We haven't told our parents yet because 1. this is our first and we want to cherish the first few weeks without hearing others' opinions 2. I ended up being diagnosed with a threatened miscarriage last week and needed all my energy to deal with that, without worrying about others' reactions (my husband and I are both the eldest in our families, so we have younger siblings who we want to protect from disappointment in the case that I do miscarry.) Anyway, I know/think my in-laws will be sweet and supportive. Maybe a little concerned about our financials, since my husband is currently in medical school. But happy! This is a baby! MY parents, however, will probably need a little time to get into the idea. They were disappointed first by the fact that I chose not to attend law school, then by the fact that I decided to marry at age 22. They're good people, but they're also big on their careers, money, and achievement. I'm not sure they'll understand that this baby is very much wanted/anticipated by my husband and me and that we're looking forward to being young parents (24 year old!) who can keep up with any/every activity our children choose. We love our simple lifestyle and plan on continuing a similar one even once my husband is well established in his career. It's just who we are. We're nerds who like cooking/eating feasts at home, cuddling up with books, and playing with our cat. haha :) Not much else we need!
A sample conversation from a few months ago, when my mom gleaned I wasn't on b.c. (I actually don't take b.c. for religious and medical reasons, but it was nice not having to wean off of it once we decided to "see what happened"):
mom: ".... you're not having lots of kids like B's family, are you?" (husband is one of six)
me: "why not? we hope we have a big family but you never know. we'll take what we're blessed with"
mom: "I don't know. I just think kids cost a lot of money."
me: "luckily we don't value things. we value people."
mom: ".... okay. Well, B's going to make a lot of money someday so I guess you won't have to worry about it. I still don't know why you'd want a lot of kids, though." (by the way, I'm one of five. it's not like the lady didn't have a "large" family herself!)