“My friend is having a ‘Reveal’ party” said my daughter.
“A reveal party – gender reveal – where you invite people over and you have cake and you ‘reveal’ the sex of your baby”.
I laughed. “Oh” Pause “Well – we had five of those!”
Five reveal parties. One took place in Illinois,one in Pakistan, one in Florida and two in Egypt. Five reveal parties on three continents! That has to be some kind of record. The difference was this – there weren’t a lot of people invited to our ‘parties’. Just my husband, a doctor or midwife, a nurse, a friend or mom, and me. And we didn’t call them “Reveal Parties” – we called them deliveries.
But oh how we rejoiced when we heard those words “It’s a Girl!” and a lusty cry from a newborn infant. Or “It’s a Boy!” and in our situations, even lustier cries.
Call me old. Call me unable to keep up with the times. I don’t really care. I think reveal parties are ridiculous. I think they’re over the top, I think they’re not at all about the baby, and I think they’re about Big Business. Big Baby Business.
If you want to know the sex of your baby before birth – that’s great. Have at it. I won’t judge. But if you want to do little cake thingies and party favors and Big Reveals – I think it’s crazy.
Because there’s a natural reveal party waiting right around the corner. It comes after hard work and tears and real labor – but no reveal party is like the natural reveal.
No amount of work, fun, cake, and punch can ever top the Great Reveal –
The Great Reveal – when you’re holding a six pound plus infant in your arms, your throat is catching as you say ‘hi baby!’ and you see the man in your life, who never cries, with tears coming down his cheeks looking down at your tiny daughter or son in complete awe.
As a wise friend once told us, there are only two real surprises left in life – And those are Earthquakes and Babies.
Related articles – this article was inspired by:
- The Quest for a Bigger, Better, Cuter Pregnancy (christianitytoday.com)