Better Late Than Never

One of my 2009 goals was to be a better gift giver, and this past Christmas was quite a success, I thought, particularly because Bart and I really planned ahead and weren’t frantically buying gifts at the last second. We had time to think about what to get various family members and I was really pleased with some of the things we chose.

But, without question, the gift we were most excited about (and which came as the biggest surprise to our families) was this one, which we gave to Crawford:

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  • Reply TheMoncurs February 5, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I like how people are going to puzzle over this. Like, " she…? Is this…?"

    Am so glad I can stop pretending ignorance. Yay baby!

  • Reply Jenny February 5, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    That's so clever of you!
    (I mean–)um, CONGRATULATIONS!

  • Reply Melinda February 5, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! And what a fantastic way to share the news!

  • Reply Packrat February 5, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Congratulations! (Gosh, I'm crying!) Surprise, huh? Giggles

  • Reply RA February 5, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Holy crap! Congratulations! I am bowled over!

  • Reply Operation Pink Herring February 5, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Wait… really? CONGRATULATIONS!

  • Reply lacie tidwell February 5, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    WAHOO!!!!! Congratulations!!!! that is so exciting!!! I hope you are feeling ok and all is going well- btw I LOVE how you broke the news! wooooweee! congrats again! It's so much fun!!!

  • Reply Stephanie February 5, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    wahooo! congrats! very clever.

  • Reply SeΓ±ora H-B February 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! Such a cute way to share the news.

  • Reply Crystal February 5, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Yay!! Congratulations!!

  • Reply Carly Jane February 5, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    SO EXCITING! I'm all smiles. You will both be fantastic parents.

  • Reply Lady Susan February 5, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    I totally didn't get this until I read the comments. Hurrah! Congratulations! So excited for you guys.

    I hope you are feeling o.k. The first trimester can be a doozy.

  • Reply Heather February 5, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Oh Janssen – I am just thrilled! Huge congrats to you and Bart – and I just adore the announcement method ~ fantastic!

    Have you been very sick?

  • Reply Kristy February 5, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Heehee! What a good gift!

  • Reply Kristi February 5, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Very creative and cute, how long did it take Crawford to piece it together? We're sure happy for you!

  • Reply Kristi February 5, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Wait wait wait, now I am curious. Is this a stolen date due card or is it specially crafted by you with family members birthdates on it or something? Clever either way!

  • Reply Julie M. Smith February 5, 2010 at 3:46 pm


  • Reply Strong Family - February 5, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Congratulations! What a cute "announcement."

  • Reply fluentbrittish February 5, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Wait a minute! You're having a baby and giving it to your brother???

    Just kidding.


  • Reply Janelle February 5, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Congratulations! That is so exciting and such a super cute way to break the news. That's one of my favorite things; thinking up a creative way to tell everyone! πŸ™‚

    I hope the pregnancy is treating you well!

  • Reply Melanie February 5, 2010 at 3:55 pm


    My reaction was just was Kayle wrote.

  • Reply Merrick February 5, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Hooray Hooray Hooray!!

    Also am so glad this is in the open!

  • Reply Allison February 5, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Yayyy!!!!! I'm so happy for you and Bart!!!!! Congrats!

  • Reply *LaUrA* February 5, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Awesome. congratulations!

  • Reply Natasha @ Maw Books February 5, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I had to read the post twice and then wondered, is she saying what I think she's saying? CONGRATS!!!!!

  • Reply Jenn February 5, 2010 at 4:03 pm


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  • Reply Julie Anne February 5, 2010 at 4:08 pm


    I love when I have no idea and then am really surprised. I was totally surprised. This is so fun!!!!! Congratulations Janssen and Bart!

    How close are you and Merrick?

    Post more details!!!!! Are you hoping for one or the other gender? Any names? How are you feeling.

    What a creative way of telling. I was like, "what is that?" HAHAHA!!! Was everyone shocked? Who all was there? Like I said, MORE DETAILS! πŸ™‚

    I'm so happy for you Janssen. You are going to be the best mom!!! I'll nominate you for Young Mother of the Year;)I can hardly wait to get parenting ideas/advice from your blog, wait, I'm getting a little ahead of myself. I'm just so EXCITED!!!

  • Reply Tara February 5, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Yea! Did you plan this with Merrick. That will be fun with both of you having kids the same age. Congrats! It is so great being a mom.

