Pregnancy Questions Answered - When/How Did You Announce Your Pregnancy

It has been forever since I did one of my Parenting/Pregnancy questions, so I figured I'd bring them back. I always like seeing what other people did/think.

Everyone around me seems to be pregnant and some people announce they're pregnant right away(me!) where others wait until the 12 week mark. Most people are also more creative than I am in the way that they announce their pregnancies. We got pregnant with Evan immediately and I was so shocked that I called my mom right away. It took a little longer with Isabella, so I planned it and got Evan a shirt that said "I'm gonna be a big brother!". I had my mom take off his coat and she started crying! The same for everyone else that we told. Here is the picture I posted on my blog when I announced it(I was only 4 1/2 weeks along)-
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So how about you? How long did you wait to announce your pregnancy? Did you get creative in how you told everyone, or did you just blurt it out?

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32 comments:

Kelli said...

We are in that "trying but not really trying" phase for baby number 2 and I keep thinking about how we are going to tell our family when the time comes. With Hanna we told his family over the phone (they lived further away then) and we told my parents and sister over dinner. I am trying to think of creative ways to tell them (for when the time comes) though I don't want to jinx myself by thinking about it to much! I am looking forward to hearing what other readers have to say.

Jenna said...

When we were expecting our second baby, we did the same thing you did with the t-shirt and having people take off our daughters jacket. They loved the surprise. We just recently announced baby #3 and decided to personalize a baby of m&ms for each of our parents. They were yellow, blue and pink and on them we had things like 'baby #3', 'Due in November', etc. :)

joyfilled said...

We're ones that wait. Unforunately we've had to "untell" several times and it's miserable. We've had more losses than successful pregnancies now (I'm currently experiencing my 4th loss) so it sort of squelches the excitement. But I prefer to wait until 9-13 weeks (and even then, we really just tell my parents (because my IL's know since they are medical professionals that usually help me out) and let them tell from there. For me it's much easier than having to deal with reactions to miscarriage (since unfortunately it's not always all pretty and supportive like I so often hear about- it seems that if you're surrounded by people that haven't experienced miscarriage, the support level is going to be a LOT less because they don't know how to respond, so they either say the wrong things (that make it hurt worse) or act like it didn't happen at all).

I admit that I envy the ability to be thrilled and shout from the mountaintops as soon as one finds out. Babies are such sweet blessings!!!

I think that next time we get (and STAY) pregnant I want to do the "big brother/sister" shirt thing when we go to my parents house and just see if they even notice. LOL

Crystal said...

I was boring with all of mine..but I had to ask
Are your tying to get ideas Dee? LOL

Kim ~ One Nutty Mama said...

To close family we just told them that Maxx (our youngest) was going to be a big brother. Or that our family was expanding again in October.
For not so close family I posted a facebook announcement on april fools day. Said that we are are pregnant and it is with twins. Then added ok so as far as we know it's not twins.. But we are pregnant. lol
This was the first time I actually got to tell people i was pregnant rather than my mom announce that she thinks I'm pregnant because I have a belly.

When we found out we were having a boy. Our youngest Nadia wore a shirt that said "It's my brother's fault" in a family with only 3 girls it still took extended family a bit to figure it out even when Nadia was asking everyone to read her shirt. They just kept patting her on the head and telling her "but sweetie you don't have a brother." She ended up getting mad and yelling "I DO TOO.. He's in her belly still!"

Anonymous said...

I wrapped up my test as a present for the hubby. We told family, after 12 weeks, by sending them bouquets of pink and blue flowers and a card that said "guess what?" They loved it!
We weren't nearly as creative with numbers 2 and 3!
Lisa

Lindsay said...

My husband and I were trying for our first, and apparently it happened right away...I wasn't expecting it to be that quick at all. I tested while he was at work and was so shocked that I ran out and bought 28 more (making 30 total) tests. And took them all. By the time I calmed down a bit and gathered my thoughts, my husband called to say he was on his way home from work. I totally panicked and put all 30 tests in a leftover gift box we had...and told my husband I bought him a present as soon as he walked in the door, haha. When he opened the box to see all of the positive tests, he totally started freaking out!

We told my parents two days later, solely because they were out of town and I wanted to tell them in person. OH MY GOD, HARDEST SECRET TO KEEP EVER -- especially because my mom, sister and I spoke on the phone at least 3 times a day until they got home. I had gotten them a book that says "GRANDPARENTS HANDBOOK" from Hallmark and gave it to them. My dad didn't get it at all at first until my mom started spazzing out, "OH MY GOD, ARE YOU PREGNANT?!"

