21 Weeks: The Big Gender Reveal

Happy Monday, friends!

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  Brandon and I had an incredible week in Ohio.  Not only did we get to spend precious time with family and friends, but we also found out the gender of our baby! Smile

On Tuesday, Brandon and I went to the doctor’s office for our sonogram. 

Before beginning the process, we told the woman that rather than telling us the gender, we wanted her to call someone for us and leave them a voicemail with the gender information.  So she knew that we didn’t want to find out the sex that day.

The baby was moving around like crazy, so the poor sonogram woman took at least 20 minutes trying to get measurements.  At this point, she had the sonogram screen pointed away from us, so we couldn’t see what was going on.  Eventually, she was finished with her measurements and was able to show us our baby on the screen.


The last time we had seen our baby, it was at 6 weeks, so we basically just saw a dot on the screen.  To see an actual head, mouth, spine, etc … well, it was nothing short of amazing.

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Hello, little alien baby. Winking smile

The sonogram woman then told us that everything looked perfect, and that she did know the baby’s gender.  It was so difficult to leave that office without knowing if we were having a boy or a girl!

On Thanksgiving morning, while we were busy preparing for the day’s festivities, we received a very special delivery.

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Our dear family friend, Lisa, was the one who had received the phone call from the sonogram woman.  After finding out the gender, she made us these gorgeous cupcakes.

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Do you know how difficult it was to stare at those cupcakes for several hours, dying to know if they held pink or blue frosting inside?? Disappointed smile

Eventually, all of Brandon’s family members arrived at his parents’ house for Thanksgiving dinner.  We piled everyone into the office, so that we could Skype with my mom and Brandon’s brother’s family on the home computer.

With an audience of about 15 people, we tentatively pulled the paper liners off of our cupcakes,

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took a couple of big bites,

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and about died from shock and joy!

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Ladies and gentleman …

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Smile Smile Smile

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Possible thoughts running through my head during the above picture:

“She is going to be such a girly girl!”

“I can’t wait to force her to wear those headbands with the gigantic flowers on them!”

“We’re going to have to pay for a wedding!”

“I don’t know how to do a little girl’s hair!”


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Our little girl is going to be named Addison Grace.  Her nickname will be “Addie.”

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And we could not be more thrilled. Red heart


A quick pregnancy update …

21 weeks

(P.S. I cheated and took this picture on Thursday.  So I was actually 20.5 weeks.  But isn’t it amazing how much I grew in just a few short days??)

Symptoms/Physical Changes:

- Some minor discomfort around the rib area, particularly after eating.

- I suddenly look (and feel) incredibly pregnant, at least in my opinion.  Baby Addison has made herself quite clearly known!

- My belly button is getting shallower and shallower.  It’s so weird (but kinda cool!)!

- I have finally started to feel her move in there!  There were a couple of nights last week when I could actually feel her with my hand when I pressed down on my belly.  Smile


- Nothing major.  My sweet tooth seems to be returning slowly, but I also love my salty foods.  And I’ve been enjoying a lot of fresh fruit!

What is the baby doing this week?

According to this website, Addie is the size of a large banana. 

The website also says, “…and speaking of bananas, if you eat one this week, there’s a good chance your baby will get a taste, too. That’s because he swallows a bit of amniotic fluid each day (for nutrition, hydration, and to practice digesting), so he eats whatever’s on your menu — and gets to put those developing taste buds to good use. So go ahead and nosh on those nachos (or crunch those crudités): Your baby may develop a taste for them when he’s older.”

Fun Events:

Now that we know that we’re having a little girl, I’m excited (and nervous!) to start working on our registry and shopping for the nursery!

Question for ya …

How was your Thanksgiving?

I feel like I’ve been out of the loop for a week (because I have!).  Update me on your lives!

Best thing you ate on Thanksgiving?

If you’ve been pregnant, did you find out the sex during your pregnancy or did you wait?  Anyone else do a ‘gender reveal?’

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52 Responses to 21 Weeks: The Big Gender Reveal

  1. Jennifer

    I LOVE her name! You must vote so excited to really start planning for her arrival. :)

  2. Jen

    well, I’m not sure what happened…please ignore the “vote” in my comment. It was supposed to say “You must BE” oops!

    • notsodomesticated

      Haha Jennifer you are so funny! I was so confused at first! ;) Thanks for your kind words!!

  3. cilla

    that is the most exciting way of finding out the gender that i have ever heard about!
    who did come up with this idea?

    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you, Cilla! I think it’s becoming a popular thing recently. I came up with the cupcake idea after seeing other people do something similar with a cake. ;) Thank you for your kind words!!

  4. Jen B

    We chose to not find out with either of our boys until they were born! It was fun.
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  5. Angela @ Health's Angel

    So exciting!!! And what a fun way to find out the gender, too! :)
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  6. Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife

    yay! that was seriously the cutest way ever to reveal what you are having! I love it! Those babies on top of the cupcakes are awesome! Congrats on the baby girl! I love little girl clothing whenever I see it out! There are so many cute dresses!(:

  7. Lekki wood

    We found out “by mistake” when at 12 weeks the OB could not find a fetal heartbeat. They gave us an emergency ultrasound. we thought we had a girl but but the sonographer told us to stop calling the baby a “she”! Seems like enter day – can’t believe I now have my 3-week old son in my arms :) best thing ever.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Aww I LOVE that story! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  8. Jessie

    Congratulations to you & the hubby on your little GIRL! I absolutely LOVE the way you guys found out & told your family. XOXO
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  9. Amy

    Thanks for sharing the news mama!!! I seriously thought you were going to wait to announce the gender come Wed!!! Little girls are so much fun. I love the name!!!

