I came up with the idea to send our parents small yard
flamingos (instead of storks) with a sign saying expected delivery and the estimated due date. My
mom was just telling me how she got a flock to put in people’s yards for their
birthdays so I figured she would get a kick out of this. My parents, however, are
rarely in the same town these days…and of course none of our parents are in the
same state as us…so this makes everything more difficult.
We first decided to
wait until after the first ultrasound to tell the parents (around 8 weeks), but
I decided around 5-6 weeks would be fine. I needed someone to call and freak out to when Matt was gone and I HATED keeping secrets...especially when my dad was staying with us that month. So I had two days to get the flamingo to my parent’s house
before my dad left town again. That would have cost $87 in shipping alone! I
called Kristen, told her the news, she screamed "I knew it" (what?), and I gave her the first aunt duty of buying the
flamingo, printing the sign, and bringing it over. She could barely keep the
secret for a day.
My parents called and the first thing my dad said was, “You
drank sprite at the rodeo”…I knew this whole not drinking thing would be a dead
give-away. Apparently, my parents (and Kristen) had been comparing
notes and just KNEW I was pregnant.
Kristen brought the sign I made with the flamingo on Sunday. Thanks Auntie K
(Ida)! She stuck the flamingo (with the bib she added for kicks) in their flower bed and put the rolled-up sign on their door, then knocked and hid. My mom answered and read the paper...she was pissed that someone was starting a flamingo birthday business and was a bit
confused. Then she noticed that it was rolled with a hair-tie (thought that
was a little unprofessional) and saw the flamingo. After she said “hello” and
Kristen popped out it all hit her.
We sent Matt’s parent's package on Tuesday…hoping it would get there by Thursday or Friday (after Matt
gets home from out of town, but before his mom leaves to come here...whew coordinating all these schedules was rough). They ended up getting it on
Wednesday, but Matt’s dad thought it was his mom’s birthday gift so he hid it
until he talked to Matt on Thursday. We told them not to open it around their guests, so they waited until late that night and were so tired. They
pulled out the flamingo/sign and it took a minute for his mom to understand what the sign was
saying, but then she got so excited and explained it better to his dad. They
sent us a congratulatory text that night (when we were already asleep)…
names will be BeBe and BaBa, and my parents (mom) said DeDe and PaPa…oh boy this will
get confusing. My dad said he does not want papa so I am thinking Gramps ;)…he
wants Sir Kent or Lord Hubbard. Ha!