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July 8th, 2013 07:50 AM #6
With Roo, Husband (back then Boyfriend) just said it with a lot of um, ah, eh awkwardness in between the words.
I told my mum on the phone, because she was annoying. For my sister, brother, BILS, great grandmothers and very close friends I did what Tara did (or rather, a romper which I embroidered Big Sister on) and sent them on a txt.My darling Roo, March 2013 & Little Bunny (a girl!) due 9th of February 2014
July 8th, 2013 08:48 AM #8
With my first, I was having some bleeding and we thought it was a tubal, so the news sort of just leaked to the whole family after my mom took me to the doctor. Later when we knew all was well, for friends we made a website where you could click through a little fairy-tale story. It had music and pictures showing hubby and me when we met, got married, and looking at a pregnancy test with surprised looks. My husband is a computer programmer and web designer so it made sense for us.
For second baby, I made a special mini-scrapbook for my grandfather and gave it to him at Christmas. He was the oldest person in the family and we had always been close, and he did so want another great-grandchild, so when he read it out loud the whole family was in tears. Then for DH's side of the family I made a card with the due date stamped in it, wrapped it up and gave it to the inlaws. It was all really special, but I swore I'd never announce at Christmas again, because it made such an impression people asked if I was making another announcement for the next two years!
For the third baby, when the whole family was together I convinced them to play this guessing game called "Hoopla." You have cards and you have to get people to guess what's on the card. Part way through the game, DH and I commandeered it and gave clues about the new baby. It was really fun, and everybody thought it was really clever (except for my teen brother who was mad that we had "spoiled" the game points, haha!).
So then for fourth next baby, I was irritated with aforementioned teen brother and decided to play a trick on him. I told all the siblings/parents/grandparents over the phone except for him, and made them swear to secrecy. When Brother finally came for a visit I was pretty obviously showing. Oh, that one was funny. When he finally figured it out he was like, "Well, I wasn't going to ASK! I just thought you were chunking up!" Bahahahaha. And then he managed to stick his foot in his mouth even further about wanting to know "sooner next time, like when it's conceived," and my Mom asked if the siblings should call him right away or wait until the next morning. He turned so red, and we almost died laughing.
One of my sisters "brought treats" for the family, and they were donuts with pacifiers stuck into the holes in the middle. At first we were all like, "What in the world..." but once Mom put it together and started shrieking, everyone else caught up. I think that sister might have done the "big sister" shirt when the next one was on the way, I forget now, isn't that terrible?
Another sister made a T-shirt for herself; she drew little baby footprints over the belly and wrote "what's kicking" on it. At a family party she slipped out and changed into it, then came back and asked everybody if the shirt made her look pregnant. That was particularly funny for her because she's always asking us sisters if various shirts/dresses look nice or if they make her look pregnant.
July 8th, 2013 09:03 AM #10
My family likes to do a big-to-do-about-nothing sort of affair. Not that being pregnant is nothing.
Usually the person with something to tell slyly invites everyone over for brunch, Kaffeklatch (coffee and cake), or dinner and then has that meal be themed. We never come out and say thing like... "I got my first period" (yes, all the food was red and white and decorations had similar connotations), "we're engaged", or "I'm pregnant". It comes down to how observant everyone is. It's quite amusing because people will be 1/2 way through the meal look up and go "Oh, My, God! You're pregnant aren't you." All you got to say is "Yep!" and hand a little prize to the winner -> if you so like.
Other friends of mine bought matching sneakers and toddler shoes and took a picture of their feet (including the dog's). With something like "we're expecting or it's a good thing we learned to count to ten." and sent it out via snail-mail to all the important people.
i think the most important thing is that if you fear people might be on edge about how to feel about it - (it's how my mom felt when she had to tell her mom she was going to be a single parent and that she was pregnant all in one) - is letting them know in no uncertain terms how excited you are and that this is exactly what you want. You might even have to say it outright but lets face it, nobody really doesn't get excited about another person's child - unless they are worried you'll be overwhelmed or aren't ready/wanting it.Aurora - Aurelia - Elva - Endora - Illyria - Lorelei - Merida - Ofelia - Penrose - Tabitha - Viola - Wisteria
Alaric - Anton - Cedric - Emmett - Erich - Felix - Hector - Hendrik - Leonidas - Thiago - Victor - VincentEngaged to the best Man in the World. (And soon to be god-mama to one little bundle of sunshine).
July 8th, 2013 10:43 AM #12
You berries had so many clever ideas! I feel like since our dogs are basically our children we would probably involve them some how or another! I love the bandanna idea. Its subtle enough and not super dramatic.
@Ottilie- I honestly feel like that would be my boyfriend with the ums, eh, weird pauses! haha Once he gets nervous its totally over for him.
Where any of you nervous to tell your family members?Pregnancy #1 Lost To MC 8/13
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July 8th, 2013 10:53 AM #14Senior Member
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I was super nervous telling my dad about Baby #2, because he has made several comments about what a big personality my daughter has, and how no younger child could possibly compete for attention. It's his own baggage - he's the younger brother of a very dynamic personality - but I was still dreading telling him. Best to just swallow the frog and get on with it in those types of situations, and make it *VERY* clear that YOU are excited, like Lexie suggested.Tara, proud mama to a Honey Badger
... with a Baby Badger in the works