Know the Gender? Have a Party!

Nesting on 05.11.11
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When you're pregnant, you always seem to get the same two (maybe three) questions asked every time someone finds out you're pregnant: "When are you due?" Do you know what you're having?" and (if you answered yes to the previous question) "Have you picked a name?"

I'm always impressed by the people who wait to find out the sex of their baby until the day it's born. There is no way I could have had that much patience. I wanted to know as soon as the tech could tell me, right there in the ultrasound room. There were walls to paint, clothes to buy and names to choose. I know we could have done all of that had we waited, too, but I just HAD to know.

Luckily, my hubby and I were on the same page. I have a friend whose husband wanted to know and she wanted to wait. She said it would ruin the surprise if they found out early. I tend to think that you'll still be surprised, it will just happen a few months earlier. In the end, after a few knock-down, drag-out fights, they waited until they were in the delivery room to see their healthy baby boy enter the world.

If you fall somewhere in between my friend (prolonged suspense) and me (instant gratification), then there are some ways to have a little fun finding out the big news. Lots of couples will ask the ultrasound tech to write the sex of their baby on a piece of paper and put it in an envelope. From there, you can do any number of things: take it home and open it in private, go to your favorite spot and make a new memory, or save it for a major occasion (Christmas, birthday, anniversary) and open it together. 

Now, there's a new trend happening with these envelopes. If you want to celebrate with your friends and family and have them find out the same time you do, throw a gender-reveal party. According to Jezebel, you can take the top-secret envelope to a baker and have them make you a cake with the inside dyed to coordinate with the gender. Just imagine the celebration when your nearest and dearest see whether there's pink or blue sponge underneath that creamy icing. This YouTube video shows one such party:

It seems like a good time was had by all, and I think it's a great way to torture your family with the suspense and let them wait to find out. But I wouldn't be able to wait for the party. If I tried, I'd probably dig into the cake before I even left the bakery.

How about you? Share your fun stories of how you found out what you were having or how exciting it was to wait and find out the sex in the delivery room.

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