It’s a Girl!

Among my friend Kayla’s many wonderful attributes are these facts: she’s one of my longest-running friends (we were in youth group together) and she’s the reason I first visited Austin back in 2010, after she and her husband had moved the 2000+ miles from New Hampshire to Texas. I came down ‘just for a visit’…and moved here permanently a little over a year later.

And now they’re welcoming a baby. Friends making new, tiny friends is just one of the coolest things <3

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A few weekends ago, Kayla put together a ‘gender reveal’ party at a local park (perfectly coordinated and adorable, see: attributes) the day after she and Chris had learned the baby’s sex but kept it a surprise from everyone outside of family.

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Friends cast their votes and wore colors to support Team Girl or Team Boy, while the parents-to-be had filled a plastic egg with clues [tiny hair bows] and hidden it in the park for it to be found. Whoever discovered the egg could make the announcement to the rest of the group.

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She’s already got the cutest nose ever.

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Babies. Babies EVERYWHERE.

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Mandated decor for any expat New England baby party:

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There was talk of being born ‘on Texas soil’, which I’ve been informed is a real thing, and the joke is that their baby will be born over a bed of pine boughs and snow: a true New Englander. Still, when Baby Girl arrives earthside, she’ll have a whole lot of people here in Texas who’ll be excited to meet her.

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And no one more than these two:

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