This morning my Mom called to ask if I wanted to hang out with them for the day since she is off work this week and they were wandering around the city. I'm always seriously desperate for any excuse to get out of the house, so of course I wanted to go, but I didn't trust my ability to keep our news a secret for a whole day.
My first thought was to take advantage of the day out with my parents (and their vehicle) and see if I could find an excuse to have them take me to the only place in the city I knew of that sells 'Big Sister' shirts. With my Dad's illness, being 'out and about' is a pretty significant exertion for him, so driving around any extra was a big thing to ask.
When I discovered what their plan was for the day, and that stopping at a certain shopping mall was on the agenda, I tried to think of a what the mall offered that might serve my purposes. Recalling that I know a girl who owns one of the stores in the mall and that the store was just the type that might actually sell custom t-shirts, I quickly gave her a call...
Hurrah! She had what I needed, and could make a custom onesie for me before I arrived at the mall with my parents later that day. So, I had to describe it over the phone, and I went with the Chinese characters 'Jie Jie' (Big Sister), and pretty much had to leave the rest up to her.
I told my parents I had to pick something up for a friend.
Luckily, they didn't ask any questions.
When we got back to their house after our trip to the mall, I went to change Celia's diaper and changed her into the new 'Big Sister' onesie. I had to quickly admit to my parents that I was lying about who the onesie was for, which was an easy segue into what the characters said.
My Mom is very aware of how nervous I have been about having another child, and so she looked as though she almost had tears in her eyes when she said 'Really?'
My husband met us for supper at my parents house, and we spent the rest of the day informing all of our family members, including a number of texts, phone calls, and skype conversations. The 'Cat' is now officially out of the bag...