Ryan and I are expecting a…
I cannot believe we are going to have a son! We are absolutely thrilled!
I always knew I wanted to find out the sex of our baby ahead of time. I joked with Ryan and told him that if I could’ve peed on the pregnancy test stick and had it tell me then, I would have, but the few months we had to wait to find out were filled with a lot of fun as we tried to guess, hone in on any “strong feelings,” research ridiculous old wives’ tales and toss around various baby names.
I was hit with two super strong feelings about the sex of our baby and the first occurred during the first few weeks of pregnancy. Around week 7, I told Ryan I was convinced we were having a boy. Totally convinced.
Then, I started to do research into old wives’ tales and read up on Ramzi’s Method and all of that made me waver in my confidence. I started to lean toward girl. Almost everyone around me started saying they thought we were having a girl and I basically talked myself into thinking we were having a girl, so I rode the girl train for several weeks (as you can see in my weeks 11, 12 and 13 pregnancy recap).
How We Found Out
After a miscommunication with our doctor, Ryan and I decided to schedule our own 3D ultrasound at a local imaging clinic at 14 weeks because Ryan wanted to see our baby move for the first time. This ultrasound also came with the option to find out the sex of our baby and we jumped at the chance to get the news four weeks earlier than we would have had we waited for the 18 week anatomy scan at our doctor’s office.
The appointment went so, so well and the ultrasound technician was so kind. She sat with us for 45 minutes, showing us the most incredible images of our little one. His tiny fingers and toes. It was all surreal and absolutely amazing.
Before she began the ultrasound, we asked her not to reveal the sex of our baby during the appointment and requested that she just jot it down and seal it in an envelope for us. Once we left the appointment, I took the envelope to a local bakery and they opened it and made us a cupcake filled with blue icing without me knowing. The outside of the cupcake didn’t reveal anything and simply said “He Or She” so I took the cupcake home and left it there to cut into with Ryan later that night after work and Girls On The Run. It was a looong five hours to wait, but the anticipation was almost exhilarating. The moment before we cut into the cupcake is one I’ll remember forever. We just looked at each other with the goofiest smiles, freaked out and sliced into the cupcake.
We were so excited and truthfully not really all that surprised! Remember how I said I was hit with two strong feelings about the sex of our baby? Well, one occurred during week 7 and the other occurred right when we saw our baby during the 3D ultrasound. He didn’t look like a boy, the ultrasound technician never slipped and said “he,” and we couldn’t make out anything that would tell us we were having a boy, but I was so, so sure it was a boy. Ryan was, too, and that was the first time he offered up a prediction. Whenever I would ask him what he thought we were having, he’d always say, “I have no idea,” so for him to agree that our baby was was likely a boy was kind of crazy!
We both said we would’ve been totally shocked if we would have cut into the cupcake and seen pink icing. When the blue icing became clear we just smiled and laughed and Ryan said, “I’m at a 10 out of 10” on the excitement scale. I think he’s happy to have a boy on his team since Sadie and I outnumber him at the moment!
When our 18 week anatomy scan came up earlier this week and we went into the examination room, the sex was yet again confirmed.
We’re having a boy! I cannot wait to meet our little one and will do my best to give him a good place to hang out for the next few months until we get to hold him in our arms.
A boy!!! Ah!
P.S. I loved reading your predications about the sex of our baby all week! Though most seemed to center around my symptoms and pregnancy recap posts, the comments that said I was “hinting” at things all week or that Ryan and I wore certain colors to represent what we were having on certain days were so creative! You guys seriously give me way too much creativity credit, though I wish I would’ve been more creative and done something like that beforehand! Very fun!
Congratulations! I don’t remember what I even guessed. My great grandmother always said that if you gained weight everywhere (butt, thighs, etc) it was a boy and if you gained in the belly only it was a girl. I don’t know how true that is, but it made me wonder when after one of your recent posts. Again congratulations on your baby boy! 🙂
not true, haha … I wish! I had a girl and was thickening up evvverywhere!
Yaay congrats!!! How exciting! (I predicted girl though for some reason!) 😀 That is such a good idea with the cupcake. But I can imagine it felt like the longest 5 hours of your life. 😀 And that comment about the excitement scale is too sweet! 😀
Congratulations 🙂 It’s a BOY – enjoy your pregnancy until little Ryan junior arrives 🙂
Emily @ Sweet Summer Smiles says
Yay! A boy!! So excited for you two!
I KNEW it was a boy when you posted the pick of Ryan with that huuge cheese! Haha I could tell he was happy to not be the only guy in the house 🙂 congratulations!!
Brittany @ Delights and Delectables says
Congrats Julie!! Boys are the BEST. Although, I am biased! 🙂
Congratulations!!!! That is SO wonderful!!!! Wishing you, Ryan, and Sadie the absolute best! 🙂
That’s so exciting! My prediction was correct! On my side of the family, it’s all girls! My grandma has four grand daughters and three great-grand daughters. She is very vocal about wanting a boy! When she finds out another one of us is having a girl she goes “you girls just can’t make boys”. haha. Even though it’s the male sperm that determines the sex! I’m pregnant now and would love to have a boy just to make her happy!
that was such an amazing way to find out! You are so creative!! I’m so happy for you both 🙂
Christina M says
CONGRATS!!!! How exciting!! I LOVE little boys!!! 🙂 🙂 So, so cute!!! You can see the excitement in both your faces in every picture!! 🙂 🙂
Congrats to you and Ryan! What wonderful, happy, happy news! 🙂
I KNEW IT!!! GAH! I’m so, so excited for you guys! (Far more than I should be for a person I’ve never met, lol…)
We waited to find out what we were having until the birth (so hard to wait!), and all the “old wive’s tales” were split right down the middle the entire pregnancy, so we were completely clueless! Even the whole “if the heartbeat is over 140 it is a girl, under 140 it is a boy” one didn’t help… every single appointment she rang in at EXACTLY 140. We were lucky she was a girl, though, because we didn’t have a name picked out for a boy, just a few “meh” options!
