Announcing a pregnancy can be a challenge. More than just sharing news with others, announcing your pregnancy opens up the opportunity for people to ask questions, share opinions and even impose criticism. Everyone including the Wal-Mart clerk seems to have an opinion about your pregnancy!
I think that's why people are finding more creative ways to announce a pregnancy. Whether your pregnancy news is met with joy or skepticism, being the bearer of the news means you have control over when and how the news is shared.
I love using creative and fun ways to announce that I'm expecting. I have had six children and with each pregnancy it seemed there would be less excitement and more questions! Eventually, I began to think more about the who, when and how of announcing my pregnancy! I chose to tell close friends and family (whom I knew would rejoice with me) in person. For those whom I knew would question or possibly criticize my pregnancy (pregnant again? and so soon?), I would just let it be. After a few months they would just stare at my growing bump until they got the courage to ask if I was expecting again. But, my most favorite way I announced a pregnancy happened when we were expecting our fifth child. It was just before Christmas. Grandparents, aunts and uncles were asking for our children's Christmas wish lists. So, to make it easy, we created a blog where we wrote a small blurb about each child and included their wish list. We started from oldest to youngest, devoting a blog post to each one. Finally, it was our unborn child's turn! This is the blog post we wrote to announce that we were expecting a fifth child (we found the poem online and wrote the "list" ourselves):
I do not have a face to see,
Or put inside a frame.
I do not have soft cheeks to kiss.
I don't yet have a name.
Not yet can you hold my tiny hands,
Nor whisper in my ear.
It's still too soon to sing a song,
Or cuddle me so near.
But all that will change come this July
When they say I am due.
I am the newest Mauno child
And I can't wait until I meet you!
Now for the LIST:
- All I ask between now and then is your love for me to grow. I promise I'll be worth the wait; Just think of all the joy we'll know!
- So as you're waiting patiently, Please pray lots of prayers for me. I cannot wait to be a part of this wonderful family!
- When people say of me, WOW... #5! Smile and marvel just like my mom and dad, tell them I am God's best gift and how you are SO glad!
- When people wonder how my parents will ensure our growing family's needs are met, remind them of God's promise to provide which He won't soon forget!
- And, if you're wondering if I'm a girl or yet another boy! Don't worry and know that you can rest. Because it was God's decision and He gives the very best!
Here are ideas for announcing a pregnancy:
-creative writing (poem, short story, song etc...)
-by mail (cards sent to friends and family announcing the pregnancy)
-facebook (this can be useful, especially if you are wanting to reach a lot of people at once but people might feel more free to comment negatively).
-a blog post
-in person at a family gathering (I still remember that movie where a woman announces her pregnancy at a family meal saying... "pass the peas, I'm pregnant"!)
-by phone or text
-by gifting a baby sleeper or baby related item to your spouse or the baby's sibling(s)!
-showing your positive pregnancy test (when I was 16, my parents announced they were expecting a baby by having me unwrap my mom's pregnancy test! I still remember that moment in our family kitchen and the excitement we all shared!)
Your pregnancy is precious news. It belongs to you and your family. Hopefully, the news is met with heartfelt joy and congratulations! How you announce your pregnancy can also shield you from unwanted comments. But, most of all, finding creative and fun ways to announce that you're expecting gives the news special significance and celebration, not to mention a personal touch, turning it into a memory you will always cherish!
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