Post written Nov. 7.
This weekend was pretty productive in the baby department.
First, we spent some time on Saturday taking photos for our announcement/Christmas card. I spent way too much time getting all dolled up only to not even use a photo of my face. I also spent way too much time going through and testing all the different holiday themes from Shutterfly.com. I swear I made at least 20 cards before deciding on one that was just right. Now I just hope they turn out okay.
Later that afternoon I went through all of my drawers and removed clothing items that currently do not fit and most likely will not fit until next October, if I’m lucky. This was a somewhat depressing but freeing experience because I have so many clothes that I have held onto even though they’re a little uncomfortable due to fabric, tightness, etc. At this point, I’m having zero patience with clothing items that aren’t 100% comfortable so I was able to easily remove them from my bedroom and stack them up in our spare bedroom (aka future nursery) for eventual storing.
On Sunday, we told our big news to my grandparents. We had originally wanted to wait until Thanksgiving but my mom was pressuring us to tell them sooner. We thought it might be more fun if the rest of the family was there to witness an announcement during grace but I think the way we did it was a much better idea anyway.
Since we typically play cards with my grandparents, Ryan had the idea to write on some of the cards “We’re having a baby!” and then whenever we dealt them out, they’d see them. There wasn’t room to write them on all the cards so I just wrote it on the aces. (We play pinochle so there are 8 aces, but the spades were too big so I just wrote it on six of them and hoped they’d each get at least one.) I wasn’t sure how they’d react because my grandpa has always said, “Don’t rush into having kids. Focus on your career. Make VP first.” and since I’m still not VP, I wasn’t sure if he’d be negative at all. But I can’t put my life on hold for the workplace anymore so I was prepared to argue with him if he did. On top of that, I can’t think of anyone in the family where announcing a pregnancy was a good thing. Everyone has always been too young, unmarried, jobless, etc. No one has ever been traditional in that they got married, bought a house, had stable jobs, and then had kids. My family always does those things backwards. So it’s probably a new sensation for them to have no reason to be unhappy about a family member being pregnant. I made sure to tell Ryan this beforehand just in case the reaction wasn’t what we hoped for.
Fortunately, it went well. My grandma looked at her cards first and she looked up, shocked, but with a smile on her face. Then my grandpa looked at his and goes, “Where the heck did these cards come from?” Then he turned around one of his cards and read it and just smiled and nodded and said “Well, I’m happy about it,” and then we played cards. I think they were both just shocked. But then he was making jokes later on about how horrible his hand was and how “I don’t even have any babies! I have a bunch of 9-year-olds…” (He was referring to nines, which are the lowest counting cards in the deck, aces being high.) That was pretty funny. Then before we left he was telling Ryan all these stories about me when I was little and how fun I was. So I’m pretty sure they were excited. They’re just not emotional people that show excitement like that. But it was still fun and I’m glad we did it that way.