TTUT-How We Told the Grandparents to Be

Dr. Leonard Green: What’s new with you?
Rachel: Um… I got TiVo!
Dr. Leonard Green: What’s TiVo?
Phoebe: It’s slang for pregnant. –Friends

Today I’m checking in with two hot mamas: Impulsive Addict and Seriously Shawn

Match and I had this grand plan to not tell people about Roo until the doctor confirmed our pregnancy. Well that scheme lasted all of four days until we were both just about to burst. So we agreed that we would only tell our parents and siblings, and then wait for the doctor for everyone else.

I wanted to do something creative, and it was Match who came up with the idea. We took two old tshirts and some puff paint and got to creating.

Mine said Baby on Board with a little arrow pointing to my belly and Match insisted his should say Who’s Your Daddy? We were both wearing the shirts when we called our parents and had them use the Skype web conferencing services with us.

In typical Mom fashion, my mom couldn’t get her side of the video to work, so we could hear her but not see her. I guess the wording on our shirts appeared backwards on her screen, and I could hear her saying, “What’s your shirt say? It’s backwards. What’s that…baby?” Then she screamed at the top of her lungs when she realized what it said. I wish we could have seen her reaction, and I made sure to tease her for it. By the time she got her video working the moment was over, but I still got to see her and my Pops grinning. They’re both so excited to be grandparents for the third time (my brother has two toddlers).

Then it came time to tell the in-laws. This I was so excited for because they will be first time grandparents. They did get the video working right away, but they also had the problem with the image being backwards. My mother in-law was so cute because I think she was afraid it was a joke, or that she’d misread it because she said tentatively, “Are you…are you pregnant?” And then when I nodded and said yes, she clapped her hands and I could see tears in her eyes.

Here’s my mom still trying to figure out the Skype on the “darn computer” she calls it.

and here’s my overjoyed in-laws. I love that I was able to catch that reaction. I know the sunglasses make them look ridiculous, but I like to hide faces when I can. But you had to see that grin!

After we were done talking to our parents, we decided we’d better tell our siblings. This was mostly because my mother-in-law was so anxious for us to tell her daughter that I was afraid she would do it. She had a hard enough time when we said she couldn’t tell her sisters until our doctor’s visit. It’s been killing her these past few weeks, and I know exactly how she feels.

So for the siblings, they didn’t want to skype and neither my brother nor Match’s sis understood why we were pestering them. So I said I was emailing them a picture of the house and to call me as soon as they got it. This is the picture they got instead, and it had our phones blowing up quick!

We had such a blast telling our immediate family. I love that we were able to capture moments of it on camera. Ideally we would have been there in person, but this was the next best thing. The next morning both our moms had emailed us bubbly emails about how excited they were. They each have unique nicknames they want to be called, which I think is so cute. I loved telling the family in our own special way. Next up…how we told our friends!



    OH that was such a cute way to tell them. I wish we had a neat way when I was pregnant with mine. Congratulations coming by from IA and Shawns

    Amanda A

    Super cute

    Becca@R Ww There Yet Mom?

    Such a FUN FUN idea!! I love it!!


    Sarah Kate

    Ya’ll are awesome!!! This was such a great idea!!! And congrats BIG TIME on the pregnancy!!!! I’m so happy for ya’ll!!! You’re going to be a FAB momma! :o)

    And the nickname Roo is pretty darn cute, too! ;o)


    We got the best reaction from Nick’s dad when we told him about our second. WE told him that Turbo was going to be a big brother and he didn’t get it for a second and then he yelled “Your Pregnant!?!” It was classic.
    Great timing for you guys what with the new house and all.


    A new house and a new baby!!! squeeeeee!!! So happy for you!

    That was an awesome way to announce the pregnancy.

    Impulsive Addict

    I LOVE it! So creative! I could have told you about the image being backwards. We skype all the time with M’s parents and everything they show Emma is always reversed!

    So what do they want to be called? I’m just being nosey!

    Thanks for linking up, Love! Shawn will be excited. I don’t think she knows your pregnant yet.


    Oh congrats! We didn’t really do anything special to tell our parents. Our baby will be the first grandchild on either side. 🙂


    We didn’t wait to tell anyone. It’s just so damn hard.


    Your baby is going to be one of the luckiest babies as you have been blogging before the baby was even a possibility so all of these little things will be documented! Love how you told your family.

    Seriously Shawn

    Congratulations! I’m such a sucky bloggy friend that I didn’t even know you were pregnant!

    My friend baked two vanilla cakes, one dyed pink the other blue, and iced them same “It’s a….” was on the top. After her sonogram all the kids, this is number 5, sat around the table for dessert. When she served the first piece they all learned if it was a little brother or sister. Such a cute idea right?

    Thanks for linking up and CONGRATULATIONS again my friend!

    Meghan Furst

    OKAAY – I cried real tears as I read your post (I am Also a Grandma!). My mascara is running here. That was really precious & original with the T-shirts there.

    You two look Soo proud in that last pic. Very happy for you. The nickname Roo is super cute.

    Megan W

    How fun! My parents are the same way with Skype! My in-laws are much better at it. But, they’ve wanted us to have a child forever, even before we were married! It’s not the right time for us, but I can only imagine they would be over the moon, just like yours are!



    I just got all teary-eyed. I’m not even PMSing. That’s really sweet…the t-shirts, the skyping, emails, pictures…everything! It’s nice that it’s documented and you’ll always have stuff to look back on!

    Oh, and I didn’t know you were pg! So, congratulations!!! A little DG baby! So sweet!! How far along are you?

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