The Big Reveal

The new baby’s gender has finally been revealed! We had a little party with family and friends this weekend to unveil the gender, and it couldn’t have been more perfect. Don’t worry, I won’t leave you hanging until the end of the post to find out. Watch this and see what we are having next!!

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Yay! A girl! We are so thrilled, and can’t wait to plan the nursery, pick a name, and gather sweet little girl things. Jonah is now learning the word “sister”, and we will spend the next 4 months trying to get him to understand what’s going on.  I can’t wait to see him as a big brother.

And now, for a quick rundown of the party.  I went with a pink and blue theme (no surprise there), but kept everything really fun and simple.  Guests were greeted by a “he or she” wreath at the door.

Once they walked in, they were asked to vote on who they thought Baby #2 would be.  The group was pretty much split down the middle the whole evening.

The dessert table was set up with pink on one side and blue on the other.  I hung the colorful spheres above the table because I thought they were fun.

I also taped up a few of baby’s ultrasound pictures.  The “evidence” ultrasound pic was still sealed up in an envelope at this point.

Guests were asked to take a blue or pink felt circle pin to represent their vote throughout the night.  It was fun to see which “team” each person was on.

Dinner was simple.  We ordered jambalaya from the Jambalaya Shoppe, along with potato salad and rolls.  Other than pink and blue cupcakes, I made pink-dressed strawberries (dipped in pink-tinted white chocolate) and blueberry crumble bars.

After we dined and let the anticipation build (and build!!), we went out back to reveal the gender.  Josh and I had decided we wanted to find out the gender when everyone else did.  A friend of mine was in charge of preparing the box of balloons.  She was the first and only person to know the gender during the party, and she did a great job at keeping a straight face the entire time.  We had no clue!

We were so surprised! Josh and I really thought we were going to have another boy (even though we told everyone we didn’t have a guess).  As you can see from both of our faces, we were shocked and overjoyed.

It was one of the best parties ever! The entire evening was full of suspense and anticipation.  We are so thankful for everyone who came and shared this special occasion with us. We won’t ever forget it.

Bump Update: 20 Weeks

I’ve made it to the halfway point! Yippee!

I have been feeling great, and other than having trouble sleeping, I really have no complaints.  Baby is a mover.  I feel that little one kicking and moving around all the time.  Josh was able to feel him/her a couple of weeks ago, which was earlier than when he could feel Jonah.  This baby is a strong kicker for sure!  My belly is growing right on track (according to doc’s measurements).  I am pretty much in maternity clothes full-time now.  This is a good thing though– I love how comfy they are!

Here is my 20 week shot.

We had our big, 20-week ultrasound on Monday.  The doctor said the baby is healthy and that everything looks wonderful.   We are so thankful!! The ultrasound tech checked the gender, but wrote it down and sealed it up for us.  Eeek! We are going to keep it a secret until Saturday when our family and close friends will gather for the big reveal!  Josh and I are so excited to find out the gender when everyone else does.  It will be such a special night, and I can’t wait to share our news once we find out.

Bump Update: 17 weeks

I can’t believe I am almost to the halfway point, and even more importantly—the gender screening! Eeek! Our due date is August 20th, so it feels like we have a long time, but I know it is just going to fly by. Having Jonah around definitely keeps me busy but also makes the pregnancy harder than my first. I can only imagine how much more challenging it will be as I get bigger.

Other than the occasional muscle pain or discomfort, I’ve been feeling great. I am already in “project and planning” mode and making little changes all over the house to make room for this new little one. It is nice to have energy and be able to get things done. And I am finally starting to appreciate how easy having just one kid really is.

Here is my most up to date belly shot along with the previous three. Little one certainly is growing!!


Bump Update: 15 weeks

Technically, I’m already 18 weeks preggars, but I never got a chance to share this belly shot.  I haven’t really been sharing much of anything on here lately, but hopefully this post will inspire me to pick the blogging back up.  We shall see.

This 15 week shot is one of my favorites so far.  I let Jonah in on the action.  I sat him right up on top of my little bump, and we let the camera snap away.  He is going to be such a sweet big brother.  I just know it.

As of 15 weeks, I was feeling great and happy to finally have energy.  My bump is growing fast.  I already started growing out of all my normal jeans.  Baby measured great and had a strong heartbeat.  We can’t wait to find out the gender!

Well, that’s all for now.  I’m editing my 17 week shot as we speak, so here’s hoping that I can get it up soon!