Ask Design Mom — Announcing a Pregnancy

April 5, 2010

Ask Design Mom Question:
Hello Gabrielle. I wanted to submit a question for your readers: My husband & I just found out we are pregnant with our first. We are crazy excited!! We live far from family & are planning a trip to visit/announce our pregnancy. This will be the first grandchild on both sides, so our family is going to cheer for joy big time! Can you give some creative non-cheesy ways of announcing our news? I’d love the help of hip modern moms! Much love, Samantha

Design Mom Answer:
Congratulations, Samantha! How exciting. Design Mom Readers, do you have any clever ideas to share? (I’m positive you do.) In the meantime, you can read the story of how Brooke of Inchmark announced her new addition. Fantastic, don’t you think?

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1 Susan April 5, 2010 at 11:41 am

My sister and her husband tried for several years to have a baby, doing lots of unsuccessul fertility treatments. Finally they got pregnant all on their own. To tell her in-laws, who live far from them, she created a book on – it was filled with scriptures of barren women who eventually have a baby, accommpanied by gorgeous art work. On the last page was their ultrasound. :)


2 Cheryl Burchett April 5, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Initially I wasn’t going to find out the sex of our first child. I caved to pressure but decided on a fun way of surprising everyone with the news. We found out right before Easter and we always have the whole family over for Easter dinner. I bought plastic eggs and some small pipe cleaner style yellow chicks to fit inside. I glued some easter grass to the inside of the egg, glued in a chick and then glued a small pink pennant that said “It’s a GIRL!” to the chick’s hand. I closed up the egg and gave them out as favors. You heard lots of sqeels as the eggs were opened.


3 CarrieB April 5, 2010 at 12:28 pm

We told my folks when we saw them for my mom’s birthday. I bought little books called “I love my Grandma” and “I love my Grandpa” and told them it was a joint present that they had to open together, last, after Mom’s other presents were opened. She finished unwrapping hers first and said, “Really?!” and when I nodded she screamed.


4 Wendy April 5, 2010 at 12:28 pm

We tried for years to have babies and finally got the news we were to become adoptive parents. We wrapped up lovely, tiny porcelain booties to give to the Grandmas. They were thrilled and it was a nice way to surprise them. They still have those to remind them of the special news.


5 Kos April 5, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Our best friends posted a particularly clever stop motion video on Vimeo and emailed it to all their closest friends and family. The movie follows two pairs of pants on the way to a laundromat, wherein they are washed to combine and produce, Ta Dah!, a new pair of “genes.” See it here:

It was well received AND well-conceived. :) Best baby announcement I’ve ever heard of. We are so happy for them!


6 sydney April 5, 2010 at 1:11 pm

I remember reading a story of this type somewhere a while back. The couple invited their parents over for dinner. They served Baby Back Ribs, Baby Spinach, Baby Carrots and perhaps a few other “baby” things. When they sat down to eat they asked their parents to guess the common theme in the foods they were serving. I thought it was such a cute and clever way of announcing a new addition! There are so many vegetables offered in “baby” varieties these days. You could really have fun with it!


7 Christy April 5, 2010 at 1:47 pm

My whole family happened to be in town right after I found out I was pregnant. My husband and I started a tradition of making t-shirts for the whole family for Christmas, so we made ourselves 2 t-shirts. Mine said “NEXT” with an arrow pointing at my belly, and his said “Game Over” (an inside joke). My parents went to pick up my brother from the airport, and we changed into our shirts. We didn’t say anything and just waited for someone to notice. My brother and sister noticed right before we said a family prayer. My sister started screaming after the prayer and my Mom couldn’t figure out what was going on. It was great, and it’s fun to still have the shirts!


8 WarriorWife April 5, 2010 at 2:03 pm

For our first, my husband and I traveled to visit my family and share the news. We had various activities planned, and we took lots of pictures. For one of the big group shots, I turned the camera to video mode and said “okay, ready for the picture? everyone smile and say MELISSA’S PREGNANT!” It was hilarious to see the reactions, and I got a video of the whole thing too.

For my husband’s family, whom we live near, we did house calls when we returned from our trip. At each house we said we had souvenirs, and let the kids/parents pull out plastic cups and sparkling cider from a bag. They turned to us with confused looks and we said “we’re celebrating! Melissa’s pregnant!” And they all went crazy, until they noticed the camera, which we had inconspicuously taking video of their reactions.

