for my sake i am going to give the back story on how we got to the decision to find out the gender and do the party, but please feel free to skip all of my ramblings and check out the pictures from our fun affair. :)
we (well, i) LOVE surprises! and to me the best surprise ever is finding out you are pregnant and next to that is finding our the gender of your little one. when we were pregnant with our first child, mark and i decided that we did not want to find out the gender. there is nothing we could do to change it, and we were just thrilled to be expecting our little one. it was such a FUN decision. on our delivery day, it felt like the BEST christmas morning ever. we would have been overjoyed to welcome either a boy or a girl, but on november 8, 2005, the doctor announced, "it's a girl!" we were shocked!! i will never forget that moment. then we were blessed to become pregnant for a second time in 2007. this time i had a little girl who was 2 years old and although excited to meet this new little baby, did not adjust easily to new situations. i couldn't imagine how she was going to respond to a new sibling, PLUS i kinda wanted to know the gender this time, so when our 20 week sonogram rolled around we found out that we were expecting a boy. that was a really great experience too! for the next 18 weeks we were able to buy a few blue things, discuss names, and really prepare olivia for her new baby brother. soooo, that brings us to this pregnancy. i already have a girl and a boy, and mark and i had decided that we thought it would be fun to not find out again. well, we told our kids about the pregnancy and they immediately wanted to know if they would be having a baby brother or sister. we explained that we didn't know yet. they REALLY wanted to know, so the more i thought about it, i came to the conclusion that a gender reveal party was the perfect way to go. the kids would get there wish to know the gender early, and mark and i would get the element of surprise that we wanted. well, in all my thinking about this party i could have never imaged the joy i felt last night. it was wonderful!
after we left the doctor's office yesterday full of smiles and relief that our little one was healthy, i drove immediately to party city to pass off the envelope to the teenage girl working the balloon counter. i explained to her that i wanted her to look in the envelope at what the doctor had written, fill the box with either pink or blue balloons, seal it up, and reminded her NOT to tell me what is in the box- it was going to be a surprise for everyone!
then i headed over to the bowlin's house a put up a few decorations...
everyone arrived dressed in their prediction.
|chrissie, nana, abby, and jack|
and team pink...
|pop, me, mark, b, rara, olivia, kk, and christman|
and then the moment we were all waiting for...
|our little family, so excited to open the box!!|
|IT'S A GIRL!!!!!!|
i know this will be a memory that i will cherish for a lifetime. i am so incredibly blessed to have shared this special moment standing right next to my little family and being surrounded by my BIG family. now we are all praying for this sweet little girl to arrive safely in our arms in january 2013. we already love her so much and can't wait!!
the evening ended with this beautiful rainbow...