I told my sister the same day by giving her a little statue from Hallmark that says "I love my aunt" and told her it was from my belly (she was 13 at the time)...she was so confused and eventually caught on and started freaking out!

I tried to hold in the secret as long as I could, but eventually Facebook announced it at 7w5d, right after my OB appointment where we saw and heard the first heartbeat. I suck at secrets...I had wanted to wait until 12 weeks.

I did love the way we told my parents if baby was a boy or a girl, though! My husband and I went to the ultrasound, found out baby was a boy, and went home and put the song "True Blue" by Bright Eyes (listen to it or read the lyrics and you'll see why...the word "blue" appears a million times a sentence!) which we played for my parents and sister.

Judy said...

With my first, most family was far away so we just told them over the phone. With my second, I started showing at 8 weeks and a lot of people started guessing before we had a chance to tell them...I do like the shirt idea and maybe next time we can find a way to be more creative :)

Krystyn said...

Ummm...We told family at like 6-8 weeks after the first ultrasound. Then everybody else after 12 weeks.

However, I don't think I know the right answer. It seems like the last time right after we told everybody, we found out that the baby had passed away. So, no idea what that magic spot is. It's even harder when things don't go as planned.

Michelle said...

I think I would have a hard time waiting to tell people but I understand why people wait. I would love to do something creative the next time!

Melissa, The Happier Homemaker said...

With our first two we told right away, with our current pregnancy it had taken a lot longer to get pregnant and we had some friends who had experienced losses in the meantime so we waited until the second trimester to tell and called family and of course the facebook announcement!

ღ Ms. Joy mH ღ said...

with both of my pregnancy we announced it through my sister and mother in law's birthday cards. We signed it with our names and add a baby in them.

dailymom said...

I wanted to be very cautious and wait until after the first dr appointment to tell anyone, which was horrible for my husband because he can't keep a secret (Hejaz to do Christmas shopping on Christmas eve, even then it's hard for him to not tell what he got). Two days after our first appointment, which was at 10 weeks, was a Sunday and the whole family always has dinner together on Sunday's so we thought that would be a perfect time for it. I waited for everyone to be together and took off my sweatshirt to reveal my tshirt that said "does this shirt make me look pregnant?". It was a great surprise with lots of tears of joy from everyone.

FromCristinToMommy said...

Giada was an unplanned pregnancy..my sister was with me upstairs when i took the test-my oarents were downstairs. i called my fiance to come up and told him. we were scared and decided not to tell my parents. i went to my aunts the next day and told her and waited until my mom got off work and told her. they both cried but not tears of joy. my fiance told his mom and that was it. nothing exciting. i was maybe 5 weeks and i posted it on fb since no family members had one! then on grandparents day we got my granmother a great grandma card and put a pic of the first ultrasound in. she cried tears of joy and by then everyone was excited about the baby. i was not working and living home so i guess thats why no one was excited at first. but as the pregnancy went on everyone loved her!
i love all these ideas..i may steal one when i have my second!

Amy said...

ha, we only have one right now and i found out two weeks before my 30ths. We had plans to go all out and at dinner, my husband dinged the glass and told our friends. They were shocked. lol. It was fun! I think next time we'll get creative since he was a bit of a surprise!

iheartbowheads.blogspot.com said...

I am a blurter - can't help myself and I have the worst poker face known to man. I did take my oldest daughter to the ultra sound from my son (two girls and then the baby boy) and had her call Daddy at work and say, "guess what Daddy - this baby is going to be a BOY baby".

:)

Heather M said...

With my daughter I was 16. I knew but never took a test. I had to go to the hospital when a kid bumped into me and I blacked out. My mom found out in the hospital there and no joke, within 4 hours or so my ENTIRE FAMILY knew.

This time I don't speak to half my family. I'm 12.5 weeks now and nobody in the family knows. People on FB and my blog know, but family does not know and I want it to remain that way because I DO NOT want my mother knowing. We are not on speaking terms for the past year and it's not info I want her knowing.

alissa4illustration said...

Everyone at work knew I was trying with both of mine. With Mica it took 3 months and with Isaak it took 2. I found out I was prego with Mica right around Thanksgiving, so in a Christmas card I had us as toy soldiers and I had a baby toy soldier in my tummy area. Some people got it and some didn't. ;) With Isaak I felt the need to tell everyone I was around right away because I had fainted with Mica a few times and was light headed a lot. I even fainted while in the shower; that was scary! We even named them before they were born. I know some people are like that and some are not. I didn't like calling my baby, "It" all the time.

