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The 1st time we didn't tell anyone. It was also the pregnancy I m/c at 10.5 weeks.
The 2nd time I told my step-mom over the phone and my MIL my dh told her directly.
The 3rd time we told everyone over the phone.
The 4th time I just showed them the hpt.
The 5th time we told my IL's when we saw them. Then I had to tell them I was going to m/c.
The 6th time we waited and showed them the u/s pic.
The 7th time my dh only said something because of how I had been acting at the time. I was very, very depressed.
Simone SAHM to 5 boys Trenton 18, Tyler 16, twins Peyton and Eli 6, & Lennox 3
Everyone came down to visit for our vow renewal. We had our rehearsal dinner and announced it to the entire family at the same time. Alittle overwhelming but at least we didnt need to make a million phone calls.
I've never been pregnant, but thinking about how to tell my in-laws when it happens is something that DH is actually excited about, so we've tossed around some ideas. One thought that we liked (this might seem kinda gauche to some) is to kinda play on my history of serious health problems. We've thought about telling our parents using very clinical descriptions that make it sound like I've got another illness - "it's some kind of growth, and it's sapping nutrients away from her body" kind of thing - and then end it with something like "But the docs say it'll be okay - after 9 months, it'll just turn into a baby."
I deal with my health using humor, so it kinda appeals to me in a way. We've had so much bad crap, it'd be kinda fun to announce something happy.
Also, we've been married for almost 5 years, together for 8, and never even talked about wanting kids (in-laws still don't know we're talking about TTCing - my dad knows only because I wanted to talk to him about DH's anxiety around the issue.) When family asked/pressured, we'd give a snarky non-response, so our parents would far more expect another health problem (lol as sad as that is) than a pregnancy announcement. It might be kinda fun to catch them off guard.
We told a few close friends when we found out. We wanted to tell our families in person so we waited until 14 weeks when we would be in VA for my sister's wedding. We got my parents, sister and my inlaws and DH's twin brother to all meet us at a restaurant for dinner and gave them this:
We called our extended family and put an u/s pic on facebook to tell everyone else.
For my hubby, I shoved the test in his face lol he knew I went in to take the test and had the nerve to go back to sleep
My family, I called my sister and told her, and she had my nephew pose for this picture. I went to my parents house and asked them if they saw the new pic of Ethan and when they said no, I forwarded it to them both. Then we put it on facebook when I was in the second trimester.
Jer's family we just called and told them. Unfortunately, my MIL is a big mouth, pain in the ***, and told everyone in Kenosha (our friends included), before she was supposed to. We won't be telling her until the 2nd trimester the next time. lol
DH actually told me, I made him read the test (after I made him run out at 9pm to buy it). Since we had a m/c the first time and had told everyone, we waited until the first u/s to tell anyone (except our parents).
With DD, we just told people. We were young and both still living with our parents, so it wasn't a super exciting thing for everybody but once we got our own place at about 8 weeks and got married, everybody got excited for us.
With DS, we told my parents in a birthday card to my dad. We just signed it from "Shelley, Tavo, Lorena and ...". We told MIL by having DD carry out the digi and hand it to her, she had no idea what it was at first and then read it and was like "OMG!". We told BIL by playing a game of hangman and doing "Shelley is pregnant" and everybody else heard by word of mouth.
DH & I were on our 1st cycle of TTC so while it was a shock it happend so quickly, it was no surprise to him. He was with me with each test I took. The first 2 were so faint I took a digital while he was standing in the next room. I couldn't keep from crying and smiling like crazy to tell him in a cute way or wait for later.
We told my parents & brother while eating lunch after church one Sunday. My EDD was my mom's birthday. So randomly in the middle of a pause in the conversation I announced "Mom, I know what I'm going to get you for your birthday this year!" She asked what I was planning so far out. I said "How about your first grandchild?" My dad thought I was joking at first but mom said she knew it the minute she saw me that day, she read it all over my face.
My ILs don't live close so DH just called them over the phone and told them.