Baby M Gender & Name Reveal

Thanksgiving was such a perfect day to celebrate our baby gender! Having both families in our home was so wonderful and we couldn’t have been more thankful.

For weeks I carried around the envelope that contained the gender of our baby and although all of my girlfriends said I’d peek inside, I held strong and knew I’d be happier finding out with those I love most around me! It was so worth the wait!

Matt and I chose to sport both pink and blue for the special occasion since we would be happy with either gender!

For the record, I predicted with 100% confidence that I am carrying a boy. No doubt about it. The intense meat cravings? I just knew we had lots of blue in our future. Matt on the other hand wavered back and forth a bit but decided on girl in the end.

We decided ahead of time that if Baby M was a girl the grandma’s would open the envelope containing her name, and if Baby M was a boy the grandpa’s would have the honors.

On to the cake cutting..

And of course we had the whole thing videotaped…

We’re having a sweet baby GIRL and we couldn’t be more excited {or shocked}! We’re naming her in memory of my mom, Caroline, who passed away when I was 5 years old, and Grace is Matt’s Great Grandmother’s name.

Caroline Grace Marcellino!




  1. Meghan
    December 2, 2013 / 12:57 pm

    I was the same… Convinced I was having a girl and had a boy. How sweet to name her after your mother… I love the name Caroline!

  2. Kacie de Leon
    December 2, 2013 / 1:04 pm

    I've been following your blog for a little bit from Five on Friday posts. This post totally made me cry! I have a 15 Month old, and it brought back wonderful memories! So happy for the wonderful joy in your life! Nothing can replace it! Congratulations!!

  3. Ashley
    December 2, 2013 / 1:12 pm

    Awe congrats!! A little lady to dress up and shop with!! Her name is cute!! Let the pink bliss begin!! Congrats!

  4. Caitlyn {Home Sweet Ruby}
    December 2, 2013 / 1:13 pm

    Oh my gosh, those are the cutest photos ever of you two cutting the cake!! What a fun way to learn the gender! πŸ™‚ Love the name you picked… absolutely so sweet!!

  5. Rach
    December 2, 2013 / 1:22 pm

    Oh yay!! I've been wondering when you'd post this because Thanksgiving has come and gone! I loved watching your video…but it felt to me like it took WAY too long to cut that cake! LOL. Congratulations on your sweet baby girl, and what a beautiful tribute to your mom – and beautiful name.

  6. Carroll
    December 2, 2013 / 1:39 pm

    What a sweet reveal and what a beautiful name! Congratulations!!

  7. meagan @ beautiful things
    December 2, 2013 / 1:43 pm

    what a sweet reveal–thanks for sharing the pictures!!! love the name πŸ™‚

  8. the girl in the red shoes
    December 2, 2013 / 1:49 pm

    Yay!!!! Congratulations! I LOVE her name!

  9. Ashley
    December 2, 2013 / 1:55 pm

    YAY! Girls ROCK! I love your reaction… I cried like a baby when we had our reveal. Congrats to you guys xoxoxo

  10. new found love
    December 2, 2013 / 1:56 pm

    Oh Christina I'm so happy for you and Matt! I can't wait to spoil this little girl with everything bows and monograms haha I love her name and how it is special on both sides of the family… love ya!

  11. Gabby Bladdick
    December 2, 2013 / 1:59 pm

    I had always said when the time comes, my husband and I would wait until the baby is born to find out the gender but after reading this post and watching your video, finding out this way with all of your family and friends around seems so wonderful! Congrats!!

  12. Blair Smith
    December 2, 2013 / 2:01 pm

    I cried watching your video!!!! Congratulations!! How exciting!!!!

  13. Jessica @ Better Together and Forever
    December 2, 2013 / 2:02 pm

    Oh my gosh, I absolutely LOVE your photos and video!! πŸ™‚ Made me tear up a bit to see how happy you were. Congrats on a baby GIRL!

