So we get to find out the gender of our baby in one week!! I have decided for a few reasons that I want to know, but I haven't decided if I want everyone else to know (besides my husband).
While knowing will help us focus on a name and take away that awkward feeling of rearranging sentences to avoid calling my baby "it," I don't really want people to shower me with pink and blue things. My nursery/shower theme (Forest Animals), should help prevent that to a point, but others have said that if people know the gender they're less likely to get you the practical things on your registry and more likely to go for the cute gender specific clothes instead.
However, I don't know how good I will be at keeping it a secret or that I won't give it away on my registry anyway.
I've been through a TON of Gender reveals on pinterest and the general web, but many of them only work if you can get together with people, which is a problem since we live half a country away from most of our family and friends right now.
I did come up with one idea though: Scratch Cards.
There is a site (I believe on etsy) that makes scratch cards for showers. They're supposed to be used as a game for the shower, but I was thinking that INSTEAD, I could request they make several scratch off points, kind of like a lotto game, and most of them will just say "It's a" and one will say "It's a girl" or "It's a boy" depending on the gender.
I love this idea and the suspense that would come with all the scratching, but I don't know when to do it.
Should I send them out with the Shower Invites? Letting people know before the shower.
Should I save them for the shower, introducing it like a game when it is really the gender reveal?
Should I hold off entirely and just surprise everyone on Baby's birthday?
What are your thoughts?