  • Reply Saskia Tielens February 5, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    wait, what? Wow, that took me a minute or two to figure out! That's so clever, I'm going to remember that when and if I ever become pregnant. Congratulations!!!

  • Reply Kim February 5, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Yay! Exciting news! Congrats!

  • Reply David and Sammy February 5, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Congrats!! So exciting! I know you said awhile ago you were never going to let this blog become a "mommy blog" with endless pics of kids and what not… but you know we all love hearing about your life too much to let you get away without giving details!

  • Reply Linda February 5, 2010 at 4:51 pm


  • Reply ellen February 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Congrats on your little library book!

  • Reply Sherry February 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Being able to check out a library book until July 15 is awesome. I need to use your library.

  • Reply Lonica February 5, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    what a cute thing for a future mom/librarian to do… Hope you are feeling well…

  • Reply Mary February 5, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Congratulations! That is so exciting and what a fun way to announce the news.

  • Reply Merry February 5, 2010 at 5:49 pm


  • Reply emandtrev February 5, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Congratulations! What a fantastic and oh-so-completely-perfect way to share the news. I hope you are feeling and doing well. What happy news!

  • Reply Ari February 5, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Lol, it's a good thing I read the comments or I would have never known what was up.


  • Reply Emily February 5, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    YES!!!! Congratulations!! I'm so stinking excited for you!!

  • Reply Lindsay February 5, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    When I saw this in Google Reader, I almost just went on to reading the next blog post because I thought the picture was just about some inside joke only your family would get! Then, something clicked in my head and I thought I'd check the comments. Congrats!!!! I hope you have a nice, easy pregnancy!

  • Reply Ben February 5, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Woot! Congrats to you both! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Chrissie February 5, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Congratulations! Such a clever and appropriate way to make the announcement. Adorable!

  • Reply Meredith Shatzer February 5, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Oh goodness…I hate to admit how long that took me to get. I did (although not obviously) graduate from college. That is SO exciting!! I hope you're feeling good! Oh I'm just so excited!!

  • Reply Elizabeth February 5, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    OMG. CONGRATULATIONS! WOO HOO! I am so happy and excited and thrilled. WOO HOO AGAIN!
    I cannot WAIT to see what you guys name this kid, you and your brothers and sisters have the best names.

  • Reply janet February 5, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Okay I admit, it took me a second. How very clever, lady!

    But really, congratulations. Very, very exciting!!

  • Reply Parkers February 5, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Congratulations! That took me way longer than it ought to have to decipher πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jennifer Lee February 5, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I am SO thrilled for you! Congratulations!

  • Reply Kimberly F. February 5, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Congrats Janssen! I have the same question someone else had – are those random dates or other family members' birthdates? You are going to be such a great mom!

  • Reply Science Teacher Mommy February 5, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Yeah! I hope you are soon over that happy-go-pukey stage.

  • Reply Jodi February 5, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Wow, I didn't get enough sleep last night. It took me a few minutes of staring which then led to my jaw hanging open for a few minutes. Congrats!

  • Reply Alison Stewart February 5, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Wow! Was it planned? How exciting!

  • Reply Laurie February 5, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    I may be delurking, at least I don't think I've ever commented before:) Congratulations! You made it sound like maybe it was a surprise to you guys? That's how it happened for us but I'm so glad because otherwise I'm afraid I would have just kept putting it off until I was well into my 30's. There's no such thing as perfect timing & I'm certain you will find that motherhood is AMAZING! Also, what a cute and clever way of sharing the news!

  • Reply Rachel February 5, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    You are going to have so much fun being a mom…and you will be great at it! Welcome to the club girl!

    (I was going to make a comment about how you have your own little book worm but that seems kinda gross and I do not want your baby to look like that so I put it in parentheses instead πŸ™‚

  • Reply Tristen February 5, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    congratulations Janssen! You will love having your kids close in age to Merrick's! Cousins are the best!

  • Reply Kathleen February 5, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    That is the best way I've ever seen to let people know!!! Congratulations to you! How exciting!

  • Reply Lisa February 5, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    OH YAY!!! How exciting!

    When is your sister due? That's gotta be one of the best parts. Tho, I don't think your brother is QUITE old enough to have a child of his own yet. Maybe a puppy for him?

  • Reply Jeanelle February 5, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Ohhhhhh Janssen! I am SOOOOOOO beyond thrilled for you. I'm even welling up here at my desk at work!! Congratulations to both you & Bart!!

