October 19, 2015

Telling our family

So as you know, or maybe you don't? We found out we were pregnant on August 24th and waited 3 full weeks to tell our family. Both Cam and I are the worst at keeping secrets so how we accomplished this feat I am not sure. Why did we wait to tell our family? Well, I was still in shock and really wanted to have a "for sure answer" before we told anyone and that meant waiting until after we visited the doctor. I still have to remind myself that there is in fact a baby in there and God willing we will meet her or him in just 7 months.

We are both thrilled to become parents and we were chomping at the bit to tell everyone. Not to mention it was hard to keep it a secret when I sit within arms reach of Cam's mom all day every day and we eat dinner with my family about twice a week (sometimes more, they live 5 minutes away and mom's food is always better, duh).

Originally I had wanted to get cams family all together at once and was  hoping to do that on Sunday after our appointment Friday 9/11. But, Cam couldn't wait and we ended up telling his parents on Thursday the night before our appointment. He said he wanted to tell them because they were getting on a plane to Chicago the next morning and they "might not ever know", but I think he just really was done with the secret keeping and I don't blame him one bit.

So, we planned dinner with them Thursday after work at a local restaurant in town.I picked Cheryl up and we beat the boys there so we were already seated when they arrived. Cam, unbeknownst to all of us, snuck in a baseball with "#8 coming soon" written on it and told our waitress to bring it with the drinks. When the drinks cam the waitress sat the ball inside of a kids cup and said that it was for us. Jim and Cheryl were so confused and Cheryl even stood up to see if one of Jim's former players were there (Jim is a retired coach and sees players often and they always like to say hi). Still confused and I was finally realizing what Cam's plan was I told her to read it again. They read it out loud and it clicked and that cued all the tears. It was super sweet and we loved being able to tell them that we were expecting their 8th grand baby this spring! I hate that we didn't get a picture of us!

Friday before our appointment Cam and I were delivering product across town and made a point to meet Ally, Cam's oldest sister, at her school. She is an elementary PE teacher and Fridays are crazy at school so we literally pulled in as she was pulling out during her lunch break. We caught her by surprise, but she didn't suspect anything. She finally asked what we were doing and Cam answered by saying "Bailee has a doctor's appointment" and she immediately knew and rushed over to hug me. I knew Ally would be ecstatic and that she was! I actually thought she might already know because just a week earlier she had called me to ask how I was feeling and I was so confused!

We told Cory, Cams brother who works at the shop with me, right before we were leaving for the appointment. Fridays are crazy days at work so he kind of needed to know why we both were going to be gone. Cam told him I was pregnant and he immediately shrugged it off and was like yeah whatever. He looked over and me and I was like yep.... and he was pumped. We then texted Amanda and asked if Tatum was ready to be a big cousin! Cam called Coby, the oldest brother, and told them we were expecting and he had the same reaction as Cory. Obviously Cam has done some fibbing in his past as the youngest brother!

Our original plan was to tell my parents and sister Friday night at dinner since Kenn was in town from college and then we could have the rest of the weekend to celebrate, but that didn't work out. We ended up not being able to tell them until Saturday night, which isn't all that much longer, but I spent all day with Kenn trying not throw up or spill the beans. Cam had shirts made for our dogs, Griffey's said "I'm going to be a big brother" and Deuce's said "You're going to be an aunt". Cam brought the dogs over and I put them in their shirts before the busted into the back yard. Dad and Kenn were standing out there and Cam had to hurry and get mom out there. Unfortunately I didn't get it on video, but they were all super surprised and happy. Kennedy couldn't believe it and just cried. Mom jumped up and down and dad, the tough old man he is, said he wasn't going to cry while squeezing me and tearing up. We got to show them our first sonogram pictures and talk baby stuff the rest of the night. Kenn has since texted me the sweetest things every night and reminds us how much time is left until Baby Mav is here weekly.

We finally were able to tell Randi at dinner the next week. I told her we had an early birthday gift for her and to meet us at a place by our house.  Jim and Cheryl came too and acted like they had no idea. I wrapped up a onesie (the first one I bought!) for her to open as her "gift". She opened it and screamed the whole restaurant turned around. I knew she would be excited and we were so anxious to tell her. She is ready to add number 8 to her aunt randi list!

After two full weeks of everyone else knowing we were finally able to head up to tell gram and papa. These two were the ones I was most anxious and excited to tell. I can remember Gram asking me when I turned 17 when Cam and I were going to get married and have kids. And if you remember from our wedding our guests wrote on baseballs for us to have forever and on Papa's his note was "I'm looking for a pony and little red boots". They were made to be great grandparents and they are going to be the absolute best. We met them for lunch after church at the one Mexican restaurant in town and then headed to their house to open Gram's gifts, it just so happens that her birthday is this week so it worked out perfectly. I had a card for Papa to open and a chalkboard stand for gram to open. The card read "coming soon... two little feet to fill those little red boots" and Gram's chalkboard stand said Great Gram & Papa. Once they understood what was happening they were over the moon and it was just the sweetest moment.

We were able to call Cam's Paw Paw and he was just as thrilled as we knew he would be. Our little baby will be his 14th great grand baby (I think). I was able to see my grandparents that live in Colorado this month as well, which worked out perfectly. They were in town with some of their friends on a vacation and they are super excited to be great grandparents. Telling our friends has been equally as awesome and fun! This little bean is just so so loved and everyone cannot wait to meet him or her. I equally can't wait to introduce her or him to all of our friends and family!

And for the cutest video ever... watch below!

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