I love a good pregnancy announcement video that shows the parents-to-be breaking the news to the big-sibling-to-be. But throw in a well-mannered future-big-bro with a sophisticated British accent, and you have one of the most charming versions ever.
The video takes place in the car, with the camera trained on Bromby’s five-year-old son’s car seat while the pair head to the hospital for a doctor’s appointment. Bromby captioned it: “Thought I would share the video of me breaking the news to my 5yr old that he is going to be a big brother.”
“What is that?” he asks of his mama, first guessing the images could be of himself, or of his mom.
It’s then that Bromby shares the news that her son is going to be a big brother.
“Is that your baby?” he asks excitedly. “Is it in your belly right now? Is it?!”
He gets more and more thrilled as the news sinks in, exclaiming “I’m going to be a new big brother!”
Working out the new logistics, he says sweetly and sincerely, “He can sleep in my bed, if you want.” Mom replies, “That’s so kind of you.” (Awwwww!)
She tells him next that he’ll have to be patient, as the baby needs quite a while longer to cook. But he can hardly wait…. so he’ll have to spill the beans to at least one more confidante: “I’m gonna tell my teacher!”
Most of the action happens in the first 90 seconds, but you’ll want to watch the full three minutes once you see the sweet face—and the priceless accent—of this precious future big brother.
“Those of you who have experienced miscarriage before—I can relate now. I have felt my womb emtpy out. I never knew that women felt that way,” Nia says in the clip. “Maybe there’s someone out there that’s going through this with us… I am mourning with those of you who are feeling this.”
Sam adds that the experience of greiving has both bonded the couple, as well as helped them feel renewed gratitude for their two children. He ends the video by saying to all the fans of the couple’s video blog, “We love you, and remember to love each other.”
Considering how sad any miscarriage news is, Sam and Nia’s decision to share it openly is a beautiful one. In doing so, the pair joins the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, who recently announced their own baby news along with details of their past struggles to conceive—including multiples miscarriages.
I’m sending deepest condolences to Sam and Nia.
And on behalf of everyone, I’m also sending gratitude to the vloggers, the Zuckerberg-Chan family, and anyone else who helps bring such a sad topic out into the light by bravely disccusing their personal experiences—something that stands to help so many people.
Confession time: When it comes to pregnancy announcement videos, I cry at the drop of a hat. If you’re anything like me, you’re going to want to get the tissues for some happy tears through laughter for this one.
In a video posted to YouTube, a couple rolls camera as they break the news to the expecting mom’s mother-in-law. In the clip, they present the grandmother-to-be with a box containing beaded bracelets and a single charm that said “#1 Grandma.” They tell her she can string the charm on either the pink or the blue bracelet depending on whether it’s going to be a boy or a girl.
At first, the gift recipient is confused. “Well, I have one of each…” she says, referring to her two existing grandchildren. Very quickly, however, she gets what’s going on.
And then she goes bananas! She screams, covers her face, waves her arms, all while shouting, “You’re pregnant! No sir! Mommy! Oh my god!”
And then she goes for my favorite line: “Pack my bags, I’m moving to Philly!” The mom-to-be eventually says, “That was the best reaction ever.” And she’s not kidding.
The pregnancy announcement video is going viral, with more than 200,000 views since July 14. Watch the clip now and prepare for four minutes of pure joy:
Regular readers of this blog will know that I got big—very, very big—during my twin pregnancy. In fact, that’s me in the photo just about this week last year, three weeks away from delivery—and I was nothing short of a spectacle.
But even much earlier in my pregnancy, my bump was formidable. People started remarking that I was “about to pop” at the five-month mark. (Don’t get me started on the body shaming.) Needless to say, I couldn’t have hidden my pregnancy for any length of time if I had wanted to.
Most expecting mamas, of course, don’t want to! After they clear the dicier first trimester, many are eager to share their joyful news. But there are plenty of reasons—both perceived and legitimate—why some people might want to keep their secret as long as possible.
And now, another professional woman is coming out about why she hid her pregnancy—for a full 8 months! Recently, wedding photographer Vanessa Scavone wrote about six reasons she kept that secret. And while I don’t relate to all of them (one reason was that she simply didn’t show much, and had the choice to conceal), I do relate to some.
For instance, she wrote: “I love what I do and resented the disillusion that other people (and I, too) had about moms: that baby brain takes over, you fall in love with your child and forget and/or don’t care about everything else. The last thing I wanted was to give my clients, especially potential clients, the idea that I was about to have a child and drop my high standards of customer service and productivity. That would not help build the trust and credibility that I’ve worked so hard with which to align my brand.”
Sadly, that’s one major concern I dealt with too. As a freelancer, my livelihood required that people knew I took my work seriously, delivered quality products (writing, in my case), and had no intention of giving it up. For me, this was both factually accurate as well as a critical perception issue. It was one reason I worked right up until the last possible moment, including serving on the panel of a Huffington Post Live webcast about pre-baby relationship contracts—literally 20 hours before my scheduled c-section!
As parents and parents-to-be—especially mothers and mothers-to-be with the chips often stacked against us professionally—we can all probably acknowledge the complexities that would motivate women to hide their pregnancies.
For a real guy’s guy, even his own daughter’s pregnancy announcement is no big deal, right? Well, of course that’s what he’d like people to think!
But one grandpa-to-be caught on hidden camera showed just how excited he really was inside to find out the big news, even if he wasn’t willing to let on.
The fun hidden video, posted to YouTube, shows what happened: An expecting couple posted a sign to a wall in the house announcing the news that a new baby was due. Then, they roll a hidden camera as the grandparents-to-be came home from an outing. The pair enters the house to discover the sign. Surprise!
Grandma ends her phone call abruptly, and immediately hoots and hollers with excitement. “We’re going to be grandparents!” she shouts. But grandpa simply stands by, keeping his cool while processing the information.
Well, as soon as grandma leaves the room, and he finds himself alone, he jumps in the air and clicks his heels. Sure enough, real men flip their lids over pregnancy announcements too.
Even though the video actually went live in 2013, with the baby due last spring, it’s now going viral. The clip has 2.1 million YouTube views.
See for yourself why people can’t get enough of this man’s sweet (secret!) reaction: