"When I think of Thanksgiving, the cooking of food is one of the big things that pops into my mind," says Molly Sensenbrenner. So it was only natural that the photographer and mom of three wanted to riff on it in her pregnancy announcement photo. (It didn't hurt that she managed to score matching turkey hats for her daughters in the dollar bin at Target.) "I posted the picture on social media, and my friends and family loved it," she says. "Our little turkey, our third girl, Cora, was born that June and today is a very happy, busy 15-month-old."
When it came time for Angela Thayer of Teaching Mama to announce her pregnancy, she let her two boys—and their hands—do the talking. "We wanted to tell our family on Thanksgiving, so I came up with a little craft for the boys and present for them to give to their grandparents," she says. Thayer traced her kiddos' hands (and made a tiny one for her unborn baby) then turned them into turkeys using googly eyes, feathers, and mini beaks made out of construction paper.
Turns out, sharing the big news was just as much fun as creating the announcement. "When it came time to tell our family, I had the boys hand an envelope to the grandparents and they opened it. Both sides had no idea this was coming! It was fun to see their reactions," she says.
Baby number three was born in August 2014.
Having a BFF who's a photographer has its perks, especially when it comes to capturing a pregnancy announcement photo. Lori Butler found this out firsthand when she and husband Jason asked photog Corinna Hoffman to do the honors. The couple knew what they wanted in the announcement photo: something gender neutral; something that echoed the best of fall, Lori's favorite season; and something that played off of "little pumpkin," their nickname for the baby. With Corinna's help, they achieved a memorable, creative way to share their happy news. "We usually do holiday pictures once a year, so we told our families that we had new pictures taken would they like to see them," Lori says. "Of course they were totally shocked when they took a peek! It was such a fun way to share an incredible moment."
The Butlers' son was born in April 2015.
Sometimes, simple and sweet is the best way to go. Case in point: Aubri and Matt Duran's gorgeous baby photo announcement, which they posted on Facebook. Inspiration for the photo shoot hit just before Thanksgiving, when the mom-to-be found the chalkboard at Target. The message she ended up writing? "Today I am thankful for Baby Duran." "We were so very thankful to be pregnant," she explains. "That was probably how my heart truly felt the most at the time, so Thanksgiving was just the perfect timing for everything."
The Durans welcomed baby Trent in May 2014.
"I wanted a unique and fun announcement that paid homage to the season as well as the fact that this child is a welcome blessing to us," says Keisha Gardner of Penny Pinching Peach. She broke the news to immediate family in person but decided to clue in her friends and distant family by posting these adorable photos on social media. The tie-breaker picture was an especially big hit. "When we finally did announce that we were having a little girl, everyone was really excited to see who guessed correctly," she explained. "This helped build excitement that's sometimes missing when making announcements that aren't the first of anything."
Gardner's daughter was born in July 2015.