When I found out I was pregnant with my first son, I was in such disbelief that I ran into the next room to tell my husband without any thought of breaking the news to him in a creative way. For my second son, I had time to stew it over. On the way back from the doctor’s office, I stopped at a florist, picked up a nice arrangement of six roses and wrote on the card “A rose for each of your children” (he had four from his previous marriage). He was confused as he read the card and then he counted the roses and a goofy grin spread across his face. “You’re impregnated!”
There are a number of ways to announce the news to your significant other, friends, and family by using screen printed tee-shirts. The most hilarious (and probably the most fun) is by buying a shirt that says, “Knocked Up” or something equally revealing. Then walk around in the shirt to see how long it takes everyone to notice it.
If you already have children, you can have your youngest wear an “I’m Gonna Be a Big Brother/Sister” shirt. It has the same effect as the previous. See how long it takes your friends and family to notice it and comment on it.
Go buy some baby and parenting magazines and litter the house with them. He may look over them at first but if you’ll put some in the bathroom, he’s bound to notice and ask about them! The same can be done with random baby items. Get a box of diapers (not too soon to stock up!), some rattles, or an outfit that proudly displays the logo of his favorite sports team. Lay these around the house, then sit back and watch the show.
What could be even funnier is if you go buy an infant car seat and install it in the back of his vehicle. See how long it takes him to realize that something is back there and what it is.
You can also surprise your family like this, too. Buy something that tells the relationship to the baby, like “I’ve got the World’s best Grandma” onesies or something of the like. Present it to them as a gift and watch the reaction.
When my family had a gathering about a week after I found out I was pregnant with my first son, I decided to wait until that moment to announce the news. Only one of my sisters knew my secret and she was six months pregnant herself. So when my grandmother went to snap a picture of all of us, instead of saying cheese, I said in a big loud voice, “Everybody say, ‘I’m pregnant’!” Being the sarcastic joker of the family that I am, my family assumed I was poking fun at my little sister. So as we prepared for the next shot, I said, “Seriously, I’m pregnant!” Unfortunately, my grandmother choked up enough at that she didn’t catch the reactions in the shot.
This is a perfect way to get the news out all at once to family and friends. To keep the memory of their reactions forever, plan a back yard BBQ, and get them all together for a photograph. Get them ready, aim your camera, and tell everyone your pregnant just before you snap the shot. You can put it in your little one’s baby book.
Assuming that your significant other already knows and you want a special way to break the news to your closest family member, be it your mom, dad, sister, or brother, you can always call them up, make up a story that the doctor wants to check your ovaries for cysts by doing an ultrasound and that you want them to go with you for support. Make sure the personnel and nurses are in on the surprise so they don’t mention anything baby around them. Then when the technician zeros in on the baby and monitors the heartbeat, see how long it takes your loved one to figure it out.
The Picture Message
In this age of digital information, you can make the announcement to your friends via picture message. All you have to do is take a picture of a positive pregnancy test. When you send the message, do not write anything on it; send just the picture. Then be prepared to be on the phone for the next few hours as people figure it out and start calling to confirm what they think they know!
How did you break the news? Feel free to comment and tell us all about it!