Gender Reveal Party!

I totally promised you guys I would share how the whole gender reveal thing went down.  Full warning, if you type in “gender reveal,” there are a number of really caustic responses to the concept.  Generally I was a little ??? at that because it’s one of those things, that if you find them so offensive, you really don’t have to go, but I guess people feel really strongly about them.

If you’re reallllly curious, I’m not going to link the article here, but there is one particular article that was in a popular women’s mag.  The woman seemed genuinely angered at the concept of the gender reveal, stating, “I love cake, but I don’t need to learn about your future kid’s genitalia just to enjoy some frosting.”  I mean, so go get yourself a slice of cake from Whole Foods, and decline the next invite.  No one is forcing you to go, right?

Anyhoo, Austin and I really like to get together with our friends/family.  We have since we got together.  And we thought a little gender reveal would be a neat way to get everyone together on a nice spring day.

So the way it worked: we went to get our anatomy/gender scan on Tuesday, which I talked about before.  It was pretty cool because we literally saw everything.  Brains, limbs, bones, major organs.  We were able to check for markers of major issues, and everything turned out to be developing nicely, which was a nice relief.

You ALSO have the option to find out the gender.  Which again, folks are split on.  Some people are like, “OMG no, you CANNOT find out,” and others are like “I would literally die if I didn’t know.” To each their own right?  But we wanted to find out kinda, have the gender given to this card shop that I love, have them give us confetti poppers, and pop them at a party.

So we had everyone come over around 2, and served really gross food.  By gross, I mean delicious, but it was like fried chicken, mac and cheese, dirty rice, mashed potatoes, potato salad, and desserts.  All prepped by me if you can believe it!  And by that, I mean, we ordered Bojangles.

So halfway through, when folks had been drinking and playing yard games for a while, we gathered everyone out on the lawn, handed our four or five confetti poppers from Thimblepress, and on the count of 3, we popped them to reveal that we were having a little boy!



This picture is facially awful, but if you’re curious about what the bod looks like about 20 weeks pregnant, this is it.


When all was said and done, I was, WE were, just so thrilled to have folks out there to celebrate.  We ended up hanging out super late, and falling into bed really fat and happy.

I’m just so excited to have a little boy.  I know that either way, we’d be happy and thankful for a healthy sweet kid, but I secretly love little boys and how sweet and snuggly they are, and I’m so excited.  We have NO clue on names, but we have some time to decide!

What were you up to this (last?!) weekend?

Weekend Update!

Full disclosure.  This post contains some affiliate links.  Cause mama needs to pay these student loans down, times is hard!

The next few weekends are going to be banana-rama, so you should definitely be reading along nonstop because it’s all good interesting stuff.  Plus I finally did my eyebrows so I don’t look as werewolfy as usual, so you may have some pretty things to look at!

So moving right along.  This weekend was really really jammed, but all with good stuff!

On Friday, I worked for the first part of the day – sent emails, and sent the September scheduling requests out to my team.  I started getting the warm fuzzies on Friday.  I really truly love my job.  I waited for such a long time for a job like this one, and I was so upset during the time when I was job searching, but I think it was worth the wait, and the big guy upstairs and the universe knew when I would be ready to take on this team.  And what an incredible team it is.

^^ all that to say, I looked up on Friday from my work, and realized that I was running behind what I was supposed to be, and I had to quickly rush home and rush into the shower so I could get ready for my father-in-law’s retirement party (which they combined with my stepmother’s birthday party).  After my dress didn’t show up for the event, I just threw something together, and we drove the two hours down to Albermarle to party.

Dan, my FIL, flew for 41, count ’em, forty-one years!  It was pretty cool to see.  One observation I did make, however, is that there aren’t a lot of black pilots.  I was the only black person in a room of 175, and it got me thinking – perhaps this is the next place we need to encourage folks of color to go – just a thought!

So Saturday, I rushed to get a run together and busted open my Rent the Runway (RTR) just in time for the wedding of someone I have known since I started school at Elon University.  That’s a solid 10 years of friendship!

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So I rented this dress, and funny enough, a friend of mine wore the same dress at my wedding last year! The dress was comfy, really forgiving, and I was not at all expecting the sheer volume of compliments I received on the dress. I think mostly, people were just in shock because I wasn’t wearing dirty workout tights and I actually fixed my face for once.


Austin and I have had a pretty calm wedding season, and this was the first wedding of the year we went to. The ceremony was at a church that was close to Elon, and then we all hopped on buses and limos to head the reception, where we enjoyed food, dancing, and fireworks under a tent.


We partied, then headed home where my brother was still up packing some things. I quickly hit some push-ups…


And hit the sack where Austin and I actually got the chance to sleep in for the first time in a million years.  It felt so so good!

I finished off the weekend by helping my brother set up his apartment which is literally like 3 or 4 miles from here.  We helped him pick out the best tv for the value, and while I was there, I found a stack of some familiar HD antennas…

IMG_2939The associate saw me looking at them and told me that they were the “best”.  Duh fool, I know!  And it sounded like their Leaf-30 was all gone – I couldn’t find any on the shelves, and another associate walked up and told me that they were flying off the shelves with all the college kids moving in.  Yay! (Can you tell that I’m sort of a big fan of the Leaf?  May have something to do with my husband’s engineering skills…)

Whew!  Okay what did you do this weekend?