I had always wanted to be able to surprise my husband with a beautiful, out of the blue pregnancy announcement. I didn’t know that we were going to end up needing medical assistance to get pregnant, and I didn’t expect my husband to be so observant!
Since we were actively trying to get pregnant, he knew my announcement was coming, just not when. He was determined that I was not going to be able to catch him off guard, and he was watching and scrutinizing my every move, just waiting for the announcement.
It’s so hard to surprise someone that’s expecting the news!
Before my husband and I started trying for a baby, I was the obsessed lady with a Pinterest board for every occasion.
I had a board for baby girl clothes and nursery ideas, baby boy clothes and nursery ideas, a book themed baby shower, a Dr. Seuss specific baby shower, pregnancy announcements, maternity pictures, maternity health care, birth pictures, baby holiday pictures, newborn pictures…it was probably a bit much, I was probably a little obsessed. Also, I may or may not still have all of those boards on Pinterest in case I decide to have another baby (but that’s a blog post for another day).
Anyhow, I had been thinking about how I was going to tell my husband, my mom, my in laws, the public, for a long time.
If I got pregnant around a certain time of year, my idea was a little different. For example, if I got pregnant around my husband’s birthday or a holiday that included exchanging gifts, I was going to wrap the pregnancy test and give him a card from our baby.
If I got pregnant around Fathers Day I was going to wish him a Happy Fathers Day from our fur babies, and our human baby.
If I got pregnant around one of his triathlons or other events, I was going to make a poster and either tell him on the course to give him an extra boost of adrenaline, or at the end after he finished (depending on the duration of the event; I hadn’t decided).
The more critical my husband became of my every move, the harder it became to think up ideas on how to surprise him.
He started getting in my head, telling me “You know you’re not going to be able to surprise me, right?”
I knew I couldn’t just pull out my phone and start recording, because he would know. I couldn’t hand him a box or a card unless it was his birthday or Christmas, because he would know.
Finally, I thought I was a genius!
I was going to put a pregnancy test in a box with a onesie and some baby stuff, then label it as if my grandma had sent it to us, because she sends packages all the time.
Literally the week before I found out I was pregnant, my husband said “You know, if you really wanted to surprise me, you could maybe send a package and say it was from your grandma or something, and I’d never think twice.”
Seriously? Get out of my head! There went that brilliant plan.
A few days before I took the positive pregnancy test, I was laying in bed and had another brilliant idea! Our pup adores my husband; she is his shadow.
On October 14, 2018 I took my first positive pregnancy test.
I put my plan in action!
I hurried to the craft store, picked up some scrap fabric and an iron on decal that said “big sister”. Thus, the pregnancy announcement bandana was born!
Unfortunately, I had to wait several hours before I could tell my husband I was pregnant. You see, he had gone on a bicycle ride that morning on a 60(ish) mile ride and wouldn’t be home until early evening.
Finally, when my husband got home, he was sore and exhausted and smelly. He went straight to the shower, and I tied the bandana on Miss Emma Puppy. When I heard my husband get out of the shower and come out of the bedroom, I let Emma go and she ran around to “attack” him.
I didn’t know my dear husband had Tylenol in his mouth, and all I heard was a muffled and awkward “Are you pregnant? Well, I wasn’t expecting that.”
I did it! I surprised him!
So, it just goes to show that even when your loved ones are expecting the announcement, you can catch them off guard and surprise them!
Tell me how you told your significant other about your bun in the oven!