  14. Sarah
    December 2, 2013 / 2:06 pm

    Congratulations! So happy for you guys, I cried watching the video it was so precious! It's so sweet that you let the grandmother's open the envelope and I love the name Caroline. Congrats again bring on the bows and the monograms. πŸ™‚

  15. Luci Kell
    December 2, 2013 / 2:17 pm

    Love Caroline Grace, so pretty and classic!!

  16. Dee Stephens
    December 2, 2013 / 2:21 pm

    Oh, WOW!!! I missed this if it was posted on IG or somewhere else! So fun! I can't see the video here at work but you looked as shocked as I was when we found out we were having a girl! I just knew it was a boy too! Love the name and the meaning behind it. I didn't know your Mom passed away when you were 5. Very special to give her that name.

  17. Jessi Otey
    December 2, 2013 / 2:23 pm

    AHHHHHHHHHH this just made my day!!! (PINK PINK PINK) Congrats to you both- what an exciting time! This makes me so excited and I cannot wait!!

  18. LindiNicole
    December 2, 2013 / 2:24 pm

    OMGosh your reaction was just the sweetest! Congrats to you! πŸ™‚ What a great way to do a gender reveal and with the names! LindiSweet Southern

  19. megan
    December 2, 2013 / 2:26 pm

    Love love love! Love your reactions and the name is beautiful!

  20. Caitlin
    December 2, 2013 / 2:31 pm

    Congratulations! That video made me cry.. you and Matt are too sweet! Love your name choice and apparently so do a lot of bloggers recently with that same name! πŸ™‚ Congratulations! She is gonna be showered in love!

  21. Sky-Ann @ The Little Button
    December 2, 2013 / 2:36 pm

    Congrats on your little girl!!! That is so exciting. I love the idea of cutting the cake. I also love the name you choose. It is really beautiful.

  22. Katie Elizabeth
    December 2, 2013 / 2:40 pm

    I totally cried while watching the video! So sweet to have that moment captured! Love love love the name and so happy for you and your family! πŸ™‚

  23. My Life as A Plate
    December 2, 2013 / 2:41 pm

    Congrats how exciting! What a gorgeous name!

  24. Tara
    December 2, 2013 / 2:44 pm

    Congrats on your sweet baby girl! Love her meaningful, beautiful name.

  25. Ashley {Whole Foods New Body}
    December 2, 2013 / 2:47 pm

    Brought me to tears! So sweet! My middle name is Caroline and my daughters middle name is also Caroline. I love it!

  26. Brookley @ Sweet B's and Sunshine
    December 2, 2013 / 2:50 pm

    How adorable!! I got all teary eyed and emotional watching the video;) Such an exciting time for y'all!! Love the video, the cake, PINK, and her precious name! Can't wait for more updates on Baby Caroline!!:) Congrats!

  27. BLovedBoston
    December 2, 2013 / 2:53 pm

    So so sweet – I got goosebumps watching the video!! What a beautiful name for a loved little baby!! Congratulations again!!!

  28. Sara
    December 2, 2013 / 3:00 pm

    Congrats! Love the name and the meaning behind it.

  29. Heather
    December 2, 2013 / 3:04 pm

    I looooooove it! Ohmygosh, so stink'n sweet. I love the video, I love the name. I love that you are naming her for your mother. Oh. Very very happy for you guys. Put that video file somewhere safe and make a back up. We have a digital video camera but it's one that has a tape too. This weekend we got it out and played the hospital footage for our kids when my son was born. Well, Saturday they played with the camera and accidentally taped over part of it – the part where we tell my father in law that we named the baby after him. It makes me sick thinking about it. Anyway, make a back up. That is so precious, your daughter will love watching that someday. A girl…sigh.

  30. Lindsay @ Love In Her Eyes
    December 2, 2013 / 3:07 pm

    This is so beautiful. Honestly I totally teared up watching the video. And then hearing the meaning of her name. A beautiful name!! Congratulations girlie!

