPal App to keep track of my intake and exercise.  It’s by far my favorite wellness App.  With tracking your food you will be able to see how many calories you are eating, where you can cut back and maybe see some spots that you can work on.  My weakness was late night snacking, which took some serious determination to combat.  I mean, who doesn’t love eating ice cream after the kids go to bed?

Plan Ahead

I write out my meal plan in advance and then make a grocery list for the ingredients to make those meals. This helps me stay on track and keeps my grocery budget in check. On a side note, never go to the grocery store hungry. Everything looks delicious when you are hungry and you may buy things you shouldn’t while dieting.

Another way to plan ahead is meal prepping. If you have time to meal prep lunches or dinners then that could be a great way to grab and go when you are hungry.

Find What Works For You

Everyone is different, so you need to figure out the best plan for you. It took me a few weeks after my baby was born to find a healthy balance of losing weight and not feeling hungry all the time. Make sure it is a healthy diet that you can stick to long term.  If you can’t stick with it, you are setting yourself up to fail. Remember, healthy looks different on everybody.

Eat enough

The goal should be steady weight loss, not rapid.  Make sure you are eating enough, especially if you are breastfeeding.  Breastfeeding mothers should eat 500 MORE calories a day than mothers who are not. That’s about 2,000 to 2,500 calories per day. If you are unsure where to start, you can find out your BMR (basal metabolic rate) using this online calculator. This will tell you roughly the amount of calories you need to eat just for being alive (breathing, vital organ functioning, etc.). Make sure to add more calories as necessary based on your lifestyle.  

Ease Into Exercising

Don’t expect to jump right back into hard core workouts.  Your body went through tremendous stress from birth and needs time to recover. But even during the recovery stage you can still do light exercises such as stretching and walking, as long as your doctor clears you for it. A cute idea is Mommy and Me Yoga. It is a low intensity workout and a fun way to bond with your baby. No matter what you decide to do to burn those calories, make sure you build yourself back up slowly and listen to your body.

Stay Hydrated

Try aiming to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, more if it’s hot outside or if you are exercising. In addition, if you drink water instead of beverages that contain calories you will reduce your calorie intake which can promote weight loss. 

Moderation

You don’t have to eliminate ALL your favorite foods.  You can still have chocolate, which is my
weakness, but try not to have it as part of your daily diet.  A healthy lifestyle is about balance.  Don’t forget to feed your soul every once in a while too.

Take Pictures!

It is much easier to see your progress when you take pictures of yourself. Try taking 1 picture every week on the same day.  After a month or two, compare your latest one to your first one.  Or compare them weekly if you wish.  It is a great way to stay motivated.    

Be Realistic

Set realistic goals. You can’t lose the weight overnight just like you didn’t gain it overnight. Aim to lose a healthy 1-2 pounds a week. To lose 1 pound a week, you need to have a 500 calorie deficient per day, double it for 2 pounds. I know, easier said than done. Please remember to not strive to be perfect and to look like those models on TV.  The only person you should care about being better than is the person you were yesterday.

Weight loss is a slow process, but if you have a healthy diet plan and exercise regime, you will see results over time. Once you set your goals write out a plan on how to achieve them. Tweak your plan until its right for you and then STICK TO IT. Even if you fall off the horse every once in a while you can still get back on and keep moving forward. No matter what, always be proud of the body you are in.  It created life and that is something quite amazing and beautiful.   

First Post!

 

First Post!

 

Hello and welcome to my personal lifestyle blog! My name is Amber and I am a Mommy to two beautiful girls, ages 3 and 1.  I created this blog in hopes that I can help, relate and inspire others who have hopped on the Mommy Train.

Motherhood is without a doubt the hardest, yet most rewarding job on Earth. I am certainly no expert in parenting. I make more mistakes than I would like to admit and I tend to have more questions than answers.  But I believe that is what makes this journey so special and unique.  There really isn’t one right way to be a parent. No rule book or guideline.  We are all just doing what is best for our own families and learning along the way.

Since becoming a mother myself I started reading tons of mom blogs. They have helped me so much and I have learned many useful things that I was able to apply to my own life. In addition, these blogs gave me inspiration to create one of my own. I desired to be a part of this blogging culture and share my own motherhood journey. My main goal is to help at least one person the same way other mom blogs have helped me.

No matter what your circumstances are I think we can all agree that Motherhood is beautiful and worth every grey hair our kids give us. I hope you find this blog useful and enjoy the content as much as I enjoyed creating it.