Friday, March 28, 2014

The Schwartz's vs The Elephant in the Room

I'm 39 weeks pregnant today.  And I haven't told Sarah and Cody yet.  Ha!

It's rather entertaining to me how others react to this news.  It's actually been pretty difficult to keep strangers from telling the kids since after making some sort of "you've got your hands full" or "you look ready to pop" comment to me the next thing they do is turn to Sarah and ask if she's excited about the baby or if she's going to get a brother or a sister.

Thankfully, my daughter is blissfully unaware.  So she usually corrects them about how Cody isn't a baby that he wears big boy undies and that he's her brother not her sister.  Ha!

The next thing people do when I tell them we're not telling the kids and they don't know is assert some general shock and motion to my stomach saying, "how have they not noticed this".  Which it's pretty easy how they haven't noticed my stomach getting big.  I'm mom.  They don't care what my stomach looks like.  Plus it's not like a 4 year old naturally knows that you grow another human in your stomach, it's kind of creepy when you really think about it.  So the most Sarah has said is, "mom your tummy looks like a giant ball" to which I looked down and said, "it sure does sweetie" and then we played the belly bongos.  They don't care.  One night during the Olympics Sarah was resting her head on my stomach and the baby was kicking her.  She didn't say anything or glance at it, she just grabbed a pillow and made herself more comfortable.

My OB's regular nurse wasn't there one time and so I quickly cut off the new nurse before she said something about the baby and explained the situation.  She looked quite shocked and said, "what do they think I'm listening to?" referring to the dopplerscope.  I thought that was pretty funny.  Does she honestly think my 4 and 2 year old know where to listen to a heart beat?  Please, when they play doctor they put their little Doc McStuffin's stethoscope on whatever part of their sibling is closest to them.  

Most people don't understand why we've decided not to tell the kids.  I don't really care, it's our family and as always, "I do what I want!"

But here's a short list of reasons why we've made this decision.

1.  No annoying asking every 5 minutes "mom is the baby here yet?"  My kids really don't do well with waiting for special events.  Waiting for Halloween was ridiculously annoying with Sarah and that had a definite date I could give her.  Imagine how awful it would be when we don't know when the baby is coming.
2.  Kids say whatever they want.  If I pointed out my change in appearance and explained that I had a "baby in my belly" do you know how many larger people Sarah would suddenly notice and ask them if they have a baby in their belly too.  I think I'll pass on that awkward situation at Walmart.  It's bad enough that my child is quick to point out people that are missing teeth.
3.  I don't have to answer the question of "how did the baby get in your belly?"  I mean seriously, I'm not even sure what people say when their kids ask that.
4.  Even better, I don't have to answer the question of "how is the baby going to get out of your belly?" I mean really just thinking about those questions makes me break out in a cold sweat.

So, how and when are we going to tell the kids?

Right now the game plan is when I go into labor.  We'll have to bring the kids to the hospital with us and have family meet us there to take them because to wait at home for someone would pretty much guarantee another car birth.  So we'll have a good 40 minutes to talk about it with the kids.  And well, we're really going to just present the idea like it's an exciting new puppy.  "Hey kids!  You guys are so great we've decided to get you a baby!"

So that's our plan.


  1. It will be the absolute best surprise!

  2. This is so funny and cool. You only have a small window where you could pull off this kind of surprise with kids so why not! Did Sarah know about Cody when you were pregnant with him?