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8 Fun Ways to Announce Pregnancy

I’m pregnant. I am pregnant. I AM PREGNANT! Whether you’re thrilled, shocked or a little bit of both, you’ve got some exciting news to share. Now that your ovulation tracking days are over (and you’re morning sickness days have just begun) you and your partner get to decide how to tell friends and family that you’re expecting. Instead of just shouting the news, consider sharing it in one of these eight creative ways:

Bun in the Oven

Invite your parents and in-laws over for dinner. Tell your mom you’d like her to check on what’s cooking in the oven and ask your mother-in-law to help her. Watch their puzzled faces as they discover not a delicious pot roast but a single bun in the oven.

Bun in the Oven

Photo by chippenziedeutch via Flickr

Take My Temperature

Cozy up on the couch with a blanket and some soup, and tell your hubby you aren’t feeling well. Ask him to read your temperature, and give him the positive pregnancy test in place of a thermometer. Count how long it takes him to realize what he’s holding.

Holding Pregnancy Test

Photo by Esparta via Flickr

Coming Soon

Use a due date calculator to determine when you’ll likely give birth. Put together a slideshow of photos that hint at your pregnancy, either of you and your spouse or of the soon-to-be older brother or older sister of your baby. Take a picture of you and your husband holding a sign that reads “Baby #1: Coming [your due date]” and include it at the very end. Or take a picture of you and your spouses shoes with a pair of baby shoes between. Your family and friends will get the message.

Shoes Tell All

Photo by thebaphotography via Flickr

Send Flowers

Call a floral shop and arrange to have flowers sent to the baby’s grandparents. On the card, write “Congratulations Grandma and Grandpa” and don’t write your name. See how long it takes for them to figure out the flowers were indeed sent to the right person.

New Grandma

Photo by db Photography | Demi-Brooke via Flickr

Tell It On a Tee

Especially appealing if you have another child, dress your toddler in a handmade T-shirt that tells the news. Use an iron-on template, markers or fabric glue to write anything from “I’m going to be an older brother” to “Oops, they did it again.” If this baby is your first, you and your sweetheart could decorate shirts for a special evening. Announce “I’m pregnant” or write something more subtle, such as your due date, and wait for people to ask what “November 2013” means.

 

Love, Baby

Give your spouse or parents a children’s book with a memorable message inscribed in the inside cover: “Please read this to me this fall, Love, Baby.”

The Giving Tree

Photo by t-dubisme via Flickr

Good Fortune

Go out for Chinese, and when the person you want to tell isn’t looking, replace his or her fortune cookie with one you’ve tampered with. Using tweezers, you should’ve removed the fortune with one you’ve typed. “Summer season means new grand baby” is perfect for your parents, “Your swimmers won the race” will surprise your partner and “I’m pregnant” is a fun choice for just about anyone.

Fortune Cookie Announcement

Photo by kissedbysunshine via Flickr

I’m pregnant. I am pregnant. I AM PREGNANT! Whether you’re thrilled, shocked or a little bit of both, you’ve got some exciting news to share. Now that your ovulation tracking days are over (and you’re morning sickness days have just begun) you and your partner get to decide how to tell friends and family that you’re expecting. Instead of just shouting the news, consider sharing it in one of these eight creative ways:

Bun in the Oven

Invite your parents and in-laws over for dinner. Tell your mom you’d like her to check on what’s cooking in the oven and ask your mother-in-law to help her. Watch their puzzled faces as they discover not a delicious pot roast but a single bun in the oven.

Bun in the Oven

Photo by chippenziedeutch via Flickr

Take My Temperature

Cozy up on the couch with a blanket and some soup, and tell your hubby you aren’t feeling well. Ask him to read your temperature, and give him the positive pregnancy test in place of a thermometer. Count how long it takes him to realize what he’s holding.

Holding Pregnancy Test

Photo by Esparta via Flickr

Coming Soon

Use a due date calculator to determine when you’ll likely give birth. Put together a slideshow of photos that hint at your pregnancy, either of you and your spouse or of the soon-to-be older brother or older sister of your baby. Take a picture of you and your husband holding a sign that reads “Baby #1: Coming [your due date]” and include it at the very end. Or take a picture of you and your spouses shoes with a pair of baby shoes between. Your family and friends will get the message.

Shoes Tell All

Photo by thebaphotography via Flickr

Send Flowers

Call a floral shop and arrange to have flowers sent to the baby’s grandparents. On the card, write “Congratulations Grandma and Grandpa” and don’t write your name. See how long it takes for them to figure out the flowers were indeed sent to the right person.

New Grandma

Photo by db Photography | Demi-Brooke via Flickr

Tell It On a Tee

Especially appealing if you have another child, dress your toddler in a handmade T-shirt that tells the news. Use an iron-on template, markers or fabric glue to write anything from “I’m going to be an older brother” to “Oops, they did it again.” If this baby is your first, you and your sweetheart could decorate shirts for a special evening. Announce “I’m pregnant” or write something more subtle, such as your due date, and wait for people to ask what “November 2013” means.

Cutest Baby in the World

Photo by cscott2006 via Flickr

Love, Baby

Give your spouse or parents a children’s book with a memorable message inscribed in the inside cover: “Please read this to me this fall, Love, Baby.”

The Giving Tree

Photo by t-dubisme via Flickr

Good Fortune

Go out for Chinese, and when the person you want to tell isn’t looking, replace his or her fortune cookie with one you’ve tampered with. Using tweezers, you should’ve removed the fortune with one you’ve typed. “Summer season means new grand baby” is perfect for your parents, “Your swimmers won the race” will surprise your partner and “I’m pregnant” is a fun choice for just about anyone.

Fortune Cookie Announcement

Photo by kissedbysunshine via Flickr

Snap Reaction

At a get together with friends, say you’d like to take a group photo. At the end of the countdown, announce your happy news and smile as the camera catches everyone else’s surprised reactions.

Picture of Friends

Photo by blmurch via Flickr

Snap Reaction

At a get together with friends, say you’d like to take a group photo. At the end of the countdown, announce your happy news and smile as the camera catches everyone else’s surprised reactions.

Picture of Friends

Photo by blmurch via Flickr

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Inspiration, Small Town Style – Wrestler returns to competition after leg amputation

One of our Helena Family Life Expo members, Sylvan Learning Center, shared this awesome post including this Independent Record article on their Facebook page recently.  We wanted to share it with you as well, in case you thought you might have a tough day ahead and feel like giving up on what you want.

Grab a tissue and CLICK HERE to read about a young man who shows us much about doing what it takes, even when it seems like too much.

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Chemical-Free Living – Looking for Balance

We all know that there are items of convenience we would hard pressed to do without.  This recent article from Yahoo News encourages families of all types to make the effort to decrease hazardous chemical exposure from everyday items, and to learn more about what the hazards are and how to find a reasonable balance between what’s easy and what’s good.

Click  here to read more about how you might approach managing exposure to chemicals that influence your family’s health and well-being.

 

 

 

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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Montana hearing specialists at Hearing Aid Institute have shared a link via Facebook to this informative article about Noise Induced Hearing Loss.  The article answers questions like ‘What is noise induced hearing loss?’, ‘What sounds cause NIHL?’, ‘What are the effects of NIHL?’, and more.

Click here to read more about Noise Induced Hearing Loss.

 

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BRATY Diet and ‘Real Food’ Diet – Compatible?

Our Missoula members, The Lotus Project, nurture a network for new and expectant mothers.  They recently shared this article on their Facebook page, and we thought we’d share it with you.

Click here to read more about the BRATY diet and one mom’s experience with this common remedy for upset tummies.