Something easy for my 3 year old to "read"

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wlillie's picture
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Something easy for my 3 year old to "read"

We have our big ultrasound tomorrow and are going to ask the tech to put something indicating the gender in an envelope. Then we're going to have our 3.5 year old open the envelope and tell everyone (video conference and phone calls) what the baby is at the same time we learn. I was originally just thinking a pink or blue piece of paper, but I want to have something a little more memorable that the baby will actually be able to use or that would be more interesting to keep.

Any suggestions? I'm willing to go up to a manilla envelope size, but it has to be really easy for him to distinguish between boy and girl....lurkers and ddc welcome!!!!!!

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What about attaching a blue or pink bow to a price of card stock? Or have the tech use a pink or blue marker to write boy or girl?

dsbwn3's picture
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What about a train or truck picture for a boy and a baby doll for a girl and explain to you 3.5yr if its a truck say boy if its a baby doll say girl

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I've honestly been thinking about this and am stumped....I keep coming back the previous poster's suggestion about a "truck" or a "baby doll" and it seems so stereotypical, but I can't think of an easier thing for a 3 yo.

He could open a "present" and have pink or blue balloons inside-- that way he doesn't have to "read" it, but the helium balloons could float out (like Love.Grown did for her dh...)

Good luck!

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I found two palm sized wooden craft monkeys and painted their bellies pink and blue. Bought a small gift bag with green paper and am going to write "Our next monkey will be......" he should be able to remember blue for boy

Thanks for the ideas though.

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Sounds like it will be adorable! Smile

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sounds fun!

wlillie's picture
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Suggestions still welcome until lunchtime tomorrow. Loving the balloons,but can't imagine toting them around in myvuniform.

boilermaker's picture
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How much longer 'til the big u/s?!?!? Good luck!

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an hour. I'm about to pee on myself. Smile And I dreamed about the appt all last night which kept me up because I kept waking up happy it was a girl and then realizing it was just a dream and had a hard time going back to sleep. But I'm excited to get to see the baby. Dh and ds aren't allowed in for the first 20 min so I'm a little scared I'll see a shot before they get in there of the gender.

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Good luck! I'll be stalking you!

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Good luck! KUP!

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She accidentallly got a testicle in the shot with the legs, so we're team blue. I'm trying to decide if we're going to pretend like we don't know and just keep going with the original idea or what.

And I know I'm not supposed to say this, but I'm really disappointed so it'll be a few days before I post the pictures. Got to go clean all the pink out of my shopping list and donate the outfits/hair bands/ribbons my crazy butt already bought.

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I think it's completely normal to have some gender disappointment. Give it some time to sink in and it won't seem so bad... I really wanted this one to be a boy and if it hadn't been I would have been really disappointed for sure. I'm sorry you didn't get your girl *hugs*

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Congrats on the boy. I was disappointed also when I found out I was having a boy so was my hubby!!

Marite13's picture
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Aw, I'm sorry you're disappointed. I think it's quite normal to have such feelings, and you should be proud for acknowledging them. Give it some time, and I'm sure as your grief over a baby girl fades, your excitement for another little boy will grow. Hugs!

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It is truly why I have found out with some of my kids....wishing for one gender...and potentially not getting the one I had hoped for. You know that feeling of sadness will so quickly fade to happiness...once you give yourself some time to adjust...and its sooo much better (imo) to get that out of the way when you still have time to attach to the ACTUAL baby you have....then when he arrives....its just pure love...and nothing else...no suprise of gender that could have caused sadness...or an ounce of hurt ((HUGS)) Congrats on your healthy boy...and take the time you need to adjust!

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((HUGS)) I'm sorry you didn't get your girl. I think we each deal with this in our own way.

There is a *ton* of pressure from everyone for me to produce a boy this time. We have 3 dd's and 1 ds. People can be so rude about our "poor son" and my "poor husband"-- but I truly love my dd's and cannot fathom our life any other way. If this bean turns out to be a girl (likely!) I know many will be disappointed-- grandparents, my kids, etc. Everyone but my IL's will get over it. And honestly, if I could order up a boy simply so that my son could have a brother, I would.....but ya know, we get what we get. And I remind myself how truly blessed and lucky we are to even be able to get pregnant and carry a baby. And I know that whatever arrives will be perfect for our family.

((HUGS)) I'm glad he looks healthy in there. Take the time that you need.

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I was thinking about it yesterday on the way home from work (what a drive!) and how selfish it was that I was disappointed with a healthy boy and how I didn't even look at dh to see how he reacted (he's a little sad too). When I got home he'd bought me flowers and Godiva caramels which made me feel better. I still video'd Jason opening it and he looked so excited and I can't wait to share the pics, but our computers are messing up along with the cable.

It did suck to pull the girl clothes out of the baby bin and I cried a lot doing it, but I'm Good today!!! I don't have to worry about people saying anything negative about the girl; most everyone knows that it's *not* up for comments. One of the few bonuses of being a bthc.

Thanks everyone!!!