Gender Reveal

Lemon Stripes Gender Reveal

When the doctor called to tell us the gender of our baby, I was so beyond excited I could hardly breathe. Or maybe that was due to the fact that I’m pregnant and can hardly breathe on most days, ha! The call consisted of her telling us first and foremost that our baby has a very low chance of chromosomal problems like Down Syndrome and Muscular Dystrophy. We were able to, for the first time in my pregnancy, feel a bit of relief. This happened at 13 weeks, so it was just at the end of my first trimester.

After she gave us that wonderful news, she said, “Are you sure you want to know the baby’s gender?” I shouted, “YES!” and my heart started thumping. I was convinced that it was a boy, and thought that I knew for sure, but was still excited to confirm my suspicions. When she said, “Congratulations, you’re having a little girl!” I just about fell out of my seat. Anel knew all along, but I was shocked.

We cried tears of joy, and I finally felt truly connected to my baby for the first time. For some reason, being able to picture her made it all more real. Finding out the gender has been one of my favorite parts of pregnancy so far. I honestly have no idea how people wait until the birth to find out. That takes some serious patience skills that this mama just doesn’t have!

Growing up with a sister, I always hoped to have girls, just because we were so close and I wanted my kids to have that same relationship. But as I grow older and have more friends who have boys, I would have been truly happy either way. Watching my baby brother grow up has been magical, and maybe that’s why I was so convinced that I was having a little boy of my own.

But now that I know she’s a girl, I’m making all kinds of plans for the pinkest nursery you ever did see. Everyone keeps telling me to make it white and grey with “pops of pink” but you better believe it’s just going to be pink AF! In fact, I’m teaming up with one of my favorite home decor brands of all time to create a gorgeous space for my baby to sleep in, and can’t wait to share details of that with you soon.

In other news, it’s taking every ounce of my willpower, not to buy all of the cute baby clothes I see like this pink eyelet dressΒ and this sweet little swimsuit. The baby swimwear really kills me! Luckily Eva gave me a bunch of her daughter’sΒ old baby clothes including pink Converse Chuck Taylors and so much more incredibly gorgeous stuff, so that’s holding me off for a while. I’ll do a little Snapchat or Instagram story showing you some of them this week!

Although the nursery and clothing are two exciting aspects of learning the gender of our baby, the absolute best part has been to see Anel’s reaction. He always wanted boys, but I think he was even more excited than I was to find out it was a girl. He’s going to be the best daddy in the whole world (I tell her that every night), and it’s a beautiful thing to see how much he loves her already. Every night when he gets home from work, his first question it, “How are my girls?” It’s too sweet!

Charles Henry Bell-Sleeved Dress (non-maternity) / Similar Gold PumpsΒ / Freshly Picked Baby Moccasins

Photos by Stephanie Elliott Photography.

  • Elizabeth Rogers

    Congratulations! So happy for ya’ll! Little girls are the best <3
    XO
    Elizabeth
    http://stripesandsolitaires.com

  • Congratulations!!! She is going to be one beautiful baby girl! Love that Anel ask how his “girls” are doing!

  • Elle

    Yay!!! She is going to be a beautiful little girl!
    xo elle // https://splashofpreppy.com

  • Melissa

    You guys are the cutest. Congratulations and continued blessings.

  • s t e p h a n i e

    Congratulations! These photos are beautiful!

    Stephanie
    theblondestyleblog.com

  • MacKenzie Haley

    Congratulations!!! Such exciting news!

  • Gail caffrey

    Congratulations!! I’m so happy for you! But I have to admit I wasn’t surprised as your announcement picture gave it away!

    • Jayme Evans

      You should have ended your comment after, “I’m so happy for you!”

      • Gail caffrey

        ??

  • Jayme Evans

    Adorable!! So very exciting!!

  • Amber Marie Werner

    Congratulations!! So exciting πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to follow your baby posts.
    Xoxo Amber

  • Alyssa Thomas

    Congratulations!!

  • June Pope

    Could NOT be happier for you. Anyone who wants to be a mother as badly as you should have as many babies as she wants. No doubt you and Anel will be the GOAT! Congratulations dear!

