After Nash was born and people started asking, “Do you guys want more kids?” (because we’re human and that’s what we do!), I always said yes, God willing…and that maybe we’d even be surprised by the gender since we already had one of each.
Then I got pregnant and realized there’s no way I could ever do that. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE it when other people don’t find out, and I think it must be the most incredible surprise ever…but I just can’t. I’m a planner. And if I can’t plan, I stress. And I don’t want to stress 😉
Arden and Nash currently share a Jack & Jill bath–and we knew we either wanted two girls in those rooms, or two boys. So that obviously meant that one of the two would have to move out of their current rooms to the guest room. Again, it’s something that could’ve waited until after the baby was born…but I could just picture myself a post-partum hormonal mess, trying to pick out paint colors and making endless to-do lists for Chris and myself. You guys, it just would NOT be pretty!
So when my doctor offered the genetic blood test and we found out that our insurance covered it–I couldn’t give them my blood fast enough. They estimated that it would take about 5 days to get the results…but on day 5 we heard nothing. Then there was a weekend. Then day 6 we heard nothing. The next day happened to be Arden’s birthday. My phone was on silent for some reason, but I looked down as I was making breakfast to see my doctor’s name flashing. I scooped up the phone and ran to the pantry so PJ Masks didn’t drown out the nurse on the other end of the line. Now Arden has been very vocal from the day she found out I was pregnant that this baby was going to be a GIRL. She said she really wanted to have a brother and a sister…and was constantly asking me what we would name her. So while I was happy to be getting the call that morning, I was also a little fearful that the news might make or break Arden’s big day 😉
Before I had time to overthink things, the nurse said…”Your kids are going to have a little sister!”
We had made plans to go to a park nearby that morning (the birthday girl’s request)…but I asked her if she wouldn’t mind going to one further away–and stopping at Pink Antlers on the way. She agreed and we hopped in the car. I sent Chris a text and asked him if he wanted to meet us for lunch…you know, for Arden’s birthday. I told him we were actually going to a park near his work, so he could just meet us there and we’d go to lunch together. He bought it all 😉
The last time I was at Pink Antlers I made a mental note of the cute gender reveal things they had in the store…because, duh. When we got there they showed us these adorable push-pops that would spray blue or pink confetti. I mouthed “it’s a girl” to Morgan, one of the owners, and she took care of it…and gave the kids some balloons for the road. We were off, with confetti popper in hand!
Next we hit the park and played while we waited for Chris. When he got there I told him I had to run to the car for something…and he was instantly suspicious. He said “You know!!” Apparently I have a terrible poker face.
I’ll let the video tell the rest of the story…
Oh Nash…he’s thrilled! 😉 And Arden told me later that day that “her birthday wish came true”. That’s the point that I melted into a big puddle.
I’m so thankful to be carrying this baby that I really didn’t care what the gender outcome was. I could see our family complete with a boy or a girl…but now that I know, there’s just something about Arden and Nash having a baby sister that just makes my heart swell. Oh and have you seen the baby girl stuff these days?! That’s definitely a bonus 😉
Nursery planning is underway (I’ll be sure to share some inspiration soon!) and I’m currently pinning ALL the vintage floral things. I might have a problem.