Our gender reveal party was so fun and so meaningful to both Jake and me. We had it on June 13th at noon in our living room.
We set up a Zoom call and invited all of our family and friends. We're not sure how many people showed up, but it was more than could fit on 2 screens.
Many people even made us some special signs! Chuck had a sign that said "Team Boy" and Ella had a sign that said "Team Girl". A few of my young swimmer shad "Congratulations Jake and Chloe" signs. SO MANY people were there and we felt so much love and support. It was incredible to see everyone and to know that they supported us.
I set up a background of balloons and streamers that I found on Etsy. Jake got me his air compressor so that I could easily and quickly blow up all of the balloons. The backdrop was gorgeous and it really made us feel special.
We welcomed everyone as they arrived. Then, I had prepared a fun little quiz while we waited a few more minutes to show up.
With each milestone it becomes more real. We still have a long way to go, but this process is so special regardless of the pandemic. I'm thankful for every step and that I'm blessed enough to have been chosen to be this little precious baby boy's mom.
My anxiety had been rising in the week leading up to this appointment. I have been following message boards with other women due in October and occasionally (yet a disproportionately large amount) women would get bad news at their 20 week ultrasound. Many women would find soft markers for different chromosomal abnormalities or serious genetic defects and deformations. Some even learned that their baby's heart was just no longer beating. I knew the numbers were on our side, but my anxiety likes to lock on to the 'what-ifs' when I'm feeling vulnerable. Having such a tiny and precious life inside of me is definitely a vulnerable feeling.
I called my doctors office the day before my appointment to check and see if I could have a support person (JAKE) come to the appointment with me. So far, Jake hadn't been able to come to any of my prenatal appointments. To our great luck, they changed the rule THAT DAY and Jake was going to be allowed to view the ultrasound!!! Almost all of my anxiety dissipated when I knew I would have Jake there to hold my hand. I immediately felt 10 inches taller and so much stronger. Walking in to the appointment, masks on, hand in hand, felt SO GOOD!
Our Ultrasound tech was named Deb and she was fantastic! She was fun, funny, and explained everything we were looking at. She told us as she was measuring the head, organs, analyzing the heart, and she even told us as things looked good. When she got to the 'potty shot' to determine gender, she told us to look away since we had planned a gender reveal party for our friends and family. On the way out we got a card, stapled shut, that had the gender inside. 6y
After the Ultrasound I met with my doctor and she confirmed that the baby looked perfect. No abnormalities or concerns at all.
Now we just have to wait until Saturday to find out the gender!
Below is a few of the photos and videos we were able to get from the Ultrasound.
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