I was nervous to tell my family, as I was not in a very serious relationship (they didn't know about it), in college, and had recently moved back in with my parents due to medical issues.
I told my mom at the doctor's office, I asked her to drive me to an appointment and then told her in front of my doctor - part of the reason she was upset was because of medical issues - I needed to go off medication, and the doctor helped reassure her I would be ok. She was upset for a few minutes, but then said congratulations and gave me a hug, and quickly became VERY excited to be a grandma.
I was probably even more nervous to tell my Dad...and when I told him I think he was shocked, he was dead silent for about a whole minute afterwards. He then asked me if I was going to keep the baby, and I said yes, and he said "that's cool". He was happy and supportive.
SO's family was pretty much the same way. He didn't tell them until I was about 6 months pregnant (we didn't get back together until shortly before she was born), and the only thing they were upset about was that he didn't tell them sooner.
I still have a picture of him in his bandana up on the fridge...it's hilarious how some people have to stop and think about it for a second but other dog people immediately get it. :)
Originally Posted by scarletsway
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Not pregnant for a long time but I've contemplated afew ideas. My MIL was an English teacher so we might send her a book that has "please read to me on/after (due date)." For my FIL I have no idea. Same with my parents.
For a general announcement we might just do the "bun in oven" picture.
For my son we gave my father and stepmother one of those photo albums that stand up on their own like a frame that said Grandchildren on it and had individual pictures of all their grandchildren with an ultrasound picture in the back.
For my daughter we put my son in a Big Brother in Training shirt and let him run around at Thanksgiving. My grandmother-in-law thought we were just letting our son wear his cousin who was already a big brother's shirt so we corrected her and announced it to everyone.
Man, all I did was call people on the phone after I got a couple of positive tests!
I haven't been pregnant, but I enjoy watching pregnancy announcements on YouTube when I'm bored. My favorite is when people set up a camera to take a family photo and set it to video, then say, "Say, (Insert Name Here) is pregnant!" rather than "cheese." Most of the time people are shocked and happy... but the really good ones are when they actually repeat what was said, there's a pause, and THEN they get it. So funny.
Another one I'd be more comfortable doing is wrapping up a baby-related present, like a onesie or bib or something that says grandma/grandpa on it, and giving it to your parents.
Thought I'd throw those out there. There are tons of ideas on YouTube if you're still looking!
Thank you everyone for responding! It makes me feel better knowing some of you were nervous. I am only 23 (going to be 24) and my boyfriend is 26, we are TTC but I am nervous people will think we are too young to be parents and judge us. I want a subtle way to do or a way that I do not have to say it to their faces lol
northernlights- Thank you for the suggestions! I really like the bandanna idea with our two Pit bulls or the onesies.
Not pregnant or TTC, but I've thought about just calling my parents up when it happens and asking "So, do you want to be called anything besides Grandma or Grampa?"
With my brothers I'd probably throw something relevant at them. Literally. We're like that. Or just make a ton of comments about cravings, since they already ask 'What, you pregnant or something?' when I say that word (normally in direct relation to Taco Bell).
It would be cute to do weekly 'bump' pictures on facebook for your friends without saying what they are and see how long it takes them to notice.
Depending on the situation, I'm also the kind of person who would just... show up places with a baby... see what happens...
Sending gifts is even better. Like 'World's Best __________' mugs or something.
This is exactly what we did! I'm so happy to have this moment on video for posterity ;)
Originally Posted by northernlights
Warning to headphone users: the women get pretty loud when they figure it out.
@mrstoon- that is amazing!!! I love all of the reactions and thank you for sharing that! It's amazing you have it documented. Such a brilliant idea.