Not Just Coffee: Boy? Girl?

posted on: Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Our favorite coffee bar is an AMAZING place called, "Not Just Coffee" and it is seriously the best coffee in Charlotte with a handcrafted espresso and pour over coffee menu! Makes me weak in my knees! haha. Today, it really was "not" just coffee for us!  Samuel called me on his way to our appointment with this idea of revealing the gender at NJC, instead of finding out in the sonogram room. (They don't let you film in there and Sam really wanted to get our reaction on tape to have for our little family's life story.) I was thinking we'd just go old school and tweet it, but Sam was pretty stoked about this idea. So, I was like, "Why the heck not? I'm married to a film maker, I'm gonna embrace it." I called James, the owner of the coffee bar, and he was down for it! It was a treat and a precious memory for my heart! Ah! I can't tell you how excited we are, we got our heart's desire! I'm so in love.



My soul is soaring with happiness and bursting with smiles at the memories I'm anticipating for the future!


If you live or are visiting the Charlotte area, your life experience is not complete until you go visit Not Just Coffee! Go have one of their oh so amazing cappuccinos, teas or latte's and enjoy the flavor. They are located on east 7th street in the Uptown area. Here is their page, NJC!

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  1. CONGRATS!!!! And what a special moment to keep for baby!

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  2. What a lucky little Forrest boy to be able to be a big brother and show him the ropes of being a little dude. Congrats!

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  3. Ahh!!! I can't even handle how awesome this was!! Kael is going to have so much fun with this little guy!! =)

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    1. eeeeee!!!!!! <3 sam did a great job! i can't wait to watch kael and his little BROTHER! AH!!

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  4. (And now I'm like a billion times more antsy to find out what we're having on Friday!) ;P

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  5. Congratulations! Two little men, what an adventure! Forest is going to be a great big brother. And what a beautiful video! I've been constantly refreshing the blog all day in anticipation of the announcement. Congrats again!!!

    -Desiree
    www.walking-contradiction.com

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    1. haha! i kept asking sam to finish it fast! ;) so excited about my BOYS!

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  6. YAYAYAYAYAYAYA! So happy for you guys :)

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  7. Ahhhh what an amazing film. so beautiful! im so excited for your little growing family :)

    Zoe
    http://gypsiesister.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. patti goodlett jonesApril 4, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    this was awesome!!! congrats...i had 2 boys first and they are now 30 and 27 and best friends!! my third was a girl who adores her big brothers !! your life will be enriched even more!!!

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  9. Oh tears!!! <3 <3 <3 Did he suck his thumb?? So happy for you loves!! SOOOO happy!

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  10. oh jess! I love when you post Sam's stuff, it always makes me teary :) so so happy for you!!! maybe on a future visit to charlotte we can have a latte at NJC and I can meet your new little one! xoxoxo

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  11. Ahhhhh!!! Been waiting for this announcement all morning!! So excited for you and your family!!! Two precious little boys!! It's gonna be so much fun!! :)

    God bless!!!

    I blog @ forevergodsprincess.blogspot.com

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  12. CONGRATS!!!! Brothers are a gift to a mama's soul that just can't be replicated. I am SO EXCITED to watch Kael become a big brother. You are so blessed, friend.

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    1. that's what my momma's of boys friends tell me! i'm over the moon!!!!!

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  13. omg!!!! YAY!!!! so exciting! just made me tear, you guys are such sweet people! NJC is my favorite too the best in Clt for sure:)

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  14. That was so cute, what a fun and creative way to find out! <3

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  15. Congratulations! I loved your video!

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  16. Great announcement! Congrats! Love the film.

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  17. Congratulations! I loved the video.

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  18. Yay! I'm so happy for y'all. I cry every time I watch one of your videos. You're family is so precious. I love reading your stories. Thank you for sharing :)

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    1. <3 aww you're so sweet! thank you, so so much!

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  19. Yay!!! Brothers!!!!!! How exciting and what a blessing to your beautiful family! Jess, are you planning another Homebirth?

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    1. thank you so much girl! we're are still kinda up in the air about it. the only two midwives i'd want at a home-birth can't legally practice here in NC only in SC. we could go to the birth center, but there are just lots of things we are trying to sort through. :) i'm gonna be blogging about the whole process. :)

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  20. Congrats :)Your videos always make me cry!

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  21. This is precious! I am so excited for you! I'm still a new reader but the stories from you sweet little family make my heart smile. Congrats! Also, what a sweet memory making way to find out.
    -Jess

    mylemonadelifeblog.blogspot.com

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  22. Oh my gosh, how exciting! I am so happy for you guys! Your videos are always so sweet!

