Traditionally, Jewish couples wait three months before they share their news with family and friends. And as someone who has suffered ups and downs while trying to conceive, the tradition makes perfect sense to me on a both a physical and emotional level.
For my current pregnancy, announcing was a bigger deal because I live a large part of my life online. I had to figure out a way to tell my readers in a fashion that felt appropriate to my blog.
I still waited over three months and then announced I was expecting in a blog post entitled, “What Do Snooki, Gisele and I have in common?” which included the mandatory picture of a sonogram.
For evidence’s sake.
I followed that up with a game of “Let’s Play… Guess the Gender of my Baby!” where I asked readers to guess ‘boy or girl’ for a prize. Then I got to make another announcement (IT’S A GIRL!) along with the winner. Pretty elaborate by my standards but also great blog fodder.
Obviously, you don’t have to be a blogger to do something really cute to spread your big news. With social sharing continually growing and sites like Pinterest giving out plenty of ideas for free, more and more couples are opting to announce their ‘bun in the oven’ in creatively inspired ways.
Here are 20 of my favorite photos and announcements from expectant parents. They are so adorable, I almost want to have a third.
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