So yup the creature wiggling and and wacking me from the inside is a BOY! Holy moley I know nothing about boys this is definitely going to be an adventure! We did a little gender reveal party with our family and friends that have been with us through all the infertility stuff and for part of it I wanted to make the little guy a couple outfits. More about the party below.
I have a few boy outfits in my shop like this little mustache outfit. But for the most part I’m lost when it comes to boy clothes so if you have any favorite patterns, blogs, or suggestions please send them my way. I would love to make this little guy some cute stuff and so much that I see in the stores for boys is just boring.
How To Make The Jumper
For the reveal I made this little jumper based on a style that I used to sell in my shop. There are plenty of simple baby patterns that you could use to get the same shape but I really love the shoulder detail which is SO easy to do. Basically you make a little strap. I cut my fabric 2 inches by about an inch longer than my shoulder space and then folded the piece in half like you’re making a little strap. Sew one short side and one long side. Right side out it and press. And repeat for the other side. Then when it’s time to attached the sleeve just sew in the “strap” positioning it so it just is a little longer than the finished edge of the collar if you want it to poof like mine or if you want it to be flat you can make it the same distance or a bit shorter. Sew on a button and you’ve got a cute little should detail.
The Gender Reveal Party
Now I know that not everyone will “get this” which is fine. I’ve heard some down right nasty things said about gender reveal parties in general. In fact I’ve already gotten kind of mean/insensitive comments. But I just figure they are either jerks or don’t know my story. We worked and tried and tried and were so close to giving up on a baby. It’s been a long road and so many people have helped us a long the way. But the unfortunate thing about having bad news for SO long was that when I finally had good news I was paranoid. I didn’t believe it would last so instead of telling friends and family and being excited, most of them were informed and then banned from talking to me about it. I just wasn’t ready to be excited. I didn’t do anything cute or creative to tell anyone I was pregnant. So I wanted to do something to say thanks for dealing with my nonsense and yay let’s be excited. I mentioned that I was thinking of doing a gender reveal party and so many people got excited. Then I was feeling like that was a silly self-centered thing to do so I mentioned that I might not do it and those friends adamantly insisted that I still do one.
Yesterday as we were getting ready for this party that both my husband and I felt totally silly about I had no idea what to expect. I sent the invitations with all kinds of disclaimers “this is a silly thing”, “don’t feel like you have to come”, “no presents”, and so on. But then we opened the door in the morning to find my MIL had totally bombed our house with baby excitement. So I thought even if this party is just for our parents that was fine they definitely deserved it.
How to make a jumper
- Basically you make a little strap.
- I cut my fabric 2 inches by about an inch longer than my shoulder space and then folded the piece in half like you’re making a little strap.
- Sew one short side and one long side.
- Right side out it and press.
- And repeat for the other side.
- Then when it’s time to attached the sleeve just sew in the “strap” positioning it so it just is a little longer than the finished edge of the collar if you want it to poof like mine or if you want it to be flat you can make it the same distance or a bit shorter.
- Sew on a button and you’ve got a cute little should detail.
I wrapped up the little jumper, a mustache onesie set, a few copies of our ultrasound pictures, some personalized candy that my mom sent me a gift certificate for, and a couple helium filled balloons with “boy” written all over them. But then we had friends and family show up and show up and show up. It was overwhelming. It was touching. We definitely felt loved that so many people cared about our silly little news. We had people write their guesses and when it was time I had the nieces open up the present with all the goodies in it and we just enjoyed a great time with good friends, family, and food. We are so blessed to have many people excited for this little guy and who love us so much.
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Jessica W says
Oh how exciting, Congratulations!
I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve received negative comments. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but unfortunately that doesn’t always mean they have the decency to know when not to share it.
I’m very happy for you and your husband, and I think you planned a lovely and tasteful party.
Congrats! You know where to turn for boy patterns and boy mama advice – you’ll do great :-)
Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama says
That mustache outfit is TOO cute!! I am beyond excited for you, and so happy you had a party! You deserve it, and it looks like you all had so much fun!
I love the jumper! I’m hoping this means more cute boy stuff in your shop. ;) We are so thrilled for you and had a great time at the party!
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures says
Congratulations! How exciting to have little boy on the way! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Amy mayen says
Omg!!! I totally thought it was a girl…but you are JUST RIGHT for a little boy!! How exciting!!!
This is so cool! Looks like it was a really fun party and I bet your little nieces were over the moon excited to get to be the ones “revealing” baby Fischer’s gender. Hope you had a lovely time being surrounded by the love of your family and friends who wanted to celebrate your big news! John and I were there with you guys in spirit–congrats on the news about baby BOY Fischer!!!! :) So excited to meet him!
I am SOOOOOO excited for you. I remember how exciting it was finding out what my first two were, and sharing that with my family and friends! Babies are ALWAYS a reason to celebrate no matter what, so ignore the silly haters and have FUN (after that I could tell within a week of getting pregnant what it was based on my cravings and morning sickness)
Jennifer @ My Sweet Sanity says
Congrats on your little man news! Being a mom to 5 boys and then finally a girl I can tell you that little boys are wonderful and love their mommas like crazy.
Hurray!!! Boys are seriously the best. I was terrified and clueless when I found out I was halving a boy, but he has been so so easy. You’ll love it!
Congratulations!! I, too, was stumped when my son was born after I had really started to enjoy making things for my daughter – but! – I just recently made these for my son, took them a step further and made them fully reversible and added a pocket on the front instead of a button placket, and they are ridiculously adorable! If you adjusted for a smaller baby I would do snaps on the legs! Congrats again!
“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” When did parents stop teaching that? Must have been a long time ago, if ADULTS are being mean! Point me in their direction and this ol’ Grani will give ’em a lesson!!! HUGE congrats! I’m so very happy for you!
Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie says
Oh, I’m SO excited for your little guy! :)
Phooey on the nay-sayers – I think gender reveal parties are great, and after everything you have been through, you do whatever you want, mama! :)
It was a darling party! We had so much fun! I think it was fabulous, I was surprised that Seth even wanted to come, he loved the idea!
Heather Julian says
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I’m so happy you did the party!
Hayley @ Welcome to the Mouse House says
a huge congratulations to you!
Jillian @ Hi! It's Jilly says
Yay! That is so awesome! And, I agree with everyone else…haters gonna hate. It’s your life and if you want to have a party to celebrate this long path you’ve been on, have a party, dang it! :) Love all the fun ideas, with the balloons, etc wrapped up for your nieces to open. So cute!
I just cried through this post! I am so excited for you guys, Marissa! That is one lucky, lucky baby boy. And boy sewing is the.best. Really. YAY YAY YAY!!
Becky @ Utah Sweet Savings says
We had a BLAST!! So excited for your little guy!!!
Emily Humphries says
That is so awesome and exciting! So, glad you went ahead with the party that’s such a fun thing and little boys are so fun. I have four and the so keep ya on your toes.
Clare Mansell says
The bad news is that other people disapproving goes hand and hand with every step of parenthood, so what excellent practice to hold a gender reveal party and not give a stuff what other people think! It looks like it was brilliant fun. :-)
Party on! That’s so exciting! Boys are great!
Congrats, Marissa! You are going to groove right into having a little boy. I can’t wait to see all the fun stuff you sew for him :)
Anne @ Domesblissity says
Oh, how fantastic Marissa. You won’t be disappointed. I love my little boy. They might be a little bit of a handful at first, being all wild and crazy and on the go but at nearly 7 my boy gives me the best cuddles and tells me he loves me every minute of the day.
Congrats! Ive got alittle boy who is an absolute blast. Firetrucks and dinosaur patterns are always great. and cute ones are hard to find. also, pokemon is still really popular with a few of the little boys I know so that could be a hit pattern too.
boys are fun! (not saying girls aren’t as well) Congrats!
Super cute! Congrats again on the baby boy news!
so exciting! I have two boys and they are awesome!! I love your jumper too! Pinning!!! Are you part of my pinterest board sewing for kids? I’d love for you to be if you aren’t, then you an pin things yourself :o) ha! email me at [email protected] if you want to be :o)
Jess Abbott says
So so cute!!! A little boy….Awww, I am so happy for you!!