Sunday, March 23, 2008

Tears, Dancing, and "Bad Dairy"

We're starting to tell a few people closest to us. Immediate family and closest friends. Reactions have been interesting.

We reached my wife's dad first. He cried...which isn't surprising as he cries at everything. Weddings, life, sappy commercials (I love my father-in-law, but it is pretty easy to make fun of him for this). We've been bugging him to visit for a while so he can see our new house. When we told his the news, he and his girlfriend were practically booking their travel online while we were on the phone.

My parents were next. Now, my mother has been bugging me to make her a grandmother practically since the day I hit puberty. Her reaction was great. It involved a shocked, "No!" followed by frustration when we told her she couldn't tell people yet, followed by what my dad described as dancing in the living room.

My wife's sister was third. They were talking on speaker phone, so I got to hear the conversation. My wife and her little sister have had a strained relationship of sorts simply because they are very different people who took different paths. Her sister has had 2 children at this point, ages 1 and 3, if I remember correctly. I think they were able to bond a bit over this.

Next was my mother-in-law. She is happy for us, as well.

Now...we've got some family members up here that we decided to let in on the news as we see them frequently and they will probably figure it out on their own. So, we chose to let them in on it as well.

My cousin was first. She and I took our dogs to the park yesterday. As we were driving, I mentioned that we had to spend some time in the doctor's office the day before. Here is how the conversation went:

Cousin: "I hope everything is okay."

Me: "Well...[wife] appears to have caught some kind of parasite."

Cousin: "Oh that why she's been losing weight?"

Me: "Actually, no. This parasite will probably make her bigger."

Cousin: weird face..."Bigger? Well, how did she get it?"

Me: "I think I may have given it to her."

Cousin: really weird face..."What?" silence..."I guess I'll have to Google it." More silence..."What, did you give her some bad dairy, or something?"

"Bad dairy? What?"

Anyway, after a while she finally got it.

We will continue telling some of our closest friends. Basically, should something happen, we don't want a ton of people that we are only kinda friends or even just acquaintances with coming up and saying, "I heard your wife is pregnant."

Happy Easter, by the way. God Bless you and your family.

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