It was really fun to have video of all the reactions. My husband stitched it all together for our blog, and we love remembering how excited everyone got–and how shocked a lot of them were!


9 Autum April 5, 2010 at 2:46 pm

It was Christmas time and we gave our parents a special present. A babydoll. We tied a note around its neck and said “Grandchild #9″. My Dad didn’t see the note and while my Mom was laughing hysterically my Dad kept trying to figure out if it was a musical doll, or what the significance was? My in laws didn’t think it was funny but were glad for the news. This of course could be modified to giving a special gift, Christmas or not.

My sister told us by having a special treasure hunt. At the end of the hunt was…a positive pregnancy test. Maybe too icky but funny.


10 becky April 5, 2010 at 3:46 pm

we sent out a valentine with an ultrasound picture scanned in


11 troutdalite April 5, 2010 at 3:51 pm

We were expecting a baby 17(!) years after our “last” son. (We waited until genetic testing was done, as we were in the “older” parents group. We wanted to make sure we knew about any potential problems before announcing the news. We privately told our “youngest” son, along with our married son and his wife when they were home for Thanksgiving. They were beyond surprised. During the Christmas, when we could speak by phone to our remaining son (living in another state), we told him. Just wanted you to know our immediate fam knew first.)

Next was the FUN announcement when we were gathered with much extended family between Christmas and New Year’s. We handed out envelopes to Grandma and Grandpa, along with all the aunts, uncles and cousins. We asked them not to open our Christmas gift to them yet. Each envelope contained a photocopy of an ultrasound showing a cute little baby. Since it was roughly in the shape of a Christmas tree, before making copies I just drew a star on the top then wrote a message that read:

“Dear Grandma/Grandpa, Aunt/Uncle, Cousin,
I can’t wait to meet you in April!
[famly surname] grandchild #27/grandson #20″

We gave the word and watched everyone open the envelopes. It was so fun to watch all of the reactions. Most thought it was our son and his wife having a baby, that we were sharing the news of our becoming grandparents. Squeals of delight went up. Then silence. Then questions. Then SHREKS of GLEE and tears. It was so fun to share with so many that we loved so much simultaneously. (We sent more envelopes to family far away, and followed with calls.) Good luck!!


12 Haydee April 5, 2010 at 4:11 pm

This one is a “sex of the baby” reveal for you and your family to enjoy. I cannot for the life of me remember where I read this but it was on someone’s blog with video and it was awesome! Okay, the couple had their doctor write the baby’s sex on a piece of paper and seal it in an envelope. They then took it to their favorite bakery and had them bake a cake with white frosting and either blue or pink cake inside, depending on what the paper said. So when it came time to reveal the sex the couple along with family and friends watched as they cut the cake to see what color it was. It’s a surprise for you and everyone involved. I loved this one!


13 Carol April 5, 2010 at 4:58 pm

The Duggars did the cake color thing.


14 Adrienne April 5, 2010 at 6:13 pm

My sister announced her pregnancy with her first child in the cutest way. My Dad was semi-retired and looking for part-time work. My sister typed up a Job Description for “Papa” with things like “Must be patient” “Diaper Changing Required” “Hugs, Kisses and Cuddling as needed” and said “Hey Dad, I found the perfect job for you and handed him the ad. Of course, you can add your own little sayings, but the look on my Dad’s face was just priceless. Congratulations! You’ll have to let us know how you announced your wonderful news!


15 Margaret April 5, 2010 at 7:07 pm

It was my husbands birthday and he pulled out the positive pregnancy stick and said “Margaret gave me this, what does this mean” .. we did it at dinner in a restaurant!


16 Melanie April 5, 2010 at 7:22 pm

You could do a photo booth strip with you holding up signs saying “We are expecting.” Or make your own little flip book with the announcement. You could also get a cute custom portrait drawn (I love Nan Lawson – with little speech bubbles.


17 angela April 5, 2010 at 8:32 pm

one of my best friends was the mother of a toddler & found out she was having twins for the first time at her 20-week ultrasound. everyone already knew she was pregnant again, but the news that it was twins (girls! they already had a boy) came as a shock to her and her husband. it was christmastime, they lived in minnesota and the families were big baseball fans. so to share the news with their family they made up mock Minnesota Twins tickets with the expected due date and info and gave one to everyone in their large family. they were super excited when they opened them, since they thought they were real tickets! finally someone realized that the info was personalized and the surprise was revealed. it was such a cute and clever way to reveal the news!


