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Meet the mums who re­vealed their preg­nan­cies in mem­o­rable ways

Mother & Baby (UK) - - CONTENTS -

‘I loved mak­ing my friends laugh’

‘I love mak­ing funny videos to share on Face­book, and my friends are used to my tongue-in-cheek sense of hu­mour. My first preg­nancy re­veal video was in the style of a rom­com-movie trailer – I got such a buzz from ev­ery­one’s re­ac­tion to it. When Ben and I found out we were ex­pect­ing twins two years later, we were shocked and over­whelmed. Of course, ex­cite­ment soon over­took the panic, but when my thoughts turned to an­other an­nounce­ment video, there was only one op­tion – a spoof hor­ror-movie trailer!

I was 14 weeks preg­nant, and had only told close fam­ily. And when I logged onto iMovie, the app I use to cre­ate videos, and browsed the movie-trailer themes, ‘hor­ror’ just jumped out at me! It seemed the per­fect way to an­nounce that we were hav­ing twins, as we knew our lives were about to be turned up­side down! It was all light-hearted fun, of course, and I knew the Face­book friends on my pri­vate page would get it!

The process of cre­at­ing the video was sim­ple. Once I’d cho­sen my theme, I was guided through the struc­ture of the trailer. I up­loaded fam­ily pho­tos, and edited the words. It only took a few hours to com­plete, but I was re­ally pleased with the end re­sult. From the at­mo­spheric mu­sic to the chill­ing words, the video had me and Ben laugh­ing out loud. Even so, al­though I knew my friends would take the video in the spirit it was in­tended, I still felt ner­vous post­ing it to Face­book. But I couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter re­ac­tion! I lost count of the num­ber of laugh­ing emo­jis on the com­ments, and ev­ery­one said how funny and clever they thought it was. Mark­ing that mag­i­cal mo­ment with a spoof video re­flected my silly sense of hu­mour, and I still smile about it to­day!’

Rosie Blake, 36, a writer, lives in Read­ing with hus­band Ben and son Barn­aby, two. She is 36 weeks preg­nant with twins

‘I can re­visit all those happy mem­o­ries’

‘I’m a mum blog­ger, so there was never a doubt I’d have fun an­nounc­ing my preg­nancy. I love the process of stag­ing pho­tos and be­ing cre­ative with my Face­book and In­sta­gram posts. Pin­ter­est is a fan­tas­tic source of in­spi­ra­tion for me so, when I was preg­nant, I spent hours scrolling through re­veal pho­tos. It was so ex­cit­ing!

In the end, I de­cided to make the most of the time of year and our lo­ca­tion. Hal­loween was on the hori­zon, and my fa­ther owns a farm with fields and hay bales, so I thought it would be a cute idea to make a mummy pump­kin, carv­ing a heart-shaped hole and prop­ping my scan photo in­side. And a dad pump­kin, a lit­tle brother pump­kin and a baby pump­kin, too.

When I men­tioned my plan to my hus­band, Jacek, he was to­tally on board. Al­though he’s not on so­cial me­dia him­self, he’s sup­port­ive of my ac­counts, and loves help­ing me set up pho­tos. Even Tyler, then three, got stuck in. And I’ll never for­get our pho­to­shoot. It was a beau­ti­ful, sunny day and the three of us had spent the morn­ing de­sign­ing and carv­ing our pump­kins. On the farm, Tyler climbed on the hay bales, ex­cit­edly ask­ing about his new brother or sis­ter.

I was thrilled with the fi­nal pho­tos. We’d thought about ev­ery de­tail, even a dummy for the baby pump­kin. Press­ing ‘post’ later that day, I felt a rush of ex­cite­ment. The photo went out on my per­sonal Face­book page, my blog Face­book page, and In­sta­gram, so a com­bined au­di­ence of sev­eral thou­sand fol­low­ers were about to view it. When the likes and com­ments rolled in, I couldn’t stop smil­ing. It was lovely get­ting two kinds of re­sponses – the ones on my per­sonal Face­book page from peo­ple I know in real life, and those on my blog Face­book page and In­sta­gram, from fol­low­ers I’ve con­nected with on­line.

The other day, my pump­kin post popped up as a Face­book mem­ory. The ex­cite­ment came flood­ing back, and re­minded me why I re­vealed my preg­nancy on­line. All my happy mem­o­ries of an­nounc­ing baby Beau are doc­u­mented and, if ever I want a boost, I can read back through all the mes­sages and be re­minded of that joy.’

Fiona Naughton, 28, a stay-at-home mum, lives in Cork with hus­band Jacek and sons Beau, two, and Tyler, five

Rosie at 36 weeks Ben preg­nant, with and Barn­aby

Fiona thought of ev­ery de­tail for her Face­book re­veal

Fiona’s ex­pand­ing pump­kin fam­ily made her friends smile

Fiona with sons Beau and Tyler

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