Kari said...

I have four kids. The first three I think I just told everyone early on in the pregnancy. But, with my last pregnancy (which was a surprise!) I was nervous about telling my family. I waited quite awhile and even went on a trip with my mom and sister without telling them. I finally told my sister via an email card. My parents found out because I asked them to come over and babysit my other kids so I could go to the doctor. My mom said, "why are you going to the doctor?"...and then she guessed!

Thrifty and Chic Mom said...

I always tell right away with my second we did the shirt thing like you with the older child with my third we just told people and now with number 4 we had my oldest tell everyone. I wait to announce on my blog like this time I waited until 10 weeks.

whocg23 said...

WE tend to tell right away. I can't wait to tell everyone, so waiting until the first ultrasound to hear the heartbeat just doesn't really work.
For my first we bought a set of socks for my mom and a pair of baby booties for MIL. We wrapped each and gave our moms surprise presents for the heck of it. They both started crying. For my MIL it was the first baby.
For baby 2 my hubby made a shirt for our son that said "Now taking Bet$" on the front and "I am having a baby Sister (with a check box) Brother (with a check box)" We left the boxes empty since we didn't know, but after our 20 wk ultrasound when we found out we were having a girl, we checked the box and that is how we told some people. I also had a shirt that showed the girl symbol for me and then we put a little girl smbol in the middle to show I had a girl in my belly.

Stacy Uncorked said...

Heh, we just blurted it out - mostly because we were shocked, especially since I thought a cyst in my right ovary was giving me some pain, and after a sonogram we discovered I was 5-1/2 months along (after having had 4 previous miscarriages at the 8-12 week stage, and the fact that I wasn't supposed to be able to get pregnant 'normally' after a brush with cervical cancer many years prior). At least I was relieved that the 14 lb weight gain in one month was justified! ;)

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newmama2010 said...

We have 1 child right now but with her, I took a pic of my first sonogram and texted it to my mom. Since I was still in college and not married yet (engaged for a couple of weeks before finding out), she was less than thrilled but as my belly grew, her disappointment faded into joy and she loves Mackenzie more than she can imagine! We're trying for the next one (and will find out soon if we are successful this month) and I'm thinking of doing a shirt that says "This little princess/diva is going to be a big sister!"

Amy A.K.A. "The Mrs." said...

We tell everyone right away. Why? Well, the first time it was because we were so excited. But now we know I can turn into a bit of a crazy person {hormonal} when I'm pregnant and people need to know so I can excuse my bad behavior...and moody diet. lol

Faith said...

With my first child I was on the pill so I never thought I was pregnant. I was working at a food processing plant and started getting so sick I was throwing up 10-15 times a day. I thought something terrible was wrong, so when I went to the dr. and he told me I was pregnant, I was thrilled, but shocked and confused as to how I got pregnant ON the pill.

I was so happy I just blurted it out to everyone.
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I am Harriet said...

It was a long time ago for me but, I can say that my mom knew right away from the way my breathing changed.


Have a great day!
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@PamelaMKramer - A Renaissance Woman said...

I learned the hard way to wait until after the first trimester. After that we blurted it out! lol

Jen said...

For our first, we got my mom the Willow Tree Grandmother statue and gave it to her as a present. Then we did the t-shirt thing on my daughter when we were pregnant with the second. To announce the sex of the second baby (since we chose not to find out the first time), we bought It's a Boy balloon and had my daughter walk into my mom's work with it.

kailani said...

I was too excited to come up with something creative. I just called everyone up and told them!


Kailani
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MOMMY-MOMO said...

told the hubs the first time w a shirt that said Im preggo. Then i think with raegan we were to excited and just called everyone. ... but wait... are you trying to tell us something? are you preggo? Hehe

Kristy said...

With our first, I bought Hubby a Chicago Cubs Onesie and tiny Cubs hat and wrapped it up. When he opened it, he said " who is this for?" I told him it was for our baby and could wear it when we took baby to it's first Cubs game! He was so suprised/shocked/happy he was silent and then got all teary eyed! So cute! We still have the Cubbies hat, it's adorable!

Joe said...

My band was playing on a radio show, and I worked it into the intro of one of the songs... friends who tuned in knew the news before family members who hadn't! -Joe
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(Giving away 10 AAA memberships this week...)

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