Secret’s out y’all! We are having a BOY!
Holy crappppp 😮. Deep down I knew it was a boy because this pregnancy has been so different from my first. But, seeing the words BOY in that email still put me into shock. I am just so thankful and blessed to bring another human into this world, and to give Hadleigh another playmate. And we are THRILLED that it is a little boy!
Now, these are weird times we are living in with the pandemic happening across the world. I feel for those who have had to cancel gender reveal parties, baby showers and other fun activities. But luckily, we already knew we would be doing a virtual gender reveal since we live in a different state than most friends and family.
We threw together a pretty last minute gender reveal video and photo shoot. If you find yourself stuck on how to reveal your baby’s gender to friends and family during this quarantine, then keep reading to find out our very simple and very diy virtual gender reveal.
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How we found out the gender
Originally we wanted to do the Panorama test through my OB office, but decided this time we didn’t want to do any genetic testing. During our first pregnancy we had a terrible experience with genetic testing that unnecessarily scared us and ended with me being induced. You can read more about that here.
To avoid unnecessary stress, we opted out of genetic testing and decided to do the at home Sneak Peek test. The sneak peak test is also a way cheaper option than doing the blood test through your OB. And if you’re too impatient (like me) to wait until your 20 week anatomy scan, you can do the sneak peek test as early as 8 weeks! The company claims to be 99% accurate, plus reviews were good so we decided to go ahead and do it.
There are also some areas that have Sneak Peek locations where you can physically go get lab work done. You can also schedule extra ultrasounds if you want to see baby a couple extra times.
It took about a full week to get results, including having the test shipped to our house, sent back to the lab and the results emailed to us.
Our gender reveal video + photos
After reading the email together, Brendan and I quickly ran through some ideas of how we would do a gender reveal for friends and family. We already knew it would be virtual, so we wanted to record a video of Hadleigh doing something cute.
We had gotten balloons in pink and blue colors just in case. We decided to blow up all of those up and take a photo with both colors as the teaser photo. Then we took photos with just the blue balloons. This photo shoot was a hot mess with a toddler, let me tell you…haha. We just tried to roll with it and kept taking photos (via tripod + camera timer) on repeat.
For the video reveal, we thought it would be fun for Hadleigh to open a box and have the blue balloons come out. Since we didn’t have helium, Brendan engineered a fancy little contraption. He secured the balloons inside a large box, hung it upside down from our back deck and attached a string for Hadleigh to easily pull the box open.
We set up the tripod, pressed record and TA-DA! ITS A BOY! We video chatted with friends and family and showed the video on my computer so we could see their reactions. It was a lot of fun!
More gender reveal ideas
Other ideas you could use as a virtual gender reveal:
- bake a cupcake/cake with the gender color and record little ones eating it (or yourself if you’re a first time mom)
- order confetti popper and record yourselves popping it
- fill balloon with the colored confetti and pop it
Click here for more ideas.
While this can be a sad time to be pregnant since we can’t celebrate with friends and family, we can still share in the joy virtually! I am so thankful that social media and the internet are around during times like these!
We are so excited to welcome our baby BOY this September. And yes, I have already started planning the nursery 😂