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  23. Yay so excited for you guys!!!!

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  24. OMG! SO HAPPY FOR YOU GUYS!!!!!!! Video made me tear up! Congrats a thousand times over!

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  25. So exciting!!!!! Brothers!

    Kacie

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  26. what an amazing video!! congratulations!!

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  27. Oh my goodness! Woo!! Congrats for another little mister!! So excited for the Gatlyn fam <3<3<3

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  28. YAYYAYAY!!!! Over the moon for you guys!!! So excited. xoxo

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  29. Congratulations!! Two boys, so very sweet! I can't wait until I find out what I'm having! Of course, our announcement won't be nearly as beautiful and creative as yours!

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  30. i just knew you'd be cookin' up some cute little video announcement! ;)
    yaya! a house full of boys! i've always wanted lots o' baby boys! enjoy and congrats! :)

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  31. Your video is awesome! Congrats on your bouncing baby boy!!!

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  32. Amazing! I have two boys and they are just the best. :)

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  33. YAY!!!!!! The world of boys is amazing!!!!!!! My two little boys makes my world go round. You are going to have a blast!!!!! YAY!!!

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  34. Having boys close in age is sooooo awesome. Congrats! :D

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  35. Congratulations!!! Yay! Brothers, but not just brothers...I'm sure you are cooking one sweet boy, a best friend for life for Forest Boy! So happy for you guys!! xoxo

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  36. Welcome to a world of boys!!! Love this video! My u/s is on Tues. but we are not finding out. It will be a surprise this time!

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  37. Awww congrats! So exciting, brothers!!! Yay! We're 18 weeks and have an ultrasound this friday.... we've decided to wait til delivery to know the sex, but your video reallllly makes me want to know now!!!

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  38. Congrats! I did a video too, but trust me it was a lot more amateur and pretty impromptu! It's a fun way to share the news though, especially from far away.

    katelynmade.blogspot.com/2012/03/gender-reveal-its.html

    Go Team Blue!

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  39. What a sweet and perfect way to announce! I loved it.

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  40. Oh, all these videos are so adorable!! SO happy for you, congrats!

    pocketsofroses

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  41. What a cute video. Congrats and how exciting! Siblings of the same sex and close together is SO fun! We just found out we're having our 3rd girl!

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  42. Love this video. Thank you so much for sharing this with we who are perfect strangers to you. Congratulations. Blessings & Big Hugs!!

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  43. thats so cute.I love the video. :)
    boys are super cute.

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  44. This was such an awesome post. It definitely made me tear up! My husband and I are expecting our first in just 8 weeks - May 29th. We wanted a surprise, so we don't know what we are having. That was such a fun and special way to find out!

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  45. This was such an awesome post! It definitely made me tear up. My husband and I are expecting our first in just 8 weeks - May 29th. Can't wait. We wanted a surprise, so we don't know what we are having. I love the way you found out. So special and unique!

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  46. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Congrats to you both!
    I must say, I love Sam's videos too :D

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  47. What a great video! Congratulations on brothers! I'm sure many adventures await :)

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  48. Oh how wonderful!
    So happy for you all!
    Was waiting on pins and needles for this announcement and it was worth the wait!
    Your husband is so talented and I love the video!

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  49. Tão lindo que deu até vontade de chorar!! Amei! Parabéns pelo pequeno menino que está chegando. Beijos Lola
    http://www.antonellaesuaboneca.blogspot.com.br/

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  50. Holy. You two absolutely blow my mind, I am so in love with your creativity. Your happiness is revealed so honestly! Thanks for sharing & congrats of #2!

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  51. Such a great video! I love how you and your hubby always catch all these sweet amazing moments on film! Congrats :)

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  52. This made me cry!! congrats :)!!! LOVED the video

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  53. AW YAYYY!! out of this world excited for you guys!!!

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  54. This video made me absolutely well up with emotion! A wonderful way to find out, Kael will be a big brother, and what a wonderful big bro he will be. Love to follow your blog, congratulations x

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  55. aaaaahhhh! oh my goodness!!! i am so happy for yall!

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  56. Could you post it on the vimeo website.....? Would love to see it :)

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    1. I'll try to get it up some time this weekend. It's a crazy week. :)

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    2. Here's the Vimeo Link: http://vimeo.com/forestlakemedia/not-just-coffee

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  57. so cute!! love it. :) and congratulations on have two boys - my two oldest are boys and they are good friends. (they are 8 and 6 now). they even share a room. it's been a blessing to me to have two boys as the oldest of my children - i'm sure it will be a blessing for you, too! :)
    brothers!! love it...
    blessings, lora

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    1. awwww......i can't wait for those ages! thank you so much lora!

