Boy oh boy! We've known for awhile now. But I had to break up all this good news into easily digestible bits!
So here's the funny story behind this gender reveal. I like to go big. If it were solely up to me, I would have thrown a lavish party, invited all our friends, and made people dress in the color of their prediction. But knowing Hal's low key personality, I didn't even bring it up. As a compromise, I thought it'd be nice to announce the gender with my immediate family instead, so they could witness our happiness in the moment.
I asked my doctor to send the gender results in a letter. It arrived a few days before we planned to reveal to my family. But sitting on a piece of information you've been waiting your whole life for is not an easy task! Hal wanted to open it then and there. We went back and forth, debating what to do. My family would understand, right? The temptation!
We caved and opened it together, just the two of us. Cuddling on the couch, I took a deep breath, and ripped the envelope open. MALE FETUS was highlighted in yellow. And we burst into tears. I sobbed like a... well like a mother discovering the gender of her first child. I cried out of happiness, knowing that my intuition was correct. I cried out of joy for Hal, knowing how much this news meant to him personally. We would have loved a girl. And I still believe she'll join our family one day soon. But our baby boy is here now. The one we've been waiting on for a very long time.
We immediately called our parents to tell them the good news. And to apologize for ruining the big reveal! Looking back, I'm glad we opened the letter privately. Without all the hoopla - without all the fuss. Those few special moments with Hal are ones I'll never forget.
P.S. To keep it fun for my brother and his family, we filled a black balloon with blue confetti and popped it over at their house a few days later. Much to my 3-year old niece's dismay. She had demanded pink! :)