I’m Pregnant !!! How to Break the News to Older Siblings


After I told my husband that I was pregnant with our second (surprise) baby, my mind immediately went to telling the kids. We’d crossed this bridge before, telling my then eight year old step-daughter that I was pregnant with my son. She had been asking for a baby sibling since before we got married, so we knew we had it in the bag. This time felt different, though.

At thirteen years old, would she be excited about another baby? We’re swapping makeup tips and binge watching Pretty Little Liars together. Will she be okay with watching Babyfirst TV and warming up bottles instead? My son is a little easier, for now. At four, he hasn’t really grasped the concept that his life is going to turn upside down right around his fifth birthday.

I spent hours on Pinterest. Announcement ideas have gotten quite impressive, even since my last pregnancy five years ago. My husband and I wanted to make sure our public announcement included the kids because pregnancy is a family affair, impacting everyone – from helping with the younger one when I’m too exhausted to deal to cutting back on Uber Eats orders to save for diapers.

All things related to my pregnancy with son, from his name to the maternity shoot, had to do with soccer. My husband is a huge Chelsea fan, and our little man has been a kicker from the start. Since I’m more of a baseball fan (Go Giants!), we wondered how we could use that to tell the kids about our new little slugger.

With one email to Lou Seal and the Giants, announcing our “tie breaker” baby (Boys – 1, Girls – 1) was set. The Giants family was amazing! They made a sign for us, and even had Lou Seal deliver “Big Brother” and “Big Sister Again” shirts to our seats. The kids had no idea! Now we not only have an amazing memory for them, but we have it on camera so that we can announce it to everyone.

creative way to announce pregnancy to older childrenYou can spend hours online looking at what everyone else has done. Trust me, there are millions of ideas out there. What is something that means a lot to you and your family? It doesn’t have to be elaborate, whether this baby is a fluke fertilization or a calculated conception. I felt pressured to be “super cute” like all the other moms out there. Once I closed my laptop and thought about the unforgettable experience I wanted for my family, it all fell into place.

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Liz was born and raised in Napa, CA. She graduated from Loyola Marymount with a BA in English and Regis University with an MA in Organization Leadership. She met her incredibly amazing and supportive husband, Peter, in Denver in 2009. They were married in 2011, and welcomed a son, Colton, in 2013. After a few more years in Napa, the family moved to Mission Bay and are enjoying exploring their new neighborhood. When Liz isn’t chasing Colton around the playground or swapping make-up tricks with her 13 year old step-daughter, McKinzie, she enjoys reading, baking, eating delicious meals prepared by her Chef husband, and driving to Napa to spend time with family.


  1. My husband and I are a little nervous(maybe me more so than him); about telling our girls who are 17 and
    9 that they are going to be Big Sisters; I am currently 9wks. We are certainly going to wait til the 12 week mark to announce
    our news. Although we know for sure our 9yr old will be absolutely thrilled, our older daughter might feel differently and i’m sure she’ll be greatly shocked; on the other hand, she’s made comments like we’ve said a while back we need to talk to her about something or whatever, or if some topic comes up, we’ll get, “You pregnant?” Course our response has been no, and we get sarcastic or remarks of disappointment. So, we actually think she’ll be excited! I just turned 40 and story is: I met my husband(being a single mom) when my daughter was just about to turn 3; we got married in 2006, when she was about 6yrs old; tried and tried to get pregnant and we now have our 9yr old who was born in 2009. My husband adopted our older daughter shortly after our younger one was born; of course on paper or not, she’s his; but when we found out that we had one more chance to have another baby together; we went for it. Now we are excited about our miracle to come! We know our news will be shocking to our family and friends but we shouldn’t be ashamed or anything, right? We are definitely going to come up with ways to announce our BIG news that will involve our older daughter and younger one in unique different ways.


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