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Unique Ideas of Telling Family That You're Expecting

We recently found out that we are expecting baby number two this summer! We are very excited and wanted a neat way to tell both of our families. We were planning on telling them at Christmas and involving our 2 1/2 year old daughter in the process. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!

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Make a family tree (you could make a drawing, use felt and glue or whatever you can come up with) and include a "new branch" that says "BABY" and wrap it up and give it to them for Christmas!

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Put a bread roll in the oven when they aren't looking. then later tell the grandparents you have a special treat for them in the kitchen, but they have to find it. When they open the oven, they will see the "bun in the oven". It is hysterical watching them search all through the kitchen looking for their present and then see their faces when they open the oven!

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I saw this and just knew someone on here had asked for some ideas. Hopefully I am not sending it too late. Congrats and good luck!

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We sat all the grandparents down, told them we had a gift for all of them, and gave the each "congratulations on your new grandson" cards, and had them open them at the same time. Took my MIL a few minutes to figure it out, but it was PRICELESS!!!! We have the whole thing on camera!

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Make or buy them an ornament saying baby's first christmas 2008.

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Put a bread roll in the oven when they aren't looking. then later tell the grandparents you have a special treat for them in the kitchen, but they have to find it. When they open the oven, they will see the "bun in the oven". It is hysterical watching them search all through the kitchen looking for their present and then see their faces when they open the oven!

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I bought my daughter a "I'm a big sister" t-shirt and let "her tell everyone". It's a lot of fun watching what unfolds and the conversations and even some confusion. Sometimes it even took forever for some to figure it out.
Good luck, congratulations! Cathi

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Make a family tree (you could make a drawing, use felt and glue or whatever you can come up with) and include a "new branch" that says "BABY" and wrap it up and give it to them for Christmas!

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I bought the book "I'm a big sister" and took a picture of my daughter "reading" it. Then I made a card. The card folded in half. Before opening the card, you just saw my daughters face, when you open the card, you saw the book she was reading.

I heard a lot of people doing the "big brother/big sister" shirts, so I played off that, but did it a little different. Good luck, this is so much fun!

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We announced our second at Christmas time by by giving my parents a photo album that said "Grandkids" (first hint since at this point they only have 1 grandchild" Then we put a few picks of my daughter in it and the last one was an ultrasound of the new baby. It was so funny to watch them flip through the pics and get to the last one and figure it out.

Good Luck and congrats! What a great suprise for everyone!

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I did the Big Brother and Big Sister T-shirts too. My kids wore them everywhere for about two weeks. Everybody loved them. If you are telling them at Christmas, maybe you could make your daughter a shirt that says something like:

I asked Santa for a new tricycle and all I am getting is a new baby brother!

Or something like that.

Good luck and congratulations.

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We found out around easter about our son. We told our families by giving them their easter gifts and cards, except the cards said from J., Jason, Charlene, and baby Irick. For the grandparents they opened up their very own baby books to be able to keep their own record of the new little one. Ended up being great because they are so into it, go to the docotor appts so they can get the info for their books, have their own pics, etc.

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we gave each of ours a gift bag with hints in it. Like: A new picture album. Something special the baby would only use at their house. Small disposable camera with the due date written on it ..."FOR USE ONLY ON JULY ___ ". Baby's first Christmas ornament (the baby IS here now ... just not visible). Have your daughter put on a BIG SISTER tshirt and take picture and frame it for the gift bag. Make sure your daughter feels special that day too -- let her be really involved in picking things out or wrapping and let her know how much you appreciate her and what a good big sister she is already becoming and that she has been chosen to be the big sister for this new baby. Let he know she is still special too because all the hub bub over having a new baby could make her feel like she is being replaced as "baby".

You will think of something unique to them and your situation.

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Hello
I have a 3 year old and and 3 and 1/2 month old. What we did to tell our family was we bought and T-Shirt and bought some iron on letter at Hobby Lobby and wrote "I am going to be a big brother on it. He wore it to the first family thing we had and it was a HIT. Everyone loved the idea. Then we took pictures and e-mailed it to everyone else. Hope this helps!

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Congrats!

I saw this on America's funniest video and thought it was cute. Write "I'm going to be a big sister" on your daughter's diaper/pullup. Have the video camera ready and make sure both grandparents are in the room. Hand diaper changing supplies to one of them and ask them to change your daughter. Seeing their face when they see what's written on the pullup and expressing it to everyone else is priceless. It's great because you'll always have their reactions on video.

