Russian dolls – a creative pregnancy reveal idea

Yesterday, I revealed on the blog that we were expecting baby number three. It’s lovely to be able to be out in the open with our news, although our family and some close friends have known for a while. We first revealed the news to our parents and the girls around Christmas using a set of personalised Russian dolls.

 

A set of hand-painted Russian dolls representing my family - "Russian dolls - a creative pregnancy reveal idea"

 

I quite like a surprise pregnancy reveal. When I was pregnant with Jessica, we decided to tell hubby’s parents on his mum’s birthday. We waited until we were out at a family meal before giving her a card with “Happy Birthday Grandma” on the front along with a scan photo of “Sprout” (as Jessica was known back then).

 

A card with a scan picture and "Happy Birthday Grandma"

 

Second time around, we bought Jessica a T-shirt that said “I’m going to be a big sister.” Once again, our announcement came during a family birthday meal (my mum’s this time). We put Jessica in her T-shirt with a cardigan over the top. Once the family were sitting down ready for the meal, we quietly removed Jessica’s cardigan. It wasn’t long before one of my sisters spotted just what Jessica was wearing!

 

Jessica wearing her "I'm going to be a big sister T-shirt"

 

This time around, Christmas provided the perfect opportunity. What better way to announce than with a very special personalised gift for the grandparents?

 

Watching the girls playing with my big set of Russian dolls had inspired me. I bought two sets of plain wooden Russian dolls – each containing five dolls. Over the next couple of weeks, I got busy drawing and painting them using paint pens, finishing off with a couple of thin coats of varnish.  The biggest doll was hubby, followed by me, Jessica, Sophie and finishing with a very tiny Peanut. The dolls were wrapped and ready to give to our parents. I couldn’t wait to see their reactions!

 

Our family represented in painted Russian dolls - Michael, Louise, Jessica, Sophie and "Peanut"

 

You can see my mum’s reaction in the video below. I have to admit, I thought she’d guess as soon as she started opening the dolls. As you can see, it took a little longer for the penny to drop!

 

 

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33 Comments

  1. February 1, 2018 / 9:53 am

    Aaaaw! You mum’s reaction is adorable! Congratulations, guys. What a fun way to share your news. #sharingthebloglove

    • Louise
      Author
      February 3, 2018 / 9:08 am

      Thank you Lucy. Loved my mum’s reaction, so glad I caught it on camera 🙂

  2. February 1, 2018 / 3:58 pm

    Aww! Your mums reaction is just brilliant….I have just showed my teen and she nearly cried. hehehe
    Congrats xxx

    • Louise
      Author
      February 3, 2018 / 9:09 am

      Thanks Kim. Loved my mum’s reaction 🙂

  3. February 1, 2018 / 5:26 pm

    I love your mum’s reaction. Congratulations to you all. I love Russian Dolls. I once posted a picture of Russian Dolls lined up as my cover photo on Facebook. My sister in law messaged me to ask of I was trying to tell people something. Great idea. Sarah #sharingthebloglove

    • Louise
      Author
      February 3, 2018 / 9:10 am

      Thanks Sarah. I love Russian dolls too. Love how your sister in law thought your cover photo was trying to say something 🙂

  4. February 1, 2018 / 9:50 pm

    This is such an adorable way to tell people. I watched the video on Facebook earlier on and it’s adorable, your mum is so happy.
    Nat.x

    • Louise
      Author
      February 3, 2018 / 9:10 am

      Thanks Nat, loved my mum’s reaction 🙂

    • Louise
      Author
      February 3, 2018 / 9:19 am

      Thank you Laura 🙂

  5. February 2, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    This is so cute Louise! And I’d have known that was you guys anywhere – you did a great job! Such a sweet way to tell people – I feel we missed out on that, particularly second time around, as I was so sick that everyone just guessed! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Louise
      Author
      February 3, 2018 / 11:30 am

      Thank you Katy, I’m glad we managed to keep it a surprise this time around. We found it harder to keep the surprise second time around – lots of people guessed early with us too.

    • Louise
      Author
      February 3, 2018 / 11:29 am

      Thank you Claire 🙂

  6. February 5, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    Aww bless her. Love the ways you’ve revealed your pregnancies. #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Louise
      Author
      February 8, 2018 / 4:02 pm

      Thank you Helena 🙂

  7. February 6, 2018 / 11:24 am

    This is a really special way of revealing it to your mum, I love it. Her reaction is brilliant and I thought the penny was never going to drop! Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Louise
      Author
      February 8, 2018 / 4:03 pm

      Thank you Laura. It did take a while for her to realise! Loved her reaction when the penny dropped 🙂

    • Louise
      Author
      February 8, 2018 / 4:05 pm

      Thank you Maria 🙂

  8. February 8, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    What a lovely way to break such happy news. Congratulations!!!!

    • Louise
      Author
      February 8, 2018 / 4:07 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  9. February 8, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    What a fab way to break the news. Brilliant idea. Love your mums reaction. #sharingthebloglove

    • Louise
      Author
      February 8, 2018 / 4:09 pm

      Thank you Jo, I loved her reaction too 🙂

  10. February 8, 2018 / 7:51 pm

    I love your mum’s reaction. So lovely to watch. #sharingthebloglove

  11. February 8, 2018 / 7:56 pm

    Ahhhh that is just the sweetest!! Congratulations! #sharingthebloglove

  12. February 8, 2018 / 8:00 pm

    Ah i love pregnancy reveals! Congrats on your third baby! #sharingthebloglove

  13. February 9, 2018 / 2:22 pm

    Congratulations!!! This is such an adorable reveal! #sharingthebloglove

    • Louise
      Author
      March 20, 2018 / 9:11 am

      Thank you 🙂

    • Louise
      Author
      March 30, 2018 / 1:51 pm

      Thanks Laura, I loved her reaction too, so glad I managed to capture it on video 🙂

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