Gender Reveal Party

The party was awesome! 🙂 We about 35 people in our house who have been with us through this journey. It was really a celebration of a milestone as we near the middle of our IVF pregnancy.
We had a cake that was dyed the color of the gender on the inside so no one knew what Baby Newman was going to be. My sister hosted, putting together games and activities for everyone. We did an old wives tale game (predicted boy!), a baby diaper game and a name suggestion game (still no name for Baby Newman).

Then came the really fun part- registering for everything!
We went to target first and spent about an hour there. The thing I learned from that experience is never to select items marked as “limited avaliability” because it means it is discontinued. Nearly everything we picked was discontinued and so when I got home to view my items online, I had nothing.
Target “Take Two” was much more sucessful. We basically registered for blankets, onsies, diapers…stuff…but not the big, important stuff.
For the big important stuff we went to Babies R Us and went crazy! Bottles, pack and play, high chair…
Can I just say “thank you” to whoever decided baby showers needed to happen? That stuff is expensive and you need so much! It made me feel underprepared to be a mommy!

But we got a lot done. At least the biggest part of registering done. Now it’s time to research the saftey of some of our picks and refine/add to the list.

Drum Roll Please….

We are so excited!!! The gender reveal party went so well- my sister and mother are simply amazing!! More to come…but right now we are just going to soak it all in. It’s a boy!

16 weeks 6 days


Baby Newman at 16w 6d

No real measurements were taken. I’m assuming they are waiting for the anatomy scan to do that. Dr. M (another doctor at the practice) came in and scanned me very quickly. He just rolled over baby to eyeball it a few times and then smiled and said, “Do you want to know what it is?” YES!!!
He fussed with baby a bit, but baby was still sitting low in my pelvis so he said he would only be able to make a guess.

I made him write down his guess on a scrap of paper in an envelope. On my way out, my nurse stopped to chat. Then another nurse and then finally Dr. C. He asked if we knew the gender and when I told him it was only a guess, he pulled me back into the ultrasound room to verify.
He literally swiped over my belly twice and felt 100% confident in his decision. Then he opened the envelope, looked inside and nodded happily. Whatever Dr. M wrote down in my envelope, Dr. C agreed with!
What I could see was that baby had moved in the time I had left the room, so Dr. C had a much better view than Dr. M. What I could not make out was the gender. At least not for sure.
I don’t know how they can see anything in those grainy images!

So my sister has the envelope with its secret inside. 🙂 I cannot wait until the 30th!!! We are going to reconfirm whatever was written there at our anatomy scan just to be completely sure and go from there. This party is going to be so much fun!!! 🙂

I am concerned about our lack of commitment to a boy name and my dis-interest in boy bedding. I guess I need to get serious because this can go either way!
I found a crib set I really like and I think it will work well in the room.
Possible Crib Set

Possible Bedding Sets
Bedding 1
Bedding 2
Bedding 3
Maybe Too Girly…
Same…Maybe Too Girly
Bedding 6

Such a huge responsibility!! I have a lot of thinking to do. What do you ladies think about these bedding sets?

Hope everyone is having a great week!! My Christmas vacation is so close I can taste it!!! :3