On Saturday I called Katy and told her the good news so that she could help me think of a cute way to tell the rest of our ABF we were expecting. We play this game sometimes where you go to one side of the room if you like one thing and the other side if you like something else. For example, at Thanksgiving if you had turkey you would go to the left and if you had ham you would go to the right. Well the very last one they said was if you are not pregnant or if we already know that you're pregnant go to the back of the room and if you're pregnant and want to announce to the class today then come to the front of the room. Luckily, Joel and I were the only ones that went to the front (you never know these days in our class.) It was so fun to see everyone's reactions. Lots of babies in our class so I know little Howard will have lots of friends to play with someday!
I posted the picture below on facebook and also changed my status to say
"Our house is growing by 2 feet! Baby Howard is due July 2012."
Joel posted my sonogram picture and said
"What just happened?!? Can someone please explain to me how this happened???"
I was truly overwhelmed by the number of responses we received. We are so blessed to have so many people in our lives that care about us! A very heart felt thanks goes out to everyone who wished us well and congratulated us! Our little bundle of joy is so loved and he/she isn't even here yet!
We were able to tell my extended family on Thanksgiving day.
My mom's side: We went to my grandma's house for breakfast and before we started eating we went around the room and said what we were thankful for. I was holding my cousin's 8 month old little girl, so when it came to my turn I said "I am thankful that next year I will have my very own little one. I am pregnant." It was really fun seeing everyone react.
My dad's side: Everyone came over to our house for the day. So I gave everyone the grand tour of the house. My aunt Sue kept asking "when are you going to fill this house with kids?" She ask about 3 times then I finally said "How bout July?" The entire room went silent. Aunt Sue said "What?!?!" So I repeated myself. She still didn't quite get it/believe it. So I said "I'M PREGNANT!!" She started screaming and so did my cousin. Then they both started crying. It was great! The rest of my cousins that were there were boys, so they just congratulated me. I wasn't expecting to tell everyone that way, but it was set up so perfectly I couldn't resist!
I have never been more thankful for technology in my entire life than during this past month. Skype is my new best friend!
We told both set of siblings through Skype.
My sisters kind of suspected it when we got the whole family together, and I expected them to scream and jump up and down... Emily did, but Bre... cried like a baby. (And still does anytime I mention anything baby)
My brother in laws on the other hand were like "it's about time", or "cool, I'm going to be an uncle." So funny to see the difference in reaction between boys and girls.
They are all very excited and I know baby Howard will be loved (and be spoiled by) Aunt B, Aunt M, Aunt Vanna, Uncle David, Aunt Hannah, Uncle Jesse, and Uncle Ben or Jammin or Benj. (I just wrote that out for the first time and that is ALOT of aunts and uncles)
When we found out we were pregnant my in-laws had just left for a 12 day cruise! Can you believe it?!?! Didn't they know we were going to have BIG news for them.
Anyway, they finally arrived back on land and drove home so we called them. We ask them if they could get on Skype because we got something for our new house and we wanted to show it to them. Reluctantly, they agreed. So in the middle of laundry and unpacking they got on. When they got on we told them that they might be coming to see us for the 4th of July. They kind of got puzzled looks on their faces and then I held up the pregnancy test. Immediately they knew what that meant! My MIL squealed with delight and then burst into tears. My FIL was simply in shock! We told them about everything we knew and that our doctor appointment was coming up and we were waiting to tell everyone else until we had found out from the doctor that everything was ok.
My FIL said the funniest thing... He was so overcome with emotion he said "I feel like a woman." What he meant is that women always have tons of emotions going on and that the way he felt must be how we felt everyday. Coming from him it was hilarious to me.
My MIL left the room for a second and came back and said "Guess what I bought when we were leaving Dallas", then she pulled out two little Dallas Cowboy pacifiers. HA! It was the only thing at the store in the airport that she couldn't live with out. Little did she know a month after that we would find out we were pregnant.