18 angela April 5, 2010 at 8:36 pm

okay, me again. another friend of mine had her ultrasound picture blown-up to “life-size” and made into an iron-on transfer. She ironed it on a plain white tee over her belly and wore it when she invited their families over for dinner. She wore an apron while cooking and prepping and finally took it off just before she sat down for dinner. She stood at the table nonchalantly until someone noticed her shirt. Very cute!


19 nikki April 5, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Firstly, congratulations Samantha!

With our first pregnancy, we purchased the board book “Guess How Much I Love You” and inscribed on the inside “Can’t wait to snuggle and read with you – love your first grandchild”. Simple but it was well received.

Let us know what you end up doing!


20 Johnette April 6, 2010 at 9:04 am

We told our families at Christmas. My family is back home in Louisiana so I made a Christmas ornament out of a dollhouse stove/oven. I made a clay bun and tied it with blue and pink ribbons and put it inside the oven with a sign that had our due date. Took them awhile but they finally got it.

We did a live version of it for the inlaws in that we put an actual bun in our oven with ribbons and asked them to retrieve it to put on the table. Took them awhile too but it was fun!


21 Jessica April 6, 2010 at 9:46 am

When we found out we were expecting our first child, we met my mom for pizza. I couldn’t contain myself and as soon as she opened her car door I blurted it out. A couple years later when we found out we were expecting again, we invited her for dinner at the same pizza restaurant. I was able to hold it in until after we ordered. She screamed so loud that my husband and I giggled that we should have told her at the car. Now, of course, we can’t go back to that pizza joint with her…unless of course we’re expecting again…though I think the next time, I’ll order take out.


22 Martina April 6, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Oooh, I can’t wait to read other’s creative suggestions! Someday soon I’ll be looking for a creative way to announce our first too!

Some friends of my had their parents over to announce their first. The menu included baby back ribs, baby carrot, and some other things I can’t remember. No one picked up on the hint! Clever though.


23 Christine April 6, 2010 at 3:37 pm

We live far away from both of our families, so they really had no idea what was going on. We waited until we had an ultrasound picture and then I scanned it and attached it to an email. I called my parents and told them that I had found a family picture, but that I couldn’t place the person and wanted to know if they would help me. Then I emailed the ultrasound while we were on the phone. My mom opened the attachment and was completely puzzled: “This is a picture of a baby,” she said. I just sat and waited for her to make the connection, but she didn’t. Finally, I said, “Mom, it’s MY baby!” She was so surprised and excited! To this day, she still talks about how she had no idea that ultrasound would have belonged to me!


24 Courtney Carlson April 6, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Here is how we announced our pregnancy! We took these pictures and put them in a Mother’s Day card for my husband Mom and my Mom! It was a big hit. Good Luck. Announcing is sooo much fun! Here is the link:


25 Courtney Carlson April 6, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Sorry, I just realized that this is your first child so my last comment won’t work. For my first baby we actually showed up at each of our parents house with Chinese take out. We had switched out the notes in the fortune cookies to different phrases like “A small miracle is in your near future” etc. etc. We read each of our fortunes out loud and it took our parents about 5 cookies to finally get the point. It was so great! We all laughed and cried!


26 Keshawn July 30, 2011 at 10:46 am

This ifnaormtion is off the hizool!


27 Shannon April 6, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Hi there. Check this out. I’ve had friends use this:

congrats to everyone, I have a 4 month old and I’m in heaven!!



28 Ruth October 29, 2012 at 11:31 am

I love this…I’m sending it to my daughter right now as she needs to announce soon!


29 Design Mom April 7, 2010 at 12:28 pm

So many brilliant ideas! I heart Design Mom Readers.


30 Kristen April 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm

We bought baby board books for everyone in our family and put vintage library cards in the back of each book, indicating that they were checked out to “Grandma Sandra” or “Aunt Laura,” with my due date filled in. We wrapped them and put them at each person’s place at the table. Before we served dinner we told everyone that the packages were for a game and that everyone had to open them at the same time. My mom was the first to realize our news, but mostly because my sweet mother-in-law was too busy trying to figure out how to win the game!


31 beckii April 7, 2010 at 6:05 pm

We had a big family game of MadGab (a family favorite) and when our turn came around my husband made up his own phrase “wore half ink abe abe bee”. So funny :)


32 annie April 7, 2010 at 7:46 pm

when i got pregnant with my daughter, i was working at an office with two other pregnant ladies. one week it was my turn to bring treats to our meeting, so i brought ice cream….then pulled out a jar of pickles and said they were for the 3 pregnant girls. then i waited….and got super nervous that no one would notice i’d said 3. then someone said, wait…3? who’s the third? i smiled and everyone cheered, and i thought the pickles/ice cream craving allusion was hilarious!


