After Nicole Buffalini discovered she was pregnant, she thought it would be a good idea to surprise her husband Zac’s parents with the news. However, although she planned the sweetest reveal, her in-laws were painfully slow on the uptake.
Announcing your pregnancy is probably one of the biggest pieces of news you can break during your lifetime. As a result, in recent years, people have been having more fun with the way in which they reveal the big news.
Usually, pregnancy reveals involve one happy couple surprising their friends and family with news of their burgeoning bundle of joy. This can be done in person, via social media or even through a cute video.
Some pregnancy reveals are planned by the expectant mother and involve surprising the dad-to-be with the happy news. Other popular people to shock are unsuspecting parents, who are usually delighted to discover they’re about to become a grandmother or grandfather.
With that in mind, in 2017 Nicole Buffalini and her husband Zac, who live in Pennsylvania, decided to surprise his parents, Christine and Larry, with news of Buffalini’s pregnancy. However, their reveal didn’t quite go to plan, and as a result the grandparents-to-be had no idea what was going on.
For their pregnancy reveal, the couple decided to gift Zac’s parents with presents that alluded to the good news. They thought that Christine and Larry would understand the items’ hidden meanings very quickly. However, it turned out that they did not.
Buffalini had decided to film their reveal, no doubt thinking it would make for magical viewing in years to come. But, thanks to the bewilderment of her in-laws, it ended up being hilarious to watch instead, albeit somewhat uncomfortable for the two couples in question.
In the footage, Buffalini’s mother-in-law and father-in-law can be seen perched on the floor in front of a sofa. A little pug watches them intently as they each take a small box from a wicker basket. As they pick the gifts up, Buffalini tells them, “Make sure you open them together.”
Trying to save her pregnancy reveal from going down the pan, the expectant mom warns her mother-in-law, “Christine, don’t do it yet.” Managing to bring some order to proceedings, Buffalini waits until both of her in-laws are ready before telling them to open their boxes.
As the grandparents-to-be lift the lids off the presents, their confusion becomes evident. After a small gasp, Christine asks, “What is this?” Presumably reading some kind of inscription, she adds, “New fishing buddy, coming soon.”
Oblivious to the special message that the gift contains, Buffalini’s father-in-law Larry then asks, “Oh, is this what you sell, huh?” In response, the expectant mom reveals, “No, I got them made.” But still the penny doesn’t drop.
Holding his present out in front of him, a confused Larry says, “So what is this? Is this just something that I would fish with or…?” At this point, it appears Buffalini’s mother-in-law has had a breakthrough. “Is this a fishing rod?” she asks. Struggling to find the right words, she adds, “I mean something that you put on your, your…”
Buffalini confirms that the item is indeed some sort of fishing paraphernalia, but stops short of informing her in-laws what exactly it symbolizes. Instead, she keeps schtum, allowing them to mull the gifts over, until Christine finally asks, “What do you mean you had this made, honey?”
Re-reading the inscription, she adds, “New fishing buddy, coming soon,” before turning to her husband to enquire, “Does yours say the same?” Taking the awkwardness of the video to new heights, a stumped Larry replies, “I don’t get it.”
Clearly frustrated, Buffalini’s husband Zac asks, “How do you not get it?” Consequently, his mom takes a moment to mull over the gift and finally appears to realize what’s going on. “Oh my God, oh my God,” she shrieks. However, her excitement only serves to confuse her husband even more.
But his puzzlement thankfully doesn’t last for much longer. Unable to contain herself, Christine screams, “She’s pregnant, she’s pregnant,” before running to her daughter-in-law and wrapping her arms around the mom-to-be. Now that they’re both in the know, the grandparents-to-be celebrate the news with cheers and hugs.
However, once their excitement dies down a little, the surprised couple admit that the gifts had completely baffled them. Pointing to the present after the pregnancy reveal, Christine admitted, “I thought that was the stupidest thing.”
After sharing the footage of their pregnancy reveal gone wrong online, Buffalini said that she never thought it would take so long for her in-laws to understand. “I thought it was pretty obvious,” she told Caters TV in 2017.
Recalling her in-laws’ perplexed reactions to the surprise, the mom-to-be marveled, “They were completely oblivious to what was going on. I did not expect them to take that long to figure it out.”
However, while Buffalini’s pregnancy reveal might not have gone to plan, it brought joy not only to Christine and Larry, but also to the countless people who have since watched it online. “Such a great memory to be able to show your daughter someday,” one viewer wrote on Facebook. “Priceless.”