When we found out it was twins, we both agreed that we wanted to find out.
Now listen, I am not someone who ever wants to know the gender of my babies before they’re born.
I love ” that moment”
You know, this one :
” It’s – a — GIRL!! “
( Black and white birth photos curtesy of the amazing Roxanna. J Photography )
And this one -
But let’s face it, learning there was two instead of one was a surprise enough… Plus I needed to be able to picture life, and our family and what that all was gonna look like…. Since these two threw me a bit of a curve ball
I also needed it emotionally.
To have the time to deeply bond in utero with these two little blessings…
Since I love a good party, and planning things.. I also loved the idea of being able to tell family and close friends all together at a gender reveal party.
Me and Steve found out when I was 19 weeks, a week before the party.
We told no one, not even the kids. Although it was special to share that between just him and I… I also found it stressful!
I wear my heart on my sleeve.
My girlfriend Joni told me she couldn’t see me that week because she knew the moment she saw me, my face would tell it all, she’s totally right.
So I spent the week planning, crafting and nesting, three of my favourite things..
My new favourite way to send invitations is by making one on my computer, using a photo, adding text to it and simply sending it via text. No more messing around with email addresses, stamps etc!
I wanted everything to be white and neutral, and of course a bit whimsy and boho too;)
Dress: From one of my favourite business mama’s and who I am so blessed to work with: Arrow and Lace designs
Harlan’s floral crown : Jeodore.com
Yarn Garland from my friend: Confetti and Sparkle Party Shop
Star and Heart prints from amazing : Kardzkouture. The hearts represented girls and stars were boys
I grabbed some carnations from Costco and stuffed them into spray painted jars that I’ve used many times over for other parties.
I also added silver and gold to represent the different genders.I made a giant yarn weave for the dessert table backdrop from left over yarn and what have you in my craft bin at home.Cindy of Confetti and Sparkle party shop made me a custom leather garland.
Cake topper ” Hello World ” is also from her store.
Cake from a local Mama : Kristin’s cakesCookies, like always from Pam’s cookiesWhen trying to figure out how to reveal, I knew I wanted to do something a little different then the cutting of the cake thing..
Confetti and sparkle shop pulled through again ! Black balloons filled full of confetti that me and Steve spent two
( yes two ) evenings cutting and stuffing. Balloon garland: Confetti and sparkle party shop.I made the kids ” G” and ” B” glittered letters to hang as necklaces and the adults wrote their guesses on tags. Fact: It is practically impossible to get a photo of my three kids looking at the camera…
Dion’s bow tie: Arrow and Lace Designs My floral crown is again from Jeordore.com in the adult version. I love these floral crowns because you can use them more than once and Harlan’s the rest of the time is hung in her room as decor
I’m 20 weeks pregnant here
I was SO nervous to announce! I seriously cannot imagine finding out along with everyone ! It’s one of those special moments life only gives you a few times and man it was pretty special …..
So here we go first baby is a ——————————————-
Second baby is a - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -
Man it felt good to finally have our secret out and tell our closest friends and family all at the same time.
There was confetti everywhere!!!
We let all the little ones play in it for a while and to be honest, it was kinda magical…
Some history here now:
Before we found out we were having twins, actually before we found out we were expecting me and Steve had both thought of a girl and boy name. I bought girl and boy clothes, and yes even had a moment where I thought ” aw I kinda want both..”
I also had a moment yet again with Dion where he came up to me on the couch and touched my belly and said
” Mom, there’s a girl and boy baby in your tummy ..? ”
( seriously might need to hire him out for physic analysis
Deep down I knew there was a boy and a girl in this belly of mine.
So when we found out I can’t either of us was surprised.
It’s already starting to feel like these two were always meant to be here.
We are SO excited and feel blessed beyond measure by these little gifts.
To follow up on my last post, and since many of you have asked, I am feeling so much better now.
At 14 weeks my nausea almost completely subsided ( the earliest and fastest in all my pregnancies yet )
I’m exhausted, yes.. But so far these two have been good to their Mama!
I also want to say that I wrote the last post based only on how I truly felt at that moment and time. Not because I’m proud of those feelings and thoughts, but because I think it’s important, that if you are going to share your story, it be the truth. When I was going through it I felt alone and mad and sick at myself for thinking those horrible things… So if you have or are reading that or this and you’re going through the same emotions , I want to tell you your not alone, and it does get better.
I want to also mention that never, not once have I ever taken our fertility for granted.
So please don’t think that.
When I posted we were expecting online I felt sensitive to those struggling and seeing it and said a special prayer just for you.
Thank you to everyone who sent me nice messages and comments, your support, and prayers truly do mean so so much to us