We’re nearing the end of week 10 of our pregnancy and, being the terrible secret keepers that we are, my wife and I decided that we couldn’t hold back our exciting news from our parents any longer. Unfortunately we were wholly unprepared for the barrage of embarrassing questions that would soon put us right off our lunch…
Here’s what happened;
After deciding to tell both sets of parents our baby news, we agreed to avoid any elaborate over-dramatic performance in favour of the more “quick and painless” approach, over lunch, sort of like ripping off a plaster.
“Yer, we’re all good. Work’s been really hectic this week…had fun at a friend’s 30th birthday party last night…currently trying to plan a mini break in Europe for May, and oh yer, we’re having a baby.”
Reactions were unsurprising from my folks, with my old dad tapping me on the shoulder repeating “well done, well done, well done” in his usual understated but lovely way, while my excited mum made a little squeal of delight before jumping in there early, generous as ever, to say, “We’ll buy you the pram.”
However the response from my wife’s family, while of course equally excitable, was somewhat more unexpected and personal in nature…
“So, when did you do the deed?!”
Seeing us struggling to respond, since sex isn’t the usual topic of conversation over a family roast, they subtly switched tack:
“Don’t worry, if you know the due date, we can just work backwards from there.”
*Awkward levels rising*
“23 September”, we say, reluctantly.
It’s at this moment that it dawns on them that the “deed” wasn’t “done” on some romantic New Year getaway but rather a little closer to home…at their home to be exact (almost certainly), while staying with them over Christmas.
A moment of uncomfortable silence ensued, as the whole table casted their minds back to the weekend in question, my wife’s and my longer than normal lie ins and the Sunday walks we uncharacteristically decided to skip…
“Anyone for seconds?”, her mum pipes up. Gotta love her for changing the subject!
29 weeks and 1 day left to go…
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s awfully embarrassing blog! As always I’d love to hear about your embarrassing pregnancy experiences too, so please do share your stories of how you told your parents your pregnancy news in the comments section below.