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  58. This video is SO, so sweet! Congrats on finding out about your little boy. :)

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  59. Such a GREAT video!! I found your blog when I was doing some searches on pregnancy (I'm 11weeks). Big congrats and thanks for sharing :) I'm waiting to start talking about the pregnancy on my blog at 15 weeks... with it being my first try and all.

    ~ Ashley

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    1. that's SO exciting!!! :) can't wait to follow your journey!

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  60. I love reading your blog, y'all do everything in such a sweet and fascinating way. Congratulations on another boy!

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    1. awww, thank you! makes my heart happy every time i hear someone tell me they enjoy reading. sometimes it doesn't really hit me that other people are reading and enjoying. ;) thanks!!! we are excited!

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  61. This is such a beautiful announcement! My friend sent me a link to your blog. I am 20 weeks pregnant, and just found out that we're having a second boy, as well. And I think our older sons are about the same age, too! He turned 1 on March 1st. :) The video really is done amazingly well. Congrats. :)

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  62. I just came across your blog!

    congratulations on the great news!

    I love your style so I have to tell to visit the giveaway on my blog, i know you would love it:

    http://www.tooodayi.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/giveaway-pendant-from-tea-cake.html

    cheers

    Monika.

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  63. Long time lurker, first time commenter!

    Congratulations, I have two boys and they LOVE being brothers! But you did not just do a gender reveal. You revealed your child's sex, but you will not know his gender until he's been around awhile.

    "Gender" refers to the socially constructed roles, behaviours, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for men and women.


    Either way - congratulations on having a boy, and all the fun that will bring!

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    1. Really? I mean, really? I'm all for social issues, gender equality, and recognizing the different facets of "gender" but this is neither the time nor the place to make statements like that. She was simply celebrating an exciting moment in her life, no need to get caught up in technicalities and turn this lovely announcement into a political issue.

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    2. thank you for sharing in our excitement! :) i appreciate your concern and interest in our family's journey! <3

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  64. I wasn't turning anything into any kind of issue, just using the proper terminology... I have always thought of Jess as a very intelligent person who might appreciate someone pointing out an error in word usage.
    I apologize to Jess if I did it wrong; I truly do congratulate you on your boy and hope that you all have nothing but the best of times for the remainder of this pregnancy and beyond.
    -EmmaBean

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  65. What a wonderful way to learn the news - and an even more special way to share it. I will admit that the tear that dripped off my face just landed in my nursing baby's ear. She didn't like it too much, but I told her it was well worth the discomfort! Congrats.

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  66. I just discovered your blog and was thrilled to read you are a Charlotte Mommy too! I just moved here a few months ago with my 2 year old and 8 mo old. I am madly in love with the videos you create with your husband. What amazing ways to capture your family story for the kids as they grow up. I wish I had just a smidgen of your creativity to do something like this for our kids! Thanks for the tip on the coffee shop - now I"m craving a cup and will hunt this place as another must try Charlotte shop :)

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    1. yaaaay!!! you should email me and we can get together for a playdate or something! thank you! you are so sweet! YES! you must try not just coffee...my fav, amelies is pretty amazing too!

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  67. Way to make a momma (about to find out the sex of her 2nd baby next week) bawl her everlovin eyes out at work. :) Love it!

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  68. i don't know how i missed this post! congrats, mama! i have two little boys myself, and there is nothing better than watching the two of them go wild like little boys do. it is absolutely magical!

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    1. AH! I CAN'T WAIT!!!! I loooooove hearing from mommas of little boys like you getting me all excited !!!! eee!!!

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  69. I thought EmmaBean might appreciate someone pointing out that Merriman Webster's current online definition agrees with Jessica's. She is having a boy. That is his sex & that is his gender.

    gen·der noun \ˈjen-dər\

    Definition of GENDER

    1
    : sex 1
    2
    : the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with one sex

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  70. I just love your blog and your creative videos! I found your blog through a different blog when they linked to your preggo reveal video (loovvveee) back in February. I lived in PA at the time and have since moved to Charlotte. Last night I found your blog again and this video and knew I had to try NJC immediately! My fiancé and I went this morning and it was everything you built it up to be!! We looooved it and will most definitely be back. Homemade caramel? Yes, please! So thanks for turning me on to my new obsession! :) best of luck with the remainder of your pregnancy!

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