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Some Q&A (About Me)


It's been a weird blogging week.  Mostly because I've been fiddling with different ideas for my blog design, as well as working on helping one of my blogging friends with her design.  In the end, I couldn't come up with anything for me that I like better than my current design, so I'm just going to stick with it!

Edit: I take it back.  I did change my header.  I finally figured out how to get it the way I want it.  Check it out!  It has rollovers.  Spiffy, huh? 

Anyway, on to more interesting things - my friend Jessica at Memoirs Of A Mommy tagged me for the Sunshine award!  Jessica writes about all kinds of things on her blog - life in general, her business, tips, and her journey to become a mom.  She is a "real life" friend of mine as well, and is so sweet.  Go say hi!

The Sunshine Award comes with a list of questions, so here we go.

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1. If you had one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Hmm.  Do I get to dress it up differently?  Probably not, huh?  I'm going to say lasagna.  It would probably take me a long time to get tired of lasagna.

2. What is your greatest fear?  

My greatest fear would be my kids not coming to know the Lord.  I can do everything I can to teach them and train them in the way they should go, but in the end I can't really control it, and that's scary.  So I just pray a lot and try to leave the rest in the Lord's hands.  On a lighter note, I also used to be terrified of geese.  A friend's big white goose chased me and my sister around their yard, and I saw the damage those beaks can do!  I wasn't bit myself, but it scared me to death, and for a long time I was pretty skittish around geese. I'm happy to report that I am now over it.

3. Favorite Bible verse/quote.

My favorite Bible verse is 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.  It's a great reminder to me every time I read it to focus on things that will last.  

Favorite quote?  Sheesh, I have so many.  But the one that immediately springs to mind is "We are all worms.  But I do believe I am a glow worm." -Winston Churchill

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4. What do you want to be when you grow up?  

A microbiologist.  Or a wedding dress consultant if I didn't have the pressure of actually selling anything.

5. If you were an elephant, what color would you want to be? (I would want to be a pink elephant with green polka dots.)

I'm going to say pink and white striped, with the option to change to aqua, red, and white stripes when I get wet.

6. You are an Olympian....what sport are you competing in?

Synchronizing diving!  I think that is the coolest thing . . .

7. If you have 5 minutes of free time at home, what do you find yourself doing?

This week?  Fiddling with my blog design.  On a normal basis?  Usually reading blogs or reading a book.

8. Top item on your bucket list.

See my kids come to Jesus.  After that, it's "Go To Italy".

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9. What one feature sets you apart from everyone else?  

Physically?  Probably my hair and my height.  Ever since my hair decided to frizz up in middle school I've been a hair non-conformist, in a conformist type of way.  No crazy colors, but I just don't know that many people who keep their hair short.  I tried the long hair thing last year and it just wasn't for me, so it's back to my short 'do now.  The other thing is my height.  I'm only 5'8", but you'd be surprised how many people you are taller than at that height.  Especially when you wear heels (which I do).  But I don't know, maybe you guys should tell me?

10. Are you a crier, screamer or in-betweener? Describe how you most commonly express your emotions.  

Negative emotions: I'm ashamed to say probably both, depending on the situation and what exactly is upsetting me.  Positive emotions: Probably both, depending on the situation and what happy thing has happened.  So I guess that makes me an in-betweener!  But most of the time I'm neither crying nor screaming, which I think is probably a good thing.


And it is super-late, everyone is in bed except me, so I'm not going to list recipients here.  But here is a list of questions, and I'll tag a few people on Twitter!  If you don't follow me you should!  There's my little self-promotion plug for the day.

Feel free to snag these questions and answer them on your blog or in the comments, even if I don't tweet you later!

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1. When were your "awkward" years (come on, we all had them).  What made you feel awkward?

2. Favorite memory?

3. If you had an hour, all to yourself, what would you do, where would you go, who would you see, what would you eat?  (An hour may not seem like a long time to some of you, but when you have preschoolers, it is!)