    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you, Amy!!

  10. Anna @AnnaTheApple

    Omg that us SUCh a cute idea of finding out the gender! Glad it’s all going well for you :)

  11. Kat

    YYYYAAAAAY!! I adore the name Addie. So stinkin cute! Congrats on your gorgeous little girl. I can’t wait to see her!
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  12. amy @ fearless homemaker

    YAY, congratulations – that is wonderful news!
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  13. Lauren

    Congratulations how exciting! I work with someone who just had a baby girl and her name is also Addison Grace! Love the photo where you guys are eating the cupcake and you have an “Oh my goodness” face and Brandon has an “oh my goodness” face although quite different from yours lol.

  14. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries

    Awww this post made me tear up! I’m so excited for you and Brandon. What a fun idea to reveal the gender! You definitely popped this past week! Love your bump! Isn’t it so fun to feel her moving all around in there? Ahh it makes me smile every time. Love you girl!
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    • notsodomesticated

      It’s so fun to have strangers now approaching me, asking if I’m having a boy or a girl! Personally, I think they’re quite brave. Even when I’m 100% sure someone is pregnant, I’m scared to say anything haha! And yes, I love having her moving around in there. It’s so awesome!! Love you! Can’t wait to see your update tomorrow!

  15. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    I literally just teared up. So excited for you guys! What a cool way to reveal! ;-)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Aww thank you, my friend. I really appreciate it!

  16. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    EEEE!! I already expressed my excitement via email, but these photos are so priceless! I especially love the one of you looking at the cupcake with such shock and joy. It’s great you got those moments on camera.

    Oh, and don’t worry, I won’t mind if you give Addie the second nickname of Brittany ;)
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  17. kaceyt

    Yea! I looooved reading this post! I love the picture of you finding the pink frosting inside…so much emotion! And I love the name Addison. Perfect.
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  18. Brittany

    Well, now I can say congratulation on your DAUGHTER ;) What a great way to find out the gender with all of your family — I love those pictures :)
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  19. Jentry Nielsen

    Yay! Congratulations, what a beautiful name too! I love it! What a fun idea!!! I love that you have pictures of when you first found out, what an amazing memory that will be!

  20. natalie @ southern fit foodie

    I love your faces in the cupcake pictures! Especially Brandon’s when he can see the pink frosting! Y’all just look so ecstatic, and I am so excited for you!

    The best thing I ate over Thanksgiving… pecan pie, manicotti, and deer poppers (not all together).

  21. ali p

    YAY for a girl! Congrats you two. Kristen, you look fantastic!

    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Ali!! Miss you! Wish I could have seen you when we were up there!

  22. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    Oh my gosh, I’m so excited for you! I’ve always liked that name! Reading your posts, and Ashley’s, is giving me baby fever :) .
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    • notsodomesticated

      Haha well you have plenty of time for babies!! ;) Just enjoy your new marriage for now. But I understand what you’re saying … my friends have been having babies the last several years, so I’ve had baby fever for a while! ;)

  23. Gretchen

    Congratulations! :)
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  24. Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana

    Congratulations!! We had a little girl first, and she just stole our heart :) I love the name you picked out!! We never did a big gender reveal party (I’m so impatient!), but I love the idea of doing it in front of all your friends and family! I am so happy for you :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you so muchn, Maura! You’ve been a great support these last several weeks!

  25. Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats

    What a sweet way to all share in the news together!! So sweet & fun & touching!!! Addie’s getting an awesome Mom!! :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Aww thank you, Julie! That means a lot!

  26. Alyssa @ fit and fun in third

    I’m crying. SO happy for you!!!! Your little girl is going to be so beautiful!!!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, girl. I’m so happy for you, too! :)

  27. Yellow Haired Girl

    Eeeeeek! How exciting! What a beautiful name!
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  28. Janae@hungryrunnergirl

    Ahhhhhhhh I am so beyond happy for you! Little girls are the best! You look so beautiful!!!

    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you so much, Janae! We’re very excited!!

  29. Angelica from UF

    Congratulations! And I love the name. We are very happy for both of you!

    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks so much, Angelica!

  30. Tamara

    Congratulations!! How exciting!

    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you, Tamara!! :)

  31. Nelly

    Those cupcakes are the cutest I have EVER seen! Oh my goodness I would stare at them forever too! CONGRATS on the baby GIRL! Girls are the best, I wouldnt change anything about having a girl first, our baby girl is amazing!

  32. Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life

    Yay yay yay! I am so excited for you and your husband! What an awesome way to fine out the gender.. I may have to borrow that idea from you someday.. :) congratulations on your baby girl! Love the name!
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  33. Amber with Slim Pickin's Kitchen

    Aaaaaaaaack!!!!! Congratulations! That’s so exciting!!! My best friend’s niece is named Addison and she is a total girly, girl too. She’s in pageants and has even been on a couple of episodes of Army Wives…maybe little baby Addie will too? ;) So happy for y’all! You get to pick out cute little baby girl clothes! Yay!
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  34. Allie

    How adorable!! My cousin is revealing the gender of her baby to my entire family on Christmas. I’m not sure if I’m more excited to see how she reveals it or to find out the gender!

  35. Krystal@Ms.Random

    Wooohooo a Girl!! That is pretty awesome plus girls clothing is much cutter :) Btw, that was the most original way to reveal the baby’s sex.

    Her name Addison reminds me of a character on the show Private Practice. Luv it!

    Have a good rest of the week!
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