(Closed) How are you/did you tell the family?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
  • poll: How did you tell your family you were expecting?
    No fanfare. We just told them/called them on the phone. : (17 votes)
    65 %
    We got them stuff! Onesies, pictures and cards, galore! : (5 votes)
    19 %
    We had a big get-together and made an announcement. : (3 votes)
    12 %
    Other : (1 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I love hearing about this too!we probably wouldnt do anything too spectacular,and just tell our families face to face. Darling Husband would be too excited to wait and do anything else! However I am nervous about telling my mum. (were not expecting yet but TTC) as she has said many times before she would not be happy if we were to have children yet. Or even ever,but part of me thinks shes only half serious. Ive told Darling Husband that when we do get pregnant,he has to tell my mum whille I hide in the other room!

    Post # 4
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Im excited to hear peoples’ stories! My coworker did a really cute thing. At a big family gathering with her ILs and all her DHs extended family they told everyone they wanted to take a big family picture.

    They had a family friend who wasnt going to be in the pic taking the picture then right as she was abotu to take it, my coworker and her husband said KRISTENS PREGNANT! The result is a picture of everyone’s faces right as they heard the news! It is awesome.

    Post # 5
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I’m hoping that i get a BFP next week and then will tell our families on Thanksgiving… My family is super close and I wouldn’t be able to go all day without saying anything.  I’ll probably try and think of a clever way to say it….maybe something about being glad there is so much food cause i’m eating for two….lol

    @kimbo89:  why would your mom not be happy if you had children?  

    Post # 6
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I should learn how to read.

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @shelly.mg0924:its hard to say why. we get on really well,were close but shes always said “youd better not be pregnant!” I think its a combined thing of she thinks shes too young to be a grandma,thinks we are too young to be parents (thats objective lol). Plus when she had my borther and I,she really struggled financially and emotionally,and this resulted in my parents getting divorced. Shes said before now that she wouldnt ever want me to have to go through with that!

    But then,when we are pregnant,I think she would be on board more than she lets on. Well,she would have to be ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol

    Post # 8
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 1999

    We already have kids so I think I might have pictures taken of them both in a “big sis” shirts and give it to their grandparents at Christmas. That could be cute if you had a pet and you did it too! Or I was thinking about makying personalized calandars and then in that month have the ultasound be the picture and then the due date on it.

    Post # 9
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I love the picture idea!!!  I’ll probably totally steal that if I get to tell them all as a group!

    Post # 10
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @PitBulLover:That’s how we’re planning on doing it eventually!! The way I’ve heard of it done is having someone outside of the family taking the picture and for them to take a few shots..at first say, “Say cheese!” And then when everyone is kind of in the routine switch it up and say (in our case) “Say Danielle’s pregnant!” I love the idea of having a picture with those reactions ๐Ÿ™‚

    Another idea I’ve had is using little shirts. We have 2 nephews who are 5 and 2 and I’ve thought about getting the shirts on Etsy that say big cousin and middle cousin for them and then getting a onesie that says little cousin. I’d put those shirts on them and then give the little cousin one wrapped up to Mother-In-Law (at a family gathering) to open. Then we could use those shirts for cute cousin pictures after the babies are born.

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 1999

    @Running Elley: I have been stalking Etsy trying to decide which shirts to go with. There are so many cute ones.

    Post # 12
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @Running Elley: I love the picture idea because then you have a lasting memory of that moment….but I LOVE the shirt idea too!!!

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee

    We got the doggie a big brother shirt and plan on sending pictures of him in it,

    Post # 14
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Right before we found out I was pregnant I had ordered some wedding pictures for my family. We went over to my parents house to show them the pictures and had the sonogram picture hidden in with the others. So as my mom was flipping through all the pictures she saw the sonogram picture. It was actually my dad who caught on right away what it was ๐Ÿ™‚  Very cool moment for us!

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We are having the first grandchild on both sides. We have also been hounded for years about having children and never even hinted that we might be thinking about it. That said, we knew if we told them in person, there would be a huge crying/hugging/wailing scenario. We wanted to avoid this at all costs because moms can be crazy. ๐Ÿ™‚

    So I bought a couple of cute boxes, framed the 9 week sonogram, included a book called “Life is Good at Grandmas,” and made little cards that said “Grandparents to be” with a note that we were expecting. I mailed them so we didn’t have to be there to break the news. 

    I’m glad we did it this way. My Mother-In-Law went a little batshit crazy for a few days afterwards, God love her. 

    Also, We made little cards that said “Aunt and Uncle to be” with the songram pic in side to send to siblings. 

     

    Post # 16
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 1999

    So I was on Etsy and saw some cute ornanments, do you think that would be better then the shirts?

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