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For a while my wife and I have been thinking about doing a post like this and we finally got around to it. We’ve seen lots of ideas on Pinterest and around the web. A simple search will yield some of the most popular pregnancy announcement ideas. So we made it a challenge to come up with some original ideas as well as to replicate some you may have seen before. Please enjoy the following picture ideas for announcing your own pregnancy.
I’ve not looked, but I think this one is unique. While working on other ideas I thought about the “peas in a pod” saying. So I googled some images of peas and finally found the following: cartagenadelevante.wordpress.com. I wish i could give credit to the correct person, but this source image is found on hundreds of sites, so I’m only showing the specific site I found it. I cropped the image to only show 4 peas as it can represent a family growing to 4. Our last name is 4 letters, so I decided to add that to the peas. I also added the caption to the bottom. This could be a great card to send out, post o FB, etc.
We liked the idea of a big sister shirt, and our daughter loved being able to read her new shirt to all her friends and family.
We have this customized for telling the grandparents, but you can make one with whatever message you want. I used an image I found at the site http://new.cognera.com/wp-images/Fortune-Cookie3.jpg and used basic editing software to add my own message. Or if you want the actual cookies, check out the site like http://www.fortunecookiesupply.com/.
For the dads out there, perhaps you’d like the announcement to not be as feminine. Well, how about using the classic “It’s a boy” or “It’s a girl” cigars in your announcement? For this one I incorporated our daughter’s birth month and then mixed pink and blue for a baby to come.
You can decide who you want to be reading a book. I’ve seen it with the mom, dad, siblings, and pets. For us, we decided to put our daughter in the picture and managed to capture this adorable pic. You could also use a printed copy of something like this as gifts to grandparents and wait to see how long it takes them to figure it out.
Similar to the above, but rather than about pregnancy it’s about a new baby in the family. This one is definitely intended for siblings to be a part of.
The following ideas won’t work for everyone, but if announcing in the fall you can consider using these pumpkin ideas. I’ve seen lots of various seasonal announcements, but pumpkins are what we decided upon. In this example I labeled each pumpkin with the name, and notice the smallest is “TBD” for a name not yet decided.
We also wanted to use the metaphor of pumpkin patch to a family, and came up with the following pic. Similar to the “Peas in a pod” image above, this one has a brief message along with the expected birth month.
I’ve seen a ton of variations on this, so we decided to mix it up. We got our daughter to put on her apron and hold an empty pan in front of the empty oven. Miraculously we got the BEST expression out of her and were able to add the caption you see below. We think it’s perfect, but you decide what works best for you.
Again, we’ve seen this done before. Our variation was to add the call-out symbol to the image with “Somebody is” text. I blurred the edges so the focus would be on “Prego” as well. Any significance to the alfredo version??? No, just not fans of the red sauces.
A very popular option and one we also wanted to participate in. But if you haven’t figured it out, there are not a lot of “Bump Ahead” signs around, so what can you do? Well, the below was my attempt at “photo-shopping” with software called SnagIt. I brought in images of the “Bump ahead” sign as well as the pole it’s sitting on. Neither are actually at this location. I was also able to edit out the stop sign in the background, as that might send a mixed message :). So even if there’s not an actual sign around, see what you can do with a little bit of photo editing.