Out of this world gender reveal
This gender reveal is quite literally out of this world.
Keen to announce the arrival of their baby to the planet, Lance Patrick and Ashley Blankenship launched a balloon into space.
The couple, from West Virginia, enlisted the help of a high school space group to float a weather balloon 20 miles above the earth’s atmosphere.
When it finally burst, the parachute carrying the cameras and a toy monkey safely down to earth opened out to reveal the couple are having a boy.
The cute idea was posted on Facebook and the launched from Bishop, California, has since received nearly 200,000 views
Lance, 40, a comedian and marketing company director, said: “We launched the weather balloon exactly 20 years to the day my father Curtis passed, so it had extra special meaning.
“We wanted to celebrate the arrival of our new little life and at the same time honouring my dad’s life as well.
“I grew up in Florida and saw a lot of space shuttle launches go up as a kid and have just been a huge NASA and space nerd ever since.
“I had always wanted to send something up to the edge of space so this seemed natural when you’re excited and want to tell the world.
“I pitched the idea to Ashley and since we wanted to do something completely different than anything we’d seen she agreed to let me be a big kid and have fun with it.
“When we came up with the idea to use a weather balloon I immediately started googling, thinking there has to be a high school class or someone that sends these things up.
“Indeed I found a high school group only a few hours north of Los Angeles, CA called Earth To Sky Calculus that loved our idea to announce Baby Tesla Curtis to the world and agreed to do it.
“It actually took a few months to plan from printing on parachute fabric, sewing it into parachute, printing launchpad, scheduling, and editing final footage. But the actual launch and recovery happened on the same day.
“We would have been excited at the reveal either way, but it was nice having a boy to connect with some of the emotions my late father might have experience way back when having a little boy named Lance.
Lance and Ashley, 32, met one year ago after he saw an ‘adorable’ video of her and her nephew on Instagram and sent her a private message.
The two quickly decided they were right for each other and wanted to have a baby.
After settling on the idea of a weather balloon, Lance decided he wanted a toy to go into space to be a memento for his new born.
He decided on Spunky the Space Monkey, who made the trip 20 miles above the earth’s surface.
Lance said: “When people ask how long we’ve been together and I say a year, I thank them for the excitement and joke that Ashley’s going to make a great single mother.
“Our humour crosses the line of some people’s comfort but we’re ok with that.
“Spunky landed about 150 miles south of where we launched in a desert just outside of Grant, CA.
“He will be a toy for Tesla.
“Baby Tesla is due December 7. But Ashley is ready to have him yesterday as the last few weeks of pregnancy seem to be the most uncomfortable.”
According to Lance, the inspiration for the baby’s name, Tesla Curtis, comes from the Russian inventor Nikola Tesla and Lance’s dad Curtis.