Friday, February 1, 2013

Telling our family

We found out we were pregnant on November 24th and waited an entire month to tell our family. Let’s just say that was the longest month of our lives! A few people asked me why I didn't tell my mom beforehand and I get that, but we waited for a few reasons. 1. We wanted to whole family to be together. Our family is super close and wanted it to be really special and with Christmas right around the corner, I knew I could wait. My big sister and her husband live in Dallas and my little sister lives in College Station so Christmas was the first time that everyone would be together. 2. We wanted to see our baby before we told people, just in case. Our entire pregnancy has been a true reflection of God’s faithfulness because we thought I was farther along so we got to see our baby at 6 weeks, the day the heart started beating, and at 8 weeks, the day after Christmas. 3. It was actually pretty fun to keep it between us for a while, it was our big secret!

So we agreed that we would use a Christmas gift to tell our family we were pregnant and have my mom open it since my dad was the one to open a gift to find out my sister was pregnant last year. I bought a cute v neck shirt from Target and we ironed on pretty white letters that said Mimi (what my niece and our baby and future babies will call her). We would have loved to put “Mimi x2” but couldn’t find a cute 2 so to make it obvious that we were pregnant, I taped a picture of our first sonogram below the letters. I wish I would have taken a picture!

We were planning on telling them Christmas morning as to not stir any suspicion asking my mom to open a gift on Christmas Eve but I was so sick Christmas Eve morning and knew we had to tell them that night in case I got sick at their house (and since I fall asleep so early, it would be nice if they knew!). Luckily, we decided to open gifts from siblings to siblings and after we were done I said we had a family gift for everyone that we could “play” tonight (we are huge game people so no one seemed shocked). It worked out perfectly because Cori also had a family gift for everyone so no one was suspicious. Jon was determined to get it on film and I am SO glad he did! My mom was all propped up in a chair because of her foot surgery and I sat across from her. To set the story, my dad was planning on grilling steak and shrimp and was prepping at the sink while we opened gifts (the sink is open to the family room) and I thought he was about to go outside to start grilling so that’s what I say in the video about dad going outside.


I could watch this video over and over again day after day because it still brings me butterflies. Surprisingly I was really calm while she was opening. I love how she held it up for a few seconds and Tomi says “It says Mimi” and then she got it! The gift was to Mimi from Ernie so she said she thought it was just a shirt from him so thank goodness we put the sonogram. The next few minutes were an exciting whirlwind and I apologize if you lose hearing from all the screaming but everyone was just thrilled! The fun thing was everyone being so surprised. Obviously you can’t be shocked when a married couple announces they are pregnant but no one expected it!

If you remember back to my Christmas highlights, you will remember that my parents gave us an all inclusive vacation this summer which we are still shocked and giddy about! Funny story….the Wednesday before Christmas my dad calls me and asks if we can go on a vacation July 31- August 4th. Um….1 day before I am set to give birth. Let’s just say I had the meltdown of 2012 and was bawling my eyes out thinking I would have to spoil the Christmas surprise. Luckily my salesman hubby swooped in and told an elaborate lie to my dad about how we wanted to try for a baby in the New Year and if we could do it earlier it would be better. Well that worked! And my doctor will let me fly through 34 weeks and I will turn 33 weeks on our trip. Praise God! It will be an awesome babymoon!

We spent the rest of the night eating, playing games, watching movies, and talking about how we became pregnant, how I told Jon, due dates, names, etc. It was so surreal and fun. We waited until Christmas morning to tell grandparents/aunts and uncles and we got those on film too! Jon went home to Cleveland the first week in January and got to tell his family/friends in person which was fun for him. 

We are SO excited for the next few months and finally getting to meet our sweet baby in August but it has truly been a gift to share this news with all of our family and friends. Life is so much better when you are surrounded by loving, encouraging, supportive people.

Here’s a few pictures we sent friends on Christmas to share the big news!



How cute is my niece, y'all? Let's hope baby Hart is as happy as Embry! And I get so excited thinking about this years holidays with two little cutie cousins.

44 comments:

Carolyn said...

So stinking cute. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE! :)

Domesticable said...

I just started reading your blog and that video had me crying! What an amazing way to see so many people excited for your beautiful gift from God. I'm so happy for yall. That poor dog with all that screaming. :) Thanks for sharing.

Lura
x

Katie said...

so beautiful! what a nice way to include your family in your wonderful news! love it!

Amanda said...

cue the tears!!!!! :) what a wonderful and thoughtful way to tell them! safe travels girl enjoy your vacations! so good to see you this week. xo

Amanda Maddox said...

Totally made me cry!! My parents live 600 miles away, so you are very blessed to have had that moment in person!

Liz said...

Chills!!! I love the screams & excitement!!!!!!

Lia Joy said...

OMG! Watching that video literally brought tears to my eyes! What a special Christmas moment! I know y'all will treasure that forever :)

A U B R E Y - K I N C H said...

Wow, the video is priceless! That's such a moment to cherish and you'll be so glad you got it on camera in the future!