Good luck!

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First off, Congratulations. A cute idea might be to have your daughter wear a I'm a Big Sister t-shirt in the color of what ever the new bundle of joy is going to be.

You could also get some inexpensive little baby favors and wrap each one up as a tiny gift to each family member. Have them all open them at the same time.

Or make a special cake or cookie and decorate it like a baby shower cake and save it for last. Dont let anyone see it.

one other thing is if you happened to get a video of any of your sonograms you could pop it in and play it for everyone at the same time.

Be sure and let us know how it turns out.

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I told everyone I was expecting at Christmas and I bought my dad a baby hunting gear and my mom and Grandma loves me and my sister a my aunts the best. All infant cholthes and gave them as gifts. It was so cute to see eveyone reasction.

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Have you daughter where I'm going to be a big sister shirt or jammies....

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I just have a few ideas that I hope will help you out. Your daughter give the Grandparents a present and have them open it up at the same time it could be something for the new baby an outfit, rattle or booties.
You can also give them a picture of her touching or hugging your belly with a sticker or something stating I love my baby or I'm the big sister now...
You can also help her make a card for them stating I'm going to be a big sister or your going to have a new Grand baby in July!
I think you should go to Micheal's or Hobby Lobby and look at all the arts, crafts and scrap booking stuff and I bet you will come up with something great..
Good Luck surprising the Grandparents..
And Congratulations on the New Addition to your family!!

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Mine is not as creative as some of these...I'm going to have remember them for the next one!!

I found a t-shirt for my 8 year old son that said, "It's my brother's fault" and took a picture of him and sent it to family far away. For the close family he wore the shirt to my grandparents anniversary dinner...it took some a while to get it but was cute all the same!

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Get a shirt for your 2 year old to open up when everyone is watching that says...I'm going to be a big sister around ...(due date insterted here)

Congrats

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One idea that I've seen done is to frame a picture of your ultrasound, wrap it and give it to each family as a present.

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I did the "big brother" t-shirt.
But, some ladies on my chat board had a really cute idea. They took a family picture and made it into christmas cards. The caption on the bottom said something like "Matching sweaters $100, Printing Christmas cards $20,Letting people know that there are actually 4 people wishing you Merry Christmas in this picture... Priceless.

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When it was time to tell our families about our second child, I bought one of those shirts that says "I am the big sister". My then 2 year old wore it. It took them a minute to really realize what was going on, but then, everyone started laughing and getting excited.

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Here is a cute idea that I heard from a friend, who was also expecting her second child with a 2 year old. She ordered a t-shirt for the older daughter saying "I'm the Big Sister". They invited all of the grandparents over for dinner and had their little girl come out wearing the big sister t-shirt, and basically just waited for the grandparents to notice the shirt :) . Cute idea!

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When I found out I was pregnant with my son, my daughter was only like 8 months old. But we went out and bought some baby booties and we wrapped them up. We had my daughter give them to my parents. It wasn't around a holiday or anything, so they were kind of puzzled as to what the gift was for! When they opened it, they understood, and they were very happy for us.

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What we did with our first pregnancy was blow up our first sonogram pic at one of those booth places(walmart, walgreens)and typed on there your new grandbaby. We framed it and gave one to each grandparent (couple or single)for Christmas. It was priceless. I was almost 3 months and no one knew.

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http://www.abbeypress.com/product.asp?pn=45349&sid=CA...

I saw this and just knew someone on here had asked for some ideas. Hopefully I am not sending it too late. Congrats and good luck!

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Maybe get your daughter an "I'm gonna be a big sister" T shirt. Let her run around in that at Christmas. Or (this is better if she is potty trained already) Have her give you a package of newborn diapers as a christmas gift, in front of everyone.

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C.,

One idea would be to give each side of the family a gift to open and if they are altogether when you do this have them all open the gift at the same time. You could go buy baby booties or something cute like that.. That's what my husband and I did for our first and only so far. It's really fun.

Good Luck and Congrats!

