Wednesday, April 8, 2015

How We Announced Our Pregnancy to the Interwebs

We had reached our 28th week of pregnancy and finally felt it was time to announce the pregnancy to the social medias, i.e. facebook and instagram. 

We especially felt we needed to say something because we had announced our plans to adopt on facey and insta about a year before and hadn't said anything since. 

So it was time to blast the news. But then we were having a bunch of trouble coming up with a creative way to announce it. 

We didn't want to do something cliche, like the three pairs of shoes announcement. Or holding up a jar of Preggo sauce next to my belly. Or posting a pic of an ultrasound. Or whatever other overdone way of announcing a pregnancy you can think of. 

So we put our thinking caps on. And promptly struggled to get creative. 

It wasn't until our friend, Kaitlin, aka co-host of my board-game-themed baby shower, recommended announcing our news with a board game. And then, when we were still drawing blanks, she recommended Apples to Apples.

Bingo! 

She's creative, that one.

So if you've never played Apples to Apples before, the game has green cards with lots of adjectives on them and red cards with nouns or actions. We figured we'd use the green cards to describe our personalities -- mine, John's, and baby's -- and then hopefully find a red card that was related to pregnancy. Much to my surprise, after going through most of the cards in the box, I found a "Having a Baby" red card. Bingo again! 

After taking about 100 pictures and playing around with a bunch of different arrangements on picmonkey, here's what we came up with:


And in case you can't read the cards, here are close-ups of all the pics.

My adjectives described the pregnant me.


John's mostly described his normal personality, but also his thoughts on being a new dad.


And baby just got the cutest ones.



Oh, and here are a few outtakes we didn't end up using.



Overall, it was very well received. People said the sweetest things, and there were only a few silly comments about adopting leading to pregnancy. "See! The adoption process helped you relax and then you got pregnant!" *Eye roll.*

My favorite part of the whole announcement was how very "us" it was. If you've been around these bloggy parts for a while, you know we're gamers. Nerdy, nerdy gamers. So to be able to incorporate that part of our personality with our announcement made it even more special. And fun! And something we're sure not ever going to forget. :)


10 comments:

  1. I still think your guys' announcement was the best I've seen yet. So so cute!

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  2. My DH and I loved the gamer-inspired baby announcement. Well done, folks! :)

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  3. I love it! So cute and original!

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  4. I love it! I have scoured the interwebs for ideas, myself, and only found one idea that seemed unique enough to not be cliche (I won't say it, since we haven't used it yet!). This is "you" and that's what is important! ...and forget those ridiculous folks who try to say something nice but end up being actually hurtful!

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    1. I'd love to know about this unique idea you found. :) Hopefully I'll see it someday soon! Glad you thought this announcement was "us". We had a lot of fun putting it together!

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