Maxi is Having a Little {Gender Reveal}

Maxi is having a little brother!

We are so thrilled to share this sweet news with you all and feel unbelievably blessed to get to experience both a little girl and a little boy. From the moment I took a pregnancy test, I looked at Paul and said, “It’s a boy.” My pregnancy symptoms were so similar to Maxi that family and friends kept saying, “Katey, I think it is a girl.” The night before we found out the gender I was at community group talking about finding out. I did not care whatsoever about gender, in fact, I didn’t even want to find out until delivery, but Paul was not on board with that. Sometimes as a pregnant mother, you feel like everyone else is so opinionated BUT you. You know what I mean, mamas. “Oh, I hope it is THIS. I hope it is THAT.” And you’re just like, “Um, I hope this baby is healthy and knows how loved they are!

But as I was driving home that night, I got emotional. I had told my community group girls earlier that when I pictured this baby as a baby, I could see either boy or girl. But when I pictured this child older, I saw a son. I kept having this vision in my head driving home of a son in the car with me and taking him to get dinner after practice at night. It was so clear it almost freaked me out. I could hear him talking, hear his name, and hear his laugh. I had to not think about it to not get my hopes up. So when the nurse called the next day, I burst into tears. I felt like God had given me that little wink the night before to show me what life would look like in 14-15 years. It felt so real.

I have always wanted a brother, and it feels so special to know Maxi will get to experience that relationship. This little boy is so loved and spoiled already. I have gotten to shop far more than I thought I would if we were having another girl. 😉 But most importantly, I feel so lucky to get to raise one of each. To raise a little girl to become a woman and to raise a little boy to become a man feels like such an honor. Whether you have all girls, all boys, or a special mix of both, I think the gift in it all is that you don’t pick. This perfect fit for your family is selected for you, and it’s so exciting to get this little peak while pregnant at what God has called us to raise. I am most excited to experience that mother/son bond that so many women describe. The fierce admiration a son has for his mama is something everyone tells me about, but I don’t think I’ll fully grasp until I watch this sweet little boy grow up. Bring on the snips and snails, and puppy dogs’ tails. I can’t wait to see what our son is made of and get to know him. I have tears in my eyes typing this post {thank you, pregnancy hormones} because, at the end of the day, my only goal is for my children to know how loved, prayed for, and adored they are. Maxi is so excited, she brings me her babies and says, “This is like Baby {his name}, I’m going to rock him.” And she has loved helping me get his nursery ready. I can’t believe he will be here in just 5 months’ time, and it will feel like I’ve never known life without him.

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109 Comments

  1. Robyn wrote:

    So excited for you Katey!!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Thank you!! xx, Katey

      Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  2. Evelyn wrote:

    So excited for you! I have a 4 year old daughter and just had my son 4 months ago! Nothing like it!!! 💙💗 God bless your growing family.

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Oh my goodness, congratulations to your sweet family!! Thank you!! xx, Katey

      Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  3. Lauren wrote:

    I am sitting here nursing my own 7 week old son as I read this! This post brought me back to all the feels I had when I found out I was having a boy and it’s the best! I have followed you for a long time now and I am so excited for you!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Oh my goodness, congratulations, mama!! I hope you are getting some rest soon! Thank you so much! xx, Katey

      Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  4. Pamela wrote:

    How exciting! I am blessed with three sons and I’m happy for you to experience the mama/son bond. To be honest when I saw the yellow bulldozer (or excavator) toy in one if your stories or posts, I felt like perhaps you were expecting a son. Congratulations!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Aw yes!! How sweet to raise brothers! Paul works in oil and his clients give him those, so they are Maxi’s. But she has like ZERO interest in them, so I’m sure she will happily pass them down to her brother. bahaha. Thank you so much! xx, Katey

      Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  5. Scarlett randolph wrote:

    Omg gosh I had a feeling it was going to be a boy. Let me tell you having one of each is such a blast. I love the relationship my daughter and son have.

