Post # 1
So next week starts my 2nd trimester!
Did anyone buy and mail pregnancy annoucement cards? DH and I were looking for a way to tell the extended family. It would be kinda expensive but I think it would be cute to find a card in the mail.However should news this big be shared by word of mouth?
IDK…I just think they are cute
For the curious, here is what they look like! http://www.tinyprints.com/product/14843/baby_announcements_nesting_pair.html
Post # 3
Those are CUTE! I’m not pregnant yet but since we are overseas, I could definitely see doing something like that. Most of our extended family (or at least the ones that care about us) don’t use FB or email so our options would be 1) call each person, 2) let our parents do it (but the kid would probably be 5 before anyone knew) or 3) do nothing. I love getting actual cards in the mail so I’d love something like that….guess that makes me old-fashioned!
Post # 4
I think that’s a really cute idea! I’m also overseas and was fortunate enough to go home last week to tell people (had a trip planned before I got pregnant), but if I didn’t have that opportunity I think we would’ve done something like that, at least for the friends/family who aren’t on Facebook.
Post # 5
@jesstagirl: That’s awesome you got to tell them in person! I’m always thinking “if it happens this month, I can tell them this way…” I was kinda hoping it would happen before my parents arrive next month so I could tell them here….sheesh, I’m such a planner!
Post # 6
Pregnancy Announcements… that is a NEW one for me.
Personally I wouldn’t do it… for lack of a better term “too much messing with Karma”. (There are A LOT of superstitions around when to announce a pregnancy etc)
So I’d wait and just send out Baby Annoucements, with a picture of the bundle of joy when the time comes.
Post # 7
I dunno. I’ve never received such a card (living in the US), and to be honest, I would sort of wonder what the point is and worse, the first thing that would pop into my head would be, “so…are they hinting they want a gift?”
The thing is, there’s a clear intent for most other pregnancy-related events: a baby shower is to welcome the mother to motherhood and to “shower” her with gifts that she and baby might need. A birth announcement tells friends and family that your own family has expanded. But a formal, mailed pregnancy announcement doesn’t seem to have such an intent–I mean, I’m sure your friends are happy for you, but what difference in THEIR lives does you being pregnant matter? I hate to say it in such a scrappy way, but if you think about it, it’s a little like receiving an announcement in the mail that says something to the effect of, “Jr. is applying to college!” or “We’re in escrow!”–the mode of informing doesn’t quite match the importance of the event, as far as your social circle is concerned (ie, pregnancy is a big deal to you and your parents and a few close, close friends, but to the rest, pregnancy is a medical condition and it’s the birth that’s the big deal). I’d stick with more casual modes like email and FB to announce and wait until showers and the birth to send things formally.
Maybe I’m just cynical and am less graceful than your friends, but I’m being honest just so you have an outsider opinion.
Post # 8
@LuvMySailor: Congratulations! If it were me I would only send the card when the baby had arrived, not before hand. I guess I would find it slightly odd to recieve a card like this. Anyone who is close to you will know you are expecting, and I would be scared to send anything before the baby arrived. Thanks just me though..
Post # 9
I wouldn’t send them sorry, too attention grabbing for me and I wouldn’t want anyone thinking they were obliged to buy gifts so soon. Sorry but that’s the first thing that I would think if I received one from someone else.
Post # 10
They are cute but I wouldn’t send them unless you’ve received similar. If I got that card, I would be sad my friend/samily member didn’t tell me in person. I also feel like there’s a karma issue there and would rather wait for the birth announcement with a photo of the baby. Maybe you could think of a cute way to announce the pregnancy to those closest to you in person.
Post # 11
I do like them, but I won’t send any myself, just cos I like telling people and hearing their reaction and sort of having that nice conversation 🙂
Post # 12
Those are cute, but I’m not sure if I’d send any when I do become pregnant.
Post # 13
those are very cute and if your extended family would not see it as a way of asking for a gift (which i know it isn’t but some would see it that way) then go for it, otherwise i agree with PPs who suggest waiting til he/she is born and send an announcement with a picture 🙂
Post # 14
They are adorable!
We didn’t send anything. We either told people, or let FB tell the extended folks.
Post # 15
Thanks ladies for the input! I think we will just call everyone. I can’t wait to hear the reactions!!
As a PP said, it would be best to wait until after the baby is born.
Post # 16
@LuvMySailor: U can make your own and make the card as a post card. Go to your local craft store and by some card stock, make youdesign on thecomputer and print? You should be able to get about 4 cards per page.