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How to Tell Your Child You’re Pregnant

How to Tell Your Child You’re Pregnant

When I found out I was pregnant in February my husband and I were elated. We had been trying for quite some time and were almost at the point of accepting that Olivia would be our only child. And I was almost fine with that though, I’ll tell you, Olivia was not going to be. For over a year she constantly asked when she was going to be a big sister. One time, she even cried when a friend at preschool was sharing her “going to be a big sister” news.

So when it happened I was ready to tell her right away but knew there were too many risks with that – I had already had an early miscarriage with a previous pregnancy. And on top of that I had no idea how you tell a preschooler this news. I quickly learned through online message boards that people make a big deal about this. And there is a heck of a lot of chatter on this topic – way more than there probably needs to be.

How to Tell Your Child You’re Pregnant

I knew I didn’t want to make a hoopla of sharing this news but did think something special was called for. Someone online somewhere (pregnancy brain already sucked that info away) had a cute idea of presenting their child with a “big sister” t-shirt. I liked that idea – a lot. That’s what we did. I also ended up including our early ultrasound pics in case she needed more understanding. Glad I did because, oh, just watch the video…

Olivia now LOVES wearing her new big sister t-shirt. How did you share your big news with your other children, family or friends?



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    Bridget, Crafty Mom June 9, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Awww, that’s cute. I love the way she kept looking at the pictures. My older daughter couldn’t have cared less when we told her and I waited forever to do so because I thought she would torture me for my whole pregnancy. Alas, she pretty much shrugged. Now, though, they are actually really good friends. BTW, Congratulations!! How exciting!

  2. Anonymous June 10, 2011 at 10:11 am

    This is adorable! Congratulations, and best of luck with the growing family!

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