Designer, illustrator and blogger Tabitha Emma Bray says, "I wanted to make a connection between Easter and our birth announcement, and how they are both about new life." She cracked an egg, did some pretty lettering on paper and on the egg and took some photos.
"On the day, I posted it on Facebook first, and once those close had seen it, I put it up on my blog for the public," Tabitha says. "Everyone was very excited and happy for us!" Baby boy Henry arrived in October as expected.
Sada Lewis loves doing quirky crafts -- and she loves the movie Juno. She and her husband saw it on their first date! A line from the movie, "my eggo is preggo," became inspiration for her pregnancy announcement. She put photos of herself with word bubbles of the phrase into plastic Easter eggs.
"It's obviously really silly but it was great fun to make and to watch everyone open the egg," Sada says. "We hosted Easter lunch at our house for our immediate families, so before we ate I told everyone I had a funny surprise... Their reactions were priceless. My mom starting screaming and my mother-in-law ran up and hugged us!" Baby girl Paige was born later that year in November.
When Kevin and Jen McInerny hit the 12-week mark in Jen's pregnancy, they had the urge to act like kids again. "We both loved to color eggs as kids but neither of us had done it in a long time, so we thought it would be fun," says Kevin. "We also saw it as an opportunity to establish a family tradition."
The eggs they decorated didn't say their names though. They said "mommy," "daddy" and "baby Mac" (a tribute to their and their future baby's last name). A fourth egg had the baby's due date.
"My sister took the pictures, and we shared them on our Facebook profiles," says Kevin. "Everyone was very happy and excited for us to become parents. We also received comments on how cute and creative the announcement was." Baby Connor arrived in November.
"My husband, Ted, and I are very much 'holiday people,' and when we found out we were due with our first baby on Halloween, we were beyond excited!" says Katie Anderson. "I realized Easter was a perfect time to spread the word since I was 12 weeks along, and I loved the idea of a baby 'hatching!'"
With their powers combined -- Katie's being crafting and Ted's being Photoshop -- the creative couple made a graphic that displayed an egg decorated as a Jack o' lantern resting in a nest that said "Hatching his Halloween! Baby Anderson."
"We printed cards to give to our immediate family with a sonogram picture inside and posted this announcement on Facebook on Easter reading, 'Look what the Easter bunny left in our basket!'" says Katie. "My dad laughed, my mom cried, Ted's mom squealed, and our Facebook pages blew up! Our wonderful daughter Ruby was born exactly on her due date, Halloween -- perfectly punctual for this holiday family!"
Angela of Waukesha used the holiday as a sweet opportunity to tell her son baby number two was on the way. She dyed and decorated Easter eggs to say "Big Bro" and the due date. "The Easter Bunny had a special message for our son this year," she says.
Brianna of Spring Hill also got a future big brother in on the action, but he was the one doing the announcing. She planned a photo shoot of her son wearing bunny ears and posing alongside baby chicks. A chalkboard behind him read, "Baby Sister hatching August 2014."
"Getting my son to look at the camera while keeping the chicks in the shot was a challenge but I love how it turned out!" says Brianna.
We can't keep a straight face while looking at this announcement. The bunny holding the car seat full of eggs is just too hilarious! Carrie of Columbia and her husband announced their pregnancy to family at Easter using this funny graphic that says, "The Easter bunny came early to our house. We are excited to announce that we're Egg-specting in early November."
"We had our ultrasound at 19 weeks, and it happened to be the day before Easter," says Diana of Swedesboro. "We took the picture outside in our front yard after we came home with the picture of our beautiful baby. On Easter, we were able to share this photo announcement with everyone! We also waited until the day she was born to find out whether it was a boy or girl, and that made it so much more exciting!"
Lindsey of Scenery Hill told her husband she was pregnant at Easter-time using an egg carton and plastic eggs. "I filled each of the 12 plastic eggs with little pieces of paper that told him my favorite things about him as a dad," says Lindsey. "He had to open and read them in order 1 through 12. Each little paper was a quality about him or a thing he does with our boys that I appreciate about him. Number 12 said, "One of my favorite things about you being a dad is knowing that you're going to be as amazing of a dad to Baby T #3 as you are to Asher and Noah."
"He was absolutely shocked, and I enjoyed getting to tell him some of my favorite parts of him as a dad," she says. Too cute!
Amanda of A Royal Daughter announced her second pregnancy with a sweet photoshoot. "A new peep is joining our family," read the sign behind the adorable couple posing with their son Ezra and a fluffy marshmallow treat. "My husband had the idea to ask Ezra if he wanted a brother or sister by choosing between a pink and blue peep," Amanda wrote on her blog. "Sweet little love went straight for the pink peep!" Boy or girl, we're sure the happy little guy will be a great big brother with such a sugary start.