What we did to announce our first pregnancy (DS):
My Mom: She lives next door to us and we see her almost every day. It was a big announcement! She has this "yard art" pig named Petunia that someone gave her as a joke. Mom would dress up Petunia for certain events, like Halloween or my bridal shower, etc. DH and I dolled Petunia up in baby clothes and filled her little wheelbarrow with baby items. She wore a bib that said "I love Grandmama." Mom was out of town, so we had to time things very carefully, but we managed to have the videocamera ready and Petunia proudly displayed on the porch when she pulled into the driveway! It is so hard to surprise her and she was totally shocked and happy!
DH's Parents and Sister: We were going to eat dinner at their house, and told them that we would bring dessert. This wasn't unusual so they didn't suspect a thing. We baked a cake and decorated it with baby items and wrote the due date in icing. When we walked in, they were sitting on the couch and DH placed the cake on a TV tray in front of them. It took them a minute but they were totally floored!
My Dad and Jimmy (his partner): This was right before father's day, and I called my dad and told him I had to work on father's day, but suggested we get together the weekend before. We made plans to meet at a restaurant about halfway between our houses (1hr drive for each of us). I don't think they suspected anything when I handed them two gift bags since they assumed it was father's day stuff. They had matching bags and cards. The bags included a bib, a paci, and baby shoes. The cards read "You've been a great dad...and in Febuary '04 you're going to be a GRANDdad!" They were totally stunned and over the top excited!
I've not told anyone IRL yet this time. I didn't even join this board until yesterday! This is DC#2, I'm already overweight, and I'm am definitely starting to show, so I'm going to have to tell people soon. My mom will be first, as I see her almost every day and she watches DS quite a bit. I've said a few things lately that have indicated we're not trying for another child right now, so I hope she'll be surprised! We have been doing quite a bit of home repairs and home improvement lately, and DS is REALLY into construction now. I have some great pictures of him and my mom cutting and carrying some wood into the house. He has his "protective eyewear" sunglasses on, his "protective gloves," and is wearing his "work clothes." He takes this very seriously
I told her I was going to get those pictures developed so she is expecting me to have those. What she doesn't know is that the last picture in the set is of DS sitting on the couch holding his tools and a measuring tape. He is talking on his phone and looking very happy and surprised. On the picture, it says "Spreading the good news...We're adding TWO FEET to our family in April '08!!" I'll try to get DH to get a pic online for y'all to see. Hopefully we'll tell her Sunday. The anticipation is killing me!!
We don't know how we'll tell DH's parents yet. My dad and his partner have moved to a different state, so we'll probably just call.
Can't wait to read others' stories!