I was one of 3 and always wanted 3 children. My first two children were boys and when Rob and I decided we wanted another baby we both were fully prepared to have three boys. Deep down we would have liked a girl first or second time around too but a healthy baby was our main priority. On a visit to the doctors I mentioned that we would like another child and asked the doctor if she knew any tips for having a girl. The doctor laughingly mentioned that she had heard a rumour that the nursery rhyme 'What are little girls made of' had had positive results. That is, 'sugar and spice and all things nice'.
It seemed logical at the time but I do have to admit I do feel a bit barmy now as I'm sharing this in my blog. For a few months before I tried to get pregnant both Rob and I ate a sugar lump every morning and evening. Neither of us wanted not to eat it in case there was some truth in the nursery rhyme. We were both prepared to get very fat, have grotty teeth and a boy baby! Once I was pregnant we stopped eating sugar lumps.
We decided not to ask for the sex of the baby and wait until the birth. Well we did have a girl. When she was born we were both obviously delighted but my main concern was whether she was breathing, did she have ten fingers and toes etc. At the time my desire for a healthy child certainly was stronger than my desire for a girl.
Emily is now 16. Luckily Rob, Emily and I all have good teeth so I think we escaped any sugar damage. Did we have a girl because we ate sugar? It's something we'll never know but I feel it was worth the experiment.
Has anyone tried anything like this to choose the sex of their baby that has or hasn't worked?
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