4. Favorite book/magazine?

5. What has been the defining moment of your life so far?

On The Age Gap (+Printable)

In case you haven't stopped to do the math, Gwendolyn and this new baby will be less than 16 months apart. I'm going to have three babies in 38 months!

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Thinking about the age difference has never bothered me or made me nervous.  Sure, things are going to be busy around here, but I think it will be happy, joyful chaos, and I love it.  I am so excited about this new baby!  I am so grateful for an easy conception.  I think it's perfect that my kids are all going to be so close together.

The only thing that bothered me at first was that I worried I was going to get negative reactions from some people.  The people who were going to ask "And how far are they going to be apart?" with an incredulous look on their faces.  The people who were going to shake their heads and tell me how crazy my life was going to get.  The people who were going to give me an odd look and say, "Wow, you're going to have your hands full".

When I thought about that in the beginning of my pregnancy, I didn't want those reactions, because I am thrilled about this baby.   The thought that other people might not share in my joy made me upset.

The first few times I told someone whose reaction I wasn't sure about, I tried to beat them to the punch so they couldn't say it first.  "It was a surprise!"  "They'll be pretty close, so it'll be a little crazy!"  With a smile on my face, trying to let them know that I was completely happy about this new blessing.

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Then I told one person who I was almost sure would have a negative reaction.  I was really nervous about it.  I said my line about it being a surprise, etc.  But she smiled and looked me right in the face and said "It's a blessing."  Immediately the pressure was off, and I grinned and said that it was and how happy we were.

I was so relieved that my announcement to her went well, but it got me thinking.  I do not have to explain this baby, as if he or she was an accident.  This baby is an absolute gift from God that He chose to give me at this precise time. 

I am so grateful and happy about this baby.  There is no reason for me to minimize that just because someone might give me snide words or a disapproving look.  If someone reacts that way, they are the ones who are wrong.  

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God creates life.  Those lives have a deep meaning and purpose, no matter how long or short they may be.  They are each precious and worthy of celebration.  There are no accidents.

I am no longer feeling the need to offer explanations for this baby before someone can react.  If they don't like it, they can take it up with God, but I am excited.  

I've also found the perfect response to the "Wow, you have your hands full" comment.  I saw a sign that said this shortly after I got pregnant, and I thought it was perfect.

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My hands might be full, but my heart will be even more full.  I wouldn't have it any other way.

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P.S.  I am happy to report that no one who knows me has given me any weird reactions.  Every one of you who knows me in blogland, as well as my real life family and friends, has been so sweet and excited for me!  I'm so grateful to have such a wonderful support system in my life.  The only weird reactions I've gotten have been from strangers.

Why Unsolicited Advice Doesn't Bother Me

I think all of us have at some point received unsolicited advice.  It kind of goes along with being a person.

Most people love to give their advice on anything and everything, sometimes whether it is asked for or not.  This is true for all life stages, I think, but it reaches a whole other level when you become a mom.  Suddenly you are a target for people to shoot their advice at and everyone wants to take a shot, from the lady in the grocery store, to the brand-new father who is catering your family reunion, to the single girl who isn't anywhere near being a mother (not that I speak from personal experience or anything).



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I've heard from a lot of people who hate getting advice from others when they weren't asking for it - and truth be told, I've had my moments where I have hated it too.  But over the years I've learned a few things, and the unsolicited advice doesn't bother me as much anymore.   Here are the reasons why.


1. I realize people care about me and are just trying to help.

Sometimes I decide to talk about a problem or a struggle with someone just because I want to talk about it.  And when they start to try to "fix" my problem by giving me advice, there can be that temptation to feel annoyed.  But most of the time they are doing this because they hate to see me struggling, and they want to help my sorrows disappear.  So they give advice.  When you realize they aren't trying to boss you around, they are just trying to help you, it becomes easier to take the advice for the good intent behind it, even if it's not what you were looking for.

