When we found out I was pregnant with Nora, it was a Tuesday morning, and it just so happened that we had plans to see Michael’s family that following Saturday. We decided right away that we were going to tell our news to our families—just parents and siblings—at the first opportunity, so we baked up (literally, ha) a surprise for Michael’s family, then made last-minute plans to see and surprise my family as well. I was only five weeks pregnant but it was too hard to keep quiet and already having the plans for a get-together presented the perfect opportunity.
This time, we had JUST seen both of our families for Thanksgiving—I got the positive test on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend—plus I had been through a miscarriage (more on that another time), so we decided to wait for 1) a confirmation of a heartbeat via ultrasound, and 2) the opportunity to tell everyone in person again.
That opportunity? Christmas.
A week before Christmas, we went in for an ultrasound at 7 weeks to confirm a viable early pregnancy. We saw a little bean—measuring right on target, and with a perfect little heartbeat.
Then we had to figure out exactly how we were going to tell. With Nora, we made a cake that was pink and blue in the middle. This time, we struggled a bit. In fact, we didn’t come up with what ended up being THE plan until the early afternoon on Christmas Eve!
It was worth the last-minute scramble to get it all set up, though, because the reactions were awesome. And what better way to announce a pregnancy on Christmas than to make the news an actual GIFT? :)
AboutI'm Heather. I'm 31 and have been married to Michael for five years. Together, we have two beautiful little girls we love more than anything, and a miniature dachshund who drives us crazy. I'm a full-time working mom who has very little time for my own "stuff" these days, like home improvement, cooking/baking, cake decorating, and photography. Despite the team not making the playoffs since 1999, I'm STILL a Buffalo Bills fan, which I think speaks to my loyalty AND sense of humor. I can't wait to pick up the pace with travel again some day... you know, when we're done being ruled by tiny fists. Welcome to my blog.
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