The Gender Reveal:
The kids were so excited about the fact that we were adding another member to our family!
After I had my first appointment, we told them that they could come to the next appointment and hear the heartbeat. Well the next appointment happened to be the week of the big scare. We decided that we shouldn't bring the kids, in case there were any problems. Once we knew what was going on, if everything was okay, we would take them to the next appointment.
My doctor ended up having to push that next appointment back a week, and by that time the kids were back in school. They begged us to check them out of school, and we made the deal with them that we would check them out of school to come to the ultrasound, OR to come hear the heartbeat. But not both. Of course they all chose the ultrasound.
When it finally got to the week of my ultrasound, I called the hospital to set up my appointment. They went over all the rules with me. One of them was "only 1 other adult and no children." WHAT??? I have never been prevented from bringing children to the ultrasound before and I was super bummed. But not nearly as much as the kids were.
They kept asking us if we would call the school and tell them if they were having a baby brother or sister once we found out. We tried to explain that we couldn't just call the school and have them called out of class, disrupting everyone, just so we could tell them. They didn't understand why not. They think because I'm on the board I can just do whatever I feel like, without regard to protocol. I probably could without having anyone say anything to me, but it doesn't mean it wouldn't bother people, or that I should. I try not to overstep my bounds. Too much. ;) They were super bugged at the thought that we would find out in the morning, and they had to wait clear until after school to find out.
Here's what I did do. I had seen this cute little idea on Pinterest about using a paint strip and sharpie to announce baby's gender. So I grabbed some paint strips at Walmart on the way home from the ultrasound. I went into the office at school and made a photocopy of the best ultrasound picture for each of my kids. I wrote on the paint strip and stuck the strip and the picture in an envelope, then wrote the name of one of my children (not in my normal handwriting) on each envelope. Then I asked one of the awesome ladies who works at the front desk to deliver them to my kids in class. She of course stuck around to spy on their reactions. They all started out looking confused and then when they opened their envelope, without exception got huge grins as they realized what it meant. She was expecting Bookworm to be disappointed, but she loved that he just got a big smile and leaned over to show his friends.
This is the picture I used to announce on Facebook. I wrote the words a little differently on the strips I gave to my kids, but this will give you the main idea.
After school the kids were once again full of excitement and questions. The girls gave me their envelopes to put in my purse so they wouldn't get lost or ruined. I asked Bookworm what he did with his picture. His reply? "I hung it up in my locker."