2. I realize people are trying to connect with me.

Sometimes people will offer advice because they have been through something similar, and they feel a connection to me.  They want to talk about our shared problems or experiences, and sometimes the easiest opening to make that connection or let me know they know what I am going through is to offer a snippet of advice!  When this happens, take the bait.  Carry through with the conversation and make the connection.

3. I realize people are trying to impress me.

Sometimes people give advice because they are trying to show off their vast knowledge on the subject.  This usually happens with acquaintances or new friends and is one of the most annoying kinds of advice to deal with.  However, I try to look at it from the other angle - they wouldn't feel the need to "show off" if they didn't think I was someone worth impressing.  That's kind of flattering!  The best way to deal with this motivation for advice is to say something along the lines of "Wow, that's a really good point, is that what you do/did?" or "Interesting, tell me more", and try to take the conversation more in the direction of personal stories.  Then you can share experiences and advice back and forth without feeling like you are being lectured.

4.  I realize people aren't necessarily trying to be a know-it-all.

At the same time, I don't assume every time someone tries to give me advice they are trying to show off.  That can lead to unnecessary annoyance.  The motives behind the advice are more likely one of the first two.  I always assume it's one of the first two motives listed here until it becomes obvious that it's motive #3.

5. I realize that any random advice given by strangers who tell me that some insignificant thing that I am doing is wrong is immediately up for dismissal, unless there is imminent danger or something.

Strange people you see in the mall really shouldn't be telling you what to do, unless it's along the lines of "You are blessed, enjoy your life!" (which is probably the most common stranger advice, especially when they see your cute babies).  When Wyatt was a month or two old some lady at Joann's told me I was holding him wrong.  But actually Wyatt was just trying to look at the lights (he's always loved lights).  Annoying?  Yes, this is probably the type of advice that is truly annoying with no real redeeming factors.  But it's not something to dwell on.  Your blood pressure will thank you if you just learn to dismiss it.

6.  I realize I don't have to take all the advice given to me.

People can give me all the advice they want, but in the end I pray about it, and I decide what's going to work best for me or my family.  I'm not obligated to take any specific advice, especially the advice given by random people at the store.  And those who love me are going to support me whatever I decide.  That knowledge is freeing and makes the advice less frustrating.  I've learned to listen to the advice, to consider it because a multitude of counselors is a good thing, and to have confidence in the final decisions I make.



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7.  I realize sometimes that "annoying advice" is just what I need.

This goes back to the week we got back from our honeymoon.  Someone who is close to me noticed that I kept correcting parts of the story when Derek was telling about the different things we saw on our trip, and they advised me not to do that and just let Derek tell the story his way.  It annoyed me at the time, but two years later I read something that reminded me of that conversation, and I realized that person was right.  It was silly of me to keep correcting Derek on things that didn't matter - it was disrespectful and sent the message that Derek was getting everything wrong.  I vowed right then to listen to the advice that was given me in the future and try not to be immediately annoyed, because even if I disagreed at the moment the wisdom could become more apparent to me later.

8.  I realize that sometimes people are trying to be controlling or manipulative, and in those instances it's okay to respectfully disagree or disregard their "advice".

Some people are controlling.  Some people are trying to push their agendas.  Some people are insulting you personally and hide their insults behind "advice".  I try to give people the benefit of a doubt, but I think if you suspect that this may be the reason behind someone's "advice", you should run their comments by someone you trust.  If you feel like someone is being controlling or manipulative, it's okay to respectfully stand your ground and refuse to accept the hurtful words.


How did I come to realize all this?  Because I've come face-to-face with the fact that sometimes I am an unsolicited-advice giver!  I think everyone is at times without really realizing it.   And I know the reasons behind my motivations when I give advice.   This has helped me to search out and appreciate more the heart of those who are trying to give me advice - because I think most people are giving advice for pure reasons.  