33 Wendi April 8, 2010 at 10:51 am

I discovered my first pregnancy shortly before my birthday. The ultrasound tech at my OB’s office was kind enough to do an ultrasound for us (gratis!) even though it was so early in the process – and she managed to get a pretty great shot. We took that ultrasound photo and had it scanned onto a large birthday cake with “Congratulations Grandparents-to-be” written on it in icing.
When we all gathered for my huge family birthday dinner, the cake was brought out with just the usual happy birthday singing.
I must say, it took a while for those with reading glasses to catch on, but it was priceless to see the wave of understanding move around the table as each person got up to see the cake more closely.
Loads of fun!


34 Sonja Franck April 8, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Nothing super creative, at least not after that jeans/genes movie! We had an early ultrasound and put it in a card along with a gift bag that had I LOVE GRANDMA and I LOVE GRANDPA bibs. But be forewarned – talk about needing their reading glasses. They thought the ultra sound was a doppler radar of a storm or a hurricane!! “What is this? An approaching hurricane? WHAT? I don’t get it!! Is it a a tropical storm?” I guess they just didn’t have ultrasounds “back then” and they had no idea what it was. Good thing we had the bibs! I can’t imagine if I’d paid to have it put on a cake and they couldn’t figure it out…


35 Whitney April 9, 2010 at 3:04 pm

This is a late comment, but I love this thread.

When I was pregnant with my first, I wanted a whole month to tell my family – it was agony! But I knew I wanted to surprise them at Thanksgiving, so I had to wait. I wasn’t going to be there, so I mailed them a package and said to open it right before they sat down for dinner. They thought it was candy or some treat.

Inside the package was eight onesies, each drawn on (with sharpies) with “I Love Grandma” or “I love Aunt Suzy,” one for each of my parents and siblings.

It was perfect – they were completely shocked and there was lots of tears! And then they had a great reason to even more thankful. I really treasure that memory.


36 eve April 14, 2010 at 6:05 am

This would be a perfect way for someone with video experience to do, it’s so cute:
and someone else did a “jibjab” and put it on facebook (or you could send it to your friends via email). They already have one child, so they put all three of their pictures and for the new baby wrote “baby and their last name”. It was really cute, here’s the jibjab site:


37 Amy April 14, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Just don’t do what we did to our family! We had moved 14 hours away with our three sons. While living away we found our we were expecting. Since no one was around we decided to wait and surprise our families when we saw them all the next month. EVERY time we would get together with another part of our family it would involve a meal. My sons would wait until someone had taken a big bite of food to announce we were expecting #4, which of course led to choking on whatever they had put in their mouth!


38 Jenn April 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm

We waited 3 months to tell anyone. It was around Christmas time and for the Grandma’s we put the ultrasound picture in an “I Love My Grandma” frame. My mom looked at it, took about 30 seconds to register and then said “is this…YOU?”. For my dad, who was also my marathon training partner, on one of our runs I casually asked him if he liked that his grandchild was joining us on our run. He was shocked and started crying…


39 Julie July 12, 2010 at 2:27 pm

My mother-in-law gives Martha Stewart a run for her money. She knits, sews, paints, cooks… everything. I bought her some sew-in labels that say “Made with love by Grandma.” I’m going to tell her I was at the craft store and saw something that she’ll be needing soon, then hand them to her. She’s going to flip ;)


40 BeautyAndTheBeastFashion September 20, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Very good idea! It’s hard to be away from family when you have a baby. But thankfully there are so many differnent and creative ideas to make every moment special.


41 Layla Perkins November 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

For my 1st child, I wrapped up a nursery design book and gave it to my mother(she’s an interior designer), saying that we were thinking of converting one of our rooms and it would help her. She took the package, looked at me suspiciously, and unwrapped the book. She screamed and cried at the same time, it was hilarious :) By this time, my father was extremely confused. For him, I had a new tennis racket cover(he’s an avid tennis player), that said #1 Grandpa. He opened the gift and smiled for the next hour. That’s our story :) I need to come up with a special way to announce our second :)


42 Ruth October 29, 2012 at 10:53 am

hi there,

I want to share with the world that i’m going to be a grandma but can’t find anything on line showing me some classy announcements… suggestions


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