We are Expecting Again!!! Also, Pregnancy Announcement Ideas We Didn’t Use

That we feel the need to make grand announcements heralding our pregnancies is, I have to say, a bit amusing. You’re growing a human! An egg and a sperm collided on exactly right day and this little microscopic organism did exactly the right things at exactly the right time to sustain life. A pregnancy is a big enough deal all by itself!

Alas, in the age of updates and likes, we are expected to announce.

So announce we did.

How I Told Myself:

Without giving you TMI, I’m pretty in tune with changes in my body. As soon as a gal can know she’s pregnant, I know. In the middle of a complete snowstorm, I drug myself and Carson out to buy a pregnancy test from our neighborhood Dollar General. Very unceremonious.

We returned home and I sat down to pray before taking the test. My prayer was simple, “I surrender all.” I surrender my will to the Lord. Whether He put a baby inside of me, or not. I honestly felt at peace either way. With our first pregnancy being met with resentment on my end, that I felt so at peace with the potential of a second baby was a confirmation that God had healed my heart.

Hands shaking, I administered the test. Waited for two minutes, then crept back into our bathroom.

It was blank.


I waited again for the recommended ten minutes (!?!?!?!?) to retest.

Finally, the results were in.


I grabbed my iPhone and took a quick selfie, just so I could remember the joy of the moment.

Then I swept Carson into the biggest hug and told her she was going to be a big sister. She laughed and said, “Blah bler blub blub.” Which I think means she was elated as well 🙂

How I Told My Husband:

Ben was at work when I took the home pregnancy test. And it would be 5 agonizing hours before he came home so I could share the good news! “Hey! Guess what? I’m pregnant!” Isn’t exactly a text you should send to your husband. To pass the time, and out of sheer nervous excitement jitters, I cleaned our house from top to bottom. Then hatched a fun way to tell Ben Baby #2 is on the way!

I decided to display the pregnancy test on our freshly made bed with a little note from the baby. It was simple, but totally worked. I played it SO COOL, Y’ALL. He walked into the house, then into our bedroom, and stopped in his tracks when he saw the display. Melted my hormonal, pregnant heart!

How We Told Family:

We had a really fabulous plan to tell our family, but it got slightly thwarted. My MIL suspected the pregnancy weeks before our planned reveal date. And, let’s be honest, when you resemble a Walking Dead cast member, it’s kind of hard to conceal your bundle of joy.

Exhaustion + Nausea + Toddler Raising = Zombie Status

So we decided to confirm her suspicions. We quickly made a little note from Carson to Granny + Grandpa, announcing that she’s a big sister. They opened the note and giggled at each other. “We knew,” they crooned, smiling at each other. (Okay, so that pregnancy announcement was a bit of a bomb. But, hey, the truth remains: you don’t have to get all fancy sharing pregnancy news.)

How We Told Friends:

Ben and I have taken Easter family photos on a bench outside my in-laws house for four years in a row. We decided to make a compilation of those pictures and share the news that way. Though the announcement happened a few weeks shy of the second trimester mark, I really see no problem announcing pregnancies early. The picture got tons of great feedback. I love that the announcement was a nod to the Easter holiday, a day so important for Christians, and my maiden name.

But there were tons of  pregnancy announcement ideas I didn’t get a chance to whip up.

Pregnancy Announcement Ideas We Didn’t Use

  • Opps, I Did It Again Parody Great vial potential with this one! Ben and I would be wired with Britney Spears mics and prance around our house singing, “Opps, We Did It Again! We Made Another Baby!” We would dress Carson up as a backup dancer and teach her how to chew bubble gum. Foolproof, really.
  • No Announcement Imagine the surprise of dear friends and family when we post a picture of a wonderfully squishy newborn in one of those ubiquitous hospital blankets. “Announcing our new arrival!” Can’t imagine this would offend or throw off anyone. Though it could get difficult to mask a growing basketball stomach for nine months.
  • Chain Mail Letter With The Positive Pregnancy Test Pros: Everyone would find out the happy news…eventually. Cons: Postage. Also the thought of my urine sample traveling in USPS trucks.
  • A La Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes Blow up our ultrasound picture the size of a PCH check. Stock up on balloons, confetti, and air horns. Spend a Saturday knocking on doors and scaring the bejeezers out of our loved ones.
  • Your Baby Is Fruit You know how pregnancy apps always compare your baby to the size of a piece of obscure fruit? Post a picture of the corresponding fruit each week for the 40 weeks of your picture. Say nothing. Respond to no comments or questions. Finish with a picture of your baby.

What are your thoughts on pregnancy announcements? Do you have any crazy pregnancy announcement ideas? I’d love to hear them!


  1. Mary Elizabeth on April 21, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Awwww so sweet 🙂 I’m so excited for y’all!

    • Victoria Easter Wilson on April 22, 2015 at 1:14 am

      Thank you Mary Beth 🙂

  2. Ellen Russell on April 21, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Congratulations! We bought some cute nerdy baby stuff to announce to friends with our first, I wrote a cute letter “from the three of us” to my husband for our second. My favorite was actually a cute geeky poem and illustrations I made for my husband for our third, but we lost that baby 🙁 We just did a generic “yay we’re pregnant!” for our baby we just had.
    I love the pictures at the same bench! Such a cute idea.

    • Victoria Easter Wilson on April 22, 2015 at 1:14 am

      Oh Ellen, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss – but what an honor of that baby’s memory to share the story. <3 And I love the different ideas you were able to use!

  3. Bek on April 21, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Love the note from baby!! So cute! And congrats!!
    There’s a video floating around of a couple who told her parents {I think?} by giving her dad a gift of running shoes with a note that said “so Grandpa can keep up” or something like that, and the mom FLIPS out. It’s adorable {and will probably make your hormonal self cry buckets of happy tears!}. Too cute.

    • Victoria Easter Wilson on April 22, 2015 at 1:13 am

      That’s all I need Bek, more buckets of hormonal tears. LOL But seriously, that’s sweet 🙂

  4. Saira on April 23, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Thanks for the post! I’m tearing up!! Congrats and I LOVE your Easter photos. In my head I imagine you returning every Easter even after his parents move away…. “There is that nutty family taking pictures in front of our house again.” Can’t wait to see what you announce next Easter! LOL

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  6. WS on February 19, 2016 at 3:34 am

    For our second I made a t-shirt that said “Meet me in August” my family thought it was a band name until my sister finally got it. For our last we always open Christmas pjs on Christmas Eve. I got myself a shirt that said “napping for two”. My hubby was shocked when we all changed into our pjs and gathered back around the tree.

    • Victoria Easter Wilson on February 19, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      Oh, so fun! 🙂

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