And you know what?  I love that.  I love that they are interested enough in me and care enough about me as a person to want to help me.  I love that they want to connect with me and impress me.  I love that I have people in my life who are willing to say the hard stuff because they want me to be "the best me I can be".  I've learned when advice is just a different way of looking at things, when someone's advice is something serious that I should prayerfully consider, and when it serves no other purpose but to control or hurt.  When I can distinguish that I can react in the appropriate way.

What are some ways you deal with unsolicited advice?  Are there any things that have helped you have a more God-honoring perspective when it comes to all the advice-giving?

The Need To Vent


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This last Sunday my pastor spoke on the tongue.  This is not a new sermon or message to me - I've read through James many times, and it speaks pretty clearly about what kind of damage the tongue can do.
But unfortunately this is something that is all too easy to forget.

My pastor said something that stood out to me - he said the best indicator of spiritual maturity is the level of control a Christian has over their tongue.

Ouch.

I know I too often use my tongue to complain.  I too often use it to say negative comments about others.  

Something that I feel like the Lord was trying to tell me is that letting loose and "venting" is not a good thing (contrary to popular belief).  My perceived need to vent is not an excuse to tear others down with my words, but it's all too easy to excuse it - because don't we all just need to get our frustration out sometimes?

I know I'm not alone in this. How often do we say whatever we want and then justify it because we "just needed to vent"?  And it's not okay.  Nowhere in the Bible are we given a pass to say whatever we want when we are frustrated.

My next thought was that I'm not so bad, because I don't go venting to just anyone - I only vent to Derek or occasionally my mom, and I know they aren't going to repeat anything I say.  No harm done, right?

But that's not how God views it.  

In Numbers, an exchange between Miriam and Aaron is recorded, in which they complain about Moses.  They weren't complaining to the people or undermining his authority in a public way.  It was a private conversation.  They were just talking to each other about their frustrations.  They "just needed to vent".

But Someone was listening.  And He didn't like what He heard.

It doesn't matter if I'm only complaining to one person - that's enough for God.  And He hears everything.

I think it would be a much better thing to control my supposed need to vent, and take my frustrations with people or situations to the Lord.  When I vent to other people, I usually leave feeling justified in my frustration.  Speaking the word out loud to others somehow makes my feelings seem more valid in my own mind.  But when I take my frustrations and "vent" to God?  He usually shows me where my attitude is wrong and helps me to change it.

The end result of taking it to God is much better, and encourages me to grow spiritually (1) because I'm spending time with the Lord, and (2) because it is good practice at controlling my flesh and taming my tongue.

It is true that hearing someone vent doesn't exactly make you think "Wow, this person is really mature in their faith".  And that's because my pastor's words are true.  If you are spiritually mature, you will learn to hold your tongue.  More positive words will leave your lips than negative, even when the situation is frustrating.




I don't expect to ever be perfect at this.  But by God's grace, I hope to get better.  I needed that reminder on Sunday.

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And on a completely frivolous note, here are more pictures of my new 'do!

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Happy Weekend!

Rest (+Printable)

I hear her cry one more time, and I bury my head in the pillow.  I am so exhausted I can hardly think straight.  Why won't she sleep?  This is the fourth time she's been up tonight, and it's only 2:30.  No, I'm not exaggerating.

I get up, calm her down, give her a little more to eat, and then back to bed I go - and I just pray that she sleeps.  

And she does.  For four, glorious hours I get some uninterrupted sleep.  

I think the lesson this week is how wonderful it is to have rest.

I've been running ragged all week, trying to keep up with two energetic kids.  One who won't sleep, and one who is potty-training, and I'm running on nights where I haven't gotten more than two hours of sleep together.  I haven't been this tired out in a while.  So when I get them both down for a nap at once, even if it's only for an hour? When I get more than two hours of sleep at a time at night?  Those moments have been glorious.

We, as humans, need rest.  We can't function without that time to rest and re-charge, to take a break from all the things we have to do and recover.

