When the time comes to announce your pregnancy news to the world, you may be expecting just one or two standard reactions from your nearest and dearest; excitement and congratulations.
But in reality, from our experience there are actually a bucket load of unexpected responses you’ll receive from your family, friends, colleagues and even strangers…so far the tally is at 14 and counting!
Extreme excitement – from squeals of delight and excitable ‘whoops’ to tears of happiness and jumping for joy. Usually supplied in abundance by your family and close friends, especially if this is your first baby.
The sex crazed – “Is it a boy or girl?” “Are you going to find out?” “Is that a tiny willy on the ultrasound scan?!” Chill out guys, it’s still way to early to tell. And no, that’s the baby’s leg…
A buying opportunity – “We’ll buy you the pram!” “I’ll buy you the cot!” “Aaaahhh, let’s go shopping!” The standard response from your mum and other shopaholics.
The forward planners – “When’s the due date?” “I’ll start planning the Baby shower” “Are you going to be moving?” “Have you thought about schools? Hold your horses, people! Let’s get this baby born first.
The clueless – “Was it an accident?” Easily one of the most unwanted reactions in my book!
Congratulatory – “Well done old chap. Well done.” “Must be good to know the old pipes are working properly!” This crew of (mainly) older men, are always extremely proud and the first to crack open the champagne or a box of cigars.
The hand me downers – “I have everything you’ll need…just let me know and I’ll get it down from the loft.” Everything from baby grows and slightly-chewed toys to much-loved play mats and food-encrusted car seats, this lovely group are ever so generous.
The exhausted parents – “That’s it, you’re life’s over!” “Get as much sleep as you can now, because when the baby arrives…” Guaranteed to bring excited new parents back to reality with a bump.
The name grabbers – “You should call it [INSERT THEIR NAME]”
The experienced advisers – “Make sure you go to the cinema lots before the baby arrives!” “If you ever need a babysitter…” “Here are 15 different pregnancy to baby books you must read!” God, I hope there’s not an exam at the end of all this…
The Spanish Inquisition – “So, when did you do the deed?” Not want you want to be asked by anyone, let alone your parents! *cringe*
The pregnant friends – “This is so amazing…our babies will be best friends too!”
The secret baby carriers – “OMG! You’re pregnant?! So am I! But don’t tell anyone yet…” Oh don’t you worry; after all this time we’re now pretty good at keeping a secret.
The caring souls – “How are you feeling?” “Has the morning sickness get only better?” “Is there anything at all I can do to help?” Arguably the sweetest group of them all.
24 weeks and 6 days left to go…
Have you experienced any different reactions from your friends and family when announcing your pregnancy news?
As always, we’d love to hear about your experiences too so please do share your stories with the group via the comments section below.