Monday, January 3, 2011

Mommy is Having a Baby For Christmas

Not quite.

Not until June, hopefully.  But Emmy was running around the front hallway (before we had told our family and while we had a houseful of guests) that she was getting a brother or sister for Christmas.

Apparently, no one heard her though. Or so they said when they did know!

I wanted to come up with a unique way of telling our family since Christmas seems to be the time to always announce the news of new babies in our family.

But by the time the holiday arrived I was to tired and drained to really care how anyone found out.

Sad, isn't it?

I begged my husband to tell everyone the first night we had gotten together with my husband's family.  Both of his sister's were in from out-of-town.

"Please just tell them," I pleaded.

He looked at me and said, "No. Let's wait until Christmas. It's tradition."

He wasn't the one who was walking around with the baby bump trying to keep the nausea and exhaustion from showing.  I was tired of hiding it and figured they had figured it out already especially, after my sister-in-law had joked about us trying for number three after a heated discussion over whether some families have a higher likelihood of having boys or girls.

My husband is officially cut off from watching anymore Discovery Channel.

After that discussion where I stammered and blushed and figured my sister-in-law was just fishing (she really wasn't), I really felt like it was the elephant in the room.  I had to wait two more days before my husband would put me out of my misery to announce our news.

How did we tell them?

Originally, I was going to make homemade crockpot apple butter and put in jars with labels that read Bella Baby #3's  Apple Butter.  I was going to put it in all of the adults' stockings.

That didn't happen though.

All the grandkids had gotten a group portrait done at the end of the summer so we had given it to my mother-in-law in a decorative calendar box and I had put my last ultrasound picture in to with a #3 on it.  When she had pulled the portrait out, the picture had fluttered to the floor.  My sister-in-law had picked it up and happened to glance at it, got huge eyes, and shoved it at my mother-in-law.

It turned out no one had any idea that I was pregnant.  

Of course it went better than two Christmases ago when we told my family we were expecting Madison. I had signed my mother's Christmas card Bob, Joy, Emily, & Baby.  Of course as she opened it the antique Windsor chair I was sitting had a leg snap off and I ended up falling back into the Christmas tree.  Neither I nor the Christmas tree were hurt.  The chair ended up on the sidewalk though at the request of my husband.  My mom never read the card until I had to practically shove it back into her hands and make her read it out loud.

Not the smoothest way to announce our news!

My mother-in-law did get to go back to her bowling league once again after the holidays (for the fifth time) in six years and announce she was going to be a grandma again.


Toystory said...

Congrats!! When you mentioned the bowling league I had to laugh.

My mother drove me to the hospital with Son#1 as hubby was at work. She drove up to the ER doors and dropped me off...she had to get to her bowling league. Do not ask me who or how they got her back to sign me in, but they did - and I gave her my rings, but then off she went again to bowling. I was then alone in labor but thankfully for a very short time (less than 2 hours)as my son arrived at at 11:45PM - and his dad shortly thereafter!

MsBabyPlan said...

Congratulations. hurray to a happy 2011!

Stopping by Theta Mom.

blueviolet said...

Oh my gosh, this is sooooo exciting! That is so funny about your Christmas tree fall interrupting your mom's card!

shawn said...

Congrats!!! What a nice Christmas surprise for your family.

Mindy said...

Congratulations! We didn't announce in any fancy way the second or third time, so I'm impressed! Our daughter told everyone she was going to have a baby sister, until the ultrasound said otherwise.

Joy said...

Thanks everyone! We are really excited. Now to convince my husband that he really does want to know what we are having!

Mindy-I love your daughter's determination that she is having a baby sister!

Toystory-I can't believe your mom didn't stay until your husband arrived especially since it was your first. I would have been totally panicking!

Stephanie Faris said...

Awwww congrats! That's the best kind of news to get to deliver. I remember my ex-sister-in-law coming around on New Years Eve back in 1999 (the night the world was supposed to end) to show us her pregnancy test. She'd put the test in a baggy to take around to everyone, but it was a stick she'd peed on!

parenting ad absurdum said...

Congratulations! That's a lovely way to have the news deliverd :). My older boy was convinced he was having a sister as well...but luckily wasn't disappointed with his little brother!

Erica M. said...

I never thought about the traditions of grand announcements. Hunh. Mine have been of the I'm pregnant, don't look at me like that variety. :)


The Drama Mama said...

COngratulations!!! I can't wait to hear more about Bella Baby #3!!

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