Here’s a fun and memorable way expectant parents are revealing the gender of their baby.
SNEAK PEEK | Our daughter Alexis got married last spring, and now she and her husband Dave (pictured here on their wedding day) are expecting a baby. Last week, they went for their 20-week ultrasound. This imaging technique is used five months into a pregnancy to determine whether a fetus is developing normally. At 20 weeks, it can also detect whether the baby is a boy or a girl—if the gender is visible, of course.
Lexi and Dave wanted to know the sex of their baby. And they wanted to share the experience of finding out what it is with members of their immediate family, so this past weekend we had what’s called a gender reveal party at our house.
Here’s what Lexi and Dave did to ensure the baby’s gender was kept under wraps (and unknown even to them) until the appropriate moment.
The Big Reveal
When some expectant couples find out the sex of their baby, they divulge it to their family and friends by making a “reveal” cake or cupcakes. On the outside, the baking gives nothing away; on the inside, either the frosting or the batter is coloured pink or blue.
In the case of our gender reveal cake, the ultrasound tech notified our daughter’s midwife as to the sex of the fetus. She in turn contacted the baker Lexi had arranged with to colour the insides of a cake. Last Saturday afternoon that cake was delivered to our door, and later that evening Lexi cut into it hesitantly, a huge smile spreading across her face when she could see by the colour that the child she is carrying is the gender she had secretly hoped it would be. —Carolann Rule
Photos, top to bottom: Wonderlust, via The New Yorker, Betty Crocker