  31. Sarah B
    December 2, 2013 / 3:10 pm

    That photo collage is fantastic!Also, even though I'm not pregnant (nor will I be any time soon), that's TOTALLY the name I already had picked out!

  32. Bekah @ reβ€’solve
    December 2, 2013 / 3:17 pm

    So sweet! Love the motivation for such a lovely name, and I love whoever was filming who "missed the crying part." haha! Congrats again!

  33. Sarah
    December 2, 2013 / 3:17 pm

    Oh yay!!!! Congrats!! I thought it might be a girl, I had the same feelings about E being a boy…I was so wrong! πŸ™‚ Love the video, and loooove the name!! Congrats and let the shopping begin!!

  34. Maureen SIM
    December 2, 2013 / 3:22 pm

    So thrilled for you. What a gorgeous name and sweet memory!

  35. Sara Elizabeth
    December 2, 2013 / 3:22 pm

    I love your outfit SO much. It's beyond perfect!!!! And… the name Caroline Grace is beyond PERF! Congratulations!!!

  36. Lindsey Regan Thorne
    December 2, 2013 / 3:35 pm

    OMGGGGGGG I'm so excited and happy for you, sweetie! A little girl… and I LOVE HER NAME! Caroline! She's already blessed to have a mama like you! Chills with a side of tears… much love! πŸ™‚

  37. Katie MacDonald
    December 2, 2013 / 3:45 pm

    So exciting!! I love your facial expressions and the adorable cake. So cute and what a fun way to spend Thanksgiving!

  38. Taylor Rae
    December 2, 2013 / 3:54 pm

    So sweet!! Love the whole reveal and that the grandmothers announced her name! Love her name too! So sweet and so perfect!!

  39. Jess Norden
    December 2, 2013 / 3:55 pm

    BEAUTIFUL!!! I love that you waited to find out with your family…we found out at the ultrasound then surprised everyone else. We may wait to find out with our family next time! I LOVE her name…how special to be honoring your family members!

  40. Shayna Yancey
    December 2, 2013 / 4:07 pm

    Aww I love this!!! Can't watch the video yet but, I can't wait! I love all of the still shots of your reaction! So precious!! Congrats to you & Matt! & I absolutely LOVE the name y'all picked out! Makes it extra special using names of loved ones! I had no idea your mom is passed – she would be so honored!

  41. Meg
    December 2, 2013 / 4:07 pm

    Congratulations so so much! That's so sweet and what an awesome memory to have captured on film. Lovely news and lovely name. Congratulations xxx

  42. Leslie
    December 2, 2013 / 4:09 pm

    Oh my gosh, I completely teared up watching your video! What a sweet, sweet way to find out and her name is absolutely beautiful!!

  43. Elise @ Cheers Yall
    December 2, 2013 / 4:12 pm

    Definitely cried watching your priceless and sweet expression during the reveal!!! So happy for y'all! Hugs! xx

  44. Morgan Rae
    December 2, 2013 / 4:14 pm

    Congratulations on a sweet baby GIRL! That video is so precious!

  45. MIssissippi Mrs.
    December 2, 2013 / 4:25 pm

    LOOOOOOVE! I want to name my future little girl (If I have one) Karoline πŸ™‚

  46. Aly
    December 2, 2013 / 4:26 pm

    Congratulations! This is so sweet! Made me tear up!1

  47. Jasmine Maria
    December 2, 2013 / 4:32 pm

    Such a cute way to do a gender reveal… your face was priceless… Congrats on your sweet little girl <3

  48. Laura | Our Life in the Queen City
    December 2, 2013 / 4:36 pm

    OH my gosh! Picture #3 makes me laugh and get teary-eyed at the same time! I can't wait to watch the video – I'll have to save it for after work – I'd rather not completely lose it at my desk. πŸ™‚ So happy for y'all! xoxox

  49. Makeshift Margaritas
    December 2, 2013 / 4:48 pm

    Oh my goodness! Beautiful name!! I am so excited for y'all!!! This is the sweetest!

