Monday, September 19, 2011

Not What I Was Expecting...

Apparently a lot of things today are not going to be what I was expecting.  First I figured I'd wake up with an extremely sore throat as I'm getting my first cold of the fall season.  Instead I woke up with my throat feeling a little better, but a sinus headache that I just know is going to linger all day!

I have my 16 week OB appointment today and when I asked B if he was going to try and make it I was fully expecting an "of course".  I mean this is his baby too, right?  Well instead I got "Probably not, we're working in..."  I'm not even going to go into how I feel about this.

I figure I will probably be making my appointment for my 20 week anatomy scan today.  It got me thinking, that means there is only 4 weeks until we find out the gender of this little monkey!  Since before getting pregnant I've thrown around the idea of a Gender Reveal Party.  I don't want to have a baby shower as I already have most of what we need for this baby.  I got all the big things in gender neutral colors so I wouldn't have to worry about it.  So yeah, this means I have only 4 weeks to plan this party because we all know I can't keep a secret very long.  Anyway I started searching for ideas.

I was very disappointed when I started to read all the comments on articles and blogs about gender reveal parties.  90% of them are negative.  Saying things like "When I said greedy, I really meant more greedy in wanting attention than in wanting gifts", " agree that it's overkill. I have no problem with expectant parents being totally immersed in the pregnancy and sharing a lot. But to expect everyone to gather for everything about it... no." "No, no, no, no, no! This is really obnoxious. Even if you don't expect people to bring gifts to this gender-reveal party, you're still taking up people's time on another party that's just for you." "The byproduct of high unemployment." "I think most people probably have better things to do on a Saturday afternoon than find out if your cake has pink or blue frosting. Get over yourself."

And those are all after just 2 articles.  Does the general public really feel this way?  Are my friends and family just going to think I want attention?  I'm thinking maybe I should just forget it.

Did you have a Gender Reveal?  What were people's reactions?

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  1. I think that anyone who would whine about a Gender reveal party is a person, who is not a parent, whether by choice, or not.

    I could understand if you had a black tie affair and spent thousands upon thousands of dollars on an event like that, that it might be a little bit of overkill, but so what? It's your baby, your pregnancy and you should be able to share it with your family, friends and loved ones, as you see fit.

    I don't think there's anything wrong with a gender reveal party. Who doesn't like a reason to get together to celebrate something good in the life of of someone they care for? And lets face it, any excuse for food, drinks and dessert.. (Like one of those cakes that they cut into to reveal a color which tells everyone, girl or boy..) is always a plus!

    I think you should ignore the nay sayers and go with what you want to do. There is no wrong or right about how you want your pregnancy to go, or how you choose to share things like your new little ones gender... Even if that means not sharing until after he/she arrives.

  2. I think that a simple party would be a ton of fun, just a great reason to get friends and family together and have a good time

  3. I am just catching up, and who ever wrote those comments are ridiculous in my opinion. It's just a little party. To me, they are basically saying the same thing as saying having a birthday party every year is ridiculous because its all about you... it doesn't make sense.

    It's just a little party in celebration of good news. :)

    I am pro gender reveal party!

  4. Say wha?! Those are some pretty harsh comments about a reveal party. I'd attend gender reveal parties everyday, any day! How FUN to get to share in one of the most precious parts of expectant parents' joy!!!


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