I originally thought when Ty and I found out our baby's gender that we would spend the next several hours on the phone calling everyone we know. And I was 100 percent OK with that. Something so special can't be trumped.
But then my friend LJ said her mom, Mrs. Lesa, offered to make a gender reveal cake, and we could invite all of our family over and tell them all at once. If you've ever had Mrs. Lesa's cake then you understand this is an impossible proposition to resist. Of course, there were a few stipulations.
- Ty and I still got to find out. There would be no secret envelopes and further waiting on our part. Sixteen weeks was long enough!
- I got to tell someone before the party. Someone being LJ so she could convey the cake color to Mrs. Lesa. Although, my dad wasn't happy that someone got to know before him!
We all ate dinner, and then gathered around the dining room table to finally cut the cake. Since this is my dad's first grandchild, we let him do the honor of cutting the cake ... even though he was wearing blue. It was so fun to watch everyone's surprised faces when my dad pulled out the first slice of cake and it was pink!
Judging by the look on his face, I think my brother was in shock!
We took out the ultrasound pictures to show everyone our little girl.
Then we had another surprise in store. Not only did we have a gender, we already had her name picked out! We let Ty's mom open this surprise.
Here's a closer look at her first monogrammed outfit.
Ty had picked up the outfit (and quick monogramming job) that afternoon and sent me this picture. I asked him, "Did it melt your heart just a little bit?"
His reply: "Can't lie. Just a little bit."
A lot of people have asked us where we got the name Tilly. It's more popular in other countries as a shortened Matilda. But we love Tilly because it's what we called my great uncle, who's full name was Tillman.
We have lots of Anns, too. It's my middle name, as well as my aunt Robbie's and Ty's mom's. Ty and I are suckers for family names. Well, some of them. I don't think I'll be naming a little boy Orville anytime soon!
At the end of the night, everyone left surprised and happy!
Especially these two little girls, Lila and Molly. Ty and Walt's duck blind will soon be overrun with these little hunting partners.
I don't think anyone could have been happier than the four grandparents.
It was such a fun, special night! I'm so glad Tilly will be surrounded by such loving friends and family who are excited to celebrate all of life's moments with her.