Couple's home run of a gender reveal announcement

When Monique Tello and Steven Statter decided to announce the gender of their baby, they knew they wanted to do something unique.

It had been a difficult road to that point: Tello had been diagnosed with a grade 2 astrocytoma – a form of brain cancer – in May 2014, and had then required surgery. When her doctors had next recommended radiation and chemotherapy she was nervous, as she and her partner Steven Statter knew they wanted children.  

"They … started talking about freezing my eggs," Tello told "And then two months later I was pregnant."

Monique Tello and Steven Statter at the big reveal.
Monique Tello and Steven Statter at the big reveal. Photo: Facebook/David Swayze Photography

Calling their baby "a true angel", the couple were thrilled with their pregnancy news – and decided they wanted to learn the baby's gender at the same time as their friends and family members.

So Tello and Statter came up with an unusual plan involving the local baseball field, a photographer, and a special ball.

Tello's sister created the ball by filling a plastic ornament with coloured powder, then sealing it and painting it to look like a baseball.

Next, the couple met with friends and family at the field. It was Statter's job to hit the ball when pitched at him.

"Since pregnancy is typically more focused on the women, I wanted to do something to make Steven feel more included," Tello said.

"I was nervous about him missing, the pressure was on. There was no back-up ball.


"He had one shot to hit the ball, and thank God he did."

Photographer David Swayze captured the moment on camera as Statter hit the ball, creating a billowing cloud of pink – yes, they're expecting a girl.

"I really wanted a girl, as you can tell by  the pictures," said Tello, who is already mum to a 14-year-old boy.

"I have just been on cloud nine since we found out. It is all super exciting."

For now, the couple are waiting until their daughter is born to decide on the next step in Tello's treatment. They're just enjoying each day as they await their baby's birth.  

"For now, we're just leaving it in God's hands and continuing to pray that none of this happens for a really long time," said Tello.