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Is it Just Me or…

By Melanie Blodgett |

family photo shoot I was once listening to a radio show (something on NPR, not like one of those crappy morning DJ shows) about the psychology of what we perceive as luck. Most people consider themselves unlucky because we remember the bad things that happen to us more readily than the good things. Take for instance you choose the wrong line at the bank and you look at the other line moving quickly. You say to yourself, “I ALWAYS choose the wrong line!” The fact is, you probably choose the wrong line close to 50% of the time but you forget about all the times you choose the right line. I guess it’s a pessimistic way of looking at things but I find myself doing this a lot.

So what does this have to do with being pregnant? Well, when I found out we were having a boy (I wasn’t disappointed, promise) I tried to think of the people I know who are pregnant and all I could think of were people having girls. I counted and it was eight women I know who are having girls in 2012. Not that I think this is bad luck or that I’m worried about it at all but it made me wonder – is this perception I have accurate? Do baby genders come in waves? Or am I just focusing on the one half and forgetting that things are usually close to 50/50? At least I won’t have to compete for names with these women.

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Melanie Blodgett writes daily on her blog You Are My Fave, which features a mix of parties, projects, and fave finds. She's currently settling into her first home in Denver with her husband Ryan and their baby son Beck. Read bio and latest posts → Read Melanie's latest posts →

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5 thoughts on “Is it Just Me or…

  1. Kathleen Ojo says:

    I’ve wondered about the wave thing too. I’ve worked in the same (large) office for 3 years. In that time, we’ve had 12 “office babies,” all but 1 have been boys (and the 1 girl was born to one of the very few men in our office). Strange!

  2. Kate says:

    9! women at church just gave birth and 8 of them were girls. So I’m with you on this one. There are another 4-5 pregnant (it’s crazy), and due in the spring, so we’ll see what they have!

  3. sarahh says:

    I’d say it’s more coincidence than anything. :) I’m having a girl in April, a woman I used to work with is having boy/girl twins this spring, and I know two that are due in January (one boy, one girl). I know a couple more people who are expecting, but they won’t find out what they’re having for a little while yet. You have to figure that there’s basically a 50/50 shot, so chances are that there’s a relatively comparable bunch of women out there due around the same time as your friends that are expecting boys.

  4. Cassandra says:

    There are 14 women I know who are pregnant and due the end of 2011 and 2012. One of which I do not know the gender. The 2 being born this year are boys. The ones due in 2012…well so far they are all girls..includong my lil bun in the oven! :) Maybe since the “end of the world” events are scheduled to happen the Lord has provided many reproducers! LOL! :) IDK but there is something sweet in the water!

  5. sarah l says:

    It’s the opposite for me.. I’m having a boy in Feb, and 5 ppl I know who are due.in the next 4-5 months are all boys! Only one friend is having a girl next year, so far :-)

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