  • Reply Kelly J. February 5, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    woot woot. Glad you finally shared the news with the world!

  • Reply Lexilooo February 5, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    ohhhh!!!! this is so exciting, so many congratulations to you!

    (it took me a few reads to figure this out, I will admit!) πŸ™‚

  • Reply Gretchen February 5, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Congratulations!!! I'm so excited for you but sad I don't live near you anymore to see you as a cute mom.

    So is the title referring to the announcement or a certain time of the month???? πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Angiegirl February 5, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Just awesome news, Janssen! So happy for you and Bart.

  • Reply Steph February 5, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Yay!! Congrats to you!! That will be one cute baby!

  • Reply nancypearlwannabe February 5, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Cutest announcement ever!

  • Reply BrittWilk February 5, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    ahhhh!!!!!!!!!!! i'm SOOOOOOOOOO excited for you. you guys will make beautiful, adorable babies! congrats. hope you're feeling good. being pregnant is so fun (most of the time. ha.). and that is, without question, my favorite baby announcement i've ever seen. you're too creative and hilarious, you little librarian, you. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Katherine February 5, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Wow, congratulations!!!

  • Reply alisonwonderland February 5, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    So clever! Congratulations!

  • Reply Monica February 5, 2010 at 11:51 pm


    That's all I can say!

  • Reply stegersaurus February 6, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Aww, congratulations!

  • Reply Sheyenne February 6, 2010 at 1:27 am

    Wow! Congrats to both of you! I also didn't figure it out until I read the comments. So excited for you guys! And I just had to yell down the stairs to Dario, so he could know RIGHT now.

  • Reply Miriam February 6, 2010 at 1:43 am

    My gosh, there are 71 comments here – guess I'll just have to add my congrats to the hoards!!!!

  • Reply bethany February 6, 2010 at 2:08 am

    ohmygoodness YAY!!!! Congratulations!!! I was totally like, wait…is that what i think it is?! I can't stop smiling. I am so so happy for you guys! And I couldn't be more excited because it looks like i'm going to BE THERE for the remainder of your pregnancy and meet you guys and your precious bundle!!! (i was going to email you but i'll just tell you now, hehehe. we found out last night.) I can't wait!!! Yay you guys!!!

  • Reply Katie February 6, 2010 at 2:21 am

    Sincerest Congratulations to you and your husband! And what a fantastic way to tell!

  • Reply tootie February 6, 2010 at 3:07 am

    Congrats!! What a cute announcement card!

  • Reply hollyhs February 6, 2010 at 4:04 am

    it took me a minute… but OH MY GOSH! congratulations!!! that has to be one of the cutest things i've ever seen!

  • Reply Zillah February 6, 2010 at 5:28 am


  • Reply amber belmonte. February 6, 2010 at 5:45 am

    HOLY CRAP! oh my gosh! i'm so so thrilled for you guys! you two are going to be amazing parents! and how awesome that you + your sister will have babies so close in age together! congratulations + hugs your way!

  • Reply Jessica February 6, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    congrats, lady πŸ™‚ time to stock up on picturebooks!

  • Reply Sherry Ashford February 6, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Congrats! That's exciting!!

  • Reply Bean February 6, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    That is an AWESOME idea! And also my hubby's birthday! CONGRATULATIONS!

  • Reply Sarah February 7, 2010 at 2:01 am

    Congratulations! How exciting! some random thoughts…

    Claire was born June 27th – it's a nice time of year to have a baby in the northeast.

    -I don't check my google reader for day and this is what i miss – figures!

    Cool, Cool, Cool

    This is going to be the cutest baby EVER…

  • Reply kristen February 7, 2010 at 5:39 am

    that is the perfect way to break the news! so does that mean i was one of the first ones to know after you asked about OBs and used my bathroom 30 times in one night? i had a hunch…
    i'm SO EXCITED for you guys!

  • Reply Jenae February 7, 2010 at 5:48 am

    they've said it all but I wanted to throw my two cents in there. ahem:
    – cute and totally clever announcement and LOVE that you gave it to your brother
    – you guys are going to have the cutest kid of all time… and brainy too. of course i meant brainy.
    – congrats. this is fantastic.

  • Reply Rachel February 7, 2010 at 6:51 am

    What a clever idea! Congratulations Janssen, so exciting!

  • Reply Camille February 7, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Love it!

