Tannin Pease decided to film the moment his mother, Carolynn Pease, found out she was going to be a grandma for — whoa — the 11th time around. And the results are pretty cute.
The surprise was particularly sweet, as Tannin and his wife, Katie, had suffered two miscarriages after the birth of their second child and weren’t eager to share the news too soon. “We had already been through two miscarriages where we told people we were pregnant and then we had to tell them we weren’t anymore,” Katie said. “That was heartbreaking and we didn’t want to have to go through that again.”
So they decided to wait to tell Tannin’s mom. And wait. And wait some more. Until two days before the baby was born, when his mom was coming for a visit.
We are wildly impressed by their willpower and extremely relieved Grandma Pease didn’t have a heart attack.
The video shows Grandma Pease coming through the couple’s front door, only to be greeted by her very pregnant daughter-in-law. Grandma Pease is obviously thrilled — but her thrill turns to total shock when they reveal the newest grandkid will be on the scene in just two days (on Grandma Pease’s birthday! Nicely played).
Tannin Pease told ABC, “[Her reaction] was better than I expected. I thought she was going to hit me, but she turned around and hit my dad and kind of laughed it off.” (Grandpa Pease was told in advance, and somehow kept the secret from his wife. This is clearly a sneaky bunch, the Pease posse. We’re wondering if they’re all former CIA operatives.)
So how did they keep the news under wraps? The couple said it was surprisingly easy. They only told a few close friends, and kept Grandma Pease completely out of the loop: “We Skyped…but we just made sure to keep the belly out of the picture and keep the two grandkids the center of attention,” Tannin said.
“[My mom] said to me that it was the best birthday present she’s ever had and was super-excited to be able to hold another grandchild,” Tannin said.
What’s not to love? Immediate bundle of joy, zero worrying, no having to listen to any pregnancy complaints from your daughter-in-law or dad-anxieties from your son. Score! Every grandmother should have it so good.
Saul Pease was born on Feb. 20. The little guy joined big brothers Cooper, 4, and Gray, 2 — who were not surprised at all, having witnessed their mom’s belly balloon to the size of an inflatable raft.
What did Grandma Carolynn have to say about the surprise? She may have been speechless at first, but she was mighty chill about the whole experience.
“When we Skyped and I saw [Katie’s] face, I thought, ‘Oh she stopped jogging. That’s OK… no judgment here.'” (“No judgment.” BEST MOTHER-IN-LAW COMMENT EVER.)
She continued, “I didn’t really expect to hear anything this soon, especially with the last miscarriage they had, which was traumatic. I was just completely floored. I feel really elated… I thought the whole thing was very thoughtful to surprise me.”
Hope you weren’t planning on going anywhere right after this brief visit to see the kids, Grandma Pease. Looks like the kids might lock you and Grandpa Pease down for a while for laundry and baby-burping duty.