Monday, July 01, 2019

a poem for baby B

i haven't written a poem in a while, and after 6 months of pregnancy, obviously our little one has been on my mind. so i thought it would be fun to write one for baby B. i use the term "poem" very losely, because i use a random mix of styles and i don't always rhyme! ;) there's a few half rhymes and not-so-half-rhymes thrown in for good measure, haha!

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Monday, June 03, 2019

baby b | gender reveal party

it was so much fun to have our family and friends over to our house to celebrate baby b & for us to share the news that we have a little boy joining the family this fall! we moved into our house right before last Christmas, but with me working every other weekend, we were rarely at home together to unpack and move things where we wanted them. the unpacking and settling in was slow going for sure, but we managed to finish unpacking before the party, haha! although we still have to hang some curtains and decorations on the wall, but we will get there! this was the first time we had such a large crowd over to our house, but i felt like there was enough room to spread out in and it worked well!

we didn't do a set theme for the party, but we did have little bees and hives for people to cast their vote on the gender. we wanted to do bees since we have been calling ourselves the "b" hive and our little baby b on the way! we tried to think of a creative but inexpensive way to reveal the gender, and finally decided on doing a pinata because it was pretty simple to put together. i didn't find any bee pinatas i liked, but saw a sorting hat pinata in Target and couldn't resist! i am a huge Harry Potter fan and thought the correlation of the sorting hat revealing our baby's gender was just too fun to pass up! (if you're not into Harry Potter, the sorting hat is placed on each student's head, and it reveals what "house" they belong to at Hogwarts, their school)

we bought the sorting hat pinata, and then once we found out the gender, we bought blue candy to fill it with! we had about 45 people over for the party, and it was a lot of fun! Thomas only took 2 hits to break open the pinata & i got a fun video with everyone's reactions also! it was interesting having so many people over at our house at once, but it was nice to have a house and yard that could host people! thankfully we have a pretty good size yard, so there was plenty of room for people to park! my aunt's, Thomas's uncle, and one of my closest friends were also able to come to the party from out of town so that was fun! i'm glad we did the party and have these photos and memories to look back on (and to show baby b one day)! we also saved a goodie bag of the candy to give to baby b one day & Thomas bought the black bat (that he used to hit the piƱata) to give to baby B to use one day! :)

Monday, May 27, 2019

IT'S A ....

when we first found out that baby B was on the way, i calculated when i would be 20 weeks along to get an idea of when we might find out the gender. i calculated that i would be 20 weeks at the end of May, and thought it would be cool to celebrate our anniversary on May 17 and then find out the gender 2 weeks later!

as it turns out... we ended up finding out the gender at 18.5 weeks because of the way my appointments were scheduled out, so we got to find out a little bit earlier than i was expecting! and the random date they pulled out for our anatomy ultrasound was May 17... which is not only our anniversary but also Thomas's birthday! so it was a very special day this year!

the weekend of May 17 was a weekend i was scheduled to work, so i did some swapping around with my coworker and took a day of PTO so i could have the whole weekend off with Thomas because i knew we would have a lot to celebrate! thankfully our ultrasound appointment was early friday morning, and right after the appointment we headed to the mountains for the weekend for our anniversary trip!

we went back and forth between finding out during the ultrasound or finding out privately at home afterwards. we decided to have the ultrasound tech turn the screen off when she checked the gender, and she placed 3 photos with the gender typed on them in an envelope so we could open later! Thomas wanted to wait until the gender reveal (a week later) to find out, but i shot that down, haha! i didn't want to wait an entire week, especially since we had the opportunity to find out on our anniversary. but also, i wanted to find out privately with Thomas, and not in front of 40 people!

it was fun to find out right before we headed out of town for the weekend, so that we could dream about baby B together and brainstorm names during the weekend! (although we already had a pretty solid boy name and girl name prior to finding out! because like i said, i don't like to wait! but we are still deciding on the name, and haven't agreed on a winner yet.)

we had our gender reveal party at our house yesterday, and shared the news with family and some close friends! it was really fun! i went back and forth between having a gender reveal party or not, because i don't like being the center of attention. but i'm glad we had the party and were able to spread the news in a creative way to our family and friends at one time! it was fun to see everyone's reactions, and i feel like we wouldn't have gotten to focus on everyone else's reactions if we were finding out at the same time. so i'm very glad we did it the way we did!

so now that we told our families the news, i guess it's out there! baby B is a BOY & we couldn't be more excited to welcome him into our family in October! we have 3 nephews, so he will fit right in with his cousins! now i'm going to go register for all the cute boy things! haha!