Ironically, I've also been reading about a different kind of rest this week.

"For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains, therefore, a rest for the people of God.  For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.  Let us therefor be diligent to enter that rest. . ."
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In case you missed it, this passage isn't talking about physical rest.  It's talking about the spiritual rest that God gives us when we come to faith in Him.




We don't have to work anymore.  We don't have to strive to be a "good person", go to church, follow the "rules" in the hopes that it might save us.  How exhausting!  No, God wants to give us rest.  And when we believe in what Jesus did for us on the cross, we truly have that.  

We don't have to work for it.  We just trust in Jesus, and we can rest from all the pressure of doing - not a temporary break, but a permanent vacation.  Because getting to Heaven is not about getting the good to "outweigh" the bad.  It's about what we believe about Jesus.

And even more ironically, once we give up all our good deeds and just believe in Jesus to save us, the "being good" seems to come more easily, because God can start to change us from the inside!  And we want to do what's right so we can please the One who died for us.  But that's a different post.

What a relief it is to know that I don't have to work to get to Heaven.  Jesus did all the work for me.  I just have to believe it, and enter God's beautiful rest.

White-Knuckle Grip + Printable

Since we got back from vacation, the thing that has been weighing on my mind is that I don't have much time before Derek starts traveling for his work again.

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It's been a year sine he got this job.  I feel like going into it I was so naive - I thought it wouldn't be too bad when he was traveling, that we'd have plenty of time to talk in the evenings and when he was home on the weekends, and then his months of working from home would be this great time of getting to spend more time together than we would get to in any other job.

In reality it's a lot different.  I miss him like crazy when he's not here, and by the time we get to talk on the phone in the evening I'm usually in the middle of getting the kids ready for bed and I'm exhausted.  He usually has extra work or studying to do in the evenings when he's on the road, so we simply can't spend as much time talking and catching up on our days as I would like.  Then when he comes home on the weekend it's this mad dash to squeeze as much quality time together as we can in between all our other obligations, and it's hard to really feel connected when you are rushed.

The months when he's been home have not been how I expected at all.  I don't think I thought about the fact that even though he's working from home, I have to still act like he's not here for eight hours during the day.  It's been a struggle for me to learn that I need to let him get work done, and any interruptions are just going to cause him to have to work later in the evening.

Complicating matters is that just when I think I'm getting it down, it switches on me.  He spends three months on the road, three months at home.  I don't have enough time to really get good at learning how to handle everything when he's gone.  I don't have enough time to learn how to balance the day when he's working from home.

I'm not saying all this to complain so much as just to explain that this year has been hard for me.  Before Derek got this job we both prayed about it, and it seemed like this is where the Lord wanted us to be.  But then it was so different from what I thought. I'd be lying if I said that I don't wonder sometimes if we misunderstood God's will, because why would He put us through this season of demanding work schedules and time apart when He knew it was going to be so hard on me?

But then, nowhere does it say that if you follow God's will everything will be easy.  In fact, the Bible says just the opposite.   We are guaranteed trouble in life, which is why I'm glad this isn't all there is.


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I've been studying James lately, and James talks a lot about trials.  As I was reading I realized this situation, with Derek being away so much, is a small trial in my life right now.  It's also a trial I would much prefer to the alternative trial of having him be out of a job, so in reality I should be thankful!  

It has been a struggle, but I can choose to complain and gripe about how rotten it is and how much I hate having him gone, or I can take this as a chance to let God grow me.  I can practice being supportive, find ways to show Derek I'm proud of him and the work he does, think of special things that kids and I can do for him when he gets home.  I can practice encouraging him, I can pray for him while we're apart. I can use the extra time I have when he's away to think of ways I can be a better wife and mother, and I can do them.  I can be a blessing to my family through this time, or I can make everything harder with my attitude.  

