Friday, May 11, 2012

Spreading the News

For about as long as we've been married, Jordan and I have agreed that when we jumped on this baby train thing, that we'd keep our business under the rug until that first 12 weeks was behind us. The combination of seeing some of our close friends go through first trimester losses, coupled with my nurse brain just led us to be more cautious with our news. It just seemed like a good idea, so that's what we did.

Early in the morning, on February 25, the stick-of-destiny said "Pregnant." It suddenly became a lot harder to keep our huge secret than I anticipated it would be! We mostly stuck to our guns, but agreed that we would tell our parents and sisters after my first appointment/sono with my doctor. Fast forward to March 20, finally seeing our little bean for the very first time and hearing baby Mims' sweet heartbeat. I was almost 8 weeks along at this point and was dying to share our big news! We made the rounds, calling our parents and sisters on speakerphone and dropping the baby bomb. It was a joyful occasion and I loved having extra people to complain to confide in.

It seemed like an eternity getting to that first appointment and telling a tiny handful of people. The 4 weeks following were even longer! We knew that this news was a long time coming, so we had a lot of fun coming up with exciting ways to announce our pregnancy to our two biggest circles - our church congregation and my Labor & Delivery coworkers.

I still don't know how I hid a pregnancy for almost 13 weeks from the rest of the L&D staff, but I'm pretty stinkin proud of myself! I mean, these women are honed in on pregnancy! The plan was to spill the beans at church, and then the next day I worked, I'd share our surprise to my coworkers. I made a fun little announcement card for my coworkers and a pan of cake batter blondes (in shades of pink & blue!). My well-meaning coworkers have been hounding me for years about getting on the babywagon, so the news was met with squeals and tears and laughter. It was priceless!

However awesome telling my coworkers was, telling our church really was a huge highlight! After that 8 week ultrasound, Jordan started announcing to the students that we were having a "Super Secret Special Guest" on April 22. He announced it sunday morning, wednesday night, basically anytime we were around a group of students or adults, we'd make sure they knew to be at church on April 22. We were both a steel trap, and didn't give away a single hint about our Big Guest. We got tons of guesses - TONS of guesses. After hearing some of them, I was honestly worried that our big guest would be a disappointment... I mean, Tim Tebow? Shane & Shane? Francis Chan, Bethany Hamilton, John Piper, Jeremy Lin, Chris Tomlin... We heard lots of big names.

So, to try and live up to the big name hype, we made a fun little video to announce baby Mims. It was met with lots of love and excitement! We heard from so many folks that this baby is a better guest and a bigger surprise than Tim Tebow! It is wonderful to feel such support from our church family.

Check out our baby baby baby video!

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15 comments:

Erika said...

WOW!! There are so many things I love here. First of all: your students are SO BRIGHT-EYED AND OPTIMISTIC!! I almost want to cry at their hopeful hearts thinking you guys had lined up Francis Chan or Chris Tomlin JUST FOR THEM! That is too cute. Secondly, best video ever. Just perfection. Thank you, Justin Bieber, for your timely song.

Samantha (everyshadeinbetween) said...

Ahhh!!! Love it! I sing this song to our baby all the time!

Carey said...

How cute and creative!

Abby said...

Stopping by from Kelly's... what a cute way to tell the kids! We're expecting our first on Sept. 2.. it's such a fun time!

Savannah said...

Just so you know, Savannah told me that Baby Mims was way better than any guest they could come up with! We are thrilled for you!

Mrs. C said...

Found you through Kelly's Korner - looks like we are due about that same time! Congrats!

Shannon said...

So sweet! What a memorable way to share the news! :)

Sarah and Derek said...

What a cute way to announce! We told our immediate family the night I got a positive pregnancy test and then announced it publicly at 9 weeks. We had heard and seen the baby twice and it was sssooo hard keeping it in any longer. Congrats!

with love, jennifer said...

What a fun SUYL over at Kelly's Korner!! It's definitely fun to read through other people's pregnancy journeys. It'll be interesting to read yours since we are due around the same time!

Emily said...

So adorable. Congratulations!

Jamie said...

Love that video!! I'm so excited for you guys! Congrats again!

Jill said...

Adorable....love it!!

Rachel said...

Just found your blog through Kelly - I am due about a week before you on Oct 25! Glad to find your blog :)

Lindsay said...

I love that video!!! Such a cute idea!

Gail @ Sophisticated Steps said...

THAT is the cutest thing EVERRRRRRR!!!

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