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10 Fun Ways to Announce You are Expecting a Baby
You just discovered you're pregnant, now what? Now it's time to share the good news! Nothing brings more joy than a new baby! If you're having a baby, or adopting a baby and you're looking for cute ways to share the news with your family and friends, you've found the right place. Use one of these 10 ideas on sharing the news of your pregnancy, and create memories that will last a lifetime!
1. Pregnancy Announcements
Pregnancy Announcements are little cards that you can send out to friends and family to let them know that you are expecting and all the details as to when, etc. These announcements are a nice way to tell an aunt or cousin you are expecting. An announcement shows them that you care about them and want to tell them the good news yourself.
2. Books for Babes
A fun way to announce a pregnancy to your parents, grandparents and siblings is to go out before a family gathering and buy a bunch of children's books like "Goodnight Moon" or "Where the Wild Things Are". Take each book and write on the inside cover (using your information, of course, "Please read this to me in July or August (if I'm late). Love, Baby Johnson"
Hand the books out at the dinner table or wherever everyone is gathered and just wait for everyone to catch on! A very fun and exciting way to share the news!
3. A T-Shirt
There are many ways to use a T-Shirt to share the news. Mom-to-be could wear one, dad-to-be could wear one or a soon to be older brother or sister could wear one. They can say things like "Going to be a big sister in June 2013" or it could say "Bun in oven." or "Baby on Board" and mom-to-be can wear it. It's fun to just sport the t-shirt and wait for people to start realizing what it means. There is that brief moment of comprehension followed by "Really!? Wow! Congratulations!"
4. Fun Candy
Personalized M&M's are a fun way to go. Anyone can go to the M&M website and get a bunch of M&M's personalized. Get some in pink and some in blue and have them write "We're Having" on the pink ones, and "A Baby!" on the blue ones. Then you can put the candy in treat bags and hand them out to friends and family or use them as a centerpiece at your next family gathering. It won't take people long to figure it out. Make sure you take pictures or a video of everyone's reaction!
5. A Photo
Sending or displaying a photo to announce a pregnancy is a keepsake of a lifetime. There are many neat photo ideas. Try any of the following:
- Mom holding a small chalkboard chest high with the due date written on it and an arrow pointing down to her tummy.
- Mom and Dad holding a chalk board or a sign with the due date between them.
- A photo of mom and dad's feet and a tiny pair of baby shoes with a caption "our home will be expanding by two feet in March 2013" or your due date.
- For a coming foreign adoption, mom can hold a globe where a pregnancy belly would be and the country of the baby's origin can be showing to camera with it being pointed out by mom.
- A photo of big brother(s) or sister(s) holding an ultra-sound photo.
7. Picture Perfect Reactions
Line everyone up at the next family gathering like you are going to take a photo of the whole clan. Take a couple of photos and have them say, "Cheese" and then something like, "Macaroni and Cheese" then for the third picture say, "Now everybody say, 'Chad and Sara are having a baby!'" Make sure you keep shooting picture after picture as it begins to dawn on everyone what they are saying. An amazing photo opportunity that you will cherish forever.
6. An Egg in a Nest
This is a beautiful way to share the good news. This Etsy.com artist takes beautiful quail eggs and hides your message inside. Each message is customized with your announcement. Would be a great present for anyone you want to share the news with. If due around Christmas, order 10 of them and wrap them up in Christmas paper. Have all your family members open these special gifts at the same time and watch the reactions!
8. Use a Christmas Ornament
If you're going to announce your pregnancy around Christmas (or even Thanksgiving!) a fun way to announce it is with a Christmas Ornament. You could even be sitting around the dinner table on Thanksgiving and say something like, "Mom, I want to give you an ornament for your Christmas tree this year."
Let her open her present and watch the tears well up in her eyes as she opens her precious gift. You can bet she'll be displaying that ornament in a prominent position on her tree this year!
9. Make a Video
This is one awesome idea! Make a YouTube video of you sharing the news and put it on Facebook or make a DVD of it and send it to your family members or play it at your next family gathering. This YouTube video is a wonderful example. Everyone will appreciate your creativity and you will have a keepsake for baby when he or she comes!
10. Fun way to announce your pregnancy on Facebook
Create a Facebook account for your baby-to-be with an ultrasound picture. Then log into the account and have the baby write a note to all his or her family that has Facebook, even yourself. So have it post "Hi mommy." on mom-to-be's wall, "Hi, Daddy!", "Hi, grandma", "Hi, Auntie!", etc. Then wait for the comments and congrats to start coming in. A sweet and sneaky way to share the news of your pregnancy!