Ways to Announce a New Arrival

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GIveaway Closed: Thank you to everyone who participated!!  When my husband and I found out a kid was on the way, we didn't post our first ultrasound on Facebook. No offense to those of you who did! I didn't immediately tell my parents, either, who we see regularly...not until there was no way I could disguise my belly as anything but a baby. (I think it was the 5-month mark.) See, if I share anything with my mom, even the most personal photo or thought, she'll manage to send it out to 1,000 of her "close" friends within a minute. And that's not even using social media. We kept the news under wraps for months and months as the biggest secret my husband and I ever shared together. And then we revealed the news of our dragon baby piecemeal, enjoying each and every reveal, swearing each person or persons to secrecy or risk being banned from baby's first year of life (that included my mom), so we could surprise the next loved one. Here are a few ways I broke the news: The Disappearing Feet Trick (or Belly Shot) - These are photos I sent out via text message: one to a childhood friend and one to a dear aunt. Can you guess which one went to whom? (Those slippers are awesome for cleaning floors, by the way!)    The "Can't Do That Anymore" Segue - I was actually in line at a popular Cuban bakery discussing what I should order with my girlfriend who was 8 months pregnant at the time. She was saying, "I can't have this sandwich because it has deli meat slices, but you can..." And I said, "Actually, Anne, I can't either..." The Thanks, I'm Actually Pregnant Reveal - My sister, around my 3-month mark said, "Wow, your arms are getting bigger...maybe you should try not be such an oink, oink." A couple months later I told her, "Thanks for all the compliments, sis, I'm actually eating for two." Here's a creative approach from comedian Jessica Glassberg: The Behind the Door Reveal - She and her husband, Derek, announced the news to their loved ones by giving folks a tour of their new home (in person and via webcam) with the news behind the door of the baby's future nursery. Check out the video to see people's reactions!

I know everyone out there has a fun "How I Told People I Was Pregnant" story, whether it is your own or from someone you know. So tell us...

How did you or someone you know announce a new arrival?

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