So you’ve done the test and it’s official….you’re pregnant! Congratulations!
Now comes the fun bit….
BREAKING THE NEWS!
Naturally the first person you’ll want to tell is your husband or partner – and boy can this be fun! Of course, he may have been at your side for the pregnancy test, in which case he’ll know, but, if he doesn’t, you can really go to town on this bit..
(Don’t panic if you’re not great on the ideas front….a quick peek online will give you loads of ideas…
- If you’re first up in the morning, why not get creative with the toast and carve the word ‘daddy’ or ‘baby’ out of it! (Just make sure he’s not swallowing a mouthful of hot, steaming coffee when he spots it though!)
- You could pop a bun into the oven and ask your hubby/partner to go over and get something out of the oven..
- Get a T-shirt printed with the words ‘mummy to be’ on the front and see how long it takes him to notice!
- On a similar theme, if you have another child, you could do a similar thing with a T-shirt and ‘big brother/sister to be’
- If your other half is at work when you find out – or even in a different room in the house on his laptop or PC, you could email him a photo of your pregnancy test
- If you’re really well organised in advance, buy a Father’s Day card and, on the day you find out, give him the card signed ‘mummy and baby’
(Speaking of other children, remember that, once you tell an older child, the chances of your pregnancy remaining a secret will be slim, so make sure you’re reading for the news to go public.)
Next on your list will probably come both of your families. First-time grandparents in particular will be over the moon, so there’s nothing wrong with going a little OTT to make their day.
Try some of these:
- Wrap a few blue and a few pink flowers together with a dummy and provide each set of prospective grandparents with a bunch
- Printed T-shirts with ‘World’s Soon-to-Be Best Grandpa/Grandma’ are sure to be a hit
- If it’s near a grandparent’s birthday or Grandparents’ Day, write the card to them and wait until they catch on
- Present them with a blank photo frame with a note inside saying ‘pic to follow on 23 September’ (or whatever your due date is)
- If granny knits, why not provide her with a ball of wool, a pair of knitting needles and a pattern for baby bootees?
- If you’re waiting until your first scan to tell anyone, have photocopies of your ultrasound scan made and invite the grandparents round for tea before presenting them with the pics99
Whatever way you choose to tell your loved ones about your good news, remember that the time to tell them is when YOU are ready to….