-- When it came time to find out the gender of their first child together, Monique Tello and Steven Statter wanted to make sure all their bases were covered.
The Corona, Calif., couple held their gender reveal party on a local baseball field and used an exploding “baseball” filled with pink chalk to reveal they are having a baby girl.
“Since pregnancy is typically more focused on the women, I wanted to do something to make Steven feel more included,” Tello, 31, told ABC News.
“We both do have a love for baseball,” she said. “The Dodgers are our favorite team.”
Tello says she came up with the creative idea from a screenshot of an exploding ball sent by her sister-in-law, and then took the idea all the way by getting a permit to use the baseball field and hiring a photographer, David Swayze.
Swayze captured the moment that Statter, 32, went up to home plate and hit the ball, thrown by Tello from the pitcher’s mound.
“Once the ball was hit I was ecstatic,” said Tello, who had a relative fill the plastic ornament with pink chalk. “[I was] laughing, crying, just overjoyed by it all.”
Tello is due to give birth to the couple’s daughter on May 4, 2016. She said they plan to name her Kennedy Marie Statter.