Sep 12, 2014

letters to baby ... (#3) on sharing the news!


Hey my sweet little. How's everything in utero? Are you still having fun hanging out there, growing big and strong for daddy and me? You know you and I will be 15 weeks on Monday and I still have no bump and no pregnancy symptoms, except occasionally when I can't eat a big portion of food in one sitting. Like that burger last night that you were pretty unhappy about me eating (It was really yummy, homemade and mostly organic by the way!) Anyway I took at least 1/2 an hour to pick at it and daddy had to end up finishing it for the both of us :)

Please keep growing strong and healthy baby dear. Feel free to 'pop' that belly out anytime soon and know I am anxiously awaiting your tiny little kicks and flutters!

You know what else, sharing the news of your arrival with family and close friends has been one of the funnest parts of being pregnant so far. So I thought it would be fun to remember and document some of the ways we told people here. I think my favourite reactions have been your Aunty Pegs and Pa's. So here's just a few:

Grandpa and Duckie:
Your Daddy chose to catch Grandpa and Duckie off guard by just throwing your impending arrival into our conversation which went a little something like this... We have known for awhile that Grandpa and The Duck are planning to go to Europe sometime next year, their first trip to Europe ever and so Daddy was asking them if they were planning to go in March and what their plans were early next year and hey "what are you guys doing around March 7th?" (this was our original due date for you) And when they replied confusingly they weren't sure yet your daddy threw in "Well would you like to meet your first grandchild then"?! It took a little while for it to sink in and then there were hugs (and Grandpa tears) all round. It was awesome!

Aunty Peg:
We had just told Grandpa and The Duck about your arrival but Aunty Pegs was at work, so as soon as she got home daddy and I rushed downstairs to let her in on the goss. Daddy is forever showing Aunty Pegs funny you tube clips and silly pictures on his phone and laptop, so he bought up the picture of your first ultrasound on his laptop and placed it on her lap saying "Hey Paige check this out". The best part of her reaction was that once it clicked she was so happy she burst into tears, which in turn made Grandpa start to tear up again (he's a big softy that one). And then it was hugs all round. It was so lovely to have such an emotional and lovely reaction to the news of your arrival!

And do you know how excited these guys are about you? The very next night after we got home from work and I stepped out of the shower there they all were bearing gifts and the first ever cards written to you. Oh my it was sweetness for my mummy heart!

Pa and MarMar:
We waited till I think it was 8 or 9 weeks to tell family and friends (this nearly drove your Daddy crazy! He is THE WORST at waiting!) The reason is that week was Pa's birthday and I wanted to make this birthday extra special for him (especially as you are due right in time for MarMar and Aunty Stewy's birthdays). So we found a 'Happy birthday Pop' card and put a picture of your ultrasound in it and you wrote a very cute and sweet little note to Pa explaining your upcoming arrival. At the time he was sitting on the end of their chaise kinda cross legged and when he realized what the card was started to jump up and down on his knees and wave the card at MarMar to check out. His reaction and excitement was like a little kid at Christmas time - it was so funny to see and watch him and MarMar get so excited and happy about you!

Great Gma + Great Gma:
We went to GGpa and GGma's place for dinner one night. The boys (GGpa and Pa) were watching the rugby and so GGpa advised us that we had ten minutes to get ourselves sorted with drinks and nibblies and to catch up before the game started (this family is rugby obsessed you will find out!) So I announced I had something to show them in those ten minutes and pulled our your ultrasound picture. GGpa's reaction was SO cute when I announced that he was going to be a great grandpa (As I am the 7th out of 12 grandchildren and the very first to share this news and he has eagerly been waiting for this day to come - he even has a wedding speech about it) and his reaction was awesome he was so excited and started waving the ultrasound picture around the room to GGma and asking her to come over (she had wandered off into the kitchen) to see the picture and hear the details. And then he even popped a bottle of champagne to celebrate the occasion. And GGma I hear has been busy knitting little things for you :) Later Great Aunty Susie and Great Aunty Libby came over too and it was fun to watch him and Pa excitedly tell them the news.

Great Oma + Great Opa:
We visited Daddy's Oma and Opa at Opa's nursing home one day to tell them the news. Daddy made a card for them that had a secret flap at the back which had your ultrasound in it. Then he wrote the sweetest little poem that he wrote inside the card which went like this:
"Growing quickly in a home of love
Is a gift from God above
We truly thank him who lives in Heaven
For what may happen on next March seven
Though this gift is of great joy
We know not yet if girl or boy
Please celebrate with us, our live in tenant
Yes that's right ...

(and then they turned to page to your photo) Katie's pregnant!

It was funny cause Oma let out one of her very loud excited Oma-ish squeal and then started to flash the card around the nursing home to all who would listen (even after we said we were just telling friends and family at this point and to keep quiet - oops!)  And Opa looked pretty pleased too understanding the news and smiling away (he has been asking us ever since we got married why we don't yet have a little girl or a little boy, and well now we have news for him!)

The Lollys:
We took our best friends Aunty Katty and Uncle Luke out for dinner to tell them the news and once again just threw it into the conversation. Aunty Katty and I had been planning to go to the One Fine Baby Fair in Sydney and I had originally told her one of the reasons I wanted her to come with me is that she actually has babies and I would feel silly going alone. But I was able to let her know that I was extra excited to go to the Fair now because I would be looking for inspiration for little baby A. It took awhile for the news to sink in and then it was hugs all round and lots of excitement as we would be joining the mummy and daddys club just like them :)

The Gwatneys:
Aunty Annie had just texted me to say that she had a dream that I was pregnant. I just happened to have been in Sydney that day for work and had dropped into Daddy's office to say hello. So we jumped on the phone and my first words to her were "Has anyone told you, you might have the gift of prophesy" it was pretty funny that she had guessed exactly right!

Uncle Stewy and Aunty Dom:
Well Pa was so excited and stoked with his birthday card that we let him share this one. We were all on the boat to celebrate Pa's birthday and so he got to rush over and ask if Uncle Stewy and Aunty Dom had seen his birthday card yet and would they like to read what was in it. They were pretty stoked! (they have been wanting us to have a  baby for FOREVER!) They are currently spending two months backpacking around Europe and so you have been sending them little weekly updates to keep them up on all the goss - its very sweet of you ;)

So there you go baby dear, just a few fun ways we have been able to share our exciting news with everyone. Everyone is so excited and happy to hear about you and we all cannot wait to meet you next year - c'mon the next 6 months, please fly by :)

Oh and also you have seen the moving announcement picture I made but here's the version your Daddy put on his instagram and facebook page (complete with my sticking it out belly lol):

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