There’s always an announcement protocol parents-to-be go through once they find out they are pregnant. Here’s rundown of how we announced the news:
TO THE GRANDPARENTS:
Our parents were the first to know, and of course they were thrilled! They were sworn to secrecy for several weeks.
TO THE AUNTS AND UNCLES:
We told Chris’ sister while lounging poolside at his parents’ house one Sunday afternoon. She was so excited to be an aunt again.
Although my brother and sister-in-law live in South Carolina, we had plans to see them over Labor Day weekend. It was worth the wait to tell them in-person instead of over the phone!
TO THE BIG SISTER:
I had been suffering from first trimester exhaustion and morning all-day sickness for weeks before Emma Claire was clued in to what was going on. When I wasn’t feeling well, she would tell everyone, “Mommy is just really tired and doesn’t feel good.” I even received several check-ups thanks to EC and her doctor’s kit.
One afternoon, EC came home from school to a surprise waiting for her in her room.
She was so excited about the balloons that she didn’t quite understand what we were trying to tell her.
That night, I read EC her new book about being a big sister. After finishing the book, she asked to read it again and proceeded to ask questions on every page.
- Can I hold the baby?
- Can I love on the baby?
- Can I tell the baby about Ariel?
- But I don’t want to change the baby’s diapers. I don’t like to change anyone’s diapers.
- If it’s a boy I want to name it Seymour Elvis Martin. If it is a girl, I want to name it Ariel Giselle Martin.
TO THE OFFICE:
Considering I am one of three women in my office who are expecting, I think it’s safe to say there’s something in the water! I decided to make a subtle announcement at work.
TO THE WORLD:
Thanks to my very talented friend Kelly Dunn, we were able to share the news with the social media world using some pretty awesome pictures.
I was so glad to finally have my secret out! It’s hard to hide the fact that you feel like crap, can’t enjoy happy hour with friends, are extremely exhausted and can’t quite zip your pants up anymore!
The UP side of announcing you’re preggers:
- No more hiding under baggy clothes
- No one will judge you for eating a PBJ at 10 a.m.
- The ability to use the “walk break” excuse during a group run
- The decision of what is for dinner is always based upon your current food aversions
I’ve been trying to stay as active as possible throughout my pregnancy. It can be difficult to find the energy to workout. Some days are better than others, but I am doing my best to remember to stay active for my own health but listen to my body when it asks for a break for the baby’s health. Pregnancy certainly isn’t the time to try and set any new PRs, which has been tough for me to accept because I am used to pushing myself in my workouts. But, it is all about balance and remembering that my decisions don’t just affect MY body anymore!