28 answers

Surprise for My Husband

My husband and I are attempting to get pregnant with our second child. When I told him that I was pregnant with our little girl (now 17 months)--it was a big to-do at the Rangers game. I am looking for any other creative ideas on how other women shared the news of their pregnancy with their spouse/significant other.

1 mom found this helpful

What can I do next?

Featured Answers

I just did a onesie for my 1st saying "I'm going to be a big sister in April 2005". And yes it was a onesie since she was 9 months old when I found out I was expecting again!

With my 2nd child I made my husband play a game where it started with a note on the door for when he came in from work! It said"What do we put in tea besides tea & water?" It was sugar, so he had to go to the sugar container. Then that led him to another question to go to another location. I had 10 different questions that led him to the baby bed that my son slept in and there was the test and a note that said "Roses are red, test lines are pink, look what we did honey, what do ya think!" We both just started crying! It was a great moment that I will never forget! Hope you have fun with what ever you do!!

My best friend gave her husband cigars gift wrapped to announce the coming of their 2nd child, and it happened to be at his birthday lunch! He opened them, and looked at her and said, I don't smoke..then got the significance, and put his head on table and cried! I was so glad I got to share that moment with them!
L. B

More Answers

I didn't do a big to-do, but last week I found out I was pregnant with our 2nd child. I went to Babies R Us and bought a t-shirt for our son that said Big Brother. I had him wear that, so when my husband got home from work, our son walked up to him with the shirt on. It totally took him by surprise. We also let our son "tell" the rest of the family with the shirt. I think it went really well. I also got the shirt a bit big, so it will fit him when his new brother or sister is born.
Good luck to you!

2 moms found this helpful

Great ides from everyone! You could try a Sumo fortune cookie. They are so fun and you get to put your own message inside. I've sent one of those to my husband & he thought it was great. the website is: sumocookies.com.
Have fun trying for the second one!!

1 mom found this helpful

OK- before I read the other responses- I was going to say- put a note on your daughters diapers like- "ready for a second set of diapers?????" then I saw the other lady's request and now I like the idea even more!- lol
Good luck and enjoy- it goes by WAY too quick!
Mine are 13 and 17

D.
www.partyangelsus.com
Host Assistants at your Service

1 mom found this helpful

I handed my husband a beer with pink & blue ribbons attached to it and a little bitty note giving him congrats on another fine job I did it very calmly and nonchalant :)M.
www.m3vno.myarbonne.com

There is an online company that does personalized disposable diapers. Someone gave us some with our babies name imprinted on them in hot pink. I've since ordered them as a gift for someone else. You could have anything you want printed on them www.awesomediapers.com . They are located in Tomball.

I do personalization in rhinestones (for tees, swimsuits, etc). My cousin is trying to get pregnant and she wants to have Big Sis in rhinestones applied to a swimsuit for her little girl.

I found out I was pregnant a few days before my sons 1st birthday. I had a shirt embroidered with Big Brother for him to wear as his grandparents arrived. I had him wear it the day before for dad. We changed him out of it before the other guest arrived since it was technically too early to talk to everyone about. Good luck.

I know timing is everything for what you can do, but I happened to find out right before Father's Day and it was the same day we were celebrating something else so I took him out to a steakhouse for dinner. He was holding my hands across the table as we were talking and I told him I had an early Father's Day gift for him. He asked me what it was and I told him, "You get to be one!". He was so surprised and he started crying. It was awesome. I have a daughter from a previous relationship and my husband has always been her "daddy" but this time around it was HIS turn to be a dad with his own, which is why we were already celebrating Father's Day. :) I'm sure anything you do will be special!

I've heard of one woman that did a scrapbook page announcing the event and showed her husband.

The other day on America's Funniest Home Videos, someone did a version of The Night Before Christmas changing the wording around to announce their expecting. Maybe you can find it on You Tube.

Good luck and hope it happens when you want it too.

