A few years ago, I wrote this article below for our main Shopping for Two site on creative ways to announce your pregnancy to your husband. This article and the others I wrote have been hugely popular, so I thought I would share it with you here. I also have more fun ways to tell your husband that you are expecting, or ideas telling co-workers about your pregnancy or for telling your family and friends too. I hope these ideas give you inspiration:
Mama’s got a Brand New Shirt. Order one of our cute t-shirts to wear when you see your husband. Let him notice your new pregnancy glow while you sport an ‘Expecting‘, ‘Pregnant‘, or ‘Bun in the Oven‘ shirt. Those of us who grew up watching the movie Grease will recognize our ‘I Feel Like a Defective Typewriter‘ t-shirt immediately! If you already have children, you can dress them in an ‘I’m Going to be a Big Brother’ t-shirt or an ‘I’m Going to be a Big Sister’ t-shirt.
Dinner and a Present. If food is the way to your man’s heart, then this is the way to go. Wrap up your positive pregnancy test like a little present and present it to him over his favorite meal. If your husband is an outgoing type, take him to his favorite restaurant and have the maitre’d bring the gift to the table after you’ve finished dinner. Your husband can share his jubilation with the patrons and staff, who inevitably will be thrilled for you. Chances are they might even include dessert on the house, you’re eating for two now, so indulge! If you think your husband would prefer a more intimate setting, cook his favorite dinner and set the table with the good china you never have the occasion to use.
Bun in the Oven. Sneak out of bed early one morning and put a batch of cinnamon buns in the oven to bake. Don’t worry about baking these from scratch, the pre-prepared refrigerated ones from your grocery store will do just fine. When your husband wakes up and smells the irresistible aroma announce to him that, “Honey, we’ve got a bun in the oven!”
A Momento. Announce your pregnancy to your husband with a souvenier that he can keep on his desk or dresser. Take a picture of your positive pregnancy test and frame it with the words, “Positive proof that in nine months you will be the best dad around, just wait, you’ll see.”
Start Saving. Is your husband in charge of the family finances? Buy him a piggy bank and put a note around it’s neck that says, “Our Baby’s College Fund — Only 18 years and 9 months to save.” Or even better get him this adorable silver Noah’s Ark Bank that you can inscribe with, “Baby’s College Fund.” Put this on his dresser and wait for him to find it. Don’t be surprised if he comes running to you with a big hug….and a new household budget.
Sweet Tooth. Does your husband have a sweet tooth? Cater to his craving with your special message. Pick up your husband’s favorite Chinese take out and swap out the fortune cookie message with your own message that says, “You will be a dad on xx/xx/xxxx (your due date).” Or have a fun afternoon at the paint-your-own-pottery store and make him an ice cream bowl that says, “You’re going to be a dad!” Fill it up with his favorite ice cream and watch his reaction when he gets to the bottom.
Multi-media Momma. Are you computer saavy? These days making movies and pictures slideshows on your computer is so user friendly, you can even burn your creation on a DVD. Edit together some of your favorite photos and home movies together with the final message announcing your pregnancy and burn it to a DVD. Pop a bowl of popcorn for your husband to eat as he watches his new favorite flick.
No matter how you say it, either with humor, romance, or drama, telling your husband that he’s going to be a dad will no doubt be a memorable event in your life. Good luck and congratulations!
Did you tell your husband, family or friends in a memorable way? I’d love to hear it.