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The BEST Surprise of Our Lives | It's a BOY!

Yesterday Ryan and I experienced the absolute best surprise of our lives. We had a Gender Reveal Party and found out with all of our family that we are having a SON! Last week we received an email with the blood test results from the Cell Free Fetal DNA test, and the BEST and most IMPORTANT news of all is that everything they tested for came back negative. That was truly the only news we really needed to hear. To know our little baby is healthy and growing strong is the answer to all of our prayers. The gender was just the fun part and what we waited all week to find out. 

Everyone is asking two questions. 

1. Did Ryan know the gender? 
No, he didn't. Ryan and I, along with all of our family, had no idea the gender of our baby until we opened the box filled with blue balloons. 

2. How did we pull off this surprise?
It took a lot of communication and secretive teamwork, along with self-control on my part. It all started when we had our last sonogram and discussed the blood test with our doctor. The DNA blood test provided the gender results. We told him we wanted to find out the gender, but we wanted it to be a surprise. With his help we came up with a game plan. He would email the important information, the health results of the blood test to us. When we received the email showing that all came back good, we were to email him back and tell him to send the gender in a new email. We did that and on Tuesday morning I got a notification in my email that the gender information was in my phone app. There were two people involved in the secret. My brother-in-law and my sister's mother-in-law. On Tuesday I went to my brother-in-laws work. I gave him my passcode for the phone app and he opened the message. Once he had the gender he texted my sister's mother-in-law from his phone. She was in charge of getting either pink or blue balloons to fill the box. When she arrived on Sunday, with the balloons in two black trash bags, she snuck into the master bedroom and filled the box.

Saturday, the day before our reveal, was a very emotional day. I often feel like I'm living in a dream. After waiting so long for this baby, and going through the IVF process, the reality that I'm pregnant often hits me hard. I wake up everyday and feel like the luckiest woman in the world to be carrying our child in my womb. I thank God for our answered prayers all day long. I can't think about this pregnancy and our baby without thinking about God's hand in our lives. It all ties together and I feel like I'm carrying a piece of Heaven in my body right now. It's surreal and emotional, and I cry happy tears every single day. 

I always felt like I was carrying our son, whom will be named after my Papa in Heaven. I'll write all about him in a new post someday and the story behind his name. I had many dreams about our son and my intuition felt very strong. Ryan thought it was our boy the whole time too, but then changed his mind on the day of the reveal and thought maybe it was a girl. I think he just wanted to play it safe, so that one of us would certainly be correct. 

The ribbon display was made by my mom for our wedding. She used material that used to belong to my grandma. At our wedding the ribbon display was hanging across the pond and I could see them blowing in the wind as we exchanged our wedding vows. Each time the wind would brush across my skin I could see the beautiful ribbons blowing in the wind. It was one of the most miraculous moments of my life. I could feel my grandma's spirit with me through the wind as I watched the colorful ribbons floating in the air. I wanted her to be a part of our day and this was how I did it! 

We had our family take a guess at whether we were having a BOY or a GIRL

This was the GIRL guesses. Ryan switched his guess at the last minute. He's a sweet daddy and wanted to play it safe just in case! We were both guessing BOY the whole time.

And this was the BOY guesses. As you can see the majority of the group had the correct guess. I was really surprised that this many people had it right! My sister, Haley, had a premonition dream before I even got pregnant that we'd have a son. Both my sisters and my mom were just as sure as I was that it was a BOY. 

Ryan's parents did not take a guess. They decided to stay neutral. They said all they care about is a healthy baby. 

The anticipation before opening that box was unreal. A dream. All I can remember is seeing BLUE and looking over at Ry and seeing the big tears in his beautiful eyes! 

Our nephew, Oliver, should be pretty happy to have a boy cousin arriving in February. They will be only nine months apart! He was outnumbered in the girl department so this is exciting news for this little guy. 

We keep telling Mrs. PB that she is going to be a big sister, but we don't think she's too excited about the news. She's not really into kids so much. She is our baby though and we will make it work! 

Here is the video my aunt captioned of the moment we found out we are having a son. I'm thankful to have this video because I've watched it a 100x! The moment I saw BLUE...I tear up each time I watch it. 

Now we can start calling our little guy by his name! Ryan and I sat on the sofa last night and talked about him. Our hopes and dreams for him. I dream of the moment we get to hold him in our arms, and look into his beautiful eyes. Until then I'm cherishing every single moment I have him inside of me growing strong and healthy. Grateful, just so very grateful. 

Closing with this heartwarming prayer. 

Father, I give You all the glory and praise that is due to Your great name. You are so faithful. Thank You, Lord, for answered prayers and for granting me the desires of my heart today. Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth, and let there be continued peace within my heart and life.
Love xo 
Wen and Ry
Wendy Correen Smith
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