Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The great reveal!

Well, after three weeks of holding an envelope revealing the sex of our child, we finally have gotten our dessert to tell us what the little one is.  It's been torture having this big envelope knowing we can't open it, but it was well worth the wait to be able to be surrounded by friends and family on this wonderful morning.  
The story behind this cake is an interesting one.  As you may know, gender reveal parties are a very new thing.  I had never even heard of them until I saw that my cousin had one for her little boy.  They are exploding pinterest boards lately though, and are very popular in the south.  So to bring an envelope with us and ask for a cake to be made was a very odd thing to ask in New England.  
The first store we went to was a little local grocery store who had great cakes.  We went in and explained our situation.  We have an envelope with the results of the ultrasound, but don't know what it says.  We want the baker to open it and use pink or blue icing based on what the baby is.  Not too much to ask right?  Well they could not have been more confused.  When they finally got the point, the were very excited.  We created an order with the cake reading, "He?  She?  Cut to see!" on it and we were on our way.  The next morning, we were to call them to confirm the order with the baker.  And so, my mom calls.  And guess what?  They spilled the beans on the icing color.  How can you be so stupid?  This was clearly a surprise based on what the outside of the cake read.  It's not rocket science.  And so, after much complaints, we decided to go with another bakery.  
That day we headed to Big Y (a new england grocery store), asking the same thing.  Please make this cake with colored icing inside, but don't let us know please!  Luckily, the girl taking our order (and personally making the cake) was also pregnant and wanted to do the same thing for her baby.  She was very excited about making this cake, and took it upon herself to personally make it.  We walked away very happy, not to mention the cake could now be even bigger and less expensive!  All was well, until my mom called to check on the cake the day before pick up.  Not once, but TWICE now, she was told the color of the icing!  To anyone planning a gender reveal party, please please make sure the baker notes that this is a SECRET and you should not under any circumstance know what color is inside that cake.  Heck, when you talk to anyone about it, or go to pick it up- mention that first thing!  Luckily, it was only one person who knew the icing color at this time, and she wasn't telling anyone!  
The cake made it safely to New York, and the morning after my brother in law's wedding was the perfect time to cut!  Almost all of our family and many of our friends were there, and we were very excited to share this special moment with them.  We set up, and cut.  
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BOY!  

Yep.  That's right.  Another boy to add to the Stepanoff Family.  Just when we gain a new female Stepanoff (my new sister-in-law, Katya) we also gain another boy!  Guess the odds will never be in our favor!  We are very excited for Zach to have a little brother to play with.  Dima loved having brothers growing up, they played together and were constantly getting into trouble (oh boy).  I am very nervous about my grocery bills in the future, as Zach already eats a ton!  
It was wonderful sharing this moment with our family and friends, we thank you all for being there with us to share this day.  Nothing could have made this more special then being with you all!