When we found out the gender of our first baby (aka Mazzy), the technician just blurted it out during the ultrasound. We did not like that at all, so with my second pregnancy (aka Harlow), we told the technician to write boy or girl on a piece of paper so we could look at it in private. We opened it later that same day. We didn’t have a party with pink filled cupcakes surprising all of our friends. There was no photo op with pink balloons rising up out of an unmarked cardboard box.

Just an envelope from our doctor.

I’m not sure when the BIG gender reveal trend started exactly, but these days new parents announce (and sometimes find out for themselves) whether they’re having a boy or girl with piñatas, smoke bombs, confetti cannons and Rube Goldberg-esque machines. Pinterest is practically exploding with pink and blue surprises.

While there’s certainly no wrong way to find out the gender of your baby, it can be a challenge to come up with a unique way to do it. Hasn’t everything already been done?

The answer is NO, because one man put together a truly one-of-a-kind gender reveal surprise for his pregnant sister and her husband. As he explained, “Her husband is a hunter, so I came up with a balloon deer-hunting game. The rules are simple… Just pop the balloons with the blow-gun rifles…until you find the one with the baby’s gender color in it… But, I made a twist—if you watch the video you shall see!”

As a born and bred city girl, I wasn’t sure how to feel about the hunting theme at first (guns and babies really don’t mix in my book)…, but their joy is contagious. In the end, everyone was cheering (including me), and in addition to the gender of the baby, we all found out that Mom has some pretty impressive aim!

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