Firstly, thank-you for all the well wishes, comments and congratulations sent our way on the announcement of our pregnancy. I have been overwhelmed with the response, especially from people I have never met but seem like old friends through the blogging community! Thank-you. I was feeling quite unwell for the first 12 weeks with morning sickness, which was so difficult to hide when you’re feeling so miserable, but am now feeling fantastic as I am 16 weeks, due June 19th.
Despite the looooooong wait – we really wanted to tell our families at Christmas that we were expecting a baby. Initially I thought it would work well, I should be about 12 weeks bang on Christmas…I did not factor in those two weeks at the beginning which you actually ‘aren’t pregnant’ for…so I was more like 14 weeks. Oops. Hence it seemed like I was pregnant forever before we told anyone!
After the eight hour drive on the day before Christmas Eve we arrived at my mum’s house at 2am. Unfortunately my sister and her family were down with gastro so hadn’t arrived yet as was the plan, so Christmas Eve morning I avoided my mum a bit and wore a flowy top as I wanted everyone there to announce! My sister, her husband, their three daughters, my other sister and her partner arrived for the festivities (whilst I kept a wide berth trying to avoid gastro!) With most of my family gathered, I wanted to give mum an early Christmas present…
I decorated a simple white box with linen, ribbon and a glittered rose, stuffed the box with tissue paper and popped a Christmas bauble inside (which I bought from here). The bauble opened up to reveal a scrolled message: Congratulations Grandi – grandchild #6 can’t wait to meet you in June! Merry Christmas, love Emma and Matt (and Baby too) xxx
Alongside the bauble was our Christmas card – a very belated Christmas card this year as obviously we had to send them out actually after Christmas!
After lunch on Christmas Day we headed down to Inverloch to be with Matt’s family. For his parents we bought a sweet children’s book: Guess How Much I Love You: In The Winter (seeing as though our baby will be a Winter babe). Matt’s mum has MS and is in a wheelchair, which obviously limits her with how involved she can be with their three grandchildren, although not much stops her and she is a very hands on ‘Mumma’. She especially loves reading to Laura, Ethan and Madeleine and it’s a very special ‘Mumma’ time. Guess How Much I Love You has always been a favourite of hers. We wrote a message on the inside cover of the book: “To dear Mumma and Opa, Please read this to me when I arrive in Winter, and for lots more Winters and Summers and Autumns and Springs… Love Grandchild #4”
To a lot of our extended family and friends who we didn’t personally tell, their Christmas card in their mailbox was the way they found out. And of course, the way all my blogging friends here found out was through our video (watch that here). All four ways we announced our pregnancy were perfect for each situation, and I’m so glad we waited and did what we had originally planned, despite the temptation to scream it from the rooftops in, oh, about the first week of October!
How did you announce you were expecting?