Maybe some kind of treasure hunt with different trinkets or clues would be fun. It could be as big or as small as you want. The last thing could be the pregancy test, a baby rattle, or anything that says "I'm pregnant!"

When I found out I was pregnant with our first, I wrote on my belly. You can come up with your own saying, but mine was "your boys can swim" b/c of a joke we had going. I just wrote on my belly with eye liner, I think, and when he came home from work, I lifted my shirt. The 2nd time, we weren't trying, so when I found out, I got a card that said something about just loving him and I signed it "fertile myrtle". I left it on the steering wheel of his car while he was at work. He was a little confused, when he got home that night, he looked at me and said "does this mean what I think it means?" and I said "yep!" With the third, it was nothing exciting. We had been trying for a long time and I just thought maybe it had finally worked. I did the EPT and left it on the counter while I took my shower so I wouldn't stare at it for 3 minutes. He knew I was doing it, so he came and and said "well", and I said "I don't know, take a look" and it was positive!

Good luck!

Althought I never got to surprise my husband, he just always new...before me which was freaky. I like the way Tori Spelling told her husband...she had a big brother onesie or shirt on her son when the dad got home. It took him a minute but I thought it was a cute idea. Good luck

With our first child, who is now 6 years old, I bought the cutest pair of baby booties I could find in white leather. Then I took a pink a pink ribbon and laced one and tied a pretty bow. The other bootie got a blue ribbon and bow. Next up I placed a tag laying gently on top that read "Girl or Boy?" I wrapped up the small box and tied it too with a nice ribbon.

The day I learned was following a camping trip and I was horribly sunburned. I itched so bad I laid on a wet sheet on the couch much of the day going nuts from the itching. (My sunblock had apparently worn off and I being a dumb young 20 something had not replenished it, nor did I know how to care for it at that age.) Anyway, I laid there all morning shocked, delighted and dreaming up all sorts of things...

When my husband came home for lunch at noon I was BURSTING to tell but he was not in the mood I wanted and I was still itchy and not much fun. So I didn't tell and let him leave. I swallowed my fears and took a benadryl tablet which helped more than anything else I'd tried.

Then, when my husband came home for the day from work I felt better and I was more than ready to drop my joy bomb on him.

Many many times I have gone grocery shopping and come home and announced- "I have a present for you!" Then I hand him a new package of socks, or underwear, or a snickers bar or whatever small thing that I know he needs, or will appreciate. It's kind of a little joke with us. On this day I did the same thing and so he was expecting something like a package of socks when I pulled out an exquisitely wrapped little package tied with fancy ribbon too. He was a bit taken aback. I'm sure his mind probably raced as he thought about anniversary and birthdates but he's very on top of that and never forgets--so he was completely taken by surprise and said "What's this? "

I just said "Open it." I was, of course, bursting at the seams and wildy holding back my extreme joy...oh the suspense! I wasn't completely sure how he would react as I knew he'd not been ready for children just a short time before but a medical condition had left me with the choice of deciding to either get pregnant naturally or having strong hormonal treatments that could throw me into irreversable menopause so early. I had of course, consulted with my husband about what I should do and he'd said it was my body. I KNEW what I wanted to do but I also knew he wasn't ready. I prayed about it and before we truly began to try-and following surgery for endometriosis-at a followup visit for the surgery just two weeks later I was already pregnant but didn't realize it then. God sure answered that prayer. Soo while I was worrying about the choice to make HE'd already decided too!

When I discovered the news it was unexpected but delightful. So I really wasn't sure how my husband would take it.

He FINALLY began to tentatively open the box with a look of trepidation on his face- which I deserve because I love to pull pranks. He probably thought something was going to jump out at him and I was going to cackle like a mad woman.

Instead he opened up the box and peered dumbfounded at the darling little booties inside. For a moment he was completely CLUELESS. He stared and I heard him mutter "HUH??"

