Thursday, May 7, 2009

Telling Mama & Julie

Friday - April 10, 2009
Today I decided I had to tell Mama and Julie. I wanted to wait until I went to the doctor and tell them on Mother's Day. I then decided there was no way possible I could keep something like this quiet for a month! I spent all morning thinking of a creative way to tell them I was having a baby. After much thought, I ordered a cookie cake from Harp's for Mama.

I called Harp's bakery and told the lady my situation. She was so sweet and excited for me. I told her to make the cookie cake babyish and to put "It is time to make that stocking, Marmie" on it. I asked her to have it ready at lunch time. I then called Mama and told her I had ordered a cake for her for Easter. I think she thought that was sort of odd, but she was thankful. I told her it had to be picked up by 1:00. I waited, paced, and tapped my toes until she called at 12:52. I walked out of a meeting to take the call. I answered and she said "Oh, Abby!!!" with tears in her eyes and much excitement in her voice. The bakery took pictures of her reaction, posing with the cookie cake and then one of the cookie cake by itself. She was the most popular customer that week. She went to the pharmacy at Harp's a few days later and they all knew about the cookie cake. So fun. She took her cookie cake to work that day and showed it off and then she took it to Little Rock for Easter and shared it with Aunt Suzy. I can't wait to see the Christmas stocking she is making Baby L!

Telling Julie:
For Julie, I had to enlist the help of Stephen. I called him in his study at church. I think he was alarmed to hear my voice on the other line. He was excited to hear my news and more than willing to help me. The man loves babies and longs to be an uncle. His dreams were coming true over the phone. He went to Dollar General and bought a "mother" card. He crossed out the "mother" and put "aunt" in its place. He then signed it, "I can't wait to meet you Aunt Juju - Love, Baby L". He did all this within the same half hour I had called him. The man was excited!
Julie called me. She was crying and so excited and the kids were in the background screaming, "We're going to be cousins" and "Aunt Abby is having a baby!" It was so fun to hear all of that on the other line. So cute. I am so glad Julie will finally know what aunthood is like. She will love it.

Julie then sent me this email later in the day - So sweet:
"I can't tell you how excited I am for you. I know you have wanted this and have been praying for this for so long now. I am praying for this little thing. That it will be healthy and happy.I am praying for you. That you will be well, strong, patient, and a wise parent.I am praying for Randall. That he will be kind, supportive, relaxed, and a wise parent. I am praying for me. That I will get to move into your upstairs room.I am praying for my children. That they won't miss me too bad when I move to take care of the baby.You are going to be a great pregnant girl. I can't wait to see the pictures of you holding a weekly sign with your pregnant belly. I can't wait to see you in your cute maternity clothes.I can't wait to hear you call me and tell me you felt that first flutter. I can't wait to see you in the hospital, the same hospital where my boys were born, holding your little baby. I can't wait to see you as a mom. You are going to be a great mom!AND I'M GOING TO BE AN AUNT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"



Stephanie said...

Tears streaming down my face as I read! Congrats to the first time Mommy and Daddy and first time Aunt and Uncle. This baby doesn't know how lucky it is to be being born into your family!

The Family Marsico said...

I LOVE the picture of your mom. Totally priceless.

hsmomma5 said...

I love this! Such creative ways to tell the news....

I have to say that here in Southeast AR, you would never have been able to pull off the bakery thing. They would have looked at you like you had two heads and the cookie cake would have inevitably had some kind of error on And pictures, how sweet of them! Nope, you couldn't have pulled it off around here!

Trish said...

That was PRICELESS! I am tearing up just reading it. Congrats Abby!