    • I have to say your comment made me giggle since I just learned what GOAT meant last week!

    • Ha! This made me laugh out loud. Thank you so much for saying that πŸ™‚

  • Dana Mannarino

    Congratulations! So exciting!

    Pink Champagne Problems

  • Aw congratulations! I don’t know how people can wait until birth to find out the gender either. I’d go insane haha.

  • Awwwww love these pics!!! Your little girl will be so loved and no doubt, a fashionista like her mama!

  • Kristen Bielejewski Pitstick

    Congratulations!!! That is SO exciting !

  • FashionableLena

    With my first, we didn’t know the gender. It was hilarious watching my husband dance around the delivery room when our son came out!
    I say go hog wild with the pink. Who wants a boring, grey and white room? Have fun with it.

    • That is so sweet!!! Part of me wishes we would have that moment but I’m just too impatient πŸ™‚

  • Michaela

    So excited for you! I have followed your journey all along! I had a similar one!

  • cDs

    SO happy for you! Can’t wait to see the nursery- mine was PINK AF too! Your posts about your family always give me goosebumps! Congrats + blessings!
    x0x0 Caroline http://thecarolove.com/

  • liz

    So excited for you both! Congrats!! This is the cutest ever; love all the pink and it’s quite fitting for Valentine’s Day. Your daughter is a lucky girl for sure! πŸ™‚

  • So excited for you both! Love the photos too..adorable!

  • MsBintheBayArea.com

    Yay….so excited for you and Anel! I have two daughters, 14 and 17. I’m in the crazy teenage years, but they are still so much fun. So happy they still like to do things with me. You will have so much fun with your daughter! I know… aren’t those bathing suits for babies the cutest!? I loved putting my girls in matching suits when they were little. Congrats!

    • Good for you! I’m so scared for teenage years but you make it sound doable πŸ™‚

  • Justina Kenyon

    Congratulations! That last picture is just the sweetest! I can’t wait to see the nursery πŸ™‚

  • Caitlin Lomen

    There’s something in my eye…<3

  • Ashley Vickney

    So excited for you! While kids are a few years off for my fiance and I, I’m hoping we get at least one girl because my fiance is one of three boys, and he needs the experience πŸ˜‰
    Congratulations again, you’re going to raise an amazing woman!
    xx

  • Super happy for you Julia although when I saw the cute pair of booties on your announcement post I already had a strong feeling it was going to be a girl;) As you say, when it’s your first and even more so if you have struggled to get pregnant finding out the sex of the baby is just the icing on the cake and you would be pleased with either. I personally loved the waiting game, for each of our 3 we chose NOT to find out and I love the anticipation and the excitement until the baby was born. So many thing in life are so planned and we thought that for those occasions we would keep the supsens during the length of the pregnancies. Funnily enough, one those 3 occasions my gut feeling was right every time! It is really sweet and heart melting to see you both so happy! Wishing you a super health pregnancy! Julie xx

    http://www.jafinthebox.wordpress.com

  • Congrats! So happy for y’all!

    xo, Brooke
    http://www.livethepreplife.com

  • YAY for girls! Congrats!!

  • Sarah Sullivan

    Your joy is infectious- congratulations!

  • Annette

    My heart sings! Love the pics and glad you two are enjoying this very special time! Yay for pink!

  • awww! This is so happy! Congrats!! also this new baby is going to be the chicest baby ever!!

  • Masha Berman

    Congratulations!! This is too adorable! This baby girl is very lucky!

  • Oh my gosh, Janie & Jack is the cutest, but SO expensive! Good tip πŸ™‚

  • Just catching up reading all your preggy posts! now sure how I missed the IG announcement but soooooo happy for you and OMG a sweet little baby girl! How fun!

  • Congratulations- I’m so excited for y’all!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

  • Kate

    Your excitement is wonderful. My first was a girl and she is my best friend 34 years later. Wishing the 3 of you much happiness!
    Liz
    elleandbellejewelry

  • Katie Schick

    Congratulations! So happy for you!
    http://www.withlovekatie.com