I so want to choose the better path and be a blessing.  But I'm definitely not there yet.  I feel like I'm constantly failing in my attitudes and actions in this season.  But with every failing I think I've been recognizing it more and more for what it is, and I have more of a desire to change, to do better.  And change only comes through God's help.

For the first time I think I can see a glimpse of what God is trying to do.  I think He's trying to refine me.  Now that I can see it, it's becoming easier for me to let go of my white-knuckle hold on how I want my life to be and let Him do His work.

Verses For Labor [Printables}

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Last December, before I had Gwen, I spent one afternoon looking up verses that I thought would be encouraging to me for when I was in labor.  I had seen a post on Faith's blog on her verses for labor, and I thought it was a great idea to focus on God's word during labor and delivery, so I got out my Bible and concordance and went to work.

I wrote my verses on little 4x6 inch notecards, and I even used colored pens to make them all fancy.  Little did I know that things would move so fast that I wouldn't even have time to use them!  
I do plan on keeping them and using them for my labor with my next baby (assuming we don't have another ambulance incident), but in the meantime I thought I'd share them here!  The first two are from Faith's list, and the rest I picked out for myself.

Feel free to steal these and use them for your own labor (or just anytime you need some encouragement).  I found that some of my favorite verses for life in general were also ones that I would want to focus on in labor, so I also suggest just grabbing your own Bible and going through all the verses you've highlighted in the past - you'll be surprised how many can be appropriate for labor!


















  






If you want to use the images I made here, I sized them so they will fit on 4x6 cards.  Just click on the images you want and save to your computer!

{More} Gender Reveal Party Games

When we planned our second gender reveal party we decided it would be good to include a few games again - just because not everyone knew each other, and games make everything more fun right?  Right.  We like to include games at parties in our family.

I came up with a few games for our first gender reveal, but I wanted to come up with some new ones for this party.  Here are the new games we came up with!

First things first . . .

Split Up The Teams

It's a lot easier to make any game fit in with your gender reveal party if you make the games about "Team Boy" vs. "Team Girl".  We had everyone pin on a bow or tie depending on what their guess was on the gender of our baby, and then teams were then formed!

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Old Wive's Tale Quiz

I found a list of Old Wive's Tales that had to do with the gender of the baby, and I turned them into a quiz.  Then I printed up multiple copies and had all the guests take the quiz testing their knowledge on the Old Wives' Tales!




If you would like to use the old wives' tale quiz I created, you can click the link above to view and print the document! If you use my quiz and write a blog about your party, please make sure to link back here!  And leave a comment too because I'd love to check out your post.  Thank you!

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I also included a sheet of paper that told how my pregnancies fit into the Old Wives Tales - but without revealing the answers to the questions.  So for example, one of the questions was

"You are having a boy if your cravings are . . .

A. Sweet                B. Sour/Salty"

So on the sheet on my pregnancy I just said:

"Sweet or Salty/Sour Cravings?

1st pregnancy: Salty/Sour

This pregnancy: Callie has been craving both."

It doesn't give away the answer, it just tells how I fit into the Old Wive's Tales on gender (and my pregnancies didn't necessarily fit nicely with all the Old Wive's tales, so it could also add an extra challenge in that way).

I think it was fun for everyone to be able to check the sheet on my pregnancy, not only for the quiz, but also to give them clues when they were guessing the gender (though I think most of the guests came with their guess already in mind)!  

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My mom won the Old Wive's Tale quiz, and I made sure to have a prize ready - games are just more fun if there are prizes.  I kept it simple this time and just did a gift bag with Sugar Babies and Yankee votive candles in the "Soft Blanket" and "Vanilla Cupcake" scents (which I thought fit nicely with the baby theme).  If a guy won I just told him to give the candles to his wife/mother!  

Last time we did Starbucks gift cards for five dollars as prizes, which were a big hit as well, so you can just pick any prize that you think people would like and that fits into your budget!

Group Quiz

We did a group quiz as well, and I did a little research on baby stats and made a quiz on them - ex. What is the most popular month/day of the week for babies to be born, states with highest and lowest birth rates, when someone may be more/less likely to have a boy/girl etc.  

