Boy or Girl? The Big Reveal.

As you are reading this, I am throwing an elaborate Gender Reveal Party. At 11 p.m. last night, while I was baking the 5th layer of the Gender Reveal Cake (in the cool ombré trend, naturally), my husband said “Why do you do this?! You are crazy.” I gently reminded him that I actually like this kind of stuff and would happily do it for fun any time. =) You are finding out about Bramble Bump Two at the exact same time as my family is. I’ll post pictures of that party and the little Boy/Girl fun touches tomorrow.


Our Balloon Party Reveal went like this. Step one: Give sealed gender envelope to someone you trust. And, of course, no peeking yourself first! In this case, it was the awesome Kristen who functions as my assistant at work but really, does so much more (SoapQueen.TV script drafts, photos, blog help, customer service and is always ready to help with everything). She opened the envelope on the way to get balloons. In reality, she waited for her own safety. If she had opened the envelope prior to that, much of the team at Bramble Berry would have attacked her for the news.


Step two: Buy a bunch of balloons in the traditional gender color.


Step three: Stuff them in a giant bag. Figure out how to get them into the house. Then, assemble the giant box once you are in the house.


Step four: Big box. Cut a hole for a ribbon for easy release.


Step five: The big reveal! Chris, Jamisen and I found out at the same time who would be joining our family this year.


Of course, our big reveal was short-lived as we all watched the balloons float to the ceiling fan and get chopped up and hopelessly entangled but it did lend an air of hilarity looking back.


It’s a GIRL!!!!!


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  1. Mercedes says

    Congrats, Anne Marie! Can’t wait to hear some of your girly name choices! PS: I also guessed right on your gender poll. 😀

  2. laurie says

    hooray !!!,
    I knewknewknew it ! I have to admit, I voted 6 times, as I am that confident a guesser. The babys adorable sonogrammed silouette is so true to yours AM !
    What a spot of joy amid the winter …Thanks for the connection to life , love and the pursuit of happiness !
    laur from st. louis

  3. says

    Congratulations!!!! I’m so excited for you guys!! Such a blessing and how fun to have one of each (boy and girl!)! Now, A NAME?! We want a name!! lol

    P.S. I can’t wait to see what girly soapy inspirations this brings!! And Jamisen as a big brother! YAY!! :)


  4. Michele says

    Yay!Congrats I am so happy for you.I’m positive that you would have been happy with either, but the boy/girl combination is perfect.I am blessed to have one of each with my son being the oldest- it’s fantastic! My daughter has a GREAT big brother.

  5. says

    Congratulations Anne-Marie! I hope you have a smooth and healthy pregnancy and delivery! You look fabulous by the way. :)

  6. says

    AHHHHHH I almost fell out of my chair trying to leap for joy!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!! That is so incredibly exciting!!! YAY!!!!!!!! We have a girl!!! LOL yes I said we, because I get to enjoy her too through all your wonderful posts :)

    Its so perfect! You get the best of both worlds now a little boy and little girl. They are so lucky, I seriously think they got the best mommy in the whole world!!!!!!!!!! Congrats again I am sending your family a virtual hug!!! hehehe

  7. says

    I had a boy first and then a girl as well. He is 6 and she is 2. They get along so well. I am excited for you. While they are very different people, at this point is is more personality different than “boy/girl” different.

    It is amazing how 2 children of the same parents can be so different. I knew she was going to be very different when she was 6 hours old – my son was a quiet and observant baby and she has always been a talker – even at 6 hours she was making noises as if she was trying to communicate – and it hasn’t stopped!

  8. Madea says

    I knew it! Congratulations. I love what the other poster called her. The Soap Princess! I look forward to seeing pictures of the little Soap Prince and Princess together.

  9. Patricia says

    Yay! I knew it! I knew it! I knew it!! Congrats Queen Faiola!! Tell the King he married you exactly because you’re crazy fun and exciting! Like who else comes up with something like a “Gender Reveal Party??” I am forever giggling at your writing style! So happy for you all!

    So now….what’s her name? Since you’re the “Queen of Everything” can she be the “Princess of Quite A Lot?” Or “Princess Bubbles?”

  10. Steph says

    Congrats AM! It is wonderful for all of you!!! I am also pregnant expecting my second girl and believe me, now your whole house will turn pink with all the toys and fun clothes that you can get! I am just a bit ahead of you: 28 weeks now. I wish you an easy as can be pregnancy! Mine is getting more difficult/painful since last week. I think that baby wants to come out earlier!

  11. Sara Jane says

    Oh…and I LOVE your expression when you see PINK balloons (be sure and keep that one for Baby Book!!)

  12. Sara Jane says

    YEA!!! Every Mom needs a daughter!! Big Brother. Little Sister. Daddy’s girl. Oh what FUN!!

  13. Sandy Bennett says

    Sugar & Spice & Everything nice
    That’s what little girls are made of

    When is the Soap Princess expected to arrive?

  14. Rebecca says

    Best wishes for your baby girl. Your little boy is very cute and once your baby girl is born, it will be a great opportunity for his father the be closer to him:)

  15. Linda says

    Yay! Congratulations! I had a boy first and then a girl. If I had had the girl first she might have been an only child! 😉

  16. Amy Day says

    Congratulations! I love your “balloons in a box” idea. And everyone gets them tangled in the ceiling fan at least once! 😉

  17. Nickie says

    CONGRATS!!!!! Boy or Girl, I’m happy either way. Can’t wait for the future BB2 posts to come. BIG HUGS YOUR WAY!
    Are you going to do a baby name ideas post? 😉


  18. Timmi says

    I knew it! Congratulations! Your gonna love having a little girl. I should know, I have 4 of them. Lol. I can see lots of pink in your future. And bows and dresses and well, lots of love and laughter. So happy for you.