When you had your babies, did you want to know the gender? Or were you ‘Team Green’ (aka wanting to be surprised at birth)?
I’ve never even considered being Team Green. I can’t wait. I want to know as soon as possible!
We found out Leopold was a boy at 17 weeks thanks to a good friend who was an ultrasound tech. I honestly couldn’t even think about seriously naming the baby until we knew the gender. I don’t know why, but my brain just won’t connect in that way.
Knowing the gender helps me so much with connecting with my growing baby. It gives them an identity in mine and my husband’s minds. Being able to refer to them as He or She and then eventually by using their name really helps with the bonding process.
This go around, I believe we have already picked our baby’s name (at 13 weeks)! Unless something comes along that blows our minds, we have the first name sorted. We just have to work out a middle name.
When I get pregnant, one of the first things I do after I see those two blue lines is hop online and find a group of mommies to connect with. Community is huge for me (one reason I love blogging so much) whether it’s online or in real life. I’m very outgoing and social and I love having people to relate to and chat with, even if it’s just online.
I made some great friends when I was pregnant with Leopold who I talk to regularly on social media and who I would happily go visit if I had the money! I use the ‘What to Expect’ app on my phone to track baby’s progress and within that app there are usually a group of girls who have created a secret Facebook group dedicated to people due around the same time as you. Typically by month.
It’s just reassuring a lot of times to see people going through the same things as you and being able to complain or vent and celebrate with these ladies.
Anyway, it’s through one or two ladies in this group that I learned about Sneak Peek’s early gender prediction test. Obviously I was intrigued right away. You can find out baby’s gender starting at NINE WEEKS?!? Say what?!
I followed these threads for a few days and got differing opinions from each mama. Some were excited to try it, some were skeptical, and some claimed to know people who got a false result. I wasn’t completely sure how I felt about this test anymore.
A couple weeks later I decided to reach out to Sneak Peek and see if they would be willing to let me try their test out for my blog. It took a couple of days but eventually I was redirected to their head of social media, Hailey. She has been AMAZING throughout the whole process, to the point where I almost feel like we are friends in real life! She gave me her personal cell number and kept me up to date throughout the entire process. Hailey text me some days before she even left for work!
The East coast/West coast time difference was probably the only thing that was inconvenient because I’d be wanting to text her or get an email first thing in the morning but obviously that wouldn’t have made any sense since they are 3 hours behind us.
Hailey offered me the fast track test OR a phlebotomist who would come to my house. I opted for the phlebotomist (an in home version of Sneak Peek ‘Clinical’) because I didn’t want that tiny margin of error that is present with doing in yourself. There are steps you have to take to make sure you don’t contaminate your test with male DNA. Since my guys throw their DNA around like confetti, I felt much more at ease having someone take my blood directly from my arm.
Here is a little breakdown of what Sneak Peek offers:
Sneak Peek – 79$ – They will send you a test to perform yourself using a lancet/finger prick situation. There are very specific rules you must follow such as sanitizing your station and NOT taking the sample in a bathroom. Air drying your hands after washing and scrubbing under your nails. Don’t touch ANYTHING except the test. Don’t let any males handle the test. ETC. From the moment your order your test, Sneak Peek promises your result will get to you in 5-7 days.
Sneak Peek Fast Track – 149$ – It’s the same process as above but they promise results in 72 hours or less from the moment you ORDER your test. They will overnight it to you, you take the test and overnight it back and within 8 hours you have your results. Pretty sweet for impatient mamas like me!
Sneak Peek Clinical isn’t listed on their website because they are still rolling them out in various locations. They have just started offering a service where you can go to an ultrasound center and they will throw you a gender reveal party! Unfortunately there were none of those in my area. The Sneak Peek team generously offered to send a phlebotomist to my home to help administer the test! That eliminates the chance of contamination. The phlebotomist even took my test to the post office for me! Score!
See the full list of ultrasound studios nationwide that are currently offering Sneak Peek Clinical testing by clicking here!!
(Side note, you can take this test starting at 9 weeks but I was 12 weeks and one day when I had my blood taken.)
