#1- Take the Informaseq Blood test. It tests for Downs and Trisomy, but the BIG thing is... it also tests gender. And is 100% accurate on the sex. This is the second baby we have done this for, because it's a newer test and wasn't available for my other pregnancies. Plus, the cool thing is that it can be done much earlier. Much earlier than the 18-20 week ultrasound that you are just hoping baby isn't crossing his/her legs for. Anyways, I had my blood test done last week and was only 11 weeks along.
#2- Answer the phone when your doctor's office calls and tell them "yes" that you want to know over the phone. Shhhhh!!! Don't tell anyone!! (Except I did tell hubs, but not the kids - they got the Big Reveal!!)
#3- Go shopping as soon as you can!!! How many kids do you have? Me? I have 8. So, I bought 8 boy things and 8 girl things, plus 8 gift bags (or you can wrap the items, if you wish. I'm lazy. And busy. Gift bags work best for me). Obviously, I knew which items we would really keep since I knew the sex. But kiddos didn't. A few of my kids were at their homeschool history class, so I only had the 5 littles with me. They got to help me pick out things and had a blast doing it! But again, they had NO clue which items we'd be keeping!! Now if you are able to shop alone, then only buy the sex you need. I bought items for the other gender as a cover-up so my crew didn't know the secret yet. (**don't forget to keep the receipt, because the items of the wrong sex should all be taken back**)
#4- Stuff away!!! Put the correct items that match the gender from your phone call from your test into the gift bags (or wrap away - your preference!). Don't forget to shut or lock the doors. Or threaten kids to NOT PEEK and STAY AWAY.
#5- Take a cheesy picture of the kids. For fun and a great "before" picture, but mostly to stall as long as you can. And get everyone to smile perfectly. Again more stalling. You have to get the "perfect" picture!
#6- Take a video of the kids opening the presents/The Great Reveal. You can't forget this one. You will love to go back and re-play and watch it over and over. Especially the really great actors of the family! Where's my video? Scroll to the bottom of this list. I *have* to make you wait. At least a little bit. ;)
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