Mom, Miles, and Mishaps says
I KNEW it!! As a mother of two boys (just recently 14…AHHHH!! and 7)…WELCOME to the Club!!
Stacy @ SweatingTulipz says
Ahhh! I totally thought girl for some reason! I love gender reveals…they are so much fun! I can’t imagine how excited you are right now! So much fun!
Having a boy as the oldest is the BEST!! You will need someone to look out for any daughters you may have in the future! So excited for you!
Hooray for boys!! Congrats, you guys! We’ve actually been matched with a birthmom who is due on March 24. We’re having a boy too after several years of waiting…yay!
How amazing!!! I’m biased of course, but boys are the best (I have a 2.5 year old;). “They” say that mother’s intuition regarding baby’s sex is correct 70% of the time, when there is not a gender preference. I also had a strong gut instinct with my first that he was a boy, from the second the pee stick dried, and like you, neither my husband nor I were surprised at the anatomy scan! This time (I’m 29weeks), I feel girl but I have a preference this time, so likely that is influencing my “gut” feeling…and we are leaving it a surprise until birth this time! Love all of your updates, you guys are the best! xo
Molly D. says
Oh how exciting!!!! Your little one is so lucky to have such wonderful parents. Congratulations again! 🙂
Congrats again!!! I was pretty sure it was a boy from the picture of Ryan holding the ultrasound picture, that crazy goofy grin is definitely the sign of a man getting a son 🙂 You can tell he is already ready to play baseball with the lil one
Congratulations to you and Ryan!! I am so happy for you!!
Yay! A sweet baby boy! So excited for y’all 🙂
ahhh, congrats!! my bff just had a boy and she was entirely convinced the entire time that it was a boy (and she didn’t even find out ahead of time, she just knew!). little boys are just so stinkin’ cute. so excited for you two!
This is the first time I have ever commented on any blog, just wanted to say I was so excited scrolling down the page to find out the sex….have been following your blog for a while and can’t wait to read the next instalment!! x Congratulations to you both x
Jennie Trueblood says
Congrats Julie & Ryan! I have 2 boys and you are going to have a blast….
Congrats!!! i just had my first baby 2 months ago (also a boy) and its great!
Natalie @ The Ravenous Mommy says
YAY! Boys are the best 🙂 My son especially, hehe.
Erin @ Her Heartland Soul says
Congratulations!! Ahh so excited for you!
Danica @ It's Progression says
so excited for you!!
we find out if ours is a boy or girl this coming Wednesday and we cannot wait!
Marilyn @ The Salonniere's Apartments says
Congratulations!!! I’m so excited for you and Ryan!! And thank you for sharing your pregnancy journey with us blog readers!!! :):):)
It’s cute…you’re both wearing blue in the cupcake pic!
Congrats!!!! Now on to picking out a name. I can’t wait to follow your journey!
I was so sure I was having a girl, so when my husband announced “It’s a boy!” back in September when our little guy arrived, I was shocked. It actually took a few days (?!) for me to actually be like OK! A boy! I don’t know how to describe it. I was thrilled and didn’t care either way, but my gut was soooo off on my prediction. That said — you’re going to have so much fun! My son will be 6 months old next week and time flies, but every day is a total blast. And everyone said girls were more fun to dress than boys, but we’re doing just fine 😉
Congrats, Julie, to you and your family!!! As someone with 2 brothers, one 12 years younger than I am, I can say that they are so much fun. I was actually thinking it was a boy but with zero explanation haha! It sounds like he’ll have lots of other little boys around his age in your various friend groups also!
Shelby @ naturepreserve.me says
For some reason I was thinking it was going to be a girl. But a boy will be darling!!! Congrats! So glad both of you are healthy, and I hope your morning sickness goes away soon. I am so excited to find out what your name of choice is!
Lynn @ Order in the Kitchen says
OMG Congratulations!!! You are such a cute preggo mommy 🙂 Congrats to both of you!
Coty and Mariah@quirksandtwists says
We haven’t had the chance to congratulate you on your newest news! We are so excited to keep updated on your progress! Congratulations, you will be the cutest pregnant lady:)
This is sooo delayed and so random but I was wondering where you purchased the cupcake from? We are finding out this week, and my husband and I want to do basically exactly what you guys did with the cupcake. Everywhere that I’ve called though has told me that they will need 48+ hrs notice!!! I just want to be able to take the envelope from the drs directly to the cupcake place so we can cut into it that night after dinner! We live in Charlotte btw. Thanks!
Hi! We got it from SweetCakes bakery in Cornelius off Catawba (exit 28) in the Fresh Market plaza!