Any of you following me on instagram or facebook have probably already heard the good news that we are having a little girl this July! I'm seriously so excited my heart could just burst.
Not gonna lie though, I went around for months, absolutely convinced that this baby was a boy. We had already came up with the perfect name for him, and I was excited to go to the ultrasound and have my suspicions confirmed. Then oddly enough, just days before my appointment, I had this dream where I was at the at the doctor's office, and the lady doing the ultrasound told me it was a girl, and I remember being so frustrated in my dream, thinking, "Well why in the heck have I been feeling like it's a boy this whole time then?"
After that random dream, I was so nervous for my ultrasound, and when we got in there, my little baby was not being cooperative. She was crossing her legs the entire time (such a lady) and then when she wasn't crossing her legs, she was covering herself with her hands. So yeah the ultrasound felt like it took foooorever but finally right at the end, she opened up her legs and surprise! My dream came true! It's a girl!
Even though I was so ready to have a little boy join my family, the more time that passes, the more I'm actually unbelievably excited to have a little girl. I can't wait for Barbie's and Disney princesses, playing dress up and having tea parties. I look forward to having a little buddy in the kitchen to help me bake cookies. I already have the most adorable blankets I crocheted before we even started trying for kids that will be just perfect for a little lady. Having a little girl has never felt so right. (Now watch me find out I actually am having a boy in the end ha ha.)
My husband and I had already planned on keeping the gender of our baby secret for a few days and having a big party with both our families where we told them the good news. And when we first found out that I had a little girl growing in my tummy, we got the brilliant idea to try to slyly convince everyone at the party that it was a boy (which wasn't that hard because I had gone around telling people for months that I thought it was a boy), and then to give them a real surprise that it was actually a girl.
So that Saturday after our appointment, we invited everyone over to our house for a gender reveal party where we played a little game, ate cupcakes with pink colored frosting inside (letting everyone know it was a girl), and did a drawing. I tried to keep decorations simple and just mainly use what I had around the house, but we did end up buying balloons and got the fun idea to have drink dispensers containing pink lemonade and blue raspberry punch complete with pink and blue paper straws. We basically tried to have blue and pink on display wherever we could.
I made this cute sign with my Sillhouette Cameo machine and hung it on my front door.
(I just realized you guys are about to see a little sneak peak of some of our home renovations! My house is looking so different isn't it? Love love love these new floors.)
Then we had this adorable "boy or girl" banner hanging on the wall right when guests walked in.
My cousin Crystal probably hates my guts because I ran out of time making this circle garland to have hang on the wall so I recruited her help to make the blue half right before the party. (Thank you Crystal! You're the best!) I found the tutorial for the garland here. Super easy to make but incredibly time consuming.
And we had guests write down their guesses of whether we were having a boy or a girl on these blue and pink hearts with the promise that at the end of the party, there would be a little drawing for a $10 gift card to Swig (a fun flavored soda shop we have here in Southern Utah).
Then after everyone had arrived and made their guesses, we played an old wives tales game where I had looked up old wives tales ahead of time that supposedly predict the gender of our baby. I had little card cut outs of questions for my family to ask me and if my answer meant I was having a girl, I'd tape a pink heart in the girl column, and if my answer meant I was having a boy, I'd tape a blue heart in the boy column.
If everything had gone like I wanted it to, there were supposed to be seven blue hearts and five pink hearts by the time the game was over. But I get unbelievably nervous when I've got a crowd of people looking at me (even if it's my own family) and must have answered a couple of questions wrong because by the end, there ended up being way more blue hearts than pink ones. Oops. I didn't want it to be that obvious that I was trying to make everyone think it was a boy ha ha.
After the game, I passed out cupcakes to everyone. I wish I had gotten a picture of the cupcakes because they turned out so cute, but I was such a hot mess that day and somehow spaced taking pictures of anything that actually happened at the party. Whoops. But anyway, I had stayed up late making them the night before. Then the morning of the party, I made pink frosting and cut out a little hole out of the top of the cupcakes, squeezed pink frosting inside, and then put the top back on. Then, using this tutorial I found on pinterest, I made a swirl of pink and blue frosting on top. Mine definitely didn't turn out as nice ha ha but they still were so cute and fun and my favorite part of the party.
We passed out cupcakes to everyone and by some miracle everyone, including the small children, waited to eat their cupcakes at the exact same time, and I think everyone was surprised to find out it was a girl! I'm convinced I blacked out during the commotion because I honestly don't remember anything (never have a pregnant lady try to plan and host a part all by herself...way too stressful) but Jake said our family's reactions were cute and everyone (except maybe our little nephews) was so excited that it's a girl.
Then after the cupcakes were all eaten, we did the drawing, and I got to finally relax and visit with everyone. It was a super fun day. I love making little moments special, and even though it would have been so much easier to just send everyone a text saying, "It's a girl!", I'm so glad we had the party. Any reason to celebrate and eat cupcakes right?
(If you look closely, you can see how tired and stressed I look because I quickly found out that parties, even fun simple ones, are a lot of work ;) Oh my goodness! And if you look even more closely there's tiny blurry cupcakes in the background on the table! Yay! I did sort of get a picture! Aren't they cute even if they are a little blurry? Ha ha ha.)
Jake and I are both so excited for our little girl to get here our hearts could burst. Also, please God let all my babies get their daddy's beautiful blue eyes.
She's started kicking like crazy lately so my new favorite thing is to just lay in bed with my hands on my tummy, waiting for her tiny kicks.
And Lexi is super excited to be getting a little sister.
Life is good my friends.
Still working on getting past the nausea and fatigue, but I just keep reminding myself that growing this baby and taking care of my family is what's most important right now. But I've got tons of ideas for this blog in the future, and I can't wait to share it all with you!
I hope you all are doing fabulously and enjoying the lovely spring weather.