CONGRATS a million times again!

Hugs & prayers!

Jonell said...

That was so much fun thank u for sharing. We were just last week a part of a limited BABY REVEAL -our first Great Grand...joy joy-
congratulations btw I saw you & blog title on HGTV, right?

Follow me at LIKE GRAMMA'S HOUSE

Jonell

Jonell said...

That was so much fun thank u for sharing. We were just last week a part of a limited BABY REVEAL joy joy-
congratulations btw I saw you & blog title on HGTV, right?

Follow me at LIKE GRAMMA'S HOUSE

Jonell

Jane {In the Pink and Green} said...

Ok I just watched that video and totally started crying...cutest thing ever!!! I am so excited for you sweet friend, and I'm loving that you're documenting everything!

Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren said...

I love this! That is just too perfect!

It's Sooo Fluffy! said...

I'm loving all these stories!

Everyday Adventures said...

Loved the video and your family's response was so sweet!! I got teary eyed watching:) What a wonderful Christmas gift to you and your family!

Katie McKenzie said...

I flew late in my pregnancy too. It turned out to be completely fine. Just remember to drink LOTS of water, walk every hour, and be where you can get to the bathroom. You do not want to risk getting a blood clot.
FYI
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Tausha said...

OH my gosh!! I just got super emotional - SO CUTE and so glad you captured this on film. Incredible!!!

EEEk!!!

Now start getting fat already! :)

Tausha said...

OH my gosh!! I just got super emotional - SO CUTE and so glad you captured this on film. Incredible!!!

EEEk!!!

Now start getting fat already! :)

Pamela said...

Absolutely loved the video!!!

Gina said...

Too cute! When we told my parents I gave them a sign that said "Grandkids welcome, parents by appointment" and at first my Mom thought it was about our dogs as well until it finally clicked.

Heather said...

Best reaction ever. I may have cried a little while watching that. I couldn't be sure if it was dust in my eye or legit tears streaming down my cheeks! xoxo

Hilani Ellis said...

I have tears, big crocodile tears in my hearts and such warmth in my heart for you guys! I love the video! :)

Heather Leigh said...

Aww soo touching!! <3 I could feel the joy and excitement coming out of the video! <3

Jenny said...

Love it! Glad you have it on video!

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Chelsea said...

Awwww the video is so sweet!

Michelle (michabella) said...

I cried. I love it and how your mom and sister both screamed!! Haha :) So excited for y'all.

CMae said...

All the shrieking was the best part of the video!!! :) Your stories keep getting better and better!! :)

smk053078 said...

Man lady, every time I come to your blog lately, I cry!! This video is priceless. Way to go Jon for fixing the trip plans! ;)

Girls Love Fried Pickles said...

This is the best video ever! I love your mom! You couldn't have given her a megaphone to be any louder and happier. I also love how the dog just stood in one position throughout the video. Like uh, where am I supposed to go? I love you Ruthie! You guys are going to be the best parent surrounded with the best family full of love. okay, now i am going to watch this again.

stephiesbeadsandbaubles.com said...

oh how exciting !! What a special day !! I am so happy for your family ! How exciting to have one last trip together before your baby adventure starts, that is awesome !! I loved the video, how fun to have that forever !!!

Kenj said...

Oh my gosh, the video is adorable. I love how excited everyone is for you two! Yay!

Raquel said...

Oh my goodness such a sweet video!!!

Jessica said...

this is just too sweet!! Congrats again!! I love how you surprised everyone!!

Lisa Champlin said...

It's so funny that I don't even know you, but have been following your blog for a while now, and I've watched this video about 10 times and I get teary every time! So very happy for the both of you!

Briana Runde said...

Hi Ruthie! I have been following your blog for months now, but haven't commented much (if at all). However, I wanted to just let you know what an amazing blessing your blog will be to document this new milestone in your family's life; it already is. The video you shared here where you told your family is such a gift! I had to tell you after watching it, I had tears in my eyes. It was so touching. Thank you for sharing!

Brandi said...

I just totally teared up watching this! Such a sweet way to announce your news to family! Love that you will have this video and this blog to look back on for years to come!

BS said...

Loved your video! Congratulations!!!!
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Heather @ Finding Beauty in the Ordinary said...

sitting here watching the superbowl and this video and i'm tearing up! so, so sweet!!!! what a great memory to have captured on video!! :))))

Stephanie @ Life, Actually said...

Beautiful story! :)

KRISTIN said...

Your family is so cute! My favorite part is when your dad says "Holy Crap!" :)

Julie Keller said...

I can't believe the overwhelming excitement in this post! My cousin posted on Facebook to my pregnant friend about the Babymoons. I'm absolutely going to be doing this when my time comes. I can't imagine a better way to relax before adding a new addition!

michelle said...

oh this is so cute! :)

Christa @ themeandminebook.blogspot.com said...

LOVED the video! You have such a beautiful family. :)

Sarah said...

What a great way to tell your family! I teared up with you guys! The love your family has for each other is so evident!

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