  50. Makeshift Margaritas
    December 2, 2013 / 4:49 pm

    Oh my goodness! Beautiful name!! I am so excited for y'all!!! This is the sweetest!

  51. Kate
    December 2, 2013 / 4:54 pm

    I had no clue that you have lost your mom — what a special way to honor her! Such a beautiful name. I'm so excited for both you and April to go through your pregnancies together AND to raise your baby GIRLS together — Congratulations sweet friend!

  52. Tess
    December 2, 2013 / 4:57 pm

    This is so sweet – many, many congratulations to your and your family. Caroline is a very lucky lady.

  53. Melissa Ann
    December 2, 2013 / 5:10 pm

    Congratulations! The video made me cry… it was really sweet. Thanks for sharing such a special moment. I love the name!

  54. Jamie Vespa
    December 2, 2013 / 5:12 pm

    OMG This is so sweet! The video had me tearing up! Congratulations on your little girl & I love the special meaning behind the name for you! Best wishes to you!!Jamie @ The Growing Up Diaries

  55. Amanda
    December 2, 2013 / 5:15 pm

    How special and sentimental? I'm over here tearing up at my desk as I read this! So happy for you, and I love the name!

  56. Francis
    December 2, 2013 / 5:30 pm

    Oh my gosh. How sweet. I almost teared up. So so wonderful. Congrats on the girl. They are amazing. I have 3. πŸ˜‰

  57. Keshet
    December 2, 2013 / 5:33 pm

    I cried watching it! Congratulations–so happy for you both and the name is so beautiful and meaningful! I have a 22 month old baby girl (well, not such a baby any more!) and they are the BEST and sweetest. You will love it:)

  58. Christina @ This Woman Cooks!
    December 2, 2013 / 5:52 pm

    Congratulations to having a baby girl!! I love how your cake turned out. What a happy day!

  59. Musings of a Childless Mama
    December 2, 2013 / 5:54 pm

    Congrats on your girl. I love her name!

  60. Brandi
    December 2, 2013 / 5:59 pm

    Congratulations!! Baby Girls are so sweet!! (well so are boys too) The name is so special!! With both my pregnancies I never one had a feeling on what I was having.

  61. Natalie Kirbo
    December 2, 2013 / 6:07 pm

    This was SO adorable. I almost started crying when you did! Love the name. Grace was my great grandmother's name, too! Congratulations!

  62. melissa
    December 2, 2013 / 6:09 pm

    Congratulations! What a beautiful name and a sweet tribute to your mom. I'm so happy for you!

  63. Jenn @ West Sac Honey
    December 2, 2013 / 6:19 pm

    This was the sweetest thing to watch! Congrats and that's a beautiful meaningful name!!

  64. Brooke
    December 2, 2013 / 6:23 pm

    Congratulations!! I don't even know you guys, but your reaction totally made me cry! You are going to be such a sweet mother to that baby girl!

  65. Arielle
    December 2, 2013 / 6:38 pm

    omgosh so so so so exciting!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!

  66. Laura {happily ever} Parker
    December 2, 2013 / 6:51 pm

    Love and adore! Those photos of you cutting into the cake choked me up a bit!! Congrats girly!

  67. Faith
    December 2, 2013 / 6:55 pm

    such a beautiful name! congrats on your baby girl!

  68. Megan
    December 2, 2013 / 7:11 pm

    Congratulations on your baby girl!! Beautiful name with such special meaning.

  69. Leigh Powell Hines
    December 2, 2013 / 7:20 pm

    Congratulations, and such a beautiful name.

