How We Announced Our Pregnancy

Disclaimer: I am not pregnant.

Three years ago, my husband and I found out we were expecting Emme two days after Thanksgiving while we were in Ohio. After taking four (yes, four) pregnancy tests—and carefully studying each one—we concluded that, no, our eyes were not tricking us, and yes, that was definitely a second pink line.

We somehow kept it quiet from my mom for another day before heading back to Chicagoland. We decided to do this because we knew our family would be coming for Christmas, and if we could wait it out, we could tell my mom and her husband, my sister, and her husband, as well as my MIL, all at the same time, to achieve maximum baby news excitement.

For five long weeks, I managed to act “totally normal” on the phone and make holiday arrangements until everyone arrived in Chicago on Christmas Eve. I knew I wanted to do something special and maybe a little creative, but I didn’t want to go overboard based on time and talent. So, I had these custom holiday cards made on Etsy by heathergearhart:


We added a copy of the ultrasound to the left side of the card:


My sister and her husband actually arrived in Chicago first and knowing that I couldn’t keep the news in for long, we gave them the card in the car after picking them up from the airport. In hindsight, this was a bad idea, because the subsequent screaming and excitement nearly caused Joey to have an accident. We told my mom and her husband later than night and, because my sister already knew, she was able to stealthily film the whole thing without my mom noticing.

As much as Christmas 2011 was not the greatest holiday season ever, due to the whole feeling-like-hell-all-the-time side effect of early pregnancy, being able to tell my family in person and not over the phone was priceless. I still love this card. I thought it was simple and creative, and it’s a special keepsake from this time in our lives.

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