As killer as it was to wait to find out the results from our ultrasound test, both Tim and I really wanted to do something different and special this time around. Maybe it's because neither one of us are first born children or something... We both know that with the first child, there are more pictures and more firsts. And generally, when you tell people that you are having another, the excitement pales in comparison with when you told them about the first one. (It's true. Even grandparents are guilty of this.) I get it, though. I mean, it's not life changing for them like it is for us. A lot of people don't realize that when you go from being a three person family to being a FOUR person family, there are enormous changes. That's a discussion for another day, though. Back to our celebration. We really wanted to have our friends and family over for a party all about this new little life - something that wasn't a "baby shower" or anything. Hence the Grand Gender Reveal!
Here is a glimpse at the decor... (click on the pic to enlarge it)
We decorated our place in all blues and pinks (with a touch of yellow), had blue and pink sweet treats, and even asked people to come dressed in either color, depending on whether they thought I was having a boy or a girl. Tim and I both ended up in blue, as well as Oscar (he doesn't have any pink shirts...) and we got pictures of everyone's votes.
Voila Team Pink! (I was wearing pink earrings and pink shoes, just in case...)
As you can see, we had a CROWD! Anyone who didn't already know each other got acquainted real quick in our small apartment... And if space didn't factor in, the games certainly did. We had some rounds of "famous baby pictionary" going on and then a head-to-head combat baby food guessing game (with some intense flavors) that followed. I also had people fill out a baby ballot where people had to guess boy or girl, what the baby's temperament would be, who baby would look like, and what baby would grow up to be. We got some funny answers, for sure, everything from an architect to a circus ringleader. We also had guests help us compile a little book of "wishes" for our baby, something that baby will be able to read as an adult. The list of wishes were fill in the blanks. (I got this great list here...) Some of my favorites are: "I hope you'll become tranquil within," "I hope you aren't afraid to make mistakes," and one from my brother Andy, "I hope you'll never forget how much I'll always love you." So sweet.
For the great reveal, we had a baker take the (sealed-up envelope) results of the ultrasound and bake cupcakes with the revealing color frosted into the center. That way, we'd all bite into the cakes at the same time and everyone would find out together! It was a sweet way to find out. And definitely worth the wait.
Anyway, it was memorable. Enjoy the video! And for the cupcake reveal itself, here is a link to that video.
For more pictures of the event, go here! (And if you are viewing this on facebook, see the video here.)