Calm down.  I have nothing to tell you.  No announcement from me.  Been there.  Done that.  Got the t-shirt.  Twice. Not happening again.  No more swollen ankles, morning sickness, heart burn, back ache, and limited wardrobe choices for this mama.

But have you noticed the pregnancy announcements taking over your news feed lately?  Every day I am seeing a new video that has gone viral because of the thought and planning that has gone into the announcement.  Now I admit, they are very sweet, some have even brought a tear to my eye, but really?  It’s not like parenthood isn’t competitive enough, but now we are starting the game early?  Each new video I see seems to have upped the anti that bit more.  It’s becoming a thing.  ‘How did you reveal you were pregnant?’ And it seems just waving your scan picture excitedly in someones face isn’t enough anymore.

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Thank goodness my announcements are done, because there is no way in the world I would have had the patience to plan a ‘surprise announcement.’  Hell, I didn’t even have the Patience to wait until my period was late to take the test.  It said on the box you can test three days before your period is due.  Good enough for this eager beaver.

With my first pregnancy I did my first test early, telling myself it would be better to know if I wasn’t and face the disappointment now, rather than when my period arrived.  The first month it was negative.  As was the second month. The third month things were different.

Firstly it was my 30th birthday and I was having a party.  Therefore I actually had a legitimate reason to test early and determine whether I would face 30 sober.  Secondly I had a few little signs, extreme tiredness, sore boobs and shocking eyesight.  Who knew pregnancy can cause water retention on the eyeballs? I know, sexy right!  I planned to do the test the morning of my party and 3 days before my period was due.  I didn’t sleep the night before.  I was like a kid at Christmas.  At 5am I could wait no longer.  I did the test and Bingo!  When I came back into the bedroom my husband sat up in bed and saw the huge grin on my face.  He hugged me, patted himself on the back and then went back to sleep!

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We told the future Grandparents and Aunts and Uncles and then it remained a secret until after the scan.  It was a relief not to have to hide my morning sickness anymore.  The toilets in my office were next to the boardroom. Have you ever tried to be sick quietly?!

With my second pregnancy I was just as eager.  I still didn’t have the patience to wait for my period.  Even though I told myself it won’t happen first time.  Even though I reasoned that pregnancy tests were expensive and it would be a waste. I didn’t listen to myself, I couldn’t wait.  When my eldest was safely out-of-the-way at playgroup I did the test and was somewhat shocked to see it was positive.  I was happy, but had definitely not expected to fall so quickly.  I carried the test round with me and kept looking at it just to be sure.  Then there was a knock at the door and I shoved the test in the drawer.  It stayed there for the rest of the day.

It was one of the longest days of my life having to wait to tell my husband.  I planned to tell him once the big one was in bed.  Except once my husband got home things didn’t go to plan.  I was tidying toys ready for bath time when I heard a rather shocked, “Really?” and looked round to see his head in the drawer!  Like me he didn’t think we would fall first time.  Unlike me he hadn’t done the period math.  Why would he?  When that time of the month arrives it is blatantly obvious to him because his wife is weeping in the corner and demanding chocolate.  There were little ears about so all I could say was ‘yes’.  We had a quick hug and got on with bath time.

This time we didn’t tell anyone else.  We knew the first person we wanted to tell was our son but wanted to wait until we knew everything was ok.  It was quite nice having this little secret between the two of us.  And as for planning an announcement there was no need.  Have you ever told a 4-year-old an exciting secret?  Within a day he had broadcast the news to Playschool, friends, strangers on the street and the neighbours dog.

If you want to share your announcement (and unlike me have the patience to do so)  by writing a song, buying who’s the Daddy t-shirts or sign writing it in the sky, then go for it.  It’s your announcement.  Do it however you want.  But I can promise you one thing, even if you just simply say “I’m pregnant”, your partner and loved ones will never forget that moment.  And I can guarantee that they will always cherish that moment, understated or overstated.

It’s a life changer.

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How did you announce your pregnancy?

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10 Comments on Pregnancy Announcement

  1. Chiara
    May 22, 2016 at 8:14 am (5 months ago)

    We told my mum we’d had a family portrait taken & would she like to see the proofs…. That was only the 2nd time in my life I’ve seen her speechless… She dropped the gardening trowel she was holding and just vacantly stated at us for several seconds…. Then big hugs all round as well as numerous phone calls to family & friends…

    February 16, 2016 at 8:07 pm (8 months ago)

    So true – 9 weeks pregnant tomorrow but going to avoid the big staged reveal, in favour of just sharing the news face to face. Can’t wait!! Albeit, we have already sneakily told a few people…
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  3. Mrs Mum nz
    October 24, 2015 at 4:36 am (1 year ago)

    We kept it a secret until 15 weeks. Then we showed people our 12 week scan video of our little jumping bean bouncing around in my uterus. We just handed them the iPad and said “check out this funny video” and waited for them to spot my name.
    Very exciting to see the total surprise on their faces.

  4. Carry On Katy
    July 5, 2015 at 8:30 am (1 year ago)

    I shoplifted a pregnancy test by accident! My sister put it in the trolley on her sleeping baby and it fell down the side and we walked right out with it. Oops!
    But that was the one that did it!
    I told my parents and my dad went a whiter shade of pale. So we decided to get married to put the colour back in his cheeks.
    The baby was planned….The wedding was not! Mainly because we thought we’d never afford it!
    Ah. Happy days x
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    • Claire
      July 8, 2015 at 12:08 pm (1 year ago)

      No one would suspect a helpless sleeping baby!

  5. martyn
    February 17, 2015 at 9:35 am (2 years ago)

    We didn’t announce the first one because I’m all honesty we were shocked for at least 3 months. And we did a very quiet one for the second because we thought it’s the second one its not filled with excitement like the first more “yeah there’s another one” kind of deal. It’s nice to see pregnancy announcements but at the same time I’m not too fussed. But does get a bit tedious when you know three or four people do it on their feed. The congratulations feels a lot more empty.
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  6. Charlene
    February 15, 2015 at 5:46 pm (2 years ago)

    I didn’t really announce, just let people find out the natural way. I think I was so anxious I wasn’t really geared up for a creative announcement. I regret it a little now, I should’ve had a little facebook fun.


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