Baby Steps

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Breaking the News!

on March 12, 2012

We just couldn’t hold it in any longer. And it just felt right. Given how close DK and I are to our families, we knew we wouldn’t be able to hold out the entire 12 weeks before announcing our big news. Here’s how it went down…

The K’s:

We had a trip to Hilton Head planned for the first weekend in March. All of us were supposed to be there (brothers, Lily, girlfriends) but due to some repairs to the airplane coupled with bad weather, the boys elected to stay home. So it ended up just being DK and his folks, and actually couldn’t have been any better. We arrived late, late Thursday night and despite DK offering me a beer (which I refused, obviously) we elected to wait til morning to share the news. We woke up early and the four of us were all swarming around the kitchen making coffee, breakfast, and casually chatting. DK interjects partially through the morning chaos with “Well” and I just froze. For some reason, I was just not ready at that moment. I shot DK the look that clearly meant, no no not yet, and his reply was “this toast sure is good!” Phew. Got out of that one.

A short while later, we were all sitting around the family room just getting ready for our walk. Everyone was sitting, and listening, unlike this morning’s attempt in the kitchen. So it was go time. DK said “well Becky has some exciting news” and I quickly replied with “WE have some exciting news” and I think before we could say anything, Grandma Ann was totally overwhelmed and tears were welling up in her eyes. We’re pregnant! Ann was so so happy, she was just beaming. She stood up and hugged us right away, tears in her eyes, saying how happy she was for us. And Dennis was clearly overjoyed.

After the initial wave of excitement, of course they asked many questions about the process. I think the K’s were probably the one’s who understood our situation the most, so they were really surprised at how quickly we achieved success. It was great to walk them through our journey thus far and celebrate all things baby throughout the weekend.

The W’s:

After our 8 week ultrasound, we decided it was time to tell Grams and Gramps in California. Mom, Donna and Jordan are all coming to visit in 2 weeks, but we just couldn’t wait that long! So Tuesday night, I called Mom and tried to educate her on how to use her iPad to Facetime. It took a good 20 minutes for her to link up (with much laughter along the way) and I was surprised she wasn’t giving up. She must have known good news was forthcoming. DK and I really wanted to do it on the computer instead of on the phone so we could at least see their expressions. Afterwards, I think we both agree that telling people in person is SO MUCH BETTER, but it was just incredibly awesome to share the news with our close family soon.

When we finally connected with Facetime, we did a little bit of small talk before I finally said, well there’s something I’ve been wanting to show you… and I held up the ultrasound photo into the camera. Doug was with her and instantly there was gasps of excitement and screams of joy! A baby! We talked for a lot, lot longer and hashed out as many details as I was willing to give over the phone. But needless to say, they were totally thrilled. Harry wasn’t home at the time, so he missed the big web announcement, but Mom told him soon and we talked the very next day. He’s excited to be an uncle for the third time before graduating high school!

The A’s:

Late that Tuesday night after we hung up with the W’s, we called Dad and Kathy, with the help of the Milburns. Kristen has been my rock throughout this whole process, so she has known before everyone. She was as anxious as I was to tell the family, so her assistance and excitement in doing this was certainly helpful. We connected with them on video gchat right away. Thomas, Dad, Kathy and Kristen were all there and after some idle chit chat and showing Callie off to the viewers on the other end, Dad said “I can see all three of you (referring to the dog)!” and I said “Make that FOUR of us!” and held up the ultrasound picture. Kathy’s face was priceless. I don’t think she fully understood that the photograph meant that were were actually and already pregnant! Dad was super pumped, too, and celebrating the news with them was awesome (despite it being SO late and me being SO tired at that point!)

All in all, it was a wonderful experience sharing the news with all the parents. I know our little Kinney bean will be SO spoiled by all these grandparents who already love him/her so much! Feeling so incredibly blessed and grateful for this child already.



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