First things first…I feel as though a constant and “real” bump has arrived! Thanks to being the size of an avocado, I am sporting a consistent little pooch that is starting to appear less like burrito and more like baby. I caught a more pronounced-than-normal glimpse in the bathroom at work last week and texted Page and the grandmas this pic. It definitely hides and then shows itself throughout the day…but the bump is getting legit!
But the REAL thrill of this week has been finding out if Bump is a boy or girl!
A gender reveal bash has been at the top of my “parties I want to host!” list — but there’s just no room to do so in our current digs for this little peanut on the way. Instead, we invited both sets of grandparents (all first-time grandparents!) to join us for a gender ultrasound and a dinner afterwards. We started with an end-of-day appointment at Prenatal Vision, a local business offering early gender ultrasounds at 16 weeks (rather than waiting until 20 weeks with my OB). The business is kind of genius — the ultrasound business shares space with a local baby boutique, Swell, that of course sucks you in with all kinds of adorable boy and girl goodies once you know what you’re having!
We opted to not find out DURING the appointment, but it was a chance for the grandparents to view an ultrasound with us and for all of us to see Baby, live in 3-D, for the first time (we also have a DVD that we got to take home as well – how cool to show to this baby when he/she is older!). The room is set up for group viewings/reveals, so there was plenty of space and it was a much more chill environment than having “extra guests” come to the doctor’s office with us. Originally, I felt kind of private about appointments being just the two of us, but I’m SO glad now for the experience to see the grandparents all get a glimpse at this tiny person and feel their excitement. It was so fun to share this with them.
We asked that the gender be sealed, and we picked out both a girl and boy item in the shop and asked them to wrap one up for us (without telling) based on the result. We sent the parents off to hold our dinner reservation and while they held the table, we took a quick detour by the site of our new house, in progress. We definitely wanted this first moment to ourselves, to find out just the two of us…
Ecstatic at the news, (we couldn’t stop smiling!) we met up with the grandparents at Trostel’s Dish, a restaurant where Page and I have celebrated many happy occasions. We handed the grandparents the gift to open so they could learn that Baby Smith is a…
We debated initially on finding out, but I’m so glad we did. With no house to nest in, and no nursery to put together in the coming months, I needed SOMETHING to go on, to wrap my mind around, to feel like I have a grip on the coming months. We already had pretty narrowed-down name lists either way, but we are quickly closing in on our final choice, now that we know and our little guy suddenly seems so much more real. We cannot wait to welcome our SON (eek! still surreal to say that!) come January.