ser·en·dip·i·ty/ˌserənˈdipitē/Noun: The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. During our 3 years of "trying" to start a family I would get notices that someone we know was blessed with a pregnancy, a "happy accident" which by the way is synonymous with my all time favorite word~SERENDIPITY. Now I know that there are no Happy Accidents, rather God's hand is on each and every one of us creating amazing opportunities each and every day.
So yesterday was the BIG Gender Reveal soiree for Baby Randazzler. One of my dearest friends Janie came into town for the weekend and God bless her I put her to work the entire time! We spent Friday night decorating and Saturday setting up and baking some killer Pepperoni Rolls for the get together. My awesome and uber talented cake baker and friend, Jill Delmastro brought the cake to our house at 11:30 - so Janie and I were doing everything we could to stay busy and resist temptation to go over and poke into it to reveal the secret!!!! (You can visit Jill's website HERE).
So we went with a "Bun in the Oven" Theme and Jill created the most adorable cake!
We kept the decor equally pink and blue so that both were represented. Janie and I had quite a time hanging these lanterns in our dining room. It took a few different methods to get them up (and to STAY up) :)
Thank God for my parents who came over early to help us pull together all the "last minute" details. While the morning crept by at a snail's pace, the time between 1:30 and 2pm (when guests were supposed to start arriving) absolutely FLEW by!!! One minute there were 6 of us and literally 15 minutes later there were nearly 50!!!!
Here are a few more pics from the actual cake cutting - I'm still in disbelief! Had to double check the cake crumbs this morning to make sure they were REALLY pink!!!! :)
We asked everyone to wear either pink or blue to cast their vote/guess for Baby Randazzler. Daddy was set on pink from day #1 and I wanted to support our potential son so wore blue. Obviously, Daddy was right on this one.
Here we go...
The proud grandparents (my parents) BOTH on team pink (dad sat on the fence and claimed his blue jeans were "blue" so that he would win either way). Grandma & Grandpa Randazzo live in Connecticut so they were unable to be here.
It's really pink!!!!
Team Randazzo - even though mommy picked the wrong color to wear :)
Thank goodness for years in the wedding and catering business. Janie & I were able to knock out slicing the cake pretty quickly! :) And it was DELICIOUS!!!! It's rare to find pastry chefs whose cakes TASTE as great as they look! Kudos again to Jill Delmastro!
We felt so honored and blessed to share this special celebration with so many of our dear friends and family! I have honestly never felt so loved and Baby Girl Randazzo is certainly one lucky chick-a-dee to have so many awesome aunties and uncles (and grandparents) to love her up! I thank God for each and every one of you and pray for blessing upon blessing for each of you!
And I am especially thankful for Kristin Vining - one of the most talented photographers I know - who offered to grab my camera and take these pictures so that we have the memories forever!!!! THANK YOU!!!! I was so GRATEFUL to see all of the gorgeous shots when I picked my camera up last night! :) xo
That's right! Today is Hump Day, Bump Day! We're officially at 19 weeks (almost 1/2 way through, can you believe it????) and for those who read my post yesterday we are BOTH doing great!!!! Our anatomy scan ultrasound was absolutely amazing!!! I can't believe that there is a little, tiny person inside there! I'm feeling large and in charge, but I know that this is NOTHING compared to what is to come over the next 20 weeks!
We're still holding out on the gender. I have the results sealed in an envelope to give to the uber talented Jill DelMastro (http://weddingcakesbyjill.com/) today! She'll be baking our cake with either PINK or BLUE inside and we can NOT wait to see what it is!!!
Dave is still holding firm with his guess of It's A Girl...to be honest, I kind of feel girl too, but am saying boy because if it is a boy I would be equally thrilled - so we have one of us on each side of the vote! I'm curious to hear other people's guesses too! Our guests will be dressed in pink or blue to cast their vote so it will be exciting to see who's right and who's wrong! Either way - there are no losers in this game!
On another note, I was doing my prenatal yoga this morning and just started crying - not sad crying at all, definitely happy tears. I can't believe how unbelievably grateful we are for where we are in this process right now! Thanks be to God for all of His wonderful blessings!!!!
Sweetest words we've ever heard! :) We had our anatomy scan today and it was amazing to see the little wiggle worm's tiny hands, feet, legs, arms and little mouth opening and closing. I think it became very, very real for the Italian for the first time! He was a nervous wreck throughout the appointment just waiting to hear the words "normal" and "healthy". I had a minor scare this weekend with some leakage and was placed on bed rest throughout the weekend so hearing the heartbeat and seeing that all of the measurements are within the normal/healthy range were answers to prayers!!!!
So we get to the moment when the ultrasound tech is checking out the "girl or boy parts" and she asked us to turn our heads (since we want it to be a surprise at our Gender Reveal Party) however, she then typed what it is on the screen and Dave is just SURE that he knows what it is. He's convinced that they type either "male" or "female" and he thinks that she typed "female" because he noticed it was more than 4 letters BUT I keep telling him that most of the U/S pics that I've seen say "It's A Boy" or "It's A Girl". So we're at a stalemate on this one. We'll have to hold on until February 25th for the big announcement!!! This is going to be a long 9 day wait!
So the bump is progressing :) We're officially 18 weeks along (almost half way - how can that possibly be true!!!!????)
The Italian is convinced that I have a rabbit in my belly instead of a baby. I can't eat enough vegetables! We went to Olive Garden with mi familia this weekend and I think I ate two entire bowls of the salad all by myself!!!! And might I say, I had forgotten how much I enjoy the Olive Garden. Don't hate, that place is good!
We have our anatomy scan next week, on Valentine's Day! Saying lots and lots of prayers for a healthy baby!!!! BUT we won't find out the gender until our party at the end of the month! We're so excited! Either way I'll either be the queen of the house in a house full of men or have a little princess/mini-me...we can't go wrong! Just praying that the little Randazzler is healthy, HEALTHY, HEALTHY!!!!