  • Reply Becca February 7, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Woah Woah Woah Woah

    YAY!!!! πŸ™‚

    Best announcement ever! So perfect.

    AAH!!! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sara February 7, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    What a wonderful event to look forward to! Congrats Janssen and Bart! You guys are going to be such amazing parents. Now make sure to post some prego pics as you get farther along for all of us who don't get to see you here in TX….

  • Reply Emily February 7, 2010 at 9:39 pm


  • Reply Megan February 7, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Um, so EIGHTY-NINE people have already commented on this post. Janssen, you should feel very loved and supported! I can't think of a more appropriate way for a librarian to announce a baby to their family!

  • Reply Ashley and Dave February 8, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Am I seriously the 91st comment? well crap. Sorry no internet πŸ™‚ But dont worry, tara called me as soon as you posted this so I would know πŸ™‚ CONGRATS! Its about stinkin time πŸ˜‰ Your lucky little parents…two in three months! What a fun thing to share with a sister especially when it is both of your firsts!!

  • Reply Amy Sorensen February 8, 2010 at 12:38 am


    BIG CONGRATS! Hope you are feeling OK!!!

  • Reply Amy Sorensen February 8, 2010 at 12:39 am

    ps, as a sorta-connected sidenote: when I imagined myself as a librarian, one of the things I looked forward to was stamping due dates. Except my library doesn't stamp due dates. Sadness!!!!

  • Reply Carole February 8, 2010 at 4:09 am

    Janssen should reveal how and where she procured this due date slip. . . πŸ™‚ It's a fun part of this whole story.

    We're so excited for you both!!

  • Reply jeannette February 8, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Yeo i agree with all 95 oathe people who have said it all . . . about how cute your kid will be and how intelligent and all the rest of the stuff. and of course the very cute way that you announced you being pregnant. l thank you for sharing so now we can all wait for the event with baited breath.
    Blessings go to you both.. get plenty of sleep now because . . .

  • Reply Kelly February 8, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Holy crap, congrats!!!

  • Reply Heather February 8, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    OMG!!!!! Congratulations! What a great way to share the fantastic news!

  • Reply Katie Rich February 8, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Congrats! So exciting! Both you and Merrick!

  • Reply S February 8, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I love this!! Congratulations!

  • Reply KT February 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Congrats! Your announcement is super cute (and I love the story behind it too). I hope you're feeling well.

  • Reply craftyashley February 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Huge Congratulations to ya, Janssen! And how cute that you and Merrick are around the same time! Love the coordination, there girls!

  • Reply Ang February 8, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Congrats to you and Bart. That is great news! What a fun way to share with family.

  • Reply Shelly February 8, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Wow, congratulations! That is so so awesome!

  • Reply Shelah February 8, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    excellent news!

  • Reply Jess February 8, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Yay! Congratulations! I'm so thrilled for you! Can't wait to read all about your experience!

    EEEEE. So excited!

  • Reply Sara February 9, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Congratulations! You're due a couple weeks after me. And to be pregnant with a sister is so fun! I bet your parents are so excited for two grand babies!

  • Reply La Petite Chic February 9, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Oh, HOORAY! I'm super behind on blog reading so I'm sorry I missed this! So, so happy for you!!

  • Reply Rhiannon February 10, 2010 at 12:33 am

    1. HURRAY!

    2. Cutest way to announce a pregnancy pretty much EVER.

  • Reply Erin February 10, 2010 at 1:59 am

    Wow – I'm the 110th comment! Well, um, this may seem a bit redundant but, you know, congratulations.

  • Reply Brad February 10, 2010 at 2:57 am

    So cool. We love you guys.

  • Reply smalldog February 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Classic Janssen! Using books to announce her pregnancy! Congratulations!

  • Reply Sharma February 11, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Janseen, you always leave me smiling. I read your announcement in Marlee's email from Bart actually, but I loved seeing it out here (since he didn't mention your clever announcement anyway!) Best of wishes to you and Bart.

  • Reply Julie Allen February 13, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Yup…just not got it cause Mark was talking about it. I am sooo happy for you guys! Cannot wait to hear what you are having:)

  • Reply heidikins February 17, 2010 at 5:14 am

    A ha! Found it! Congrats, even deplorably belated congrats.


  • Reply LeAnne February 23, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    So I am wayyyy behind in blog checking. (Having a teething 3 month old will do that to you.) So a belated congrats to you but a very happy belated congrats! What a cute way of sharing the news with your family.

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