If you haven’t yet heard the news, Chad and I are expecting our first child in November. We are very excited, and hopefully, that means more posts. We knew our families would be excited too, so we decided to surprise them and capture their reactions on video.

NOTE: You may need to turn up the volume on the ones taken with my phone (Jill, Travis, & Jessie)

We planned to tell all of Chad’s family together, but Ashley, Brock, and Brody came by earlier in the week and I had accidentally left out our camera and a sign that said 10 weeks. I knew Brock saw it, so we went ahead and told them.

A few weeks before we planned to tell my family, Travis (my brother-in-law) texted Chad and asked if he would be interested in going with the other guys to the Bengals/Raiders game. Travis and Brendan (other BIL) love the Bengals and my dad loves the Raiders. The game is on November 25… my due date! Chad told him that he would talk it over with me and let him know. That is how the idea of the game tickets came about. We told my parents, Jill, and Travis that we had already gotten tickets for that day. Unfortunately we couldn’t get them together all at the same time.

I knew I wouldn’t be able to tell Jessie in person, so I wanted to tell her before everyone else. I tried to FaceTime with her Wednesday (the day I went to the doctor), texted her and tried to FaceTime twice on Thursday, and then tried to FaceTime again Friday right after we told my mom and dad. She finally called me back Friday night at about midnight after I had already gotten ready for bed. I thought for sure she had to suspect it, but she had no clue… even after telling her.

Jerry’s birthday had been earlier in the week, so on Saturday, Peggy had the whole family over. Chad and I had made a cake that said “We’re having a baby” and kept it covered and in the garage until after we had eaten. He brought it out as we sang happy birthday. Jerry thought I was taking a picture, so perhaps he was more focused on posing than actually reading the cake.

We are so happy to share this time with everyone!