Gender reveals:

Nolan Alex:

Our friends, the Poppe’s, received the envelope on Monday night and prepared the box we made the weekend before.  We tested the rope, the ability to keep the confetti in, and such before bringing them box. They filled the box and we were very careful not to talk to them all week. 😉

On Saturday we had 35 of our family and friends join us in our house to eat, socialize, and pull the cord!  We were so excited!  My heart was beating so fast!

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It’s a boy! We are excited to meet our son: Nolan Alex Gloudemans in August.  The name, Nolan, was my Grandpa Chew, my uncle, and even my aunt’s name.  They all spelled it differently (Nolen Sr. Nolen Jr. and Nolynn).  We are so excited to carry on the family name and meet our little guy!

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Stella Rose:

We decided to find out the gender this time just Alex and I and then we would still through a party for our friends telling them the gender.  It was a lot of fun!

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I started with my students.  I asked them if they thought baby was a boy or girl.  We planned on using their data at the reveal.  I made sure to do this before the ultrasound so that I did not show any tell when they were guessing!  They guessed girl!

Tuesday we had our ultrasound.  It was so amazing to see our sweet, healthy baby!

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Next was making the volcano!  I made the volcano from an personal little milk.  I chose this because the opening was bigger than a water bottle and shorter than the vase I was going to use.

I then made the “lava.” I mixed one box of baking soda (I have to do this 3 times: 1 at the party, 1 for my AM 4k, and 1 for my PM 4k so I need quite a bit.  Someone doing this once would need only 1 box.)  I put 1/2 a bottle of food coloring in the baking soda and stirred it it until there were no dark clumps.  I left in a ice cream container hidden in a closet in case someone visited to “dry out” over night.

I then made the volcano.  I made a batch of salt dough:

1 cup salt
1 cup water
2 cups flour

and stirred until dough like.  I the formed it around the milk bottle.  I had some left over so I rolled it out to make letters “Boy or Girl?”

I left that to dry overnight as well.

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The morning of the party, I put the lava in with a paper funnel and put the top back on the milk container.  We are party ready!

Party day we put the volcano out for display and had the vinegar on stand by.  We had everyone vote on their down on the vote tally based on the wives tales.

As soon as everyone was there, we got ready to to the volcano or I would explode with the knowledge!

It’s a girl! We are naming her Stella Rose. Stella was my 2x great grandma’s first name and my great grandma (whom I was close to) middle name. Her monthly pictures and some maternity photos were taken on a quilt made by great great grandma Stella. Rose is after my step-dad’s grandma, my great grandma. Her house was the one we first lived in in Wisconsin. Her name was Rosella but Stella Rosella sounded funny.

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