Post written on Oct. 3.
With both sets of parents living 5+ and 8+ hours away, we had originally planned on waiting to tell our folks until at least after the first doctor’s appointment. We figured it wouldn’t be a hard secret to keep unless they unexpectedly came in town. And even then, we weren’t sure how we would do it. Of course, this is before we actually knew we were pregnant so all of our best laid plans went out the window the moment we found out. It’s hard to keep such a happy secret! Then, the perfect opportunity presented itself: We made plans to meet up with both sets of parents in Louisville for the Louisville vs Marshall football game on Oct. 1. It was planned just days before we found out we were pregnant so it was just a happy coincidence that this was already in the works. The timing was just too good to pass up, with the ability to tell both sets of parents, in person, at the same time. Now that the “when” was decided, we needed to figure out “how.” I’m a freak for wanting to find unique and memorable ways to break good news. (See how I told the hubs just a week earlier.)
We’d seen a few cute pregnancy announcements on Pinterest but due to crazy busy work schedules that week, we found ourselves scrambling to throw something together the same day we were scheduled to leave. I stopped by Kohl’s to pick up two picture frames that said “Grandkids” on it. Then, when Ryan got home, we downloaded a chalkboard iPad app, drew the words “Coming Soon May 2012” and snapped a self-portrait. I quickly printed off the pictures on plain white paper, slid the photos into the frame and wrapped the boxes with tissue paper for the perfect pregnancy announcement gift. We waited until after the game (Marshall won, which was a big victory for my in-laws and Marshall loving husband) and passed out the gifts shortly after ordering dinner at a little steak and ribs restaurant called Outlaw in Elizabethtown, KY. It took a moment before my mom realized what she was reading. She turned to me and asked “Are you pregnant??” I nodded yes and she immediately burst into tears of joy. My in-laws have a harder time seeing – “I need my glasses!” – but they quickly figured it out and both sides were ecstatic. We expected my MIL to cry too but she didn’t. Then again, they have 7 grandchildren already, with one just two months old and the other barely 18 months. So babies are a fairly common thing around their house. But I think my FIL was even more excited than my MIL – he was all smiles and talking a mile a minute, saying things like, “Well, I guess we’ll need to move to St. Louis!” I thought that was pretty hilarious due to the aforementioned 7 grandchildren that live less than an hour from him.
My mom was so excited that she could barely sleep that night and was up bright and early the next morning. She’s already got the shopping bug and wants to talk nursery designs and fix up her house so “her grandbaby has its own room!” So funny.
Now the tricky part is getting everyone to keep their mouths shut until we’re in the clear from the first trimester. It wasn’t five minutes before my FIL was telling the waitress that we needed to celebrate because they just found out they’re going to be grandparents! Our plan is to wait to tell anyone else until at least Thanksgiving, when we’ll have our annual feast with my grandparents, aunt, and cousin. Then, we’ll tell Ryan’s sisters and their kids when we come in town for Christmas. I’ll be right about 4 months then, and probably showing, so it might be pretty obvious. I’d love to tell them around Dec. 1, but we really want to do it in person and it’s just too far to drive, but we’ll see. Anything can happen between now and then.