The Balloon With The Secret – A Gender Reveal Idea and Photoshoot

When it comes to the gender of your unborn baby, is it possible to find out AND have it be a surprise? Oh you sure can!

Our photographer came up with this gender reveal idea and this is our story of how we found out ‘NumNum’ is a boy.


‘Okay guys, come up to the top of these stairs and close your eyes. Then I’ll lead you to where you need to be. Okay?’

I nodded my head at Anna our photographer…she has a bright mischievous sparkle in her eye and a little smirk in her smile. Of course I trust Anna. She’s one of the most caring and genuine people I know.

Daddy and I did as Anna said. We got to the top of the stairs and closed our eyes. Anna took my hand while I held Daddy’s hand as she led us through the kitchen and into the living room.

As we walked through the living room, I felt ribbons grazing across my face….every step I took I felt more ribbons. So we have tons of balloons in our living room, I figured.

Another few steps and Anna told us to stop, ‘okay guys, when you’re ready, open your eyes.’

This is it, it’s been the moment we’ve been waiting for. Daddy and I faced each other, our eyes still closed. We held onto each other’s hands with anticipation. Yes, I was nervous…are we going to see pink balloons, or blue ones? I wasn’t ready to open my eyes yet….I needed a few seconds to soak in the moment.

‘Are you ready? Are you ready?’ I asked Daddy. He didn’t answer but I know he’s as nervous as I am.

‘Okay, okay. Let’s open our eyes.’ I said.

So we opened our eyes and looked up – and we were stunned.

We were standing in a room full of balloons. There were lots of them…maybe a hundred. They were floating happily underneath the ceiling, with long ribbons hanging underneath them. It was a magical sight. I’ve never seen so many balloons floating in a room before….

All of them yellow.

I looked at Anna, totally confused…and felt a little cheated.
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‘There is one balloon that will tell you. You have to find it’

Oh! It’s a game!

I looked up at the ceiling at all the balloons….how long will it take 2 people to go through 100 balloons? There must be some sort of system to do this so we don’t duplicate our efforts…some sort of system where we can go through all these balloons in the shortest amount of time….

While I was strategizing, Daddy already begin pulling down the balloons. Ah, what the heck, it’s a game – inefficiency is part of the fun.

And so we pulled down balloons….it started as one at a time…then a few at a time. Again and again we pulled.

Exactly how many balloons we had, I don’t know….I just know I pulled down many and none of them have my answer….yet.

Then out of the corner of my eye, I saw Daddy turn around with a big grin on his face. He’s holding THE balloon….my heart skipped a beat.

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You see, people often ask me whether I prefer a girl or a boy. Every time, I answer as honestly as I could and say it doesn’t matter because really, it doesn’t matter. God will give us what he thinks is best for our family.

But secretly, secretly I’ve been leaning towards a certain gender. Daddy grew up with a family of boys and that’s want he always wanted, a boy. So secretly, I’ve been rooting for him and been hoping that you’re a boy…although I won’t admit it.

So when Daddy turned around and showed me the balloon that said ‘Boy!’, I had a moment of disbelieve. Are we that lucky to get what we want?

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After a moment, the news sank in and I was overwhelmed with emotion. I was really happy that Daddy got what he wanted and I was really grateful we now have one of each – a boy and a girl.

As I walked towards Daddy, I could tell he was overjoyed as well. He was wearing the biggest smile I’ve ever seen with the deepest dimples maybe you’ll have.

It was one of the greatest moments of my life…one of those moments where I felt life is truly wonderful, that our family is truly blessed.

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NumNum, thank you so much for choosing us to be your parents and for being in our family. I can’t wait to hold you in my arms and share our world with you.

Love you lots
Mommy – Dec 30th 2012. You are 33 weeks.

Thank you SO MUCH to our friends Anna and Cole from Love Out Loud Studios for giving us this amazing experience and helping us remember the emotions we went through with these images. This is a story our children will ask us to tell them over and over again and it’ll be a story we’ll tell our grandchildren about. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

James N Candy Lee -

Very cool! Hope we get to meet him one day…unless you plan on a trip Down Under 🙂

Pam Bedwell -

Your story brought tears to my eyes – happy tears. I’ve been following Anna Vineyard’s side of the story but am so blessed to hear yours as well. Thanks, too, for the beautiful shots you did of their family.

Amy Lee -

Thank you so much for you kind words @[593629008:2048:Pam Bedwell]. Funny enough John has a different side of the story because I totally don’t remember Elle being there at all when we opened our eyes. @[652402006:2048:Anna Vineyard] and @[695035384:2048:Cole Vineyard] were so easy to photograph…I could only make beautiful shots as long as the people i’m photographing are truly beautiful, inside and out =)

Amy Lee -

Hmmm, there’s a thought. I would LOVE to visit Australia although it’s hard to do it with 2 small kids…maybe in 10 years =)

Lori McGrath -

Wow – what a wonderful memory for you and your family!

Kristina Cross -

What a cute post! I’m so behind on my love letters to my kids…

Ricky Shetty -

What an awesome idea for a Gender Reveal – thanks for sharing! 🙂

Crystal Allen -

Oh my goodness Amy … I’m literally sitting here on my couch crying after reading your post. The expression on your face when you found out you were having a son, so beautiful. I too have a big girl and a baby boy. We are lucky mamas.

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