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Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Girl! The Client List star and costar hubby (yes, they had a secret wedding!) Brian Hallisay welcomed daughter Autumn James Hallisay on Tuesday, November 26. The fact that the couple had a girl was as much of a surprise to them as it is for us! The pair decided they didn’t want to find out the baby’s sex in advance. Instead, they’d just wait till they met him or her.
At a Pampers event in New York City in August, the ex-Party of Five star revealed why she was willing to wait to find out what she was having: “It’s one of life’s greatest surprises and we wanted to keep it that way,” she said. Two months later, she had a gender-neutral yellow and black baby shower surrounded by friends and family.
Though her pregnancy wasn’t always easy, Jennifer told E! News that she fully embraced every minute of it—including the bad parts. “Your body goes through a lot of changes. You feel a lot of things hormonally,” she said. “There are surges, there are aches, there are pains, there’s swelling—there’s all of that stuff. But it’s all really beautiful because it’s for a purpose.”
Yes, indeed, it’s important to see the “beauty” in everything while you’re pregnant. Otherwise, at times, it might be too much to bear! So take a note from Jennifer’s pregnancy playbook and relax and enjoy the ride!
If you’d like to do a gender reveal at your shower, check out this post about gender-reveal cakes. And if you have the gender-reveal blues, check out this one.
TELL US: Will you be waiting to find out the sex of your baby? Why or why not?
Image of Jennifer Love Hewitt courtesy of s_bukley/Shutterstock.com.
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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
When you’re pregnant, you’re counting down the days until you find out whether you’re having a boy or girl (which is usually around 20 weeks). Then the big question is: How are you going to announce it? Fergie’s husband Josh Duhamel dropped a not-so-subtle hint on LIVE with Kelly and Michael that he and his singer wife are having a son. When show host Kelly Ripa asked him to choose between the pink or blue Kelly and Michael onesie, after a little prodding from the audience he chose the blue.
This isn’t the first time a celebrity has made news with a surprise gender reveal. Jessica Simpson accidentally let it slip on Jimmy Kimmel Live that her second child would be a boy. Kim Kardashian’s baby shower invite of a music box with a twirling ballerina gave away she was having a girl. Ali Landry shared her baby boy news on WhoSay, while Poppy Montgomery posed for photos with a tiny pair of pink shoes to show she was having a girl.
But there are plenty of other ways to announce whether you are expecting a son or daughter: Gender reveal cakes, where the inside of a cake or cupcake is pink or blue, is a fun and yummy way to break the news. You can also do a dramatic balloon release at your baby shower. It’s easy. Just decorate a large cardboard box, marked “Boy or Girl?” and when it’s opened either pink or blue balloons come flying out. Computer-savvy types can email a Photoshopped sonogram of the baby with a pink hair bow or blue necktie, so friends can easily tell the baby’s sex. Or if you’re already a mom, let your little one do the announcing for you, by putting him or her in either a blue shirt that says, “I’m getting a baby brother!” or a pink one that says, “I’m getting a baby sister!”
I wasn’t able to keep my secret for long. My husband and I called our parents the second we walked out of the doctor’s office to tell them we were having a son. We couldn’t contain ourselves! Beaming ear to ear, we celebrated by going shopping for our baby’s first outfit. My husband chose a red and white striped onesie with a blue pirate monkey, and I chose the most adorable navy blue boat shoes. I have no idea why we went with a nautical theme (Maybe because he would be a summer baby? Or because we’re from boating cultures—I’m from Florida and my husband’s from California?), but we did!
Josh and Fergie are going to have a blast with their son—if he’s anything like mine. Boys have so much energy, and are totally rough and tumble. I love when a mini wrestling match turns into unstoppable hugs and kisses. Josh and Fergie, enjoy every second of your little man! I certainly am.
TELL US: How did you reveal whether you’re having a boy or girl (or both!) to your friends and family?
Image of Josh Duhamel courtesy of David Russell/Disney-ABC.
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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
Two of my favorite things in the world are cake and surprises, and those two things collide in one heaping serving of fun in the latest trend in baby showers: gender reveal cakes. That’s where the guests don’t know whether the mom-to-be is having a boy or a girl until the big news is revealed (hence the name), when the dessert is cut into and there is either pink or blue icing, or sometimes the yellow cake is dyed in the appropriate girl or boy hue.
Mini gender reveal cakes are in demand too. “Biting into a cupcake to find pink or blue buttercream is a very dramatic—and sweet—way to share the news of your baby’s sex with family and friends!” say Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne, co-owners of Georgetown Cupcake, authors of “Sweet Celebrations,” and stars of TLC’s DC Cupcakes.
Sprinkles Cupcakes founder and a judge on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, Candace Nelson, agrees. “Gender reveal baby showers are an exciting way to announce if your baby-to-be is a boy or girl.” But her bakery takes it a step further. “If you want to be surprised too, simply have your doctor write ‘girl’ or ‘boy’ inside an envelope and bring it to us. We’ll keep your secret—even from you—until the big reveal!”
So if you’ve been wondering how to make your baby shower stand out, especially since you’ll be following a few of your friends’ fetes, get on trend with a gender reveal cake. I’m obsessed! Here are my picks for some of the best designs from bakeries across the country.
“What the Duck Is It?” Designed by Tammy Guadagnoli at Faithfully Cakes.
Game On: Pink vs Blue. Designed by Tammy Guadagnoli at Faithfully Cakes.
Nursery Rhymes. Designed by Tammy Guadagnoli at Faithfully Cakes.
“What Will They Bee?” Designed by Rose Atwater at Rose Bakes.
Question Mark Cake Pops. Designed by Rose Atwater at Rose Bakes.
A Pretty Package. Designed by Rose Atwater at Rose Bakes.
Rubber Ducky cupcakes. Designed by Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne at Georgetown Cupcake.
Pregnant Belly. Designed by Lauri Ditunno at Cake Alchemy.
A Spring Arrival. Designed by Lauri Ditunno at Cake Alchemy.
All Things Baby. Designed by Candace Nelson at Sprinkles Cupcakes.
He? She? Open & See. Designed by Pam Hembree at Batter and Buttercream Custom Cakes.
Swirls. Designed by Magnolia Bakery.
“It’s a ?” Designed by Kim Claisse Tolson at Love At First Bite Cakes.
Back to Nature. Designed by Shawna McGreevy at McGreevy Cakes.
Precious Present. Designed by Shawna McGreevy at McGreevy Cakes.
Tell us: Are you planning on having a gender reveal cake at your shower? Could you keep your baby’s sex a secret that long without blowing the news? Leave your comments below.
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