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-Gender Reveals & Happiness Steals-

by Kelly Enos on July 30, 2020
When I got to week twelve of my pregnancy, I was still nervous, nervous about posting it on social media, nervous to start telling the world. What if I jinx my pregnancy by telling everyone? What if something happens and I have to go back and undo it all, as well as coping with my own emotions? I have mixed feelings about posting on social media that you are expecting, especially at twelve weeks to the day…. as I did. After all, it is your little secret for what feels like a lifetime, suddenly out there and exposed to the world; it's daunting.

To be completely honest, I did feel a sort of pressure about plastering it on Instagram and Facebook. However, I gave in and posted it. The amount of love and support we got was out of this world, and to everyone, I am forever grateful for that. At 20 weeks we decided to do a gender reveal, again, not to everyone's taste but for us, we preferred the idea of finding out the sex of our baby with all of our friends and family, our raw reaction with a room full of all the people we love surrounding us. Rather than a sonographer, a stranger tells us. Now this, I was so so glad we did! I really recommend it! It doesn't have to be anything flash a back garden, and a confetti canon is just as spectacular as any other reveal!

I had the scissors in hand, ready to cut open a cardboard box my amazing friend Izzy had put together for us to unveil the appropriate colour pom poms inside. My heart was pounding out of my chest, and I was extremely emotional. At this point just as my scissors were reaching the box and the countdown got closer and closer to 1, I remember thinking "baby will no longer be an 'it,' or just baby or bean. Baby will be either a he or a she. It was at that moment where I realized when I cut this ribbon, baby, to me will be a real person (if that even makes sense). I cut the ribbon and saw blue pom-poms fall to the floor… Now to say I was surprised is an understatement, I was told by everyone around me that I was having a girl, they could tell either by my scan pictures or by my bump, by my cravings for sweeties all pointed to a girl. This may surprise you, but I always wanted baby number one to be a boy, I know I know you should just be grateful you're pregnant and let that be that, but I can't help it. I always swayed more towards a boy for my first, so me and my partner were over the moon to find out we were having a little baby BOY!

After that night we got home just me, my partner and baby boy bump, and we just kept turning to each other and saying, "we're having a boy"! This would be sporadic but pretty much the only thing we said to each other for the rest of the evening. A shout from the loo "We're having a boy" kitchen getting a drink "We're having a boy!" that carried on until the next morning…

While on cloud nine and soaking up our amazing news, it was the following few weeks I would find out that not everyone was as chipper about pregnancy and being a mum and they were ALL about to let me know exactly that… I'll leave that for the next blog.

Did you have a gender reveal? How did you do it? What was your announcement post? Did you post? Comment below I love hearing these stories!

Lots of Love Kelly & George x

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