I've witnessed people come up with fun ways to announce their pregnancies. Me? I just sort of blurt things out at the first possible opportunity. But really, it's the news itself that's so exciting. It's not the information delivery mechanism, it's the reaction, and I feel like the reaction is always the same no matter how the news is communicated. So, I wanted to know the best thing other moms heard after announcing their pregnancy to their friends and family, regardless of how they actually made the announcement. Get out the tissues, guys, because some of these reactions are amazing.
My favorite reaction story, on paper, isn't actually all that exciting compared to some of those of my fellow moms. However, I'll try. We were out to dinner with my husband's best friend and his wife (who is a friend of mine). When they asked how I'd been doing I told them that I had been to the doctor that day and they had found, "This weird, but benign growth." They looked puzzled and concerned before I whipped out an ultrasound picture and said, "See, they took a picture of it!" My husband's friend laughed and gave him one of those warm, manly hugs. His wife, who is normally a warm but tough, no-nonsense kinda gal, jumped up like she'd had electric shock and started happy crying.
I just feel like her reaction was the first reflection of exactly what I was feeling. It wasn't the elated excitement of my parents or the excited shell-shock of my partner. It was the overwhelming joy (and weepiness) I felt from the instant I took the pregnancy test. What gave other moms the warm fuzzies? Did you get your tissues, because here we go: