Today I want to talk to you all about ‘gender reveal’.
Are you the mom dying to find out? Totally against it? Not sure what to do? Is the father on a different page? Are you concerned about reliability of early detection? Stumped on how to announce? Pro party? Find it a private matter? These are the concerns expectant mothers face and today I’m here to shed my insight on all of them.
Let’s begin with the decision to find out or not. In my particular situation, there was no doubt in my mind, or my husband’s, to find out the gender of our first-born child. We couldn’t wait! I believe this decision is personality-based. I, for example, am a ‘planner’ and have to know what to expect in order to feel comfortable. Fortunately, my husband is the same way. However, if he was on a different page, discussion and consideration from both parties would be my best advice.
If you are for finding out, the next consideration would be ‘how early?’ This was a tough one for me as well. I was trying to plan a party for the week after my gender sonogram. I made the choice to have it done ASAP (literally 14 weeks, 0 days). I’ll be honest, even after we announced the gender across all social media platforms, I feared the determination was incorrect until my next imaging appointment at 18 weeks. One thing to consider if choosing early detection methods is that science is amazing but not 100% perfect. If you can live with the slightest chance that you may find out the prediction was wrong, then I recommend going for it! My imaging technician said she’s only been wrong two times in 15 years…those are pretty good odds if you ask me! Fortunately, mine ended up being confirmed again at 18 weeks (still a GIRL).
Now to the fun stuff…announcement ideas! I absolutely adore all of the creative reveal ideas out there these days. Whether you decide to throw a party or post some fun social media photography, everyone is going to love finding out your beautiful surprise along side you. Again, I came to find that this is a personality-based decision. If you enjoy sharing milestones with tons of friends and family or not (e.g., how big was your wedding), you will probably want to celebrate this moment in a similar way. For us, we went fairly big, by throwing a party of ~25 family and best friends.
I always try my hardest to come up with truly personalized tidbits when celebrating milestones in my life. When it came time to design our gender reveal party, I immediately thought about how far we have come as a couple. A significant time in our lives as individuals and as a couple was being high school sweethearts. We were that cliche ‘All-American’ couple-you know, the cheerleader and football player (cue a certain Carrie Underwood song). Truly though, we continue to live in our hometown and attend our alma mater games seasonally. That school, that time in our lives, and this town are something we greatly attribute to our forever together. Naturally, we decided to host a gender reveal party in honor of our alma mater the ‘Pirates’, including blue & gold everything, fun tailgate munchies, and a pom-poms vs. footballs prediction board.
That’s all I have for y’all today. I hope I reached at least one person with the advice needed to get you through this emotional rollercoaster of a milestone. If you have specific questions and/or fun announcement ideas, please feel free to comment below!