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If you couldn’t already tell by all of my posts on social media, WE’RE PREGNANT!!! Baby Meek will be making his or her debut July 4, 2019!
We are over-the-moon excited for this little bundle of joy growing in my belly. So far the journey has been pretty exhausting, and I’ll explain more in another blog post, but for now I’m going to share with y’all how we found out and revealed our pregnancy with family and friends!
How I found out:
It was Halloween night, and I had been feeling kind of “off” and was honestly pretty confident that I was indeed NOT pregnant, but I had some 88 cent pregnancy tests from Walmart, so I decided to go ahead and take one in case this small feeling was right. My husband was at work, so I took the test by myself, fully expecting it to be negative. Within just a couple seconds it showed two pink lines, and I instantly burst into tears and started praying. My emotions were all over the place, but my first thought after, “Holy cow, is this true?! There’s a baby in me! I’m going to be a mom!!!” was that I needed to tell Mason as soon as he got home…
Telling my husband:
I had actually bought this gold “baby” balloon banner the previous week to prepare for this night. I had no idea that I was actually pregnant, but because we weren’t preventing anymore, I wanted to be ready. Since Mason’s work schedule was pretty inconsistent, I didn’t know what time he would be home, so I had to rush to get everything together. I quickly blew up the balloon and wrote on a piece of printer paper, “Roses are red, violets are blue, inside of me beat TWO hearts for you.” with the positive pregnancy test taped to the inside. He ended up taking a little while longer to get home, so the anticipation nearly killed me, but it was all worth it!
Telling my family:
We had actually (coincidentally) planned to grab lunch with my family just two days after we found out, so I didn’t have a lot of time to plan this. We set up blue and pink streamers and balloons all throughout our house, along with the “baby” banner. When my parents walked through the door, I didn’t give them much time to figure out what was going on before I exclaimed, “We’re having a baby!!!” We then picked my brother up from his apartment with pink and blue balloons in the car to share the news with him as well.
Telling my in-laws:
Let me preface with this: this particular announcement was 100% planned by my husband. We drove up (3 hours) the next week to surprise his family and waited for his mom to get home. As soon as she walked through the door, Mason poured chicken noodle soup on the floor as I pretended to throw up. (Almost every time we visited them since we had been married, I was somewhat sick, so they always asked if I was pregnant.) Mason said, “Sydney’s sick this time because she’s actually pregnant,” which was followed by tons of excitement. When his dad got home, Mason walked him around the back and brought him inside to where we had set up the same balloons we used for my family’s announcement. Right before we left, we set up a couple balloons on my brother-in-law’s bed and expected to receive a call from him when he got home from work. We didn’t hear anything, so we called the next day and told him “You’re going to be an uncle!”
Telling my grandparents:
I planned a dinner with my parents and grandparents where I would bring a gift bag stuffed with baby shoes, a onesie and blanket that said “lil ag” (in reference to our college). I pretended it was a gift we had brought back from our recent trip, but they caught on pretty quickly when my grandpa pulled out the tiny shoes and said, “Well, these aren’t going to fit me!”
I wore an “it’s not a food baby” shirt to Thanksgiving with my dad’s side of the family and asked my grandma to read it when I was making my rounds of “hellos”. She, along with my aunt, caught the hint pretty quickly as well.
Telling my husband’s grandparents:
My in-laws wore shirts that had their grandparent names (Lolly and Pappy) on them while we FaceTimed with my mother-in-law’s family. It would have been way more fun to actually be able to see everyone in person, but we couldn’t fit a surprise visit into our schedule.
Telling our friends:
I wrote “only best friends get promoted to aunts” on a piece of paper and wrapped it around a wine bottle to give to my best friend. We also had some friends over for a friendsgiving meal and kept the “baby” balloon up while we waited to see how long it would take them to notice. Mason and I had to go stand by the balloon for a few of them to take the hint, but others caught on quickly. Another friend was the last to know at our little get-together, and when Mason finished the prayer before we ate, he said “and thank you for Baby Meek, amen” and it immediately clicked for her.
Telling out-of-town family:
I couldn’t get a picture of how ours turned out, but I sent this quail egg I found on Etsy to our out-of-town family members. It said, “crack me” on the inside of the box, and within the egg was a little note that said “We’re Egg-specting! Baby Meek due July 2019.”
Some more ideas:
- We told Mason’s coworkers with a cookie cake that said “Coming Soon… Baby Meek!”
- Put a bread bun in the oven and wait for someone to notice
- Get a box of donuts and write, “I don’t want to be the only one around here with a belly!”
- Give someone a fruit resembling the size of the baby
I’m excited to take y’all along with us on this journey, and hope that these pregnancy announcement give you ideas or inspiration for your own reveals!
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December 22, 2018 at 9:46 pm
Congrats!!! I will never forget that feeling of knowing I was going to be a mother. So darn special! Your announcement ideas are so creative!
December 23, 2018 at 4:50 pm
Thank you, Rita! ❤️
December 22, 2018 at 10:32 pm
So fun!! Congrats to you guys 💛
December 23, 2018 at 4:51 pm
Thank you so much! 🖤
December 23, 2018 at 12:19 am
Great news and shared in many creative ways. This beautiful tradition of announcing one’s pregnancy is not practised in my part of Africa due to the prevalence of witchcraft and pregnant women even deny that they are when the bun begins to show and people speak about it. Seems silly, right? I thank God that Christianity is taking hold and with the world a global village and all, some are beginning to do pregnancy photoshoots and post on social media.
But I digress, I share your joy and look forward to your updates on this. May heaven’s best be the portion of you and your family always in Jesus’ name.
December 23, 2018 at 4:52 pm
That’s very interesting, I had no idea that was a thing. Thank you so much, Edith! ❤️
December 23, 2018 at 12:31 pm
Congratulations! How sweet! Merry Christmas!
December 23, 2018 at 4:52 pm
Thank you, Melissa! Merry Christmas to you as well. ❤️