The Bad Joke

It seemed like a good idea at the time. I’d heard of other women pulling similar pranks and I decided to give it a try. I was out with my friends and had a brilliant plan. I called my husband, told him I wasn’t feeling well… I hadn’t been for awhile. Told him I wasn’t sure if my IUD was still in the right position and wasn’t sure when I last had my period… Could I be pregnant? He told me I should get a test on the way home and we’d find out that night… Little did he know that’s exactly what I wanted him to say.

I had a plan.. A friend of a friends had recently found out she was pregnant. Apparently she didn’t believe first because it took not one, but about 5 positive results for it to sink in. Lucky for me she had some extra positive results test lying around so she gave one to me.
I got home, and although it was late, Boo still wanted me to take the test that night. “It works better in the morning” I told him, but he didn’t care.

I went in the bathroom, stared in the mirror and practiced my best serious/scared/happy face I could put on… No laughing allowed.

When I walked out of the bathroom and into the bedroom I put all of my best acting skills into this one moment. I didn’t say anything at first… I decided letting him make the first move would be the best idea.

“So?” he asked simply. I told him the results were positive and he didn’t believe me. “Is this an April fools joke?” he asked. I showed him the test with two lines and the key below which plainly stated two lines = pregnant.

The shocked look on his face was priceless. But it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. To be honest I was expecting panic, maybe even anger, but he didn’t show any of that. He looked almost happy… Almost.
I initially thought I’d keep the joke going through the next day… Make him sleep on it. But his reaction made me feel bad.
“How do you feel?” he asked me. I told him I didn’t know and he told me he was a little scared. BINGO!

That joke was played two years ago and we can kind of laugh at it now. Looking back I know he was ready to make the commitment then because then to him it was a reality facing him. I broke the good/bad news and he was pretty ticked–Understandably. I told him I was planning to keep the joke going through the next day but he told me he was glad I didn’t because he would have wanted to tell his whole family the news.

I swore I wouldn’t tell him I was pregnant again until I know I am for sure.

Wow, not sure I would have reacted to that prank. I’m greatful for the 3 kids we have. It’s not always easy but the good far outweighs the bad.


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Jess G. says:

Wow…you have one calm hubby! I’m pretty sure mine would have been fuming!

Lynn says:

Wow…I don’t think I could have done that!

Mallory says:

That is so incredibly mean…and funny…but mean! lol! Gosh, I don’t know if I could pull that off. But, I’m a HORRIBLE liar. I bust up laughing before people even realize what is going on!

Goldibug says:

Hahaha! Sometimes they need a good shock of reality although that is a mean joke. I thought of doing this too but then chickend out as I imagined Hubby’s reaction once he’d realize it was a joke.

Lalapoo says:

hehe I like that joke.. I would not do that to my hubbie though since we already have 2 daughters, he would just faint.

TopHat says:

I was going to do that- but I’ve heard that Pepsi gives a positive. I tried it today and it took awhile, but it does look like it works. I’ve also heard that Mt. Dew and Dr. Pepper work.

Josie says:

Hahaha! That seems to be everyones best April Fools joke! But really he couldnt change it even if it was true- so I am sure it would have been a shock but he still would be happy!

Jess says:

Priceless…. lol…. Im glad he wasnt furious with you though…. lol….. hope you had a great fools day!! =)

B and K says:

Is your email address on here? I’d love to send you an email or chat. Especially since I feel like we’re totally on the same page about careers and baby making. I don’t feel like anyone is the same wavelength out here in Happy Valley!

Did I mention that your my new e-bff?


Jenna says:

Ha, I pulled the same prank last year for April 1 — when I had a 6-month-old! Never gets old, I don’t think.

Kristen says:

Haha, I have never heard of that but I really think that is hilarious!

heather says:

I actually did this same exact joke. I told him on the phone and it was dead silent on the other end…then I felt bad and told him it was a joke. He was mad, but then he laughed about it. We are still not ready for #3 but it was the shock that I was going for.
Glad you kept a straight face while you told him. Good joke!

Joy says:

I’ll say it again!! This just proves your point!!! He’s ready! He’s just scared witless!

I would have been PIZZED! But after it set in that it was a joke I would have laughed about it later. He will as well.

Hahaha! I posted on Facebook that I was having triplets and even found an ultrasound online to post there. Almost everyone fell for it, including my friend who is an OB/GYN. Everyone knows I’m not pregnant now, but it was wonderful to see them all congratulate me and wish us well.

We are trying though, so when I am pregnant, I’ll have to figure out a way of making them actually believe me. I’m known as a prankster, so it will be hard, especially with what I did yesterday. hehehe


Jaime says:

I can’t wait until you have a real positive result!

Alisa says:

I was planning on doing this to my husband yesterday but he woke up so sick I was afraid I’d push him over the edge if I even tried it. That’s awesome that it worked out for you.

Lolly says:

THAT IS SO MEAN! 🙂 I know that a lot of wives have pulled that prank on their hubbies but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. EVER. Hubby was ready for children before I was so if I did that to him he’d be heartbroken. Luckily we’ve got a baby now so he’ll leave me alone for awhile 😉

Keya says:

Owww, cruel joke. LOL

Tamara says:

Hmm, i was always told never to pull this prank because you’d turn up pregnant by the next april fools day. Like, some kind of prank karma, lol.

Kiki says:

AW! He was happy! That’s good to know no matter how mad he was at you. It’s always nice to know that the man you love wants you to be the mother of his babies.

LLnL says:

I would have the courage to pull that one off, though I would love to. I’m glad he wasn’t too mad. I love how you had to practice the right look in the mirror.

Fun read.

MommaYoung says:

Awwww, how sweet, he was totally ready..


Nicole says:

OMG! If I did that my husband would KILL me…seriously. (Here is Ann with our top story*** The Abilene police suspect husband in murder case. He seems to have gone crazy.) LOL :)JK
We have a beautiful daughter who is 3 1/2 months and are not ready for another any time soon.
A very brave trick!
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Anonymous says:

haha, I know this is old, but I just saw it. I did this to my husband this April Fool’s, but I just used an OPK since they come up with two lines no matter what, and the positive is supposed to be darker than the control line. Most husbands don’t know that, though! We are truly evil! (In the most funnest way possible! 😀 )

Anonymous says:

This was awesome. If I were to do this to my husband he would freak. He would be so ticked off at me. Probably would’nt even talk to me for a while. He doesn’t want a baby for at least another five years… 🙁 I’m ready to be a mommy.

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