Fun Way of Telling in Laws Baby's Gender

Updated on January 24, 2009
J.B. asks from Livermore, CA
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Hello Moms,
We are finding out the gender of our little one this Monday and I wanted to gather some fun ideas of how to tell my mother in law. Her 50th birthday is coming up, and I wanted to make it memorable. How did you break the news? Any ideas would be great. Thank you!!!

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W.M.

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J.,
My cousin brought out balloons from the bedroom and put them in front of my aunt. One said its a boy and the other said its a girl. They were then telling her that her youngest daughter was expecting her third child. But maybe you can do latex balloons with a letter inside each one, and she has to pop them, then unscramble the letters into the words? Just a thought.
W. M.

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K.I.

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Bake a little cake, pink cake for girl blue for boy, and then frost it so you can not tell and they have to cut into it.

Birthday gift with pink or blue baby clothes in it.

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A.C.

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You could run to the book store and get a few girl-related books... things about raising girls or boys, or grandmother/granddaughter(son) letter writing kits, or girlie/boyish books she can read to him/her someday, etc.

Have fun!

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S.C.

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Hi J.,

It looks like you got a bunch of great ideas! This idea is more for after the birth of your bundle of joy...go to www.babybar.com and they have the cutest "Hershey" bars that are either in pink or blue. Instead of "Hershey", they say "Hereheis" or "Heresheis". They print the name and birth weight on the front; and on the back they print the "vital statistics" (location, arrival time/date, etc) and the ingredients which is either "frogs & snails and puppy dog tails" for boys, or "sugar and spice & everything nice" for the girls. Then it says who "manufactured" it and prints your and your husband's names and any siblings.

They're really adorable!

Good luck and congratulations!
:)
S.

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T.C.

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Hi J.,
You're story reminds me of what I did for my Dad's birthday. He has been talking about having grandbabies since I was in High School, well we all know he'd have to wait. Anyway, much later, it was my dad's birthday and in his card I didn't put anything else in it but "Its a Boy!". If you could have seen the look on his face. First, a confused look which turned into a look of joy and laughter. He was the biggest "Happy Camper".
I never seen such joy on his face. Sometimes it's the small ways we do things that brings out the biggest suprise. Congratuations to your new family.
T.

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M.C.

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Make or buy fortune cookies and change the note inside to make your announcement.

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C.R.

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Oh how fun! When I had my last child we told the other kids with a present. You will need two white life savers, a colored jelly bean, and colored ribbon. It says to use iceing, but we used a glue gun so it would not be so fragile. We took two life savors (white) and placed one standing up across the other (In a "T" shape). Then we took a jelly bean and placed it in the circle of the one life savor opposite of the life savor standing up. The jellybean was pink because we were having a girl. Then we laced the life savor standing up with colored ribbon (pink in my case). Bottom line it ends up looking like a pacifier. We placed those in boxes and let the kids all open them at the same time. They wore them around their necks for the rest of the day. My directions are not very clear I am sure...here is a web site that might help. :-)
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/328008/life_save...

Good Luck!

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H.W.

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We gave my mom, and MIL (whose b-days are 1 day apart) Pink boxes we got at Target. They are boxes for storing pictures, with a frame as the lid. We put the sonogram in the frame, of the pink box....

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C.M.

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A friend of mine put a copy of the ultrasound pic into a cute baby picture frame. She wrapped it in wrapping paper for Christmas & gave it to her mother as a gift. Her mother was elated!

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D.P.

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Might sound corny, but you can give her a doll for her b-day, a girl one if it is a "granddaughter" and a boy one if it is a "grandson". You can put a shirt on it that says something like to the effect that the doll will be replaced by a real grandson in month/year, or something! Is it her 1st grandchild?

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T.A.

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When I told my inlaws I gave them each a present with bibs saying I love grandma on them in pink or blue depending on the babies gender. It was great to first see the puzzled look on her face and then the realization that I was talking about her future grandchild! Good luck.

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E.M.

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Hi J.! This could be so fun for you! Here are some things my sister did to surprise our parents. She made a valentine card that said "Happy Valentines Day Grandma and Grandpa from your grandson" Underneath she put the due date as well. For her study group, she made blue cupcakes (for a girl, make pink). You could get a t-shirt made that says "proud grandma of a beautiful boy" or something to that effect. Bring in balloons to represent the gender. Make her a cake that says Happy birthday mom- love your granddaughter or grandson- or Happy Birthday, it's a boy! You could also get the ultrasound picutre and put it into a frame that says "it's a boy" or "it's a girl." Last thought is to get either a onesie or a bib and get it to say something about a boy or a girl and give it to her. I just saw another response that gave me another idea- a pretty necklace with one of those angel pendants that has the birth stone in it- on the card, you can write "from ____________" and either granddaughter or the name if you have it picked. A final idea inspired by the other ladies is a t-shirt that says "grandma's prince or princess" or something "prince or princess" themed to give her a hint.
I hope you have SO MUCH FUN with this. Congrats on the baby!
-E. M.

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M.K.

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Hi J.,

Wow, what an amazing time for you. Congratulations!

For my first pregnancy I gave my mother-in-law a blue mini-photo album that read grandma's brag book and a card that read congratulations on your first grandson. For my 2nd pregnancy I went to Build a Bear and had my older son help with selecting a bear, outfit, grooming etc, and we even had him record a msg to her. We gave the bear as a birthday gift and she loved it! Have fun I'm sure you will receive many creative ideas from other moms.

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J.K.

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Give her an ultrasound picture for her birthday and just write in the card do you an Oscar Meyer or not then circle a yes or no. Or if you have names picked our you can give the picture and write meet and the name.

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A.N.

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i know it's a standard practice-but there is a risk to the baby-which i wouldn't take.i'd rather not know the gender..look up amnioscentesis on the internet-risks.my spelling of the word is incorrect.

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J.F.

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Remember the nursery rhyme about what little boys and little girls are made of? If you send her a few of those things in little packages. Like if it's a girl...sugar, and a spice, and maybe also some pink bows. If a boy, a rubber snake, a fake snail...no puppy dog tails! But maybe a baseball, etc...Or have them as party favors...also you could play 'thank heaven for little girls' if it's a girl.
or 'take me out to the ball game', if a boy. I know it's sexist, but oh well...Have fun!!

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L.S.

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You can get a teddy bear and put a pink or blue baby shirt on it (there are some cute grandma-themed ones out there!) and then include a "brag" book with a copy of the sonogram pictures inside.

My daughter is 6 now and my MIL has 4 or 5 "brag" books, and loves to share them with family and friends when they are visiting!

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K.V.

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Does she knit? Get her a pattern for booties in either pink or blue!
Or, for her birthday party, you could give her 50 pink or blue balloons. Or give her a pair of pink or blue booties as a gift. I don't know your m-i-l, so it's hard to know what her sense of humour would appreciate.
I'm sure you'll think of something creative. Maybe a pendant with a pink or blue stone? Depends on what she likes...

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G.M.

answers from Sacramento on

Hi J.!!!
First of all, congratulations on this wonderful gift you are about to get!!!
If your family likes Chinese food, I always thought it would be fun to get your own fortune cookies ahead of time...buy them at any Asian market....then take out the fortune inside them and replace it with your wonderful news! You can either do it with everyone's , or just your mother-in-law's cookie. You could arrange with the waitress to give out YOUR cookies instead of the ones they have!
Just a thought.....definitely a different way of sharing your news!
Good Bless you and your sweet baby!!!
G. M.

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L.M.

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How about a photo album that is gender specific, and maybe even geared along the lines of "grandma's little girl or boy". Let the first picture be a copy of the ultra sound. Congratulations!

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M.E.

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You can have shirt, sweatshirt, mug, etc. made that might say something to the effect of "Proud of Grandma's little girl" or "Grandaughter's are special or made for spoiling". When we went for our sonogram, my in laws were there in the room with us when we found out. My parents live out of state so I sent them some flowers that said "It's a Girl". Doesn't really matter.....everyone is happy when they hear the news no matter how they hear it. Best Wishes.

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S.H.

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How about blowing up the ultrasound picture and framing it!

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M.T.

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We sent my mom flowers and had the information written on the little card that is included. We wished her a happy birthday and I typed our names and then put "Baby Boy" with our last name. It was so much fun! My dad took a picture of her reading the card and she cried she was so happy. I'm sure you'll get more creative ideas from everyone else. All the best and be sure to share what you guys end up doing and how it all went.

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M.H.

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I would give her a bib, as a gift for her to open, that says "I love Grandma", in pink or blue, depending on the sex!

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I.L.

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I love this kind of stuff! How fun for all of you!!
When we told our family it was around Easter, so we bought little plastic eggs and put the tiniest little pink socks in them that we could find.
Work with the birthday thing. Wrap a tiny little present with tiny lil pink slippers for a girl, or tiny little boy dress shoes.
Take lots of pictures, it will be a wonderful moment for all!
Please come back and tell us what you decided to do and her reaction!

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A.F.

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If your mother in law lives near you and will be caring for your new baby at times (even if only once in a while) it would be fun to give her a gift bag (or diaper bag) filled with all of the things she might need while caring for her new grand baby. If you are having a girl for instance you could fill a girley tote bag with Pink pacifiers, Bottles, onsies, burp cloths, puddle pads, teethers, etc... This is also a great way to make her feel needed and included in this little ones life.

Or you could get on line and look for a book about Granddaughters/Grandsons & their grandmother then you could write a nice letter to her inside the book that she could cherish forever.

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C.B.

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Hi J.,

My ultrasound was the week before Mother's Day. Although it was very difficult, here's what we did. My husband couldn't wait, so the nurse told him. (That was the hard part because he would keep giving me conflicting hints all week long, the bugger.) Then he had her write down what the gender was in a card. We had everyone over for Mother's Day, and I opened the card for the first time with everyone present. It was very special because we all got to find out at the same time. There were some very shocked faces as everyone thought I was having a boy but it was A GIRL!!!! So if you want to make her 50th special, maybe you can have her open the card? Just a thought.

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A.T.

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Get a "blank" puzzle kit from a party store and write "It's a ______!!!" on it and have her put it together.
If you're having a girl - give her a bunch of really girlie hairclips and bows, etc. and those little tiny pony tail holders gift wrapped as her birthday prezzie with a note saying "Start practicing!!" Get a little Thomas the Train set if it's a boy - she'll need to be an expert putting that stuff together.
OR give her a birthday card from the baby and sign it "Love, your youngest grandaughter/grandson"!!!!
Congrats on the bun in the oven!!

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R.F.

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With my son, we got them a boy-themed, sterling silver photo frame and on a blank piece of paper in it we said: "Coming mm-dd-yr (due date)" (Of course we were 99.9% sure he was a he because we had an amnio.)
They had to think for a few seconds and then had the frame ready to go as soon as he was born.

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K.B.

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What my husband and I did was to get a little free-standing stained glass lamp that opened up on one side. We made a photo-grade copy of the sonogram (one where you could see which "parts" were there and which weren't.) We put the photo inside the lamp. My Mom opened it thinking thinking the lamp was the only gift, but got a lovely surprise inside too! You might look at Hallmark-type shops if you want to do this.

Another fun thing to do might be to hide a sonogram photo INSIDE her birthday cake in a baby food jar.

Have fun and good luck.
K.

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