At first it was hit or miss as to whether they would find someone in my area. It’s still a new service that Sneak Peek offers and they had to do a little digging to find a freelance phlebotomist that was available.
Just when we had given up hope and Hailey was about to send me an at home kit, they were able to find someone for me!! Hooray!! I got the message on Thursday afternoon that someone could come out on Friday at 1pm.
Friday morning I got a text from Mary, the phlebotomist asking me when would be a good time to come. Sneak Peek sent us both collection kits overnight and they both arrived in time for a 1pm appointment. Mary came bearing Starbucks (she’s an angel you guys. She brought me a frappuccino <3) and had the test done in no time flat. We followed the directions included in my kit and I may have gone a little above and beyond by still washing my arm and air drying it before the sample was taken.
*Blood photos below…WARNING…not anything super gross but warning anyway*
You can see Mary is adding a preservative to the sample in one of the photos above. This is to keep your blood from congealing during it’s trip!
Mary left and took the package containing my blood directly to the post office where it was overnighted back to California for testing. I was on pins and needles the rest of the night and the next morning! I wasn’t sure if we had missed the cutoff for overnight packages so I didn’t know if we would find out Saturday night or Monday night.
Right after lunch my sister and her family arrived for a sleepover and directly after that I got a text from Hailey saying my sample was in the lab!! How exciting to be able to have my family nearby when we got the results!
According to their website, once you get the email (which I got about an hour or so after Hailey text me) saying your sample is in the lab, you will have your results within 8 hours.
Thank goodness I had my family there to keep me busy! We played ball, ran errands, and went out to dinner. When we got back home we played a board game. Right when my sister decided to lay down (she’s not a night owl…this was around 9:30) I got an email!
“Your Sneak Peek results are in!”
The board game came came to an end and everyone gathered around and took their guesses of what they thought the gender would be. We had 2 for girl and about 5 for boy.
I opened the email and…
I almost didn’t believe it because we had wanted and been trying for a girl! I’d told myself we would be fine with a boy, and we would have, but I probably wouldn’t have been AS excited as I was seeing the pink.
We facetimed my dad and his wife to tell them the news, I tried to call my mother in law, and then we facetimed with my brother in laws brother and his wife to tell them.
At that point my sister was good and awake so the girls all ran to Target for photo supplies and of course some bows and a girly outfit. We stopped by Rush’s for celebratory milkshakes and fries and then called it a night.
The next morning I woke up to pee at 5:30 am and couldn’t go back to sleep! My mind was racing with disbelief.
My husband and I are so thrilled and already feel so much more connected to this baby by knowing the gender (and the name).
I remember back in November my husband called me one day on the way home from work and said ‘I’m going to come home and take a hot shower and then we can try for a girl’. He wanted a girl just like I did so we tried all the ‘tricks’ and old wives tales we could to twist fate.
He was always convinced that we would only ever have boys, and his grandma seemed to feel the same way because she was sure we were having a boy and ‘has never been wrong’. Sorry, Gran!
I ate so much citrus but not TOO many calories. I avoided bananas and breakfast cereal (no lie, this is something I found on Google. Probably silly but hey…I got my girl). We took hot showers and (TMI) used the right ‘positions’ if you will.
We did everything short of voodoo and rain dances to make this girl happen. All the same I wouldn’t have been surprised to see a ‘boy’ result. I guess it’s just because that’s all I have known so far, so I thought having a girl was not possible for me. I also saw all my friends announcing their girl pregnancies and foolishly though ‘ugh they are taking all the girls!’ seriously y’all trying to conceive and early pregnancy makes you a crazy person sometimes.
At my last appointment I spoke to my midwife about Sneak Peek (she had never heard of it either) and explained what it was. I was expecting her to scoff and tell me not to go shopping yet. Surprisingly she told me that simply testing for gender is pretty cut and dry and pretty simple to detect with minimal error. That made me feel a lot better, honestly! I guess I’m partly scared that my bubble will be burst at the anatomy scan or something!!