When I was pregnant with my third child, my two daughters wanted to know if I was going to have a baby boy or a baby girl.
“I don’t know,” I told them. “We’ll find out when the baby comes out.” At this point in the conversation, my four-and-half-year-old had a brilliant idea.
“I know!” she exclaimed. “We can look at the baby’s privates! If the baby has a penis, it’s a boy!”
Coming from a four-year-old, this is a bright idea. I hope, though, that your doctor or midwife is not still using this primitive method of gender identification. As I explained to my daughter, ever since the Industrial Revolution, educated people have been using a less superficial and more reliable way to identify a child’s gender, which is called the Rattle Method.
The Rattle Method consists of purchasing a rattle before the baby presents him or herself, and then, upon presentation, offering the rattle to the new infant. If the baby grasps the rattle and shakes it, the child is a girl. If the baby grasps the rattle, points it at you and shoots, then the child is a boy.