|A sonogram wand (aka not what you thought).|
Learning your baby's gender while wearing a hospital gown is a time honored tradition. There's something charming about trying to find the penis or acknowledging the lack thereof in the grainy sonogram image. I have no doubt that sonogram technician's vividly remember the best, worst and most frightening expressions on the faces of the anxious parents-to-be.
For non-traditionalist who want to take the big reveal out of the doctor's office, consider using a note. Parents can ask the sonogram technician to write down the gender on a piece of paper and seal it in an envelope. The envelope can be opened later at a chosen destination. A couple can open it together in the comfort of their home, over some romantic Chinese food take out and a couple glasses of sparkling apple cider. The envelope can be brought to a big family dinner. Get some group participation going by asking everyone at the table to first guess the gender. After the big reveal, the winners can relax while everyone else cleans up. People love betting. I'll address baby pools at some point. I digress...
The note is certainly a less classic and more orchestrated option. It also drags out that anticipation even further, which can be a pro or a con depending on the person. On the other hand, it preserves that major moment for just the couple to consider and enjoy. It's more intimate without the inclusion of a stranger (aka the sonogram technician) and the couple can craft it to their style and personalities.
How did you choose to learn the gender of your baby? How do you want to find out?