Journaling: "This picture was taken just before we told my parents our big news. We were visiting Maggie and Scott in Chicago for Memorial Day weekend and had planned to meet my parents for lunch on Sunday in New Buffalo, Michigan, which is about halfway between Muskegon and Chicago. We found out we were expecting about a week before the trip, so it seemed like a perfect chance to tell my parents the news in person.
My mom is getting ready to do some redecorating in the house and was very excited to show us her new color schemes, paint chips, new bedding, etc. I decided to wait until she was finished before I said anything about our news — but she had a lot to show us and it was hard to wait! Maggie knew that I was waiting too, and she and I kept exchanging knowing glances. Finally Mom put everything back in the bag that she brought in and I said, “Well, we’re going to have a baby.” I think my parents were genuinely surprised at first, but they were really happy. Right away my mom started talking about planning a trip out to New Jersey in January to meet the new little one."