Gender Reveal: Deployment Style!

So yesterday was the big day: when we found out if we’re having a boy or a girl! To be completely honest, I was a wound-up ball of nerves before my appointment.

The last time I saw my baby it looked like a shrimp, and even though I can feel little Pickles wiggling around, I had a hard time picturing an actual baby.

I was also hoping the baby would cooperate by spreading its legs and showing us the goods. I drank plenty of juice and water before hand to get it moving around. If Pickles didn’t show us I’d have to pay out of pocket and drive an hour away to have another scan.

The ultrasound wasn’t just to discover the gender, but to check out its anatomy. I really wasn’t prepared for what I saw. It was unbelievably amazing. I could see its head, but not only that, you could see the skull and brain, complete with the left and right hemispheres (WOW!!!)! Then we saw its kidneys, bladder, stomach, heart, arms, legs, etc. It was a 45-minute appointment to just look at everything! The technician was measuring all its parts to get a better due date and to make sure the baby was growing on the right track. Everything looked good, but I have a routine appointment in a few weeks to go over everything. I hope I can look at the photos he took again!

Now to the part everyone wants to know about! When it came time for him to look for the baby’s “parts,” the tech initially had some trouble since the baby was being a prude and kept its legs shut. I poked and pushed on my tummy to make it move around and it must have moved enough, because he said he was 95% confident what he saw is the correct gender. Here’s hoping that’s true!!! 

Oh! And the baby peed!!! I didn’t see it, because I was keeping my eyes from looking at “the money shot,” but my friend and the tech were cracking up over seeing it pee! How crazy cool is that? 

After my appointment, which was at 9 am, I had to wait for my husband to get online so we could video chat. I would have LOVED to do one of those fun gender reveal parties you see all over Pinterest. Or shoot, I would’ve loved to have had my husband by my side at the ultrasound, but our circumstances didn’t allow that to happen, so I came up with the next best thing. I figured out a way that we could find out the gender together (it’s explained in the video) and I’m so thrilled it worked out.


A few things about the video: 
  1. 1. Sorry it’s so long. I edited it down as best I could, but I’ve only worked with videos a handful of times. At least watch until the reveal 🙂 
  2. 2. We always use Gmail’s Voice/Video feature to chat. Skype never works well for us, but Google+ took over recently and I absolutely hate their new layout. I’m in the very tiny screen on the bottom…you can barely see me, but you can hear me. Sorry about that! My husband is better looking anyway 🙂
  3. 3. He totally cries, even though he denies it. 
  4. 4. I’ll do specific care-package post in the future with all the things I put in the boxes! 
  5. 5. Hope you enjoy watching it 🙂 

And in case you didn’t watch the video (really? Like you don’t have 8 minutes to spare?!), here’s all you really need to know:



It’s grainy, because we took the pictures on an iPhone at night, but you get the point 🙂

Now excuse me while I go buy every piece of pink baby clothing I can find 🙂 AAAHHHHH!!!!!!  

(Edit: Here’s a post all about the package my husband is opening)



    I totally love your exciting "eeeeeeeeeeeee"!

    Of course, I cried through the WHOLE thing!!



  2. I love love the video!
    I was 3 months pregnant with our 1st child when my husband left on a deployment, so I can relate to probably every emotion you are feeling!


  3. Jessica that was the cutest reveal ever. COngratulations and thanks for sharing such a happy video with the world.

    God Bless

  4. Oh my goodness you guys are so stinking cute!!! Congratulations honey!!! And yes…he totally cried! You have video proof!

  5. I love how y'all decided to find out the gender. I love both of your reactions. Congratulations on your little girl =)

  6. Thanks for sharing your video with us!!! I have been wondering what your idea was since you tweeted the pink/blue boxes a few weeks ago 🙂

  7. So, so, so excited for you! I totally knew it…had a bloggy friend feeling it was gonna be a girl! lol And I love the chocolate bars! You're so darn clever! Congrats, lady!

  8. Crying. So cute. So glad you have technology!!!!!!!!!!!! And so happy for you guys. Move to FL and be our BFF's. B and Kenny would be BFF4EAE. So happy for you guys!

  9. Congrats to you both! Thank you for sharing such a personal and exciting event in your lives!

    Jenny Goldsby

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