It just so happened to work out that we really were going to get to announce our pregnancy to our families at Christmas, so we debated for weeks on how to do it. We wanted something original and memorable and finally decided on writing our own poem/riddle that we would record us reading and play as the first 'challenge' during our yearly game with our immediate families.
Literally the only time we could get in to see the doctor before Christmas/telling family was Christmas Eve morning, and we were supposed to have our families over for lunch. Thankfully we were able to push lunch back a little, but we sat in the waiting room for 50 minutes before finally getting called back, so it was a little nerve wracking! We recorded a video of us in the car in the parking lot before going in and the nerves, excitement, and love in our voices still puts a goofy grin on my face anytime I watch it. Our first appointment was amazing - They did a vaginal ultrasound so we were able to see our sweet peanut for the first time and find out his or her heart rate was 167 bpm. Both of us teared up as soon as that thump thump thump sound started. It really is the best sound in the world. Oh, and we clarified that it was only one baby - To which David said, 'It's only one!' and I said, 'Aww, it's only one..' Ha. Maybe someday! Our doctor answered some questions for us, asked all of the normal stuff, and then we went upstairs and had some blood and lab work done and were finished! Leaving with our baby's first pictures was so fun - I'm amazed that neither of us blurted anything out to family before our big announcement!
So we came home and I made lunch - We've started a tradition of having Mexican every year on Christmas Eve and this year the smell of guacamole and tortilla chips (from a bag, not fresh ones) was awful. I made it through cooking and eating, though, and we decided to play the game first this year, rather than open gifts and play afterward. We always play some sort of game where you can win small gift cards to food places around town or lottery tickets and we mix in charades, karaoke, riddles, trivia, all kinds of stuff. Because of this, no one suspected anything when we said we had a video riddle to start things off. Here's what we played:
David was in charge of taking the video of everyone's reactions and mayyy have gotten a little excited and hit the record button twice.. So we got maybe a second of it recorded. I almost had a meltdown over it, but it is what it is and we'll remember the reactions forever. I did get a few pictures, thankfully!
We wrote personal cards to each family member as well and gave them out after the announcement. I love that you can see the tears in my dad's and David's sisters eyes in these pictures.
And a picture of us to commemorate a big day in our lives (and our last Christmas without a baby!)
The next day we went up to Lawrence to celebrate with my extended family and told all of them with a puzzle we had the kids (my nieces and nephew) put together. I'd thought through that they would need my nieces who could read to be there, but I didn't think through the part that it would be difficult for them to connect that their cousin would be our baby.. Ha. They were a little confused until we said, 'We're having a baby!'
The rest of our extended family we told through phone calls or Facetiming while they watched our poem video. Christmas is exciting on its own, but getting to announce the best present ever was SO much fun!
I promise this novel of a post is ALMOST over! To tell our friends, we decided we'd do it at our annual New Years Eve party. I think this was our 7th year or something hosting, and we invited all of our close friends (although some couldn't come or didn't realize how big a deal it was this year - and how do you let someone know they NEED to be there without totally giving away the surprise?) I ended up getting really sick the day of the party - I thought it was just going to be a normal cold, but it just kept getting progressively worse. I didn't want to cancel since everyone had planned their evening/holiday around it and we had a big announcement to make, so you may be able to see my swollen, watery eyes and puffy face in the pictures.. Oh, and my slippers with my dress. ;) I stayed in bed for almost a week after the party, but thankfully we were able to share the news with friends and got awesome pictures! We got a video too, but it's really long and I haven't edited it yet, so I won't post it.
Basically we lined up for a group picture and I used the remote for my camera to take them. After a couple normal ones, David and I yelled, 'Sooo, we're having a baby!' and these pictures resulted:
We had a good friend from high school miss the announcement by about 10 minutes, so we did the same thing with her and her fiance:
I was going to include our announcement pictures that we used for Facebook, but this post is a novel already and I applaud you for making it this far! I'll share them Monday - Tomorrow I'll start playing catch up on my bump pictures. Sorry if it feels like all baby all the time for awhile around here!