Friday, October 23, 2009

telling our families the news (part 1)

Im not sure if I already mentioned it but we found out that we were prego on a Friday.. and less than 24 hours later my mom & Mark came in town.

So obviously we knew we couldn't keep it a secret (especially since they were here for a week).

and Im pretty sure my mom would have killed us if she found out she was here and we didn't tell her.

(Bonus: This also helped because this way we didn't have to decide which parent to tell first. it was decided for us)

So literally on the way to the airport Saturday morning we decided how we would tell them and pulled over to get our supplies & try to throw something together. Im pretty sure my heart was racing the entire time driving to Cleveland. It felt unreal and was exciting to be able to share the news. Here are some pictures


First we got lots of balloons:
telling the family the news

Then we made a sign:
telling the family the news

We decided to let them figure it out and wrote "Welcome to the North Grandma & Grandpa"
(please remember it was made while we were driving 70mph on the highway)

telling the family the news
then we wrote "Yes! We're Pregnant" on the back in case there was any confusion.

Then we sat down at the bottom of the escalator and waited for their plane to arrive. Freeland had the camera in his hands. I had the sign & balloons.

Then we saw them coming down.

and here is their reaction:
telling the family the news

telling the family the news

My mom said she saw Freeland first & didnt think anything of him having the camera. Then she saw our balloons and thought "man, they sure are happy to see us" .. then she read the sign and was just shocked.. I will let her tell you what the first words out of her mouth were.

She stood there in shock for a long time. And all I was thinking was "ummm there are like a gazillion people standing behind me who have also now read the sign and they are waiting to see your reaction so start reacting!"

Then there were lots of hugs and pictures and conversations. And a few people watching came to see too. It was a lot of fun. And it really did help Freeland & I to be able to talk about it with someone else too.

telling the family the news

telling the family the news

and then we went and celebrated over lunch in Cleveland. Finally we headed back to Erie. Here are some pictures of our little zoo playing with the balloons celebrating the news:

telling the family the news
(note: eddie trying to read the poster)

eddie finding out
eddie finding out

maddy finding out
freeland telling maddie

telling the family the news

and then this was Sam's reaction when we told her she was no longer the baby of the family:
sam learning she's no longer the baby

(sadly our camera died before I got a picture of Oliver.. but he was just as cute)

up next .. telling Freeland's mom

10 comments:

  1. I love how you told your parents. Thats so exciting. What a great way for them to come visit you and find out they are becoming grandparents :) Now you need to post a few pics of that little baby bump.

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  2. aww Brooke!! That is so cute!!! You guys are so creative and I just loved seeing everyone's reactions! Especially Sam's when you told him he wasn't the baby anymore! Good luck with everything!

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  3. Great way to tell them! Excited to hear how you told Rhonda. She called my mom and told mom it was still a secret but that she was too excited to not tell mom. Mom said it was really sweet :)

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  4. That is so precious! I can't wait to hear the next story!!!

    Also, would you mind telling me which camera you used for these pictures? They're GORGEOUS!

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  5. Please, please, please tell me that the first words out of your mother's mouth started with Holy and ended with ... it!

    You're keeping me on the edge of my seat with these updates!

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  6. oops! Sorry Sam for calling you a he!

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  7. Eddie's reaction was priceless! :) You are so cute, Brooke! Rhett and Huddy really enjoyed this post -- all the animal pics. Rhett asked if it was the big doggie's birthday.

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  8. How cute is this!!! I found your blog through Liz and wanted to first say congrats and secondly say your camera takes AMAZING pictures. Is it the Rebel or what?

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  9. Congratulations! This is super cute and the colors in the photos just pop.

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