IT’S A GIRL!
It was an exciting Saturday afternoon as we revealed the gender to our two families.
My stepmom was a rockstar hostess and took over all the plans and food and decor and, well, EVERYTHING. And it all turned out soooooo cute. Way more creative and cute than I had envisioned. She did a dessert bar setup with a boy table and a girl table, each with different desserts and fruits and yummies in pink and blue … and set up a gender prediction chart and wrote a cute poem for the entryway …. it was PERFECT. See pictures below. And my older sister (the one who dreamt up my one-of-a-kind maternity shower) pitched in too, and brought a bunch of adorable balloons.
Loved…Such a great day… 🙂
THE BIG TA-DA!
• Michael and I found out the gender privately together at the doctor’s office a few days before the party – but as close to the gender reveal as we could, so it wasn’t too terribly hard to keep it a secret. I think a lot people wait and find out altogether at once with their families, but I am really glad he and I had that private moment together (I of course cried like a baby; I would’ve regardless of the gender). It is a special memory for me.
• No box o’ balloons for us or cake cutting for us. I tend to like to buck trends when I can…not because I don’t like them, or think they’re dumb, but because I feel like we all have imaginations and it can’t possibly be that hard to personalize things to fit each of our own unique personalities and preferences. I wanted to think of something that felt like me and Michael, and was different from anything I could find on Google, Pinterest, etc.
• Our something different was that I made custom onesies for each of the grandparents with their grand nicknames in the color of the baby’s gender. I put them into “special delivery” bags in gender neutral green and when the time came, we opened a mystery box and pulled these bags out and passed them out. We told them to open them to reveal the gender. So, not only were they and everyone in the room surprised to find pink on the onesies, but the grandparents were surprised to find Baby Girl now has a custom onesie all about her and their love for each other – cause you know she’s going to love them all like CRAZY, and vice versa!
PRECIOUS PEOPLE & BABY’S FIRST THINGS
One of the sweetest things was that my little sister Jenny flew in from Colorado as a surprise to be there and even made Baby Irvin a Beatles onesie! Baby Girl’s hipster Aunt Jen-Jen is the coolest. 🙂 And my mom came up from Houston, took me to brunch, to Pea in the Pod for more cute maternity stuff and then just was a proud Nana at the reveal party.
My baby sister Jenny … flew all the way in from Denver to Dallas for the reveal. Love her so!
Our friends Shane and Jennifer, who have two little kids, came in from Tulsa to attend and also for Jen to take me registering the next day to make sure I get everything modern 2014 moms need. She’s the perfect combination of trendy and total individual – as well as the perfect combination of lover of the finer things and thrifty deal seeker (who values practicality above all in mommy-hood). It meant the world to me that she’d come to be there for the reveal and to spend three hours at Babies R Us setting my new little family up with all our essentials! If that wasn’t enough, she came armed with a gift for Baby Irvin IF it was a girl. Well….turns out…it was! And the gift was a box filled with delicate, intricate, beautiful little hair bows and headbands that she custom made for me (er, Baby Irvin). I chuckle thinking about her guess that it was a girl… 🙂
My stepmom Vicki not only hosted the party in the cutest of fashions, she also had some gifts on hand after the reveal for her grandbaby. They were perfect for our little one – and she knew it – regardless of the gender! A Dallas Cowboy’s bib and a set of Cowboys pacifiers, and a red Arkansas Razorback onesie and “Little Hog Fan” sippy cup. TOO CUTE!
My stepmom Vicki – aka MIMI – who hosted the party and made it so special.