Dear Internets, I’m sorry I’ve really, really neglected you. I’ve been doing a little too much living and clearly not quite enough documenting…tsk, tsk.
One of the most recent things that has been absorbing our lives is that we are having a baby!! Are you in shock? Me too :) it is still hard for me to believe that it is real!…but my perpetually growing belly is a daily reminder. We are ridiculously excited and equally as clueless but we’ll leave that for another post. Today I want to talk about how we told our families our big news :)
One of the challenges we faced with telling our families about our baby news is that my entire family lives 2,082 miles away. Many ideas went through our heads…we could fly there and surprise them, we could Skype or call them, hmmm, everything was a little to pricey or a little too boring. We settled on the decision of creating each of them a special announcement, putting said announcement in the mail along with instructions for them to call us before they opened it.Kirsten’s Mom - Not trying to be too boastful, but I have really great genes! So when I I came across a book “Funny You Don’t Look Like a Grandmother.” I knew it would be the perfect way to announce to my mom. My mom is one of the prettiest people I know in real life and she doesn’t look a day over 29 :) This book is all about how grandmothers nowadays are so different than the image we have in our heads of our grandmothers knitting and baking and visiting.
Kirsten’s Dad - My dad and I have been collecting shot glasses together for years. It’s a really fun tradition where each time my dad visits a city he’ll buy two shot glasses and mail the other one to me and vice versa. Tanner and I decided that a personalized shot glass would be a perfect way to surprise my dad.
Kirsten’s Sister - My sister is very sentimental and crafty so we thought that she would love a thoughtful and creative announcement. We decided that we would create our own photo-booth style photo announcing the news in our house. As Tanner would say this was a debacle. Let’s just say my husband doesn’t exactly like getting his photo taken and when I can get him to pose for a photo it’s usually one shot and done. I wanted this to be perfect so we probably snapped 100+ self portraits. Pretty sure he wanted to kill me but look how cute it turned out!
They were each excited in their own way, there was LOTS of tears mixed with happiness and surprise. Being able to hear their excitement on the phone was the next best thing to telling them in person, which we were lucky enough to do with Tanner’s family.
Tanner’s Mom - A tradition that we have with Tanner’s mom is the impromptu Chinese take-out night. This usually occurs when one of us is about to go out of town or just got back in to town. Basically an excuse to get together and eat where no one has to do any work!
Since Nancy just got back from a 10 day trip in Wyo we suggested Chinese the night she got home. Tanner was really excited to tell her so when she said, “No, I think I’ll be home too late.” he talked her into doing it anyway. It was so much fun catching up but not going to lie it was really hard to wait until the very end of the night to announce via our personalized fortune cookies. Tanner kept trying to bust them out in the middle but I gave him eyes saying “No, not yet!” Near the end of the night, Tanner carefully laid out the fortune cookies on the table and I talked Nancy into eating one, even though she was a little wary of the new packaging, she ate the cookie said yum and threw the fortune to the side. Ha! Tanner and I looked at each other and laughed and I said, “Nance, aren’t you going to read your fortune?”
Tanner’s Brother - Even though Tanner’s brother lives only 20 minutes from us it’s sometimes tough to get some quality hang out time with him. Tanner invited him to Akira for what Chris thought was just a regular lunch with his brother. They spent the afternoon hanging and eating and talking about regular things then midway through their lunch Tanner said nothing just passed him his phone with the 8-week ultrasound on the screen.
It was so much fun being able to tell Tanner’s fam in person, they were ridiculously happy for us and even more excited to be a grandma and uncle. Chris even said “I want Kirsten to have it now!” This has brought a lot of happiness to our family and we can’t wait until October when we get to meet our new little addition.