...that it's a demon, a dancing demon, no something isn't right there*
Anyhooo, it's not actually my theory but Paul's. Paul has this theory which, when it comes to guessing the expected sex of babies is proving strangely accurate. It goes like this - the sex of the first baby will be the same sex as the eldest child in the father's family. In Paul's case he is the eldest so we were bound to have a boy first, and yes along came Max. When I was expecting Max we didn't find out what flavour we were having although nothing could have convinced me we were having anything other than a boy. This was evidenced by the fact that the first thing I said to Paul after being told we had a boy was "I told you so" - a wife should never miss an opportunity to tell her husband she's right!
In respect of a second baby, the sex is based on the second child in the father's family. As Paul has a younger sister it meant we should have a girl and along came Penelope. When I was expecting Penelope, again we didn't find out, and this time I wasn't so sure. I thought the baby was probably a girl but wasn't sure if that was a genuine thought or wishful thinking. When I was in hospital just before having Penelope I had virtually convinced myself I was having a boy, presumably to ensure that if she had been a he I wouldn't have been disappointed. Mind you even though I was the one that got to discover what flavour Penelope was I still had to get the midwife to check I wasn't wrong!
So does Paul's theory work for others? In my brother's case, as I am the eldest, it meant that he as destined to have a girl first and, sure enough he, or rather my lovely sis-in-law C had my gorgeous niece M. Not too long ago they had their second, which according to Paul's theory meant a boy. Along came J my gorgeous nephew.
The same also holds true for Paul's sister, H's other half has an elder sister so it meant they should have a girl and they did, the amazing sleeping niece that is L. H has, this week, had her second. According to the theory it meant a boy and yep that worked out nicely thanks. Although H and B did find out they were having a boy. Mind you, having had at least 20 weeks to decide on a name my new nephew is, at present, nameless!
Paul's theory doesn't work for everyone but does have a high accuracy rate, something that is quite impressive, particularly if you knew Paul!
And because I feel the need for some pictures, here's Max and Penelope at Llandudno beach today
*Oh, and in case you were wondering the quote is from "Once More With Feeling" the musical episode from Buffy the Vampire Slayer - I bet you got it, didn't you A??