It’s taken nine long months, you’ve been through all of the ups and downs of pregnancy, the physical and emotional rollercoaster that has pushed you to your limits, and then finally your baby arrives.
You’ve been dreaming of the moment that you can announce the arrival to the world, only to log onto your social media feed to public messages of congratulations. Your phone begins buzzing with people congratulating you on the news they’ve just discovered via someone else’s announcement on Facebook.
The very announcement that should have been yours to make.
In a day and age where social media is part of most of our daily lives, the social media announcement, or reveal of any major life event is an exciting one. Social media helps us to keep in contact with friends and family that live in different parts of the world, or those acquaintances that may have been lost along the way otherwise.
The social media announcement of these major events is often the second or third ‘tier’ in our announcement schedule. This may seem strange to many of the ‘older generations’, but for those of us, who’ve had Facebook as a fixture in our lives for the better part of our adulthood, it’s just the norm.
Back in 2012 after almost 12 months of trying to fall pregnant, my husband and I finally had some exciting news. We’ve never been ones to wait until the magical 12-week mark to tell our immediate family, so of course; they were privy to our news almost immediately.
Rainy days are for snuggling, and reminiscing… I’m always one for looking back through old photos, reminiscing about days gone by. Particularly around those milestone moments. Nath and I realised yesterday, as we were heading into our scan, that it would be for the final time. This babe is our last, we knew this going into the whole process, yet realising that we would never experience these moments again, was incredibly sad. It’s so true what they say, . “The days are long, but the years are short” . I need to remind myself to stop, and savour the moments… because once they’re gone, they’re gone forever ????
As time went on, we told those around us as we saw them, and when that moment arrived, to see our little bub on the ultrasound monitor, we were relieved to finally make it to that monumental (or it felt like it at the time) milestone.
Neither of us was in any rush to make the social media announcement just yet, though. For some reason, we were both happy with our friends and family knowing, the ones that we saw in person regularly, that we didn’t need to make the announcement yet. I think we both saw the half way mark as the ‘safer’ option for the big reveal. In saying that, it was still something that both of us very much looked forward to, when the appropriate time came.