In April of 2015 we found out we were expecting our 5th child! When we found out a friend asked me if this was a planned accident or a happy surprise? Another friend thinks I have rocks in my head for having another baby as well! lol I hope my sarcasm is coming through here because once you have more than 3 kids, the comments come one after another.
Well I can say this was a planned happy ordeal! At 34 years old I assume I know how babies are made and how to prevent it. I have never used birth control and I don’t plan on starting now. I can say when I was 21 and in college I wanted a career, a degree, a nice big house with my skill setting beaming through ect, ect.
I got married instead and even though my first few months of marriage were some of the hardest times of my life, I stuck with it, I trusted God (which in previous choices I didn’t). Anyhow in that most difficult year, I got pregnant with twins. And for the longest time I thought it would have been better to have twins when I was a more experienced Mother, but again heind site is 20/20 and you never really see what God is up too until after the fact! I look back and wonder why I even thought that way. I guess you can attribute it to a lot of factors. As a new mother you don’t expect to combat so much judgment but you do. Twelve years later you can criticize me and my mothering but ultimately I know my heart and now I think God gave me the twins at just the perfect time, A time when I was very unexperienced(You can say I had never changed a diaper before), unknowledgeable and weak.. subjected to the opinions of others ect, ect. Just in the midst of all my weakness God is strong, Amen! Indeed, he is strong!
Fast forward to now we have 4 little/big boys in our home. Our boys are filled with life and wonder and to our surprise enjoy this bigger family God and my husband and I are creating, and they could careless of the comments we receive! The boys wanted a baby sister with our 3rd child and we prayed and prayed and he was a boy. We prayed for our fourth son to be a girl but he came out a boy! We wouldn’t trade our last two boys for the world but all our hearts still desired a little girl.
I received this book from a friend that had the science trials of when to try to conceive a boy or a girl. I got through a few pages of the first chapter and thought to myself this is silly, I can not determine the sex of our baby. In actuality I believe science is of God( of course we believe that God is science, we are creationist’s) and there is order in that and I guess it is a pretty fun debate, even with non believers or evolutionists. I never picked up the book again though, I did read that if you try to conceive on the first day of ovulation that you would conceive a girl! With the results of the gender reveal, you can see if we went ahead and tried on the first day of ovulation! 🙂
Since our last two pregnancies were a surprise at birth, I thought one of those gender reveal parties would be super fun! Of course I always pick something that I don’t know is super trending! 10 years prior I had never even heard of a gender reveal party! Target also didn’t sell maternity cloths, so I guess having babies is trending even though the world still mocks it!
I went for my ultra sound at about 26 weeks and told the Dr. that was doing the scan to just put the results in an envelope. I then gave it to my dearest and best friend Christine and told her to wait until my other dear friend Stephanie came over to share the results together. I asked them months earlier if they would be willing to help me plan a gender reveal party and they said, “yes”! They both did an exceptional job keeping our secret for over a month! Our entire family and other circle of friends had no idea about the gender! Here is the video of the reveal!
Since the gender reveal parties are pretty trendy, I was really trying to figure out something unique and different to use for the reveal! Since it is Autumn time and bon fires, hoodies and camping are fun. I thought it would be fun to reveal the gender in a camp fire over a bon fire at the state park! I found many fun ways online to use chemicals to make the flames change certain colors. That was the original plan before the weather forecast’s showered us with rain! So we changed the location from the state park to our friends home. We used a pumpkin and inside was a pumpkin piggy bank that my friend painted for us. The party turned out perfect and we had a total of 60 people who came and shared our joy! It was a fun way to reveal the gender of our 5th child! We are anticipating the arrival as I type! Alyra Neveah Anderson should be making her presence any day now, and we are smitten with delight!
The day we were setting up the party the kids were all eager to help. So we had 9 little ones to look after while setting up.
The party was so much fun and went by so fast that we forgot to tally the results from this fun chalk board guess for guests sign.
The cupcakes were filled with gender reveal frosting and a few of our friends couldn’t stay. They took he cupcakes with them to reveal before the real reveal was done!
Each person at the party picked a team boy or girl sticker! All my boys picked team girl. Of course I wasn’t getting my hopes up and I picked team boy!