Dear Ms Jeanne,
Is it just me? I cringe at this. People say it’s for the celebration, but it’s just another party for something people do every day, and looks ridiculously attention-seeking and tacky to me. I also was slightly stunned by the commentator who asked her best friend to the scan, where she was told the gender, kept it from the couple then baked a blue cake they cut 3 days later – whaaaaaaaaaat? Your *friend* knew before you and your husband? Your husband was ok with this?
I don’t believe this is a common practice in the States, but it does remind me why I politely declined to have a baby shower (note another commentator having one for her third baby).
Seriously, is it just me? I know not everyone is the same, but it seems so massively in your face, brash, look at MEEEEEEEEE, and depriving the couple of the chance to share a really magical, private moment. Plus I can’t imagine anyone would care that much about the gender of my baby beyond the two of us anyway!
I also think of your grandchild, who was unexpectedly the other gender! Oops!
Interestingly I’ve been watching baby announcements to family on Youtube prior to the OP submitting this.
I think this may just be you (and a few thousand others). Cutting into a prepared cake to find out the baby’s sex has become another cute way to celebrate a major milestone in a family. When I’ve seen it, it’s been for family and a few close friends to witness. These same people have a vested interest in knowing the baby’s sex so the information gets shared one way or another so some choose to do the baby cake reveal. Other ways have been with appropriately colored helium balloons in a box that is opened. Friends and family find out the sex of the newest family members and then party it up in celebration. As long as this does not become yet another gift grab event, I don’t see the harm in whooping it up with family and close friends. Many of the videos on Youtube are so endearing how the entire family goes wild about the news of a new girl or boy to the extended family.
As for sharing private, magical moments, I think that is really at the discretion of the couple. In a sense they own the information about the sex of their baby and if they choose to share it in a very public way so that they and everyone else is surprised at the same time then this is their choice. Some people are private, others would want to share with their families the good news.