Tuesday, May 5, 2009
TTC--How to tell everyone
The first installment of trying to conceive is here. This talks about the signs of ovulation and your best chances of getting pregnant.
The second installment is here and is about journaling your journey.
The third installment is here and is about secondary fertility signs.
So today I thought I would talk about what we've all been waiting on...the positive test.
HOW DO YOU TELL EVERYONE?
I don't know about you, but I sit around thinking about fun, creative ways to tell Jeff I'm pregnant. Don't tell me I'm the only crazy, obsessive one. Each time I've gotten pregnant I've come up with something memorable. Don't be silly and just take a test and tell your DH, make it fun! Just think, there aren't many surprises in the world, and this could be one. (I made a poem...that's one way to tell.)
Here are some ways I've told Jeff I'm pregnant.
When I got pregnant with Millicent we were having a date that night. So at the restaurant I placed the pregnancy test in amongst the napkins. I waited, on the edge of my seat, for him to find that test and figure it out. Finally he dislodged it and started to freak out, wondering why there was a used pregnancy test on our table. But then he realized.
We called our family and told them. A very dear friend of the family was dying and we thought some good news would be nice right about then. But pretty boring way to tell, huh?
When I got pregnant with Asa, I had previously bought a T-shirt for Millicent that said, "I'm the Big Sister now". Then the day I found out, I had all the kids load up, so Jeff wouldn't be distracted. I asked him to dress Millicent. OF course, he read the shirt. He called from the other room, "Michelle! Are you pregnant?" And we cracked up.
So we let Millicent wear that shirt the next few times we left the house to let friends and family read it. Surprisingly, not many people read her shirt and we had to verbally tell them. (I guess our friends and family aren't big readers.)
The next time I got pregnant, Jeff was leading music at church. I asked if he would ask for praises, like our brother-in-law used to do, because I really liked that.
So sure enough he said, "Are there any praises?"
I raised my hand and said, "New life."
He smiled and nodded.
Then I tried giving big eyes to our pastor on the front row and he started catching it.
He said, "What does she mean, new life?"
Jeff said, "New life in Christ."
Pastor said, "I don't think that's what she means. What do you mean?"
FINALLY Jeff started getting it. He got a little emotional, kept rubbing his head and laughing. Finally he came down and gave me a hug and a kiss. It was nice to announce it to the church and him at the same time.
Another great way to announce a pregnancy is on your blog, like this:
I'M PREGNANT! YEAH! I'M DUE AT THE END OF JANUARY.
I had a friend who put a hamburger bun in her oven and took a picture to send to everyone. That's pretty cute.
Another friend gave her husband two presents. One was a bag of "protection" (if you know what I mean). And the other was the pregnancy test. She told her husband, "Open these. One was a waste of money." Isn't that funny!
I have another friend who bought a tiny little outfit of her husband's favorite sports team.
Another bought him a card that said just the two of us, and crossed out the two to add three.
I would love to hear how everyone else told. Let's get some great ideas going for these future positives that we are about to be having, due to all my great advice. Now I do expect one or two of these babies to be named Michelle.
Posted by Michelle at 7:50 AM