Here are the sources where I got my information so you can make up your own questions:




(Note: The stats in that last article are mostly for the year 2010, which were the latest stats available at the time I made the quiz - for more recent statistics, try googling "birth statistics" and whatever year you are looking for.)

If you are interested in seeing the questions I used, you can click the link below to view and download the quiz!  If you print this for a party just print it in black and white so the answers don't show!



However, please note that these questions are based on the statistics in the year 2012 - by the year 2013 the statistics I used to create this quiz will no longer be accurate.  But you can get ideas from my quiz on how to form your own questions with currents stats.

 We had the teams split up into "Team Boy" and "Team Girl" again and fill out the quiz as a team.  Then I told the answers and the team with the most right answers won!   We actually had a tie, so we had to flip a coin and Team Blue won the coin toss.

I think it's nice to include a little prize for these group games too, just to make it more fun, so we bought a big bag of mini candy bars and handed them out as prizes.  

This would be a nice way to include the He/She Hershey bars like we did last time, but we ran out of time to make those this time so we just bought a variety bag!  But here are the He/She candy bars as an example of what you could use as prizes:

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Football/Baseball Throwing Game

Like I said earlier, you can almost make anything a game if you go the "Team Boy vs. Team Girl" route.  We wanted to include a game that was  a little more active and that the men would like, so my husband hung a tire on one of the trees out front, and we had a football/baseball throwing competition!  

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(Ignore our old truck in the background.)

We gave each person three throws, and then we kept score for Team Girl and Team Boy. You could also make this game a bit more casual and just let people mingle and do their three throws throughout the party.

If the teams are uneven (and they probably will be), you can either have each team pick three players to compete, or you can let everyone throw and then divide the total points by the number of team members and declare the team with the best average score as the winners!  We gave everyone on the winning team mini candy bars again as a prize to make it a bit more fun.

Gender Revealing Scavenger Hunt!

For the big reveal we decided to do a scavenger hunt, so it added another game for our party!  I grabbed a book of nursery rhymes and turned them into "clues" for different hiding places around our house.  I tried to emphasize the key phrases in the nursery rhymes by making the words bigger or a different color.

First Clue:

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This led the guests to our water spigot at the back of our house - we tucked the envelope behind a pipe on the side of our house right next to the faucet!

Second Clue:

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For this clue we hid the envelope literally "on the wall" by tacking it up on the wall behind the towels in our bathroom.  This ended up being one of the hardest envelopes for the guests to find!

Third Clue:

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I was originally just going to stick the envelope in the oven for this clue and make it easy, but since we were using the oven to keep some of the food warm I ended up hiding it in the drawer underneath the oven instead, which made it a little harder.

Fourth Clue:

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We tacked the next envelope onto one of the trees on our property!  This one could have been really hard if we wanted it to be, since we have a ton of trees around our house, but we set boundaries for the clues to make it a little easier.

Final Clue:

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This final clue led to a package that held the answer as to whether we were having a boy or a girl!  We hid the package in our wood stack!

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 The person who found the package was given a prize (the same gift bag that I mentioned earlier), and we also let him open the package to reveal it to everyone!

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And it's a GIRL!

Voting Board/Guessing Right

We did this last time too, but I thought I'd include it in this post as well.  We decided to give everyone a prize for guessing the right gender, so in that way guessing correctly became a sort of game!  We bought full-sized candy bars and made sure we'd have enough in case the teams were split unevenly (which they were - a good 75% of our guests thought we were having a girl). I think it makes it more fun to come to a gender reveal if there is a little reward for guessing the right gender!

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And those are the games we played at our second gender reveal party!  All the games turned out well, and everyone seemed to have fun with them - which is really the point in including games in the first place!

If you want to see more gender reveal party game ideas, check out the games we did for our first gender reveal party as well!


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