  70. Tammy Jo
    December 2, 2013 / 7:24 pm

    Ohhh how very sweet!! I babysat a little girl all through high school named Caroline Grace! Congrats again

  71. Laura Dro Designs
    December 2, 2013 / 7:31 pm

    Such an adorable post…there is no way I could of waited! I will have to do this with the next nugget! We are expecting our first, a girl too! I'm 30 weeks and due mid-feb. Love the name, a classic!Check out all the girly nursery design boards I've been making on my blog…you'll be laser focused on nursery decor before you know it!!Take care!Happy Holidays,*LuxeLuciteTrays!*

  72. Laura Dro Designs
    December 2, 2013 / 7:32 pm

    oh, and hello…just noticed you're a Gator! Me too!

  73. Pamela
    December 2, 2013 / 7:34 pm

    Oh how sweet!! Your reaction is priceless & precious! Absolutely love the beautiful name you two picked out!

  74. Kristal @ The Strong Family
    December 2, 2013 / 7:35 pm

    Congratulations on your sweet baby girl!!! What a beautiful name and beautiful tribute! I have to admit, I was tearing up watching the video…and I don't even know you in person. πŸ™‚

  75. Stasia
    December 2, 2013 / 7:39 pm

    Congrats!!! Girls are sooooo fun! Our little girl just made 8 months and we love every minute of it!

  76. Vanessa
    December 2, 2013 / 7:41 pm

    Congratulations!!!! That is probably the sweetest video I've ever seen! And love the name Caroline–LOVE! Happy shopping…girls are the best! πŸ™‚

  77. April of A. Liz Adventures
    December 2, 2013 / 7:47 pm

    That is just the SWEETEST video and what a gorgeous collage of photos! You can tell you guys are just so surprised and over the moon! Obviously I'm sooooo excited about the PINK frosting!

  78. PrettyLuckyMama
    December 2, 2013 / 7:47 pm

    Awww Congratulations πŸ™‚ I totally cried…you two picked a beautiful name for your little girl :)xoxoJocelyn @ Pretty Lucky Mama

  79. Nikki
    December 2, 2013 / 7:57 pm

    What a sweet reveal. Congratulations on your sweet baby girl. Her name is so precious!

  80. Carlie Jean
    December 2, 2013 / 9:06 pm

    Congrats!!! I couldn't wait for you to post the reveal! I think I speak for a lot of people following you—we feel like we know you personally, and it's true joy and excitement we share with you! Love from Texas! Carlie Jean Sapp

  81. Lizzie Roles
    December 2, 2013 / 9:20 pm

    Tears of joy here! Beautiful video x

  82. Nicole
    December 2, 2013 / 10:06 pm

    YAY!!! A future Kappa Delta!!! Haha just kidding πŸ™‚ but seriously, I'm so excited for y'all! That baby is going to be gorgeous and perfect, I just know it! Congratulations and AOT!

  83. Tylersmom51304
    December 2, 2013 / 10:40 pm

    Seeing your pics just GOT TO ME made me cry and my baby is 9 years old. That was just the best way to find out and in front of your family! That just made my day.And a surprise to you !!!!! ( I thought I was having a girl all along too but nope boy ) πŸ™‚

  84. Nicole P
    December 2, 2013 / 11:08 pm

    Tears rolling down my cheeks watching this…I am so happy for you! Can't wait to follow along with your journey. Thanks for sharing!

  85. Jordan - Queen of LA!
    December 2, 2013 / 11:42 pm

    yup. totally cried. so happy for you guys!

  86. Carla Bunch
    December 2, 2013 / 11:55 pm

    So happy for you two! Tears of joy! Congratulations!

  87. Megan
    December 2, 2013 / 11:56 pm

    Congratulations! So so sweet! Love that it was captured on video! So happy for you!

  88. Amanda Spangler
    December 3, 2013 / 12:10 am

    Your video was so sweet! I am so happy for you guys! Her name is beautiful πŸ™‚

  89. Kate
    December 3, 2013 / 12:18 am

    LOVE her name, so beautiful!!! πŸ™‚ Congratulations!!

  90. Astrid R
    December 3, 2013 / 12:21 am

    Congratulations! I love the video and the wonderful picture collage. I love your expressions when you found out you are having a beautiful baby girl. The name is just perfect πŸ™‚

  91. Mindy
    December 3, 2013 / 12:46 am

    Congrats on your baby girl and super adorable name! I was the exact same way…I was convinced we were having a boy and my husband thought girl. Can't wait to see the adorable outfits and nursery you have picked out for her! πŸ™‚

  92. Jillian Manesh
    December 3, 2013 / 1:04 am

    congratulations! i love the name (and the story behind it!) too xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  93. ItsTheNewTwenty
    December 3, 2013 / 2:35 am

    This is sooooo cute! I love everything about your gender reveal and the name is so beautiful. Congrats!

  94. She's Southern
    December 3, 2013 / 3:15 am

    Congrats! Love the name!

  95. Kim
    December 3, 2013 / 3:57 am

    I have never commented on a blog in my life but this had me hysterical crying and I just had to tell you how beautiful it was

  96. Hilary
    December 3, 2013 / 4:40 am


  97. PostgradPrep
    December 3, 2013 / 2:10 pm

    Congrats! I love the meaning behind her name.

  98. Rebecca Jo Vincent
    December 3, 2013 / 2:59 pm

    That was just the sweetest moment!! Thanks for sharing it with us!!CONGRATS!!!!

  99. Katie
    December 3, 2013 / 3:17 pm

    EEK!!! This is amazing news. So happy for you guys. And I had no idea you lost your Mom too. I've always wanted to name a daughter after my Mom too! hugs.

  100. Kitty
    December 3, 2013 / 4:10 pm

    Congratulations!! Little girls are so much fun πŸ™‚ and the name you picked is beautiful!

  101. Mariel C.
    December 3, 2013 / 4:40 pm

    This is SO EXCITING! I was totally unplugged over Thanksgiving, but I went on IG to check and see if you posted…and I'm so glad you did!! Congratulations! Caroline Grace is a beautiful name!!

  102. LoveTheJaspers
    December 3, 2013 / 4:49 pm

    OH MY! This is so cute the video made me tear up a bit.

  103. Mandy
    December 3, 2013 / 6:33 pm

    YAY! Congrats! And what a beautiful way to incorporate the memory of your mom and Matt's great grandma! I love what people use family names!

  104. Brianne Bracco
    December 3, 2013 / 7:35 pm

    Yay! A sweet baby girly! So exciting. Love her name πŸ˜‰ Congrats to you both on pink things to come!

  105. Jamie @ You Gotta Have Hart
    December 3, 2013 / 7:44 pm

    This is priceless! I love all of the reactions– especially yours!

  106. Cortney
    December 4, 2013 / 2:57 am

    Your video seriously made me cry:) SO happy for you..and jealous of all the girl things you get to buy.

  107. Jordan Cole
    December 4, 2013 / 3:03 am

    Husband: (walks into the room) Why are you crying?Me: Because I just watched my blog friends find out they were having a girl!!!Husband: Is it weird that I find that comment normal?SOOOOO EXCITED!!!!

  108. Jessica Noelle
    December 4, 2013 / 5:45 am

    This is amazing…congratulations! I'm so emotional right now. My mother was looking at me like I was crazy so I showed her the video…and sure enough, she's crying. So excited for you!

  109. Bre
    December 4, 2013 / 4:17 pm

    Girl I am in hysterical tears watching that video! Your reaction is priceless and so beautiful! So happy for you and little Caroline Grace!

  110. Alyssa at Southern Abundance
    December 5, 2013 / 10:18 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS on a sweet little girl! I loved how you not only revealed the gender but also the name! Your tears are priceless πŸ™‚ Caroline is my middle name and such a beautiful name to give to what is sure to be a wonderful bundle of joy!

  111. K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy
    December 8, 2013 / 7:22 am

    Aww…congratulations! And what a lovely name and sweet way to honor your loved ones.

  112. JamieBuckner
    January 5, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    Oh goodness. I should have known I'd cry! How sweet!

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