It all began on Friday, February 11th, when Steve and I took the kids with us to Babies R Us to look at a new car seat for Lauren. Steve and I knew that if we wanted any chance of fitting all three car seats in the second row of our car, we would need a slimmer, trimmer car seat for L, since the one she is in now is a behemoth. While Steve and I were debating between two models, we gave M and L some tasks to keep them occupied. We told them to pick out some bibs and sippy cups just in case we had any baby visitors. M & L were so cute and generous with their selections, that I knew they would be so excited to find out that we were actually expecting a little one of our own in September. Later on that evening, we told the kids and they were quite excited. We ended up telling them a littler earlier than we had planned, but I just couldn't keep the secret from them any longer. Of course, we swore them to secrecy - explaining that this would be a special family secret for just the four of us. The kids were totally on board with that and even promised not to tell anyone.
On Saturday, February 12th, barely 12 hours later mind you, my parents came over to watch M's basketball game. They were barely in the house for a nanosecond before M spilled the beans. He was quite adamant about it and clearly very excited. At first I downplayed his declarations with comments like, "Oh, you mean L is getting a new baby DOLL." But this went on for hours and M was becoming quite confused and even a little sad - thinking that we were not actually going to be having a baby. So over lunch, when M brought it up yet again, I caved and confirmed M's story. There was happiness all around.
|You know, a baby doll. Get on board with the secret, M.|
The moral? If you need to keep a secret, be sure NOT to tell my kids. They're lousy at keeping secrets. I mean, they are 5 and 3, so this should not come as a huge surprise, but still.