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    Grandma's secret revealed

    boy telling secretI told you not long ago about a group I belong to, a group that has a secret. Today I'll come clean, for I've finally been given permission to do so.

    That group I belong to — that one in which all members agreed we'd keep the secret a secret but I'm the only one who didn't tell a single soul — is my immediate family. We were all sworn to secrecy the weekend before Thanksgiving, when Andrea, Brianna, Jim and I were at Chuck E. Cheese's conducting this review.

    As Andrea and Brianna stood at the prize counter cashing in the skeeball tickets we'd won as a family, all our cell phones, strewn amongst the remaining pizza on our table, went off at the same time. A group message from Megan — the only family member not in attendance, the only family member living 815 miles away — included the text "Guess what?!?!" plus this photo:

    baby ultrasound 

    The following screenshot of my phone shows my immediate reply — typed through tears — followed by Jim's.

    text message screen shot 

    Yes, I learned smack in the center of Chuck E. Cheese's that Grandaby No. 3 is on his or her way.

    Now Bubby and Mac will both be big brothers come June 2014. Bubby hopes for a little sister; Mac says he just wants a baby — not a brother, not a sister, just a baby.

    That, my friends, is my secret. Which is no longer a secret. And thankfully so, as I'm not sure how much longer I could abide by Megan's request — made for a variety of reasons — to keep the good news within our immediate family until she gave the signal to share.

    Congratulations to Megan and Preston and the two big brothers!

    And three cheers for three grandbabies for PawDad and me!

    Today's question:

    How did you break the baby news to your parents? Or how did your child break the news to you?

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    Reader Comments (26)

    Exciting news. Congratulations to all.

    December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOlga

    Congratulations! I know you are over-the-moon- excited.
    My kids told me in various way, but no texts. My youngest daughter always made sure her sister and I were together when she told us.

    December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeanie

    Exciting news! Congratulations to all of you!

    December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGinger Kay

    Tell your lovely daughter that three boys is the BEST!! Many congratulations to all of your family.

    December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrown and Flown

    How wonderful for you all! Blessings!

    December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Cassara

    Heartiest congratulations for the entire family. What marvelous news for all of you. Here's to another happy and healthy baby in the family!

    P.S. I have 1 son, 5 nephews and one niece. Buying pink once in awhile is nice.
    P.S.S. Any healthy baby is GREAT!!!

    December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

    Oh Lisa! I am so excited for you! I was headed to the shower when I saw your post on Google+ and had to come read this first! Congratulations my friend and can I just say this -- I am so jealous! Just glad you will be sharing lots of new baby pictures with all of us. Congratulations! And June is such a wonderful month to have a birthday!

    December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    Mazel Tov!!!

    December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharon Greenthal

    What great news and what a great way to spread it!
    Mazel tov and many more happy moments along the way~

    December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIrene

    Oh what wonderful news, Lisa! I am so happy for you! :) Of course you need a granddaughter somewhere along the line.......but I agree with little Mac....just a baby will be the best gift in the world! Sending you hugs and a big smile.....anticipation is so powerful!!

    December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoan Stommen

    First grandchild: my daughter caught me on my cell when I was with a friend, driving up to the local hot springs for a relaxing day. We chatted a while and then she said, "I should tell you--I'm pregnant!" And then she asked me not to tell anyone. "Well," I said," I'm sitting here in Sara's car and I'm screaming, so I think I have to tell her why." So I swore my friend to secrecy and I think she kept it to herself, even though it was a struggle. But here's the weird thing: I asked my daughter when she found out, and she told me she'd taken a test that morning at 7:00am. I woke up at 4:00am that morning (she was living on the East Coast, 3 hours ahead) with a start--didn't know why. I mean, I was WIDE awake. That really blew me away.... Congratulations to you and your family!

    December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRisa

    AWESOME!!!! SO happy for you and your family!! What a grand Christmas gift! :)

    December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaye Swain

    Lisa! Congratulations! YIPPEE! :)

    December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoy @ Yesterfood

    WONDERFUL news! What a lovely Christmas gift! I am so happy for you!

    December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

    Congratulations Lisa!! Such wonderful news for you and your family!!

    December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

    woohoo! Huge congratulations, Lisa!!! Grandbaby boy or grandbaby girl...I'm with's all good. What a delightful gift to celebrate this Christmas, and what delights we look forward to sharing in your future posts.

    Count me jealous along with Grandma KC, since I fear no more grandchildren in my future. For grandchild one, I insisted my daughter get a blood test after her home pregnancy test came up negative. She had the pregnancy mask. Yep, Mom knew best :) I also 'knew' about my grandson about 3 weeks before I was told. It's a long story.

    Oh, happy day...there's a baby on the way!

    December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNonnie Kelly

    Oh happy day! Congratulations!
    I learned about each of my four grandchildren through various ways, but my favorite was when our grandson came walking in wearing a "I'm going to be a big brother" shirt! It took me a few minutes before I got around to reading what his shirt said :)

    December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

    wonderful, wonderful news (i thought that's what it was)!

    December 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbelinda

    What a wonderful secret to reveal - congratulations!

    December 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersheryl

    When my oldest daughter found out she was pregnant, she sent me a picture of her EPT showing two lines.Unfortunately and sadly she lost that baby and has not yet tried again. But that day, we were both so happy.

    December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

    Oh, and I totally forgot to say Congratulations!

    December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

    Thank you all for the kind regards and for rejoicing with me! I'm so fortunate to have such friends. Cheers!

    December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    Super, super congratulations to you all Lisa! June 21 is my mom and my little sister's birthday. What a beautiful time to be born, what a beautiful surprise for all of you! Doing my happy dance for you.

    December 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

    I'm a day late because I was in Pueblo, away from my computer, for one day and one night, but I'm home now and, along with your other congratulations offer mine to you AND me because that's going to give me another GREAT-grandbaby!

    It really is another wonderful Christmas present! HOORAY!

    December 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    A heartfelt congratulations to the whole family especially you Lisa! Congrats for being the only one who kept the secret too. The last pregnancy in my family had me watching the older children so mom and Dad could go for the ultrasound and finding out what we were expecting. Afterwards my daughter called me and i excitedly asked "it's twins isn't it? She replied"I'm sorry Mom and we're having a girl." I was so sure she was having twins that i was so bummed but accepted it because it is what it is. They wanted to have a nice lunch and do a little shopping and asked if it was OK. It was. When they arrived to pick up the children, they had pictures to show us. I was offered to see them first but declined as I felt big brother and big sister should see them first. Well when it was my turn, I looked at the first picture and thought it looked funny but said nothing thinking there might be a problem with the baby. With that in mind I looked at the second and better one and these were my words, "Hey there's two in this picture. For the love of peace are you having twins and told me the first lie I've known you to tell me?" My daughter sweetly looked at me and said, "Mom I didn't lie to you, I just didn't correct you when you thought it was only one girl. I have two beautiful twin granddaughters who are almost two years old that makes it seven grandchildren I have. The first grandchild we were expecting ended up in a miscarriage or there would be eight. I am so happy for you Lisa and hope you have a granddaughter. The boys are fun but a little girl will want to do all the things we as little girls did. Like making cookies, cupcakes, etc. Wishing you and your family much love and many blessing for Christmas.

    December 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlice

    Oh my goodness, congratulations!!! I am SO happy for you, Lisa!

    December 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette
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