guess that baby!

Today family and friends are throwing Cheris a baby shower, and although it’s a girls-only event, I decided to get in on the fun by posting the baby-guessing contest that we’ve discussed recently. Your job: leave a comment in the comments section guessing the following:

  1. the sex of the baby
  2. the date of birth
  3. the kid’s weight

Obviously, you’ve got to be exactly right on number 1. On number two, if nobody gets it right, we’ll look at who’s closest. If more than one person guess right on the date, then the closest guess on the weight will settle it.

The prize will be custom-chosen to suit the winner.

A few things to note: we have absolutely no idea on whether we’re having a boy or a girl, and neither do any of our family members — so nobody has an unfair advantage on this. The official doctor’s estimate on the due date is Friday, January 28.

A few rules and guidelines:

  • Identification: You don’t have to include your real name if you’d rather not, but make sure we know exactly who you are. No impersonations or bad practical jokes, please. (And the winner is… I.P. Freely! Hey, wait a sec…) If you know we have an email address for you, no need to leave it, but when in doubt, give us some way to contact you if you win.
  • Duplication: No, there’s nothing stopping you from using the doctor’s estimate as your guess on the birthdate, but really, aren’t you feeling bolder than that? You may not completely duplicate someone’s else’s entire entry: vary the weight by a few ounces; distinguish yourself!
  • Specification: Your guess on the birthdate need not include the time of day, but feel free to include a ballpark estimate if you’d like to earn bonus points or bragging rights. Your guess on the weight should be in standard American baby-weighin’ pounds and ounces. The metric system, superior though it may be, will not be tolerated.

Any questions, email to rob [at] I’ll post clarifications on this entry if necessary. Good luck!

folks before you had this to say:

  1. Rob

    This contest will close at noon central time today, 01/20/2005, so get those final guesses in.

  2. mike

    1. Girl
    2. Feb 13
    3. 7.9 lbs.

  3. Chr1s

    1) girl
    2) 5:45 AM on…. hmmmm…. Sunday 1/30
    3) How about a nice… 7 lb 11.5 ounces? That sounds good…

    Does the winner get to name the baby? ;-D

    *sends out Good Labor Vibes*

  4. Linda

    1. 1 of each
    2. Feb. 4
    3. 8 lbs. 8 oz. (total)

  5. Jeff Goodmark

    Feb 9th
    8lbs 2oz
    will be awesome at guitar

  6. leah

    jan 20
    8lbs 2oz

  7. Birdie

    What are the names? Can we have another competition for that?

  8. Bunker

    so much for MY guess!

  9. Susan C.

    1. Girl
    2. January 27, 5 am
    3. 6.9 lbs., 19.5 inches tall.

  10. Jessi

    born February 1st (Josiah’s b-day!)
    at 6 lbs 13 oz

  11. Leti

    Definitely a boy, just to give Cheris a run for her money!
    Birthday: 1/25, at 6am
    Poundage: 7 pounds, 8 ounces

  12. Darryl

    It’s going to be a boy, unless it’s a girl
    It will be born January 31st, give or take a couple of weeks
    He will be 7 lbs 8 oz. if he is lighter than he will weigh less, if he is heavier than he will weigh more.

    Those are my predictions. Just call me Nostradumass.

  13. Marta

    last night january 10th I had a dream that cheris called me and told me the baby was born and it was a …..???? I can’t remember !!!!!!!! So I just wanted to check and see if the baby was born and I saw the contest. Anyway since I have had a senior moment I will predict …

    january 27th
    7 lb 7 oz

  14. Verena

    Feb 2nd
    7 lbs, 8 oz

  15. Reba

    Jan 31 (at approx 4 am- sorry Cheris)
    8 lbs, 10 oz

  16. aunt christi

    7 lb. 12 oz.

  17. Sarah W.

    Feb. 5
    7 lbs. 5 oz.

  18. Jon W

    2005/01/31 02:32 CST
    7 lbs. 14oz.

  19. Auntie Grams

    1-26-05, 12:36
    7 lbs 12 ozs
    black hair, blue eyes, no dimples (on face)
    graduates from Cornell in 2027

  20. Kardos

    Girl Feb 1
    7Lbs 6 Ounces

    Do it!

  21. Jenny & Karl

    Thurs, Feb 3, 10am
    7 lbs, 7 oz

  22. Shmoo

    1. A Lovely Little Lady Lifford
    2. January 27th, in the A.M.
    3. 7 pounds, 5 ounces

  23. DSJ

    1. The little Lifford will be a boy. A boy to be named Aloisius.
    2. The little Lifford will be born just one day past due, Saturday, Jan. 29, some time in late evening. The reason: Cheris’ rather on-time nature will be slightly offset by Rob’s slightly tardy nature.
    3. The little Lifford, after cooking for an extra day, will make his debut at 8 pounds, 7 ounces.

  24. Birdie

    Now Bogie, you and Mrs Bogie cannot induce just so the grandparents can win. I will consider that cheating and notify the Texas Gaming Commission.

  25. Rob

    OK, I’m plugging in my parents’ official entries, which they’ve e-mailed me:

    Mom (aka Nanny ‘Net):
    1. boy
    2. February 3rd
    3. 7 lbs, 8 oz

    Dad (Grandpa Lifford):
    1. boy
    2. January 15th
    3. 7 lbs, 3 oz

  26. Birdie

    You see, what y’all fail to realize is, that the first child always holds on for an additional two weeks. So this early thing everyone has going, you’re all going to lose.

  27. Bunker

    1. boy
    2. 18 Jan 1935hrs
    3. 6 lb 12 oz

  28. Uncle Joe

    -January 27 3:17am
    -7 lbs 1 oz

  29. Mrs. Birdie

    1. boy
    2. Feb 10
    3. 8 pounds 4 ounces

  30. Granny Annie

    1) girl
    2) Jan. 21st, 1pm
    3) 7lbs, 10oz

  31. Justin

    2)Feb 6
    3)8 lbs 7 oz

  32. Megan

    1) Girl
    2) January 25
    3) 8 pounds 2 ounces

  33. Erica

    1) Boy
    2) January 21
    3) 8 lbs 6 oz

  34. Merritt

    January 20th
    7 pounds 6 ounces

  35. Birdie

    1. Female
    2. February 14
    3. 8 pounds 3 ounces

  36. Shanny Shan

    1. male
    2. February 2
    3. 7 pounds 8 ounces

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