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Aw thank you!!! xx, Katey

      Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  6. Jayni wrote:

    So beautiful! so happy for you and your sweet family to have a baby boy. Just love you

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Thank you so much, girl! We are thrilled! xx, Katey

      Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  7. Stephanie wrote:

    What a blessing! So happy for you and your sweet family!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Thank you so so much!! xx, Katey

      Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  8. Rebecca Murray wrote:

    Oh my goodness! Congratulations! I love being a boy mom and I know you will too!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  9. Emily Willis wrote:

    Aww, Katey! I’m so excited for you! Maxi is going to be a wonderful big sister. ❤️

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  10. Kelly Taylor wrote:

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you and your growing family. Hugs!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  11. Lindsey wrote:

    Congratulations!! Maxi is going to be the BEST big sister!! 💙

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  12. Allyson Lacoste wrote:

    So happy for you and your family, Katey!! I love this reveal, and I can’t wait to see your sweet fam grow!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Thank you sweet girl! xx, Katey

      Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  13. rachel p wrote:

    I’ve been following you on instagram for quite some time!! I love watching your daily stories and I cannot wait to see your sweet family grow! Wishing you and little man all the best!!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Thank you SO much, Rachel! That means the world to me! xx, Katey

      Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  14. Ali S wrote:

    What an amazing blessing and such an incredible God wink! As a mama of 2 boys, I cannot wait to see how you fall in love with him!!! Congratulations, Hellman family!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Aw thank you, Ali! I cannot wait to meet him! xx, Katey

      Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  15. Summer Cross wrote:

    I am so incredibly excited for y’ all… I just had a boy in July and boy does he live his mama… I’m also a sister to a brother and can attest to the special bond brothers and sisters have. We will be praying for y’ all through the next several months. Good luck and God bless!!!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Oh I just love hearing this!! I have been obsessed with hearing about the relationship between a brother and sister as they get older. That makes me so happy. Thank you so much, girl! xx, Katey

      Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  16. Leigh Legg wrote:

    Congratulations!!! So happy for you and your sweet family. Boys are so fun and boy do they love their mama! 💙

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Thank you so much, Leigh! I can’t wait! xx, Katey

      Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  17. Samantha wrote:

    Such a beautiful post, I have one of each and felt the same when pregnant with our second. Healthy and loved were all that mattered!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      100%! Thank you so so much!! xx, Katey

      Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  18. Robyn wrote:

    Congrats!!! So exciting!!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Thank you, girl!! xx, Katey

      Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  19. Jacquelyn Rios wrote:

    Omg Katey I am in tears reading this!!!! I am beyond happy for you and your precious family. I am a newish mama (my baby girl will be 1 next month) and I’ve always admired your love, strength and devotion. You’re such a positive role model. I can’t wait to continue to watch you with another precious baby.

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Congratulations on your sweet little girl turning one! Such a huge and special milestone to celebrate. Thank you so, so much! xx, Katey

      Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  20. Juliette wrote:

    My god I cried this whole post my baby girl is 10 months and I’ve been following you Way before maxi was born it is a blessing to watch a growing family!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  21. Lisa wrote:

    Such great news! I have three girls and won’t be trying for another one. ;] I love how you said God picks what is perfect for your family. What a beautiful blessing this boy will be!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  22. Adriana wrote:

    Katey, this post has me in tears! Tears of joy and excitement for you and your growing family! I’ve been a follower of yours back when you lived in the most fabulous apartment in Dallas and you becoming a mom has been my most favorite thing. I grew up for most of my life knowing with certainty I’d want kids of my own one day, but as I hit 22, the feeling went away. I had done a complete 180 and decided I’d never be a mom, I just wanted to be selfish forever but reading one of your post about what it meant to you to be a mom truly changed my perspective. You talking about being trusted with the opportunity to raise a child of God on this Earth opened my eyes to the joy of one day being trusted with the same joy from our Heavenly Father. Thank you for that and thank you for this post! Thank you for sharing your life with us readers!!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  23. Hannah Bing wrote:

    Welcome to the boy mama club. I don’t know anything else but I sure know that being a mama to a little boy is the SWEETEST 💙

