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6 fun ways to break the baby news

Creative ways to tell friends and family that you’re expecting.

By The Married Chick May 20, 2013 9:56PM
Photo: Couple on beach // ThinkstockLooking for a fun way to break the baby news? Try one of these ideas.

Throw a baby bash
This news definitely calls for a celebration. So why not invite your close family and friends over for a "We're having a baby" shindig?

Get all mushy gushy
Come on, hear us out on this one. Go to MushyGushy.com, a hilarious website where you can upload your pictures onto animated figures of your choice that will spread the news for you. It's a fun and light (read: non-cheesy) way to share your big news.

Frame it
Scan and copy the pic of your ultrasound. Then frame it, wrap it up and let the gift do all the talking. Hint: You may want to save this one for the future grandmas and grandpas, and maybe your sister. Giving co-workers your framed sonogram might freak them out.

Play it cool
Don't want to make a big fuss? Send an email to friends and family asking, "What are you doing on [insert due date]?" Then when they respond, you can fill them in, without the hugs, tears and pats on the back.

Let the test speak for itself

At a loss for words? Try this simple trick: Snap a photo of your pregnancy test – just be sure to zoom in on the positive result – and send it to close family and friends. No need to explain; we promise they'll catch on.

Make it a photo op
Round up the crew for a picture and instead of asking them to "say cheese," tell them to "say [insert your name]'s pregnant." You'll capture all the "OMG!" reactions and can add them to baby's first album.

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May 21, 2013 6:38PM
We gave our moms calendars for Xmas -- and put everyone's birthday in the calendar (families on both sides) to "help them remember" everyone's birthdays.  And then we put a picture of an Anne Geddes baby on the month that we were due -- with a big circle around the date that said, "Baby's birthday"  My mom flipped right to it and immediately started crying.   
May 21, 2013 5:37PM
My nephew was the only baby in the family at the time and I knew he was going to get passed around a lot, so I dressed my him in a onesie that said "I've got a cousin in the oven," and had a cookout for all of our family at our house. The reactions were priceless!!!  Although I had to say "oh, what's his outfit say" to some people because they were too busy baby talking to him, haha!!  Definitely priceless!!
May 21, 2013 5:24PM
My son and his wife came over for dinner one night. I'd been asking them for Christmas gift ideas. They told me they had a list for me...the usual stuff...a purse and perfume for her, tools and golf equipment for him. I thanked them, and they said  "There's more on the back." I turned it over to continue reading and found....stroller, crib, highchair......
May 21, 2013 5:00PM
I'd say, " Do you remember when you shoved it in that one night"? It's prob yours, depending if it's dark skinned or not.
May 21, 2013 4:35PM
My fave was the gal that took a picture holding a jar of Prego spaghetti sauce.  Everyone understood what it meant. :)

On a related note, my daughter and son-in-law announced whether their baby was a boy or girl by throwing a gathering of family and friends.  They kept it a secret until then and my daughter made a frosted cake - the inside would be pink for a girl and blue for a boy.  As her mother, I got to "attend" via Skype from 900 miles away.  Everyone watched as they cut the cake and I got to experience the moment while everyone cheered and I discovered my first grandchild would be a girl...many happy tears followed.  I thought it was very creative of them.

May 21, 2013 4:18PM
I don't think so--at least, it doesn't have to be. A guy I work with recently revealed that he and his wife are expecting. He came in early and brought pink and blue frosted cupcakes. We had fun guessing who brought them and who was pregnant. When he revealed it was he, we all congratulated him. Later, when they found out they were having a girl, he brought in pink  M&M's for everyone. It wasn't self-absorbed; he was sharing in his happiness and we were glad to be a part of it.
May 21, 2013 4:09PM

We had a great way to do our announcement...

I typed up a sports report stating that our "team" had just announced a new acquisition, and that contract terms were not disclosed.

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