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30 mamas-to-be share the cutest pregnancy announcements

They are cute, funny and some are so special you'll cry. 😭

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Alexis Lea Photography

If there's ever a time to go all out, it's to announce that you're having a baby. Sharing that you're pregnant is possibly the biggest news you'll ever disclose in your life. And whether it's your first or fifth pregnancy it doesn't matter—you probably want to share the excitement of your soon-to-be baby with as many people who will listen.

And now that we're living in the age of social media, having a cute, pregnancy announcement is almost as crucial as researching which stroller you'll purchase. We scoured the internet and found pregnancy announcements are anything but basic. They are cute, funny and some are so special you'll cry.

Here are our favorite pregnancy announcements:

1. Baby on board by @biancaftyler

Image: @biancaftyler

2. Handsome cuties by @latishatankard

Image: @latishatankard

3. Big sis on duty by @alishacheney

Image: @alishacheney

4. A tale of two mamas by @Lezbedovas

Image: @Lezbedovas

5. Balloon fun by @brittany.bachelot

Image: @brittany.bachelot

6. Doggie guide by @brandi.ks

Image: @brandi.ks

7. A mini reveal by @Bubblydesignco

Image: @Bubblydesignco

8. A carnival reveal by @happilyhitched

Image: @maddywilliamsphotography

9. Rainbow love by @356photography

O'Conor Family

Image: @356photography

10. Adventure awaits by @Dclark09

Image: @Dclark09

11. Over the moon excitement by @Demilucasblog

Image: @Demilucasblog

12. Buddy in the making by @emilycpe

Image: @emilycpe

13. ‘The Office’ announcement by @beautyofbudget

Image: @beautyofbudget

14. Cat family by @esteginelle

Image: @esteginelle

15. Twin announcement by @handletteredlovebybev

Image: Alexis Lea Photography

16. Taco bout a baby by @haymazz + @quesothedood

Image: @haymazz

17. Holy guacamole by @lilyzlife

Image: @lilyzlife

18. Pretty florals by @shauna_n_waddell

Image: @shauna_n_waddell

19. Oh baby by @sheena131

Image: @sheena131

20. Cookie fun by @cookiestosayit

Image: @cookiestosayit

21. A rainbow message by @some_assembly_required__

Photo: @some_assembly_required__

22. Rainbow belly by @telitha20

Image: @telitha20

23. Double the trouble by @mrs_amie_roberts

Image: @mrs_amie_roberts

24. Diving into the deep end by @amanda.rinke

Image: @amanda.rinke

25. Blessed beyond measure by @bethany_ruth

Image: @bethany_ruth

26. Baby practice by @everycooknookandcranny

Image: @everycooknookandcranny

27. Sweet paradise by @gemazarina

Image: @gemazarina

28. Beachfront announcement by @sunnyiladelphia

Image: @coresparkpilates

29. Crew love by @raisingthemartins

Image: @raisingthemartins

30. Grandparents announcement by @baby.treasure.me


Image: @baby.treasure.me

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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.


And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

I Am Enough bracelet 

SONTAKEY  I Am Enough Bracelet

May this Oath Bracelet be your reminder that you are perfect just the way you are. That you are enough for your children, you are enough for your friends & family, you are enough for everything that you do. You are enough, mama <3

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