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  24. Oh my goodness this made me cry! So happy for your precious family. What a lucky boy to call you mama. Love you xoxoxo

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  25. Moira Aislinn Simon wrote:

    Congratulations to each of y’all! You are a wordsmith and that is no lie! Continued prayers for a healthy pregnancy, delivery and life with Maxi and Baby boy Hellman! Xx

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  26. Claire C. wrote:

    This is so exciting!!!! I loved being pregnant with a little girl at the same time as you, and now pregnant with a little boy at the same time too! We’re due at the end of May, and I am so nervous/excited. It’s such a huge honor and responsibility to get to raise one of each! Also nerve-wracking to dress a little man, because all we know is that bow and dress life. 😆 I wish you good health through the rest of your pregnancy!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  27. Camille wrote:

    I am so happy for you! I read this post as I nurse my 2 week old baby boy. Such a blessing. Congratulations to your beautiful family!!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  28. Courtney wrote:

    Congratulations Katey!! Wow I love hearing the news but really enjoyed hearing you talk about your faith and relationship with God! It’s so lovely! Congrats!!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  29. Jessica wrote:

    Congratulations! Much like you, I just knew it was a boy very early on (and we did wait until birth to find out). I have a son and never really pictured myself as a boy Mom, but it’s the greatest bond! And I love getting to raise a mini version of my husband and know he’s going to also be a great man like my husband!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  30. Jenna M. wrote:

    Congrats! Our daughter turned 2 in August, and we now have an 11 day old little boy. He’s the best addition to our family. Can’t wait to follow along with your sweet growing family this year! Prayers for a healthy remainder of your pregnancy and delivery 💙

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  31. Nicole wrote:

    Congratulations to your beautiful growing family! He will be so loved!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  32. Sarah wrote:

    Congratulations! So excited to watch your little family grow! I have a son and it’s everything they say and more ❤️

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  33. Rosi wrote:

    Oh my goodness congratulations!! Beautiful pictures!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  34. Jackie wrote:

    Aw Katey I’ve been waiting for this!!! So happy for you and your beautiful little family! Maxi now will have a forever little best friend! You are such a sweet soul and more often than not, I tear up reading your blog. Thank you so much for sharing this journey with all of us! I’ll be praying for a healthy and easy five months!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  35. Tarah wrote:

    Aw! So sweet! It’s funny you mention everyone’s else’s opinions, we are waiting until Birth to find out the gender and I feel like everyone who finds that out is so confused or has so much anxiety over it. I’m like, “y’all! It’s going to be fine! A boy or girl will be a perfect addition!” It’s our first and we are due mid-May! I’m so happy to have a wonderful, fun blogger who’s pregnant too to follow during this time! Congrats momma!!!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Girl, seriously!! I have had people I know come up to me at the grocery store and say, “Oh my gosh, I hope it is a girl or a boy, etc.” And I’m like, “Great. You don’t have to raise it.” bahaha. People mean well getting excited, but it’s so funny! That will be such a special surprise! A baby is a baby. 🙂 Thank you so much and a huge congratulations to you on your first!! xx, Katey

      Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  36. Sarah wrote:

    Welcome to to boy mom club! Beyond thrilled for you and your family.

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      I can’t wait!! Thank you, girl! xx, Katey

      Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  37. I am so excited to see you become a mom to two! Congratulations on this special new addition!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Aw thank you, girl! xx, Katey

      Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  38. Sabrina wrote:

    I’m beyond excited for you!!! I love watching your family grow and this was so special to find out the gender! I love yal ❤️

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Thank you so much, girl! xx, Katey

      Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  39. Amy Foosaner wrote:

    SO excited for you!!! One of each is amazing and you’ll be the best boy mom too!!
    Much love ❌⭕️❤️❤️

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  40. Julia wrote:

    So so happy for you Katey! Having a brother is one of the most special things. You’re an amazing mama! 💖💙

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  41. Lacey Mayfield wrote:

    sweetest congratulations to you and your family! I recently stumbled upon this article about moms who raise son, and it is so beautiful! I have shared it with every mom of boys I know because although I don’t have any children it is just too sweet not to share.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.mamamia.com.au/mia-freedman-family/amp/

