Months (okay, years) before even starting to plan for baby making, I had been pinning all sorts of pregnancy announcements and daydreaming about breaking the news. I have always loved the idea of surprising loved ones with some sort of cheesy reveal. When we were actively trying, every month I’d calculate about when I would find out we were pregnant if it stuck, and then planned the best ways to announce to family based on the time of year….for instance, I had all these elaborate plans for announcing it during our Easter brunch, certain that would be the month it would happen. Alas, I wasn’t pregnant by Easter….or for the next 6 months.
Of course, the month we stopped trying was the month it stuck! I seriously knew I conceived the day after – I know, I know, I’m crazy. But something was different and I just had a feeling. However, I also doubted that feeling because I had it in my mind that I might be pregnant pretty much every month for the past couple of years. So when I came home and took the test before hubby got home from work, I was only slightly expecting a positive. Guys, I will take the secrets of others to the grave, but I cannot keep my own shit on the down low. Seriously, I give way too much information away. But I reeeeeaaally wanted to tell him in an extra special (and video worthy) way, so I decided not to yell it out as soon as he walked in the door from work. In fact, I didn’t tell him for 24 hours – the longest 24 hours of my life. (Okay, second to labor 😉 ) I sat right next to him on the couch that night frantically going through Pinterest to find a good way to tell him. But nothing really jumped out as right for him. So I decided to create something myself.
Hubs subscribed to a monthly tackle box at the time, as he is an avid and obsessive fisherman. I thought it would be adorable and personal to create a fake box that had an announcement inside. I didn’t think he’d appreciate opening the box to find a stick I peed on, so I wanted to go a different route. Now, I am not the most creative person, so I kept it pretty simple. I picked up some scrapbooking fishing stickers, baby socks, and pacifiers. I snuck some of his fishing line and hooks (and prayed he wouldn’t notice that I used his actual supplies) and put together some tags that read: “When the fish aren’t swimming toward your line, just remember…At least your boys can swim!” When he pulled out the notecards, the fishing line was attached to a baby sock and a pacifier on the hooks.
I set the box on the coffee table and casually told him I found one of his boxes in the office that he had never opened (yeah right). He looked at me kind of funny, but opened it anyway. It was the longest I’ve ever seen someone take to open a small present. He usually tears into packages, but I swear he was so painstakingly slow at lifting each layer of tissue paper and reading the first card. It took him a second to process it when he finally uncovered it all, before turning to me and saying “really?!”, and then high-fiving me. Yes, high-fived. All of those lovely videos on the internet had me daydreaming of an announcement that would result in my husband jumping for joy, shouting at the top of his lungs, and bursting into tears. But my simple boy just gave me a high-five. That’ll teach you to get your hopes up based on internet videos.
After another week of keeping our secret, we got to reveal the news to our families together. Hubs was so cute with how into this he got – he definitely has more creativity in him than me, so he took it upon himself to throw together an oven costume for me to wear over to my sister’s house for trick-or-treating. He found a picture of a bun cooking in an oven, used some lids from our spices (resourceful, but made for a couple spills in the cabinet later on), and wrote in a baking temp and time for the little one.
Telling Everyone Else
Several friends and family received texts of this picture to fill them in on the news as well. From there, we just had to make it “Facebook official”, which we saved for a Christmas Eve post. We went with a simple photo of us holding a sonogram printout.
Tips for your announcement:
- Make it personal: I told my husband in a way that was special to him. My family loves Halloween and surprises, so we just showed up in a revealing costume. My parents live far so we FaceTimed with them as opposed to just a phone call or a text. We showed up at his parents door a few days later. Choose a way that speaks to whomever you’re telling, and make sure to tell all of the important people before publicly announcing it!
- Do it on your own time: We found out we were expecting days before we were taking a trip to Louisiana for a wedding on his side of the family. Though we knew it would be hard to keep on lock, we weren’t ready to share the big news with the whole extended family just yet. We were glad to have waited to do it in a special way and when it felt right. Plus, having that little secret to enjoy on our own for a few days was really special.
- Make it tangible: Having props or notes in your reveal means you have mementos to save for years to come. If you aren’t using anything tangible, take pictures or write the story down later to commemorate it. I’m sure we will enjoy reflecting on these moments later, and it’ll be so fun to share with Baby Girl later on!
- Make it fun!: Sharing the news with a gift for your loved ones, silly costumes, or cheesy notes makes the already exciting news even more fun to spill.
How about y’all? What ways have you used to share the news of your bundle of joy?