WATCH: Surprising my husband and our families about baby Burk

I’m really feeling the love this Valentine’s Day. So much so that I would like to finally share several videos with y’all which are incredibly near and dear to my heart. The videos are from when Patrick found out he was going to become a dad, and how we surprised our families about baby Burk.

This post has taken me about eight months of being pregnant to finally publish, but this day of love seemed like a perfect time to share. [Actually, it’s because I FINALLY got my husband’s permission.] 

Let’s rewind back to August, shall we?

SURPRISING MY HUSBAND  [Scroll down for video]

On August 1, 2018, I decided to take a pregnancy test while on my lunch break at work. I took the test in a bathroom stall at a nearby Target.  [Read about that priceless moment here.]  I have the date memorized because it was also my parents’ 37th wedding anniversary.

While I was shocked to see the test display “pregnant,” I knew it was a possibility because Patrick and I were 100% trying to have a baby. Still, it’s the most surreal feeling when you see the result and know “things” really worked and there’s a tiny human growing inside of you. [She was smaller than a peppercorn at the time, and now she’s larger than a coconut.]

It was SO hard for me to not call Patrick immediately after finding out, but I knew I wanted to tell him in person. I really wanted to surprise him with a “Roll Tide” baby onesie, but I didn’t have the patience to wait several days for one to arrive in the mail – so I kept it simple.  [We ended up using a Roll Tide baby onesie to announce our news on social media.]

I taped the positive pregnancy test to a letterboard with “Baby Burk due April 2019” displayed above it. Then, I took the letterboard and stuffed it in my t-shirt drawer.

As I was getting ready for bed that night, Patrick came upstairs to say goodnight and I asked him to hand me another t-shirt out of my drawer. Without hesitation, he walked over to the dresser, opened the drawer, and his jaw dropped.

“Shut the f*** up… shut the f*** up! Are you serious? WHATTTT!!!”

I loved watching his reaction because he was so excited. Patrick had been wanting a baby for quite some time, and I knew this was going to be the best news he would ever receive.

It didn’t take long for the reality of having a baby to sink in, and Patrick entered a minor state of shock, realizing he was going to be a dad. I think I loved that “reality” reaction even more than the actual surprise.


As much fun as I had surprising Patrick, it was just as fun getting to share our news with our families.

My dad is a big baseball guy – he played college baseball for the University of Georgia and was an MLB scout for many years, so I knew I wanted to give him some type of baseball emblem to add to his extensive collection. We surprised him with a belated birthday gift baseball that read, “Only the best parents get promoted to grandparents.” [Cheesy, I know… but my dad is a cheese ball teddy bear!]

It took my dad a second to comprehend what the baseball said. “Only the best parents get promoted to grandparents,” he read, very confused. “What? What does that mean?”

Knowing he would be slightly thrown off, we also put a baby onesie in the box so he would for sure know what we were telling him. That’s when it sank in and my mom realized what was going on.

“ARE YOU… OH MY GOSH!!” My mom was over the moon about becoming a grandmother for the first time.

My dad is a crier and it didn’t take long for the tears to kick in after that.

Next up, my in-laws. We waited about three weeks later to tell Patrick’s parents because we wanted to also tell them in person in Alabama over Labor Day weekend. His dad had been asking us about a grandbaby basically since our wedding day in 2015, so we knew it was going to be fun to finally give the man what he wanted.

My in-laws already have two granddaughters, so we used our oldest niece, Savannah, as the messenger when we shared our news. We put her in a “Big Cousin” shirt and as soon as she walked down the stairs, my mother-in-law started cheering. It took my father-in-law a few seconds to digest what the shirt said but as soon as he did he was equally as excited.

Savannah had no clue what the shirt meant and was much more concerned with a new coloring book we gave her, but she’ll understand one day how important her role was.


Baby Burk is scheduled to arrive in about eight weeks and things are starting to get real. [Yes, I said EIGHT!]  We can’t wait to meet our little one but are enjoying the time we have left with it just being the two of us.

In the next few weeks, I’ll be working hard to finish the nursery and looking forward to several baby showers. Can’t wait to continue sharing all of these precious milestones with y’all!

Happy Valentine’s Day!



DON’T MISS: Check out my maternity photos!

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