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  42. Laura wrote:

    Oh Katey this post is so well written and I can tell it’s 100% from the heart. Congratulations on your sweet baby boy!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Aw thank you, girl! We are so thrilled! Sending love! xx, Katey

      Published 09 Jan 20Reply
  43. Ann Marie wrote:

    Congratulations!! 💙💙💙

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Thank you!! xx, Katey

      Published 09 Jan 20Reply
  44. Alicia Migs wrote:

    Congratulations, Katey! To you and your growing family – what a blessing!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Thank you so much, Alicia! We are so grateful! xx, Katey

      Published 09 Jan 20Reply
  45. This makes my heart so happy! Little boys are snuggle bugs and give the best hugs! As you know, I have one of each and they are 2 1/2 years apart. I’m still so close to them at 23 and 26 years old.
    Congratulations Katey, Paul and Maxi!
    xoxo- Tanya
    http://www.TanyaFoster.com

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      I always think of you when I think about the fact we will have both a boy and girl. I love how close you are to your children and hope mine feel the same about me as yours do about you! Thank you so much!! xx, Katey

      Published 09 Jan 20Reply
  46. Hope wrote:

    Yay!!! Boys are so sweet. I have a 20-month old son, and the relationship between us is indescribable. Congratulations on your littlest love to be! 💙

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Aw that makes me so, so excited! Thank you, Hope! xx, Katey

      Published 09 Jan 20Reply
  47. Megan wrote:

    So exciting! Honestly, it’s the best of both worlds! Congratulations!!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Thank you, Megan! We feel so lucky!! xx, Katey

      Published 09 Jan 20Reply
  48. Lauren Daugherty wrote:

    Congrats! I have two boys, and it’s a loud, dirt-filled joy. There really is something special about a mama and her boy(s). 💙

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Aw thank you girl! I can’t wait to meet him! xx, Katey

      Published 09 Jan 20Reply
  49. Flor Del Río Le wrote:

    Congratulations!!! A sweet boy! How exciting!!!

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Thank you so much! 🙂 xx, Katey

      Published 09 Jan 20Reply
  50. Great news, Katey! Congratulations to you and your family – and adorable pictures, as always! ❤️✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

    Published 06 Jan 20Reply
  51. Felicia Rosas wrote:

    Congratulations!!!!!! So unbelievably happy for your family! Many blessing to you all!

    Published 07 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Thank you so much, love! We have the same set up as y’all! 🙂 xx, Katey

      Published 09 Jan 20Reply
  52. Annaliese wrote:

    Awww yay congratulations! You have always done the sweetest gender reveal posts! 🙂

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    Published 07 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Thank you, love!! xx, Katey

      Published 09 Jan 20Reply
  53. Caroline Bockhorn wrote:

    Beautiful post! So happy for you and your family!!

    Published 07 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Thank you so much, Caroline! We are so thrilled! xx, Katey

      Published 07 Jan 20Reply
  54. Wendy wrote:

    Congratulations!! So excited for you and your sweet family! 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦❤️

    Published 07 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Thank you so much, Wendy! xx, Katey

      Published 09 Jan 20Reply
  55. Amber wrote:

    One of each is the best – congratulations!

    Published 07 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      We truly feel so lucky! xx, Katey

      Published 09 Jan 20Reply
  56. Rachel wrote:

    Congratulations! I’m one week behind you and having a little boy too. My daughter is 15 months old so I’ll be following this journey with you even more excitedly now because we’ll get to experience the same brother + sister dynamic. Admittedly, I’m a bit terrified of the boy world – I’m a girl mom to the bone. But everyone swears up and down that it will come very naturally and that I’ll be amazed how much I fiercely love the rough and tough little boy (even if I can’t put him in pink and bows lol!).

