Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!

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He Or She, What Will It Be?

Last week, we finally got to find out what we were having. I was super anxious, because we have two boys already, and I have been just dying for a little girl. I also really love gender reveal parties, so I knew I wanted to have one. I invited our friends to come, and then had to sit down and think about how I wanted to do it.

There are a lot of different ways to have a gender reveal party, but most of the ones I could find online are done to death — cutting a cake, balloons, confetti. I wanted to do something a little more unique. One photo I came across showed a young couple who had a paint fight as their gender reveal, which gave me some inspiration. Last year, Matt and I did the Color In Motion 5K, where you start the race wearing all white and have color powder thrown on you throughout, and had a great time. So I thought, that’s how we’ll do our gender reveal party!

It ended up being really easy to make the color powder. All I did was mix equal amounts of cornstarch and powdered tempura paint, and voila! I made pink/purple for a girl, and blue/green for a boy. A friend of mine was going to take the powder and put it into bags for us to throw when the time came.

When it came time for the actual party, I was beyond excited. I had the ultrasound done the same day, and I was dying of anticipation. One of our friends is an amazing photographer, Julie Gayler, who has done a lot of the pictures for our family, and she came to photograph the reveal, even though her husband was coming home from Afghanistan the very next day! I was so grateful that she took the time to be there even though she had a lot going on.

When the time came, we gathered everyone outside, and our friend handed us the two bags with the powder inside, tightly rolled up so we couldn’t see what colors she had placed inside. Matt and I closed our eyes, reached inside the bags, pulled out a handful, and tossed them into the air. And the colors were… pink and purple!! I was literally jumping up and down for joy, I was so happy and excited.

Of course, then the real fun began. Everyone was able to toss around the powder and have a little color fight, which the kids especially really enjoyed. We were all a mess of pink and purple, but it was such a great time, and I had a lot more fun than with Wyatt’s gender reveal party, where we just cut open a cake. (And really, it could easily make a great birthday party for a kid, too!) There was so much energy and happiness in the air, and I know it will be a gender reveal party that no one will forget.

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One Comment on “He Or She, What Will It Be?”

  • Michele Affronte June 20th, 2013 4:35 pm

    Hi there! I work with Amy Sousa in Onslow’s marketing department and we are casting couples to be in print ads for our upcoming maternity campaign! I wondered if you and your husband would be interested in participating? We are shooting still photos for the ad campaign on July 8th and 9th… we would like to consider you for an ad we are doing which will need a husband and wife, early in her pregnancy, and a picture of their ultrasound. :) You can reach me via email: michele at redchoux.com.

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