Written July 16, 2013
We have been so excited to share our news of Baby A #2 with our family. So excited, in fact, that we hardly waited ANY time to tell some of them (just couldn’t hold it in)!
Rewind to the morning that we found out I was pregnant. After I talked to Jon for a long time, I decided I would go ahead and tell our sisters, Bekah & Heather
because they have threatened me that I better not wait to tell them. I decided what better way to tell them than to send them a Snapchat (I am sure by the time Baby A #2 reads this, Snapchat will long have been nonexistent) of the positive pregnancy test. I sent it to them both with the caption “So I have some news…” or something to that effect, and only let them see it for 5 seconds. Needless to say, Bekah and Heather were both very excited and had lots of questions.
Next, in keeping with the same tradition as with our first pregnancy, I told one of my best friends, Jennifer. I actually hadn’t planned to tell her that day, I was going to try to tell her in person soon, but she was having a particularly hard day at work and I gave in and sent her the picture of the positive pregnancy test and said “maybe this will make your day a little better?”. I am pretty sure her response was “holy s#@%!”…hahaha. She was also very excited and immediately told me that she hoped this one was a “little Jon”. ;)
When Jon got home, we talked about how/when to tell our parents, and we were going to be going to the lake that upcoming weekend for my Dad’s retirement, so we decided we would wait until then to tell my parents and also the rest of my immediate family that would be there. Jon’s parents were going to be heading to the Outer Banks that weekend, so we decided to just go ahead and FaceTime with them that night and tell them (also, we didn’t think Heather would be able to be in the car with them for 6 hours and not mention it…haha!). Jon made Hadley a quick homemade shirt that said “
Only Child Big Sister” and we decided to see how long it took his parents to realize what it said while talking to her over FaceTime. See for yourself their reactions:
Hilarious, right? They were definitely excited and I kept getting texts from Jon’s mom all weekend reminding me how excited she was. :) It will be grandchild #2 for them and great-grandchild #2 for both sides of Jon’s family!
Fast forward a couple of days to that weekend (June 28-30). We decided to tell my parents the same way, with Hadley wearing her homemade shirt. They didn’t notice right away, but once I told them to check out her shirt, they got it. As you will see in the video, my Mom just said “I KNEW IT!”, so she clearly wasn’t too surprised. It was definitely nothing like her reaction when we told her I was pregnant the first time… which was complete and utter shock! Anyway, they were both also very excited and Mom quickly pointed out that our two would be just about the same age difference as Bekah and me. Now we shall see if H gets a little sister like I had, or a little brother!
The next day, Miki and Zack and their families were coming to the lake for the weekend for Daddy’s retirement… so we decided to go ahead and tell them the same way that we told our parents, with H in her homemade shirt. I swear she had the shirt on for an hour, if not more, before my sister-in-law Kelley finally ran over to H, turned her around and squealed “Oh my! Am I supposed to see this? Really?!” hahahaha. We then showed everyone else (they were outside playing whiffle ball) and got lots of hugs and congratulations. This baby will make the 8th grandchild on my side of the family!
The next day, I had to go out for a photo shoot, and when I came back, I found the CUTEST bunch of notes along with hand-picked flowers from all of my nephews and nieces telling us congratulations and letting us know whether they hoped it was a boy or a girl. So, so sweet!
We decided to wait at least until after we had our first doctor appointment to tell the rest of our extended families… we just wanted to make sure everything was ok before we spread the news even more.
BUT, y’all know I was DYING to tell my bestie, Sarah. I really wanted to tell her in person, but every time we scheduled a play date or anything, it just didn’t seem to work out.
However. One morning, I noticed that Sarah had “liked” some sort of maternity workout clothes brand on Facebook (it showed up in my newsfeed). As SOON as I saw it, I KNEW she was pregnant, too. I immediately sent her a text and mentioned what I saw on Facebook, and asked if there was anything she would like to share. She very conveniently skirted around the question and said something about her trying to enter some contest that made her “like” that page. Her avoidance of the question confirmed it to me, she was pregnant, too! I made another comment about it via text a couple of hours later, and she, again, avoided the subject like the plague, so I just sent her a message that said something to the effect of, “I will take the second avoidance of the subject matter to be a confirmation…CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!”.
She finally gave in and said she should have known that she wouldn’t be able to keep it from me, and that she had wanted to tell me in person. To which I responded, well I have been waiting to tell you some news in person, too…” and sent her a pic of my positive test. We quickly figured out that we were due about three weeks apart (y’all remember that we were due just six weeks apart with Hadley and Lilly, who ended up being born almost exactly a month apart). To say I was excited is the understatement of the century. The worst part about it all was that during this entire text exchange, I was in the middle of a newborn shoot and could only text when the Mom was feeding the baby… even though I was DYING to call her/scream/squeal/freak out together! ;) Anyway, I couldn’t be more excited to go through our second pregnancies together again… and for these babies to already have a BFF (in utero)! :) Can you say “family vacations” together?!?!
The last person I told before our doctor’s appointment was my best friend from high school, Jamie. Jamie is pregnant with twins (her second pregnancy) and due in December. She and I have talked for years about having kids close in age, and she has a little boy, Jaxon, who is just a few months younger than H. Anyway, we have been texting back and forth a lot about her pregnancy, so I finally couldn’t take it any more and sent her the pic of H in her “big sister” shirt. She was thrilled and we talked about how awesome it is that all 5 (!!) of our kids will be around the same age.
Whew. I think that covers it. We plan to tell our grandparents and aunts/uncles sometime shortly after we go to the doctor, and I also am planning to tell Kennette in person next week when I see her to take her sweet Graham’s 6 month photos. :) I am excited to get the news out there, though we haven’t had too much trouble hiding it so far. I am sure it is just a matter of time before the belly starts making itself known and I won’t be able to hide it, then! ;)