How to tell family members about baby?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@AbBeeRoad:  I told my husband the totally NOT planned way I wanted to, lol. I found out the morning of my BFF’s wedding, so I just ran downstairs back to our bedroom after testing and shoved it in his face. Initially I wanted to take the video he proposed to me with and instead of it saying “Will you marry me?” Ask “will you be a daddy?” but I didn’t get to the point. We told my parents by putting on a Big Brother shirt on our St. Bernard. They totally didn’t get it, lol. We taped the tests to a box to give my in laws.

As for my brother, I gave him baby themed candy like Baby Ruth, Sour Patch kids, Baby Bottle Pop, and a Hershey bar with the he colored blue and she colored pink. He had no clue, so we told him and then it all made sense.

For someone far away can you Skype with her or something (hold up a onsie or maybe even send her a greeting card)? We just gave DH’s sister a phone call, and asked her if she was ready to be an aunt in April. She was overjoyed. We didn’t really have any other way of surprising her. Hopefully someone can give you some stellar ideas!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@AbBeeRoad:  Awwww, the Little Critter books!! I had a TON of them too… memory lane! Haha. I totally just added that book to my secret amazon baby wishlist 😉

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I went to a craft store and got wooden frames, and wooden letters I painted the frames blue, and the letters pink (since Obviously at 6 weeks when I made them we didn’t know the sex) I glued the word BABY to the top and out last name to the bottom. Then I put my ‘dating scan’ picture in it. It cost maybe $5 to make both of them. 
I put them each in a gift box and when we visited our parents we gave them the ‘gift’ and they were so happy, and caught on quick. My sister was there when My parents opened theirs.
His brothers still didn’t know, so we sent them a facebook message telling them they will be uncles in May.  

We thought about doing tshirts. But I did that to announce our engagement to them but they didn’t read my shirt. Picture frames seemed like a better idea. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We had really special ways thought out, but right now our plans are pretty simple:

my mom: will get a phone call next monday… I plan on saying “Guess what i heard this morning?”…”My baby’s heartbeat!!!”…. and then just see where the conversation goes… I will be 8 weeks and she and my little sister will be the only ones that know…

my dad: will get a thanksgiving card but it will say something like “About Friggin Time” on the front with a cartoon pregnancy test… the inside will say something like “We have something extra special to be thankful for” and include a sonogram with the card… and a line that says “call us ASAP” of something along those lines..

DH’s parents: DH wants to tell them when we arrive for thanksgiving (12 weeks) by simply saying “Hi Grandpa” to his dad…. I think it is really underwelming but he insists that his dad will get it… He has been basically begging us for a grandchild even though he already has 5 from DH’s sisters… but this will be the first baby B and if its a boy will carry on the family name… so much pressure…

We should have a second ultrasound before we leave for thanksgiving… if it goes poorly then no one but my mom will know about the pregnancy…

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@AbBeeRoad:  I wanted to send my little sister a “I get my awesomeness from my auntie” onesie… or something like that… there are a BUNCH of auntie onesie…

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@AbBeeRoad:  Can you send your sister a package (a little gift package with auntie things) and have her open it over skype with you?

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

Eventually I plan to do a photo shoot with us holding hands and a pair of tiny shoes in between us. I have also seen shoots where they hold a sign “coming February 2014” or whatever

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I bought my DH a book that said ” why I love my daddy” and had it wrapped. I put it at the back of my closet a week before my BFP thinking I might not be able to give it to him for months…since we had just started TTC. Turns out we were very lucky and I was able to give it to him right away. I wish I had of videotaped his reaction… it was so cute. He was so excited.

we bought both sets of grandparents to be a book called ” Grand-parents guide to fun” or something like that… It was grandparents guide to something, I just can’t remember. It was neat because we had the excuse that it was my dads birthday the day before and my in laws anniversary, so they werent suspicious of receiving a gift.For our siblings, I found little pins that said ” Aunt to be” and “uncle to be” and wrapped them in a cute little box. We then video taped everyones reactions and I can’t wait to make a montage… all reactions were heartfelt and different.

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

I had a customized glass made that reads, “Daddy-to-Be 2014.” At this rate, though, the earliest my kid would come is August 2014, so that “You’ll be a Dad in 2014!” bit is starting to get stale. I’ve been trying for a while and had the glass made my first or second month TTC, so it’s been hanging around for a while. Oh well – even if baby’s born in 2015, he’ll still be a “Dad-to-Be” in 2014 (at least, odds are strongly in favor of it!).

For in-laws and all, I’m just going to get “Baby’s First Ultrasound” picture frames and give to them to surprise them. Come to think of it, I’ll probably do the same with my family.

Husband’s sister lives a bajillion miles away, so she’ll just get a phone call.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

MY DH and I are doing some home reno’s so we grabbed some paint samples from the store and asked my parents for opinions on what colour to paint our “spare room.”  While they were all talking about the colours (which were all very neutral; grey’s, brown’s etc..) we said “oh, we’ll show you a picture of the furniture we got for the room and maybe that will help you with your decision” and pulled out a print off of a crib from toy’s r us.  They were completely caught off guard and started immediately crying and jumping and screaming.  I wish I had caught it on camera!  We did the same thing to DH’s mom the next day.

My sister is a nurse and had given me a couple of expired pregnancy tests from her work knowing my DH and I had been TTC.  When we got our BFP months later I went for a walk with her and said really casually “oh, so by the way those expired tests you gave me work!”….  it took her about a second to figure it out and then she started squeeling. 

DH was with me when we did the test so no surprising him there. 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think if we get a BFP this month, we will wait and tell them on Thanksgiving. 

That way, everyone finds out at the same time.  I will ask to say grace, and slide in how “grateful we are for our future LO” or something along those lines,…and see if anyone catches on.

 

I love tying it into something! 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MrsAMac:  haha, I love the way you set up the surprise with the ‘spare room’ paint colours!  We’re in the midst of doing reno’s and ttc so I may have to steal it if we get the BFP soon 😉

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsBananas:  Yeah, do it!  Just make sure all breakables are out of harm’s way! lol.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I love all of these!!  So creative, ladies!  I am not TTC yet but I am a planner (and a bit obsessive) and also love to think about this.

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