It seems like forever ago that we did our gender reveal, but I realised I never blogged it. I thought it would be useful to share the details, in case you wanted to recreate a small gender reveal for yourself. But also to have the memories stashed away here for myself!
In the UK, you have a 12 week and a 20 week scan. The 20 week scan is quite in depth; and checks the babies growth, all the major organs, and the limbs to ensure everything is progressing as it should be. The midwives also sometimes give you the option to find out the gender of your baby. Of course, this is never 100% accurate, but is pretty reliable. As the first little piece of information about the baby, we were keen to find out. It really didn’t matter to us, whether it was to be a boy or a girl. But for our first child, we both wanted to know. It gives you the teeniest insight into who they might be as a person. What they might be like, and of course gives you a heads up for potential names (which we already have picked!)
Ben and I both agreed we wanted the gender to be a surprise, to capture it on camera. We decided the best course of action would be to take a pen, paper and an envelope to our appointment. And very kindly ask the Sonographer if she wouldn’t mind writing the gender down for us. She was actually incredibly obliging and even had paper slips in the room of which she circled our babies gender and sealed it in an envelope.
Having researched a number of different ways to ‘announce’, we settled on the safest option would be to pop a balloon with coloured confetti inside. Pink confetti for a girl and blue for a boy. My brother was tasked with the delicate operation of discovering the gender, then filling and blowing up the balloon. The first of which was not a success and popped while it was being blown up. The second one, he was also worried would pop, but we managed to make it work until we were ready!
As we did our reveal during COVID restrictions in the UK, we were allowed into my parents garden, but everyone else had to dial in via zoom. A few friends had dressed in the colours of the gender they were predicting for their babies, which we thought was a lovely idea. My dad thought there was a ’50/50 chance of either’ hence his outfit..!
We decided to keep the set up quite simple and focused in one area for this, so it would look good on camera. I’ve made balloon garlands in the past, so I created a blue and pink one. Then hung it against a backdrop of our curtains hanging off my parents patio doors. Then it was all finished off with some pretty flowers, sweet nibbles and the baby boxes filled with white balloons.
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