Patio furniture can SERIOUSLY break the bank. So a lot of times we end up buying something cheap just to have on our patio or in our backyard so we can enjoy our outdoor space. But it's something...
So first of all…did you think BOY or GIRL? If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you probably already know, but were you #teamgirl or #teamboy? Everyone keeps asking – did you and Brett think it was a girl or boy? Truth be told, neither of us really had any idea, meaning we were just hoping for a happy, healthy little baby. We have two little boy nephews that live right up the street from us and two little girl nieces on the east coast. We have friends that have boys and girls, and neither of us had our heart set either way.
That said, we probably would’ve been fine not finding out, but since this entire pregnancy process is already the least “in control” I have ever felt in my life, it sorta sounded nice to have something that I could at least find out now. I know everyone feels differently about this, but Brett and I always said we would find out ahead of time. And if we’re gonna find out, of course we’re going to have a bunch of our friends and family there!
First things first, my cousin Aubree was the “keeper of the gender,” because when we told her we were pregnant, she immediately said, “Congrats, can I be in charge of the gender reveal?” Ha! I said yes, not even really knowing what a “gender reveal” was or if we would have one. Fast forward a few months and we found ourselves at the doctor’s office, declining to find out what the sex of our baby was, and instead having them call and tell my cousin in New Jersey. She was the only one who knew until we all found out. No pressure!
Secondly, my brother-in-law and his wife did such a lovely job hosting the party. You’ll probably recognize this house as #parkstreetbuild by Built Custom Homes. I haven’t really done the proper “after” photos yet, so this is a good sneak peek. They put out a FULL SPREAD and made this preggo lady and all our guest feel so welcome.
Aubree asked our guests to wear pink or blue, depending on what they thought the baby was going to be. It was all in good fun and we felt so loved and supported by everyone coming out to see what we were having.
And then, it was time. The family nervously gathered in the back yard and Aubree brought out a little pink and blue house – adorable!
And to really play it up, we donned hard hats, safety goggles, and I was given a sledgehammer. The instructions were to smash the house. Needless to say, this might not make a lot of sense to most people, but was right “on brand” for my life.
And just like that, we got the best surprise of our life. A LITTLE GIRL IS ON THE WAY! I don’t know why I was SO SURPRISED, considering we legitimately had a 50/50 chance either way, but I was completely caught off-guard. I think Brett was, too! Being able to celebrate this moment with our friends and family also made it SO SPECIAL, and all of us can’t wait to meet her in April of 2020. Now – bring on the name ideas!