I waited for his brain to comprehend the message therein. The he read the tag outloud..then he got it. He looked up slightly awestruck and his voice broke as he said "REALLY?" I knew it was ok-his voice doesn't normally break-I knew it was raw emoition and he was afraid to hope and I rushed forward and said "YES! Really!"

It was a scene from the movies-he swooped me up and whirled me around in a gentle hug and carefully set me down (that was before baby weight.) Well-ok, so that's how I like to remember it. Actually it was just as sweet, a gentle hug and he was happy and I was relieved and star struck excited and joyful.

Wasn't I clever? I Did the same thing again later by actually mailing a small package containing a positive pregnancy test to us at home since he always got the mail and opened up HIS mail himself...

To tell family the second time we set up a digital camera to take our family photo in front of our fireplace with our 3 clearly marked Christmas Stockings hanging behind us and a small Fourth stocking with a large gold question mark on it instead of a name...I got calls later after I mailed out our special Christmas annoucement that year and some people hadn't noticed but instead of just outright telling them I requested they go take another look at the picture and read the stockings...grins. I love to be creative.

Guess what? My kids are too! LOL

I did not do anything big for our two children, but had heard of using all foods that started with Baby for dinner once...baby carrots, baby back ribs, etc and then create a menu for your husband emphasizing those food BABY carrots with BABY back ribs, etc.

J. S.

Well as most men my husband thinks that he has super swimmers. He has always teased me saying that they have big S's on their chests. So when I found out I was pregnant I went and got some fabric that had the superman emblem on it real big. I got cardboard that was about 2ft by 2ft. I wrapped the fabric around the cardboard and then attached it to a wooden stake. I made probably about ten of those. I went down the street on his route home and placed them at each street and the last one on the corner where I live. When he came into the house I had a big picture of superman with the test hanging from it. Unfortunately he was a little slow and didn't realize what the signs where for until he came into the house. I was a little dissapointed that he didn't realize what it was until he came in but it was fun putting them up anyway and now I have a neat story to tell. Good Luck and Congrats for when you are expecting.

I had my oldest son wear a "I'm the big brother" t-shirt. It is how we told everyone in our family.

When I was pregnant I found this "flat baby" , a carbboard photograph of a baby crawling. You may have seen these at Hallmark or different party stores. There are cats, dogs,etc available as well. They look just like the real thing, maybe half the real size and have a little cardboard piece in the back to pull out so they stand alone. I had planned to send it to my father -in-law as he lives abroad, but he was actually with us when I found out the good news. So, I wrapped it up like a gift and gave it to my parents when I came back from the trip we were on with my father-in-law. I wrote "Hi Grandma and Grandpa" on the baby and the look on their faces was hysterical, but they snapped to the facts of the matter pretty quickly then of course began to cry!
There are also the giant bottles you can get at party stores. You could get one and just have it sitting on the table or lying in the bed. You could fill it up with pink and blue confetti etc etc.

I figured I had to have been pregnant because I was craving beef (which I didn't really eat) nonstop and we had eaten at Outback 2-3X a week for a week or 2. So when we got seated one night, I gave him a present with two positive pregnancy tests in it (I'm a scientist so I had to test twice with different brands LOL).

I took pictures of my kids holding posters that said,

1. Look who is
2. going to be
3. a
4. BIG Sister

It was really cute! The last picture was the child holding a baby doll like it was her baby sister. I started off just showing my husband some regular pictures and then had these mixed in the middle. He had no idea.

Plus, we then took these pictures to family gatherings, friends and church, so it was the perfect way to share with everyone.

Have fun and congratulations!

My husband is a HUGE Denver Broncos fan, so when I found out I was pregnant with our son, I bought a white onesie and had it embrodered to read, "My daddy's a Broncos fan". I wrapped it and gave it to him one night before we were going to bed. That's also what we brought our son home in from the hospital.

You could get him a baby gift and wrap it. When he unwraps the gift, tell him that you'de like him to give this to your next child in X amount of months. =)

With our third, I planned on renting a Hummer in burnt orange, (he is a big UT fan), for the day if it was going to be twins to show my husband how much more car space we would need. It would be a good idea to borrow a car seat and put two in the back possibly wrapping them in pink and blue ribbons, then pick him up for lunch from work or else on a Sat.
We just had one though and I just left a whole bunch of tests lying on his counter in the bathroom because the day I found out was my 36th birthday.

For our First I gave hime the movie Parenthood and some baby parafanalia, with the second we were building a house and I took him to the room that would change and have two more feet added to it, waiting in the room was a suprise picic all on baby plates that you get for showers. There were also banners hanging from the studs with streamers like a low budget baby shower.

Good Luck!!!!!

I handed the prescription for prenatals to my hubby and waited for it to sink in. It took a minute, but it was fun.

Maybe you can frame something that is meaningful for pregnancy or babies and wrap it for him to open (as a present). Give it to him at dinner out.

Good luck and congrats when it happens.

Blessings,

P. <><

My best friend gave her husband cigars gift wrapped to announce the coming of their 2nd child, and it happened to be at his birthday lunch! He opened them, and looked at her and said, I don't smoke..then got the significance, and put his head on table and cried! I was so glad I got to share that moment with them!
L. B

Hi there, I too am an attorney/wife/mom, to a 3 1/2 yr old, 24 mo old (and one due Sept 17th!!).

I've told my husband by:

for child #1, I put together a little basket of items, baby onesie, booties, book about becoming a father, etc. and had it sitting there when he walked in from work;

to announce child # 2: wrapping up the positive pregnancy test stick as a Christmas present (in a ziploc baggie, not loose!);

for child #3, I put child # 2 in an "I'm a big brother" shirt"... took Daddy a little while to figure it out, but when it hit him, it was great!

Good luck and congrats!!

We're ttc, and this time around, when I find out, I'm going to have him change the older baby's diaper and on it will say, "I'm a big sister". I saw this on America's funniest home video's and thought it was hilarious!

My husband and I were on a trip to San Diego a couple weeks after I found out I was pregnant with our second. I had decided to wait until we were there and on the beach to break to news. Before we left town I put my first untrasound picture in a frame that said "Baby" on it. One night while we were walking on the beach I pulled the wrapped frame from under my sweatshirt and handed it to him. He was puzzled as he opened the gift and took a minute to figure out what he was seeing. He said, "Is this a....??" And I said, "Yeah, we're having a baby!" He started to cry out of joy and it will remain one of the great moments in my life. :) Good luck!!

I just did a onesie for my 1st saying "I'm going to be a big sister in April 2005". And yes it was a onesie since she was 9 months old when I found out I was expecting again!

With my 2nd child I made my husband play a game where it started with a note on the door for when he came in from work! It said"What do we put in tea besides tea & water?" It was sugar, so he had to go to the sugar container. Then that led him to another question to go to another location. I had 10 different questions that led him to the baby bed that my son slept in and there was the test and a note that said "Roses are red, test lines are pink, look what we did honey, what do ya think!" We both just started crying! It was a great moment that I will never forget! Hope you have fun with what ever you do!!

How exciting J.. I loved making a big deal out of telling my hubby too. For our first one I ordered a personalized fortune cookie (had to buy bulk of 25) and he opened it when we were out to eat one night. "Confusious says...You're going to be a daddy". With the second one we bought our son a shirt that said I'm a Big Brother and then waiting for daddy to figure it out. Good luck to you!

Required Fields

Our records show that we already have a Mamapedia or Mamasource account created for you under the email address you entered.

Please enter your Mamapedia or Mamasource password to continue signing in.

Required Fields

, you’re almost done...

Since this is the first time you are logging in to Mamapedia with Facebook Connect, please provide the following information so you can participate in the Mamapedia community.

As a member, you’ll receive optional email newsletters and community updates sent to you from Mamapedia, and your email address will never be shared with third parties.

By clicking "Continue to Mamapedia", I agree to the Mamapedia Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.