telling our family

First of all, the comments and emails I received yesterday overwhelm me. I swear there were not ten minutes that passed in the day when I did not get an email or message celebrating the life growing inside of me. To know that we get to bring a life into such love is the greatest feeling in the world.

So. We found out our joyous news five weeks ago (I am 9 weeks along) and waited a full 24 hours before we told felt like a very, very long time. We were sneaky in telling our folks and siblings...for each person we led them along in a long conversation about other topics before dropping the news on them. I recommend this method. I think we got the greatest reactions ever with this strategy! In the video you will watch us tell the following people in the following order:

Mom Harrington
Dad Harrington
Mom Groves
Dad Groves
Heidi, high school bff
Annika, my sister
Mat, my brother
Sara, rory's sister-in-law
Kyle, rory's brother
Lisa, kyle's wife, rory's sister-in-law

Telling people about our new little life has been far more celebratory than I had ever imagined. To feel other people's joy in response to our joy is one of the most humbling, well loved feelings in the whole wide world. I have a few stories to go with telling my grandma, my uncle carl, and my cousin sarah. All of them left me laughing and grateful for a community that is already excited to love and meet the little life growing inside of me.

And I've got thoughts on pregnancy and patience in waiting to get pregnant and the joy of being pregnant with my sister. But all of those posts will have to wait for another day. For now (tuesday night) I'm off to bed, a favorite hangout lately.


sarah in the woods said...

Congratulations Becca! What wonderful news!

margaret harrington said...

What joy!
" It takes a village" and you obviously have one for this baby!
Love, Mom H

Dawn M said...

Too fun! thanks for sharing the moments. :-D

sembatgirl said...

So, I waited until I was finished with breakfast to read today's post (no risk of choking) -- and my husband's comment was: "You have WAY too big of a smile on your face watching this!" B&R, what a precious memory you've created! Gotta love all the screaming and surprise and startling joy! :)

annika said...

How awesome to have captured this on video! The girls and I had a lot of fun listening to it this morning!

[not the] Best Blog Ever said...

Okay, I'm totally crying at work after watching this video. Too fun. Sara's and Lisa's reactions were the best.

Love you guys!

Elsa said...

Oh my goodness, Becca!!! That was such a treat listening to everyone's reactions. Gabi watched it with me and we laughed and laughed with joy for you and Rory as your family got the big news. Thanks for sharing.

Jamie Willow said...

I remember what it was like to call everyone and tell them I was pregnant with Judah. It was a little bittersweet cause I would have rather been able to tell them in person..but it was still beyond exciting! You are going to need the support of each and every one of those people you called and thank heaven they are only a phone call away! :)

Kristin said...

Mary must have known when she was out here b/c she said something about you and Sarah having little ones at the next reunion....I am a detective.

Now, I should ask about Sarah, huh?

brittany said...

This was the best video ever! You are too cute! I loved lisa's response! Thanks for sharing and a big congrats to you and rory!

Nancy Holte said...

Well, it's official. We're friends now. I just watched you video and am seriously wiping away tears. Congrats on your pregnancy. By the way, I got to your blog via Beth Hilden's blog. I love it!

sembatgirl said...

ummm, k. So I just watched your video again. In the spirit of full disclosure, I thought you should know.

Still. super. excited.

Heidi Boehnen said...

I LOVE IT! Lisa takes the cake for me! What a hoot! Great idea!!