Oh, Brother!

I’m sure I’ve said enough about how awesome our Christmas was this past year.  But there is one more, little thing that really made it unforgettable.  You know, it was one of those little things that has the potential to turn your life upside-down– but in a really good way.  I could go on and on describing it, but I’ll just let Jonah help me out a bit…

Not clear enough? Well, I’ll just tell you then.  We are expecting baby #2 this August and couldn’t be happier about it!!  We have been trying for a few months, so the news was welcome, but still, as with every pregnancy, a surprise!  We are so thankful for this new little one and can’t wait to see our family grow.

We told Josh’s family first a couple of weeks before Christmas at his mom and dad’s joint birthday party.  We took this picture of Jonah next to a dry erase board that read: “Happy Birthday from Josh, Ange, and the kids.”

We wanted them to have to think for a second before figuring it out.  It worked out perfectly.  We printed the picture and stuck it a frame, wrapped it up, and snuck it in with all the other birthday gifts.  We made sure it was the last one to be opened.  Josh’s mom unwrapped it and, first off, just thought it was a cute picture of Jonah.  I asked her, “Did you read it?”  She read it again outloud and then looked around confused about the “kids.”  She has three other grandchildren, so she first thought we were talking about all of them.  A few seconds later it clicked and everyone looked at us like “Are you serious?!”  “You’re pregnant?!”  It was such a fun way to surprise everyone with our news.

With my parents, the surprise was a little more low-key since it was just the two of them.  They had offered to take Jonah out to dinner one night since I was complaining that I wasn’t feeling well.  They both, on separate occasions that week, had asked if I was pregnant.  I really wanted to surprise them in a fun way, so I basically lied to their faces and said no and brushed it off real quick.  When they came together to pick up Jonah, I knew I had to tell them that night.  I dressed Jonah in his new Big Brother shirt and brought him out to meet them. They saw it right away and were shocked!  “What?! You are? Seriously?!”  I then immediately apologized for having to lie to them both.  It’s funny how parents always seem to know the truth before you tell them.  I hope I get that power one day…

I saved the best reveal for last: how I told Josh.  I was home with Jonah when I took the pregnancy test and found out the good news.  There were a few more hours before Josh would be home from his new job, which had a just started that week.  I wanted to come up with a creative way to let him know, but nothing too over the top.  I made him a card as a “congratulations on your first week of work” and let Jonah color all over it.  On the back of the card, I signed “From Angela, Jonah, and Baby #2.”

I stuck the card and some candy in a gift bag.  When he came home, I told him we had a present for him for his first week at his new job.  This worked perfectly because he wasn’t suspicious that something weird was up.  He read the card, flipped it over, read the back, and then looked at me and said, “Are you serious?! Seriously?”  He was SO excited!!

Well, that’s our little story about our little bit of news. :)   Oh, and if you’re wondering how Jonah is taking it, he couldn’t be more excited.  At least, that is what I keep telling myself.  We have been teaching him to “find the baby” in mommy’s belly and give him/her a kiss.  I’m hoping by August, he will get it a little more.  Let the countdown begin!

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