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I'll tell you what I did the first time- when I told my husband. I set an extra place at the dinner table and I placed a teddy bear in the seat with a bib around it's neck that said I love my Daddy! When he got home from work I told him that I hope he didn't mind, but we were having an extra guest for dinner. He went into the kithen to see who it was. It took him a second to figure it out, but he LOVED it!!! The second time I did the I'm a big brother t-shirt with a stuffed animal that had a bib around it's neck that I had embroidered to say " Suprise!". I hope these ideas help you-- Good luck and Congratulations!

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Dear C.,

How about buying 2 mugs with something that says grandma and or grandpa or something to that effect, and have your 21/2 year old give it as a present to both families.

H.

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Hi Corrina,

When my husband and I found out we were pregnant, we gave the family a card for Easter that said from S., Don and ?? It was at a family gathering and they passed it around the table at lunch...

Don's Grandmother was the first one to notice the ??... so,
you could give the family a card to pass around from your Daughter, and sign it from her and ?? to see if anyone notices? Corny I know but it was really fun when they noticed.

good luck, and congrats!!

S.

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You could make one of those photo books..through MyPublisher.com or one of those places and kind of tell the story of your lives and then end it with a photo of your daughter wearing one of those "I'm the Big Sister" shirts. My brother-in-law did this with my sister when he asked her to marry him. He had a photo book made about all the fun times they've had and then at the end there was a picture of their daughter holding up a big piece of paper that said "Mommy, will you marry my daddy?" It was the sweetest and she'll always have it to show :o)

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Well what I did was have a shirt made for my step son that said I'm going to be a big brother. Then I got two birp clothes one that said I love my mama then smaller underneath that I put Baby S.. Then on the other one I put I love my papa and again underneath it I put Baby S.. I wrapped all of that up in a gift box for my mom. We open gifts up one person at a time so everyone was watching her. She pulled out the bib and got sooooo excited. She thought it was just a regular Christmas present until she saw that. She handed my stepson his which was the first time he found out also. For my husbands side of the family we had my stepson wear his I'm going to be a big brother to a family get together. It took about 2 minutes for someone to read his shirt and realize what was going on. Good Luck and Congratulations.

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My husband and I just discovered we are also expecting our second child in July. I came up with a fun way of telling my husband along with our families our exciting news. I had a shirt made for my son that says BIG BROTHER. My son walked into our house to my husband and had the shirt on. It took him a minute but he finally got it. We are hoping to do the same thing tomorrow to our families at Thanksgiving. Good Luck and Congrats!

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When we found out that we were expecting twins we wanted to come up with a unique way to tell our families. We wrote a personalized poem about how special family is, and then towards the end it spoke to how special grandparents are, and then it broke the news about our double blessing. My mom was so excited as she was reading it that when she figured out that we were telling her we were pregnant, she was so busy crying and jumping up and down that she missed the part about the twins until we pointed it out. Anyway - both sets of our parents absolutely loved the personalized poem (we gave it to them framed) and it turned out to be a nice keepsake for all of us. We also needed to break the news to my sister who was expecting my nephew within weeks. It was important to us to tell her in a unique way, so we bought a baby gift for my new nephew to be, and in the wrapping we had a note to my nephew that we would also be providing for him two baby cousins to play with. She was really tickled. You could incorporate your daughter into the process in a similar way - by doing a gift she might give to her grandparents which might have a poem or a special keepsake in it. I've seen some ornaments look a bit like a family tree which have spaces for pictures. You could do a picture of all of your family members and for the baby-to-be maybe include a sono pictures if you have one?

Best wishes to you and congrats! A very special time to be celebrating with family and friends. Let us know how it goes!

Hugs to you!

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First of all CONGRADULATIONS! I think a neat way to tell the family would be to give everyone a framed sonogram picture. You can take your picture to HEB or Walgreens and they have a picture machine were you can add borders and wording. Its something like .15 cents a picture. Wrap the framed pictures up and have your daughter deliver them to everyone at the same time. That way everyone finds out at the same time. And it would be a gift from your daughter. Hope this helps out. Good Luck, God Bless and Have a Happy pregnancy!

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Hi C.,

I love the Big Brother/Big Sister shirts for announcements. You could have her wear one, or you could take her picture in one and frame it and have her give it as a present.

Good luck! Let us know what you decide to do. :)

C.

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I got a Christmas card from some one once that was really cute. It was a picture of their son holding a poster with the new babies due date and a cute little saying about welcoming his baby sister. I thought it was cute

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you could have some fortune cookies made with a confucious type saying at an oriental restaurant

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