    Published 07 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Rachel! Congratulations!!! I’m so excited for you! You know, I think having the opposite gender of what you already have is intimidating for a few reasons. I actually had two friends over yesterday that have boys and are pregnant with girls, and they were borrowing some of Maxi’s baby clothes, both SO nervous on how to go from being a boy mom to a girl mom. We were talking about how we think it’s just that second-time mom nerves and has so much to do with wondering how you’ll give two babies your full attention. But everyone I know says once you have your second it is the most natural thing in the world, and you almost love them more intensely faster than your first because you know the depth of love you have for your children. I’m not sure if that makes sense, but just know you aren’t alone! I was talking my friends through bows and pink swaddles as they will teach me the boy ropes! haha.

      Published 07 Jan 20Reply
  57. Lacey Randall wrote:

    This is such a sweet post. Congratulations to your family in this exciting season!!! 🙂

    Published 07 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Thank you so much, Lacey! 🙂 xx, Katey

      Published 09 Jan 20Reply
  58. Kara wrote:

    So exciting! Congratulations. There is nothing quite as special as the older sister/younger little brother bond. They will be best friends for the rest of their lives. 💙

    Published 07 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      I keep hearing that and I just can’t wait to see her dote on him! xx, Katey

      Published 09 Jan 20Reply
  59. Catherine Ray. wrote:

    Congratulations Katey! I am so excited for y’all! I have a boy and a girl and while they both love me A LOT (haha) I can say I am my son’s favorite person in the world. He will be 10 in a week (time slow down please!) and he still wants to snuggle with me. You are so right when you say we are blessed to be entrusted with our babies. Teaching them to be men and women of character and faith is one of the biggest responsibilities and blessings I can ever imagine. I know your little boy will be so very loved just as Maxi is and I can’t wait to watch your family grow. Thank you for sharing the journey with us!

    Published 07 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Oh girl! This comment makes me cry! That makes me so happy to hear. You always hear about toddlers loving their mamas and teenage boys being protective of their mamas, but something warms my heart so much to hear about that 10-year-old stage and to know the adoration doesn’t go away. Thank you so much for sharing! I hope my sweet boy wants to snuggle me always! xx, Katey

      Published 09 Jan 20Reply
  60. Morgan A wrote:

    This is the sweetest, most thoughtful post! I hope I can be as faith driven and thoughtful when I become a mama. They are both so lucky to have you! xx

    Published 07 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Thank you so much, MOrgan. You are so kind and this means so much to me! xx, Katey

      Published 09 Jan 20Reply
  61. Aspen wrote:

    Ahhh! This is so exciting and I felt emotional reading this and I’m not really sure why haha! Just love your little fam!

    Published 07 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Girl, you and me both. I cry all the time pregnant! haha. Thank you for reading! xx, Katey

      Published 09 Jan 20Reply
  62. Sarah wrote:

    Congratulations!!! Boys do love their mamas so much & it is the best.

    I had a similar experience before I found out our baby was a boy. I would have these VIVID dreams of how he would look like as a baby and I think he looks exactly like in my dreams.

    Published 07 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Oh my goodness, I love hearing that! So special!! Thank you so much, girl. xx, Katey

      Published 09 Jan 20Reply
  63. IM FREAKING OUT!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS ILY!!!

    Published 08 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hehe! Thank you love!! xx, Katey

      Published 09 Jan 20Reply
  64. Laura Leigh wrote:

    What an adorable announcement! Congratulations to y’all! Maxi is going to have so much fun with a little brother.

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

    Published 08 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Thank you so much, love! xx, Katey

      Published 09 Jan 20Reply
  65. Lori Swearingen wrote:

    Hi Katie,
    Congratulations to you and your sweet family! 💕
    Such wonderful news…I have two boys 15 and 10, and I have to say boys are very very sweet. I’m sure Maxi will be a wonderful big sister. 💕

    Published 09 Jan 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Aw thank you so much, Lori! I keep hearing how sweet they are to their mama’s and I can’t wait to experience it! xx, Katey

      Published 09 Jan 20Reply
  66. Steven jouan' mom😁 wrote:

    Congratulations 👏👏

    Published 09 Jan 20Reply
  67. Katie wrote:

    Congratulations! So excited for y’all!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com 

    Published 17 Jan 20Reply