Trees of Transition

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Our Gender Reveal 

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Soon after discovering I was pregnant, Stephen and I agreed that we would like to find out the gender of our baby. Our reasoning was, “Why not?! We would like to know in order to get ready, call him or her by name before he or she is born, and we are curious!”

We waited until our 20-week ultrasound in the middle of June, which was the day we started our big road trip. Since we didn’t have time to throw a big party a day or two later, we wanted to find out if our baby was a boy or girl at the doctor’s office and then tell people ourselves through cakes and signs.

On June 20th, I had a weird dream right before waking up about thinking the baby was a girl and then the dream ended with finding out the baby is a boy; I woke up peaceful, but a bit confused. The dream didn’t make sense until after the ultrasound.

At the doctor’s office, the ultrasound technician started scanning our baby (who was swimming around a lot—I had just drank hot chocolate, so the baby bounced all over the place!), and she asked us pretty quickly, “Do you want to know what it is?” We said, “Yes!!” Her response was, “It’s a boy!” Once she told us, Stephen and I smiled so big and hugged.

As we visited friends on our road trip, we told them about our baby boy, and the rejoicing began! Once we returned home, it was almost time to go to a family reunion on Wisconsin where we would cut open a cake with filling that would tell if we were having a girl or a boy. I put the cake together in the garage, away from everyone, and then after dinner we had people vote if it was a boy or girl, and then we cut open the cake! The blue filling and our saying, “It’s a boy!” sent our family into rejoicing.



Stephen’s co-workers have been having girls for a couple of years now, so Stephen took a cake with blue filling to the company picnic to let them know we had changed the trend: We are having a boy!

Both of us probably put on a pound or two from eating all that cake, so for the next two family gatherings in Illinois and California, we gathered everyone together, had them vote on what they guessed, and then showed them a sign that said:

If you are trying to decide to find out the gender or not OR tell family or not…my recommendation is to share! The joy that exploded each time we shared about our baby boy coming just strengthened our love and thankfulness for this baby. He feels the joy too—so why not make your baby feel as welcome as possible before he or she arrives?

~Mary Hope


The photos with Stephen and myself in them were taken by Kimberly Madison, Teresa and Lindsey Schuh.

For our cake, we used yellow cake mixes and great layer pans like these:


We topped it with Stephen’s amazing cream cheese frosting.

(We have a little cake left in the freezer, and I might just have to break it out…)

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Thank you again, and peace to you and your family!

~Mary Hope

Author: mary.campbell.schuh

Hello Friends, A curious, kind, practical, and energetic writer, wife, mother, and teacher is one way to describe me. I enjoy thinking about transitions--in schools, churches, families, relationships, and even countries. I'm passionate about learning, and I love working with people. Stop by often to see which kind of transition I'm thinking about, and I would appreciate hearing your thoughts. Peace! ~Mary Hope

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