It’s become a trend to make a presentation out of big announcements. Proposals, engagements, and most of all pregnancies are life-changing events. More and more, loved ones are hearing the news in exciting new ways.
There are a million ways to break the news, and Shantelle Dozier wanted a creative and unorthodox way of telling her mother-in-law she was pregnant. As Shantelle said, she wanted to be “all Pinterest and cutesy.”
The pregnancy was a big deal for Shantelle and her husband, Wesley of Louisiana. The couple had struggled with infertility for 11 years, and they were thrilled at the prospect of having their first child.
They knew how badly Wesley’s mother, Cynthia, wanted to be a grandmother. The couple devised a ruse to tell her the good news recently, but they didn’t anticipate it taking her so long to grasp.
Shantelle and Wesley were expecting their first child after 11 years of difficulty conceiving.
The couple put a hot dog bun in the oven in their kitchen, then called Cynthia into the room to investigate. In the course of a 69-second video, the phrase “bun in the oven” is said 12 times.
At first, Cynthia thinks the group gathered to watch is just having fun with her. Even with a cell phone recording the event, she doesn’t suspect there is any greater meaning to the silliness.
“A bun’s in the oven!” Cynthia says in a video posted by WGNO.
“Who put a bun in the oven?”
The longer it took Cynthia to catch on, the more the others in the room would laugh. The more they laughed, the more confused Cynthia became.
Shantelle wanted a creative way to tell her mother-in-law, Cynthia, that she was pregnant. She put a hot dog bun in the oven as a representation of having “a bun in the oven.”
After repeating the phrase several times, it becomes obvious that Cynthia wasn’t putting the pieces together on her own. She eventually points at her son and says “you put the bun in the oven!”
“Maybe not in that oven,” Wesley says with an inflection on the word “that.” He’s doing all he can to help his mother figure it out without putting it to her plainly.
“Maybe not that oven,” he repeats. Cynthia stares at her son, shuffling her feet while smiling and trying to understand what is going on. Then it dawns on her. Her expression changes and she looks directly into the camera.
She stands stupefied for a minute. “Are you pregnant?” she finally asks.
It took some coaxing, but Cynthia was finally able to figure out she’s going to be a grandmother.
Cynthia and her son share a long embrace. Tears start to flow from her eyes, and all the confusion that led up to this point was worthwhile.
After 11 years of struggling to conceive, the unexpected pregnancy is met with happiness all around. Whenever the baby arrives, it will have parents who waited many years for its arrival, and an eager, doting grandmother.