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When we found out we were pregnant, we came up with a pretty unique pregnancy announcement. All of the soon-to-be grandparents live pretty far away (When I say this, I don’t mean they are a 2-6 hour drive away. I mean they live across the country. If you want to get to them within the week, you have to fly.) This meant that we were pretty limited in our options for pregnancy announcements, either video chat, or mail them something. We chose the latter.
In order for this announcement to work, we had to be very strategic. Dad-to-be’s parents already had plans to come visit, so we waited to tell everyone until then. At least that way we’d be able to tell one set of grandparents in person. Here’s how we told the other parents and grandparents that they were going to be grandparents and great-grandparents.
Part 1 of the Pregnancy Announcement
The package we sent came in multiple parts. The first part was a homemade scratch-off ultrasound as a keep-sake. This took some trial and error for it to work, but basically, this is how you create it:
- Photocopy your ultrasound as many times as you have people (you’ll want to keep the original for yourself).
- Cut out said photocopies.
- Write on the back if you wish. We put the baby’s name (we already knew the gender) and due date.
- Laminate each copy.
- Use acrylic paint (it drys kind of like plastic) and paint over the laminated ultrasound.
- If you wrote on the back, repeat step 6 (once it’s dry) on the back.
- When the paint is dry, use a permanent marker and draw a “?” (or whatever you please) over the paint.
- viola! you have a homemade scratch-off ultrasound.
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Part 2 of the Pregnancy Announcement
We left very specific steps for this process. First, you scratch the scratch-off, now that everyone knows I’m pregnant, time for part 2. Grandparent names! Every person had a package within the package with their names on it. When they opened this package, it was full of “Hello, My name is:” cards, each with a different potential grandparent or great-grandparent name on it. The last with “other (write your choice below)” written on it in small letters at the top. They were each to pick a name, put their new name-tag on, take a picture and send it to me.
These are the names our families chose:
Grandma and Grandpa
G-G (for Great-Grandma)
Grandad and Gr-Angie (my Step-Mom’s name is Angie, so this is a pretty creative one)
Great-Grandad and Great-Nanny
Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa