I meant to post here the other day when the idea popped into my head!
If you wanted to get crafty you could make your own christmas crackers and instead of the usual joke, write a creative announcement or riddle to announce it OR a print out of your ultrasound image (if you've had one). You could also buy those tiny plastic babies as favours, as well as chucking in the usual paper crown.
I'm sure you'd be able to find the supplies you'd need at a craft shop -- and its still far enough out from christmas to get everything together :)
I'm not sure if you're still looking for ideas, but I just found this link. Hope it helps! :)
Wellll....my announcement went a LITTLE differently...
I was fifteen years old, I had had sex ONCE in my entire life. BOOM pregnant. I told my mom when I was 16 weeks pregnant. She kicked me out of my house. I went to live with a friend who was also pregnant. End of story.
I still don't talk to my mom, unless it's for her to get me to babysit my four year old sister. She always just leaves Hannah at the door, doesn't talk to me. I think she's met Eva (her own granddaughter)...maybe..3 or 4 times? Eva doesn't really register that she has a grandma. So, for baby number two I decided to surprise Morgan (my friend that was pregnant at the same time as me, we still share an apartment) since I couldn't really surprise anyone else. I bought a little onesie that said something like "Auntie Loves Me" and I wrapped inside of tissue paper for her bday. I put it inside a box of a store she likes...Sorry Morgan, no JCrew for you. She was really surprised! By the way, I did get her more that. I got her a pretty sweater from JCrew. But, baby first! I told my mom when I was..I don't know, 25 weeks pregnant. She was shocked and might have mentioned how I'll never amount to much of anything...I might have mentioned how I'm a better mother than her at least because I actually care about my daughter...yadda yadda yadda.
If my family supported me I would do it like this:
At a dinner/party (not something like christmas or someone's birthday) we would all sit down for a prayer. My husband would say the prayer and be like "Heavenly Father, we thank you and praise you for this wonderful day and the blessings it brought to us. We would like to thank you for the lovely weather and the plentiful food on the table. We would also like to thank you for the pregnancy you have blessed Ivy and I with. Amen" and then everyone would stare at us all shocked and it would be so exciting!
~Ivy and Evie Anne and baby
I just wanted to follow up on this thread. We announced our pregnancy over Christmas, and it was so much fun! We decided to announce it to our parents over FaceTime at 6 weeks, but we saved the news for Christmas (at 12 weeks) for everyone else. For DH's parents, we got on FaceTime and told them we wanted to show them a gift we got for our one year old nephew. We held up an infant size onesie and a pair of booties... and finally exclaimed that it wasn't for our nephew. His mom got it immediately and just held her breath and smiled! It took his dad a bit longer, and they were overjoyed with the news. They both admitted that they were thinking, "There's no way that outfit is going to fit the nephew!!"
Once we got home for the holidays, we played Dirty Santa/ White Elephant with DH's family. His uncle, of all people, ended up picking "the bag" with a framed ultrasound picture and a onesie with "Baby O" embroidered on it. He was so confused that it wasn't until his sister saw the picture that the whole room erupted! DH managed to capture some pictures of all his siblings with huge smiles and surprised looks on their faces. =) For my family, we exchanged gifts, and my real father's gift was an ornament-- a baby bird with printed "baby" and the year "2013" on the back. He was very confused, and it took his wife to look at it and figure it out. All of my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents were in the room opening presents, and everyone looked over when she screamed, "Are you pregnant!?" It was really great!
We definitely noticed a trend... the women tend to "get it" much more quickly than the men! So much fun this holiday season. Cheers to everyone who is expecting!
Congrats on the successful sharing of the news! :)
Originally Posted by marissalou
These are the cutest ideas ever! Especially the photo one.
Megan, Congratulations! It sounds like you had a lot of fun!
Best of luck to you and your expanding family.
I was quite young with my first and kind if a little ashamed as well. I had always planned wedding then baby but that didn't happen. So with the exception of actually telling my mom I let nature do the talking.
With my second I was still quite young and not at all ashamed. I had my family over for a barbecue and wore about 6 shirts. The first one was just regular, the second one said there is a person here and nothing else. After about 30 mins I took it off and the next one said that has something to say. Again 30 mins later the next said you're never gonna guess. The next one said wait for it and the last said I'm pregnant again.
I realise this is an old thread, but it's been resurrected today, so I thought I'd add my two cents!
If I'm currently pregnant, I'll find out around May 20. My parents and I live in different states, but I'm visiting them this weekend when I go over for my best friend's 30th birthday party. I'm not coming back till May 21, so, hopefully I'll be able to break the news to them then! I'm not planning anything special - just being able to tell them in person will be great because I don't see them everyday. My husband's family lives in the same city as us and we see them all the time. Again, I don't have any special plans for telling them, but we'll tell them (and my husband's sister and brother-in-law) when we see them at our next family dinner. If I'm pregnant now, we'll be able to break the news to my husband's extended family at his grandmother's 90th birthday party! I've already thought this far ahead lol. I'll be just over twelve weeks at the time, which is perfect. We might say something like, "We brought nanna a birthday present, but she won't be able to see it for nine more months..."
For me, while I wasn't as young as some of you or ashamed of getting pregnant - I am single and live at home, so wasn't sure how my parents would react. I was also extremely high risk for miscarriage for the first few weeks. I asked my mom to come to my doctor with me, and I told her there. I told my Dad about a month later. My Mom actually told my brother and most of my extended family before I had a chance to, which sort of bothered me, but whatever.
When my mom got pregnant with my brother, 4 years after having me, she told her mom over the phone. They had been talking for about 15 or 20 minutes, and my Grandma asked what I was doing. My Mom said "oh, she's just waiting for her little brother or sister to get here...". That was pretty cute.