Watch| A Utah couple found out they were expecting their third child and decided to keep the pregnancy a secret. But how could anyone keep a secret so huge for nine months?
“I was skeptical that we could do it,” said the father Tannin Pease told affiliate KUTV on Tuesday night. “That’s not even possible. There is no way we can even do that.” But his wife Katie Pease convinced him they could do it.
On Feb. 19 Tannin invited his mother, Carolynn, to visit and mentioned that they had a big surprise for her. She walked in and saw her daughter in law standing at the entrance nine months pregnant.
“Oh congratulations wow,” a clueless and speechless mother-in-law exclaimed.
As mother-in-law, Carolynn Pease reached to place her hand on Katie's belly she marveled, “Wow, this is so cool.” But had no idea that the surprise was just the beginning.
“Guess what? We are going in to have the baby tomorrow,” Tannin told his mom. Suddenly her excited face goes blank with shock and she threw a bag on the floor.
As Tannin laughed at his speechless mother, she just kept repeating “what?!” as she braced herself against the stair railing. The couple told her it’s a boy.
Then out of habit, she asked the obvious - “how long have you known?” The couple casually replies “oh about 9 months.”
While some close family and friends were able to guess the couple was pregnant, they completely surprised Tannin’s mom and most of his family. “She was just almost speechless, which is nearly impossible for my mom - she always has something to say,” Tannin said.
But many probably wonder how does someone pull something like this off, especially if are regularly in contact with your friends and family.
"A lot of people were flabbergasted by it," Tannin said. "People are like what did you do? Hide her in a closet for 9 months?"
Tannin was able to keep it a secret from his aunt, uncle, and grandma except for his dad.
It was a little bit of hard work and it definitely paid off in the end. My siblings were the most surprised.
"It was a little bit of hard work and it definitely paid off in the end," he said. "My siblings were the most surprised."
Tannin said he had to devise nine months worth of alibis for his wife, in order to keep the news from his family and friends. However, keeping the secret from Tannin's mom was easier since his parents lived in Montana. His parents Skyped with them every other week, so Tannin would make sure Katie hid off in the background and every time they talked, they would bring the two grandchildren up and keep the focus on them. If Katie needed to make an appearance, they would just show her face.
One day his dad was coming through the area for a business trip and there wasn’t any way they could keep it a secret and not meet up with him. So Tannin's father knew but was in on the idea of keeping the secret from Tannin's mother, Carolynn. Tannin's dad helped arrange things to have his wife fly in and get together for Carolynn’s birthday, which happened to be around the time the baby was due.
Katie explains that initially it wasn’t easy, but after about 4 or 5 months they just decided to see if they could take it all the way. A lot of her family knew, because they had seen her in person in the past five months, but they were told not to tell anyone else. None of Tannin’s family knew.
The couple had complications with pregnancies in the past, so they were used to holding out telling people they were expecting until they knew everything was fine. This time they just figured they had already kept a secret for half the time, so why not go for it.
“We just decided we weren’t going to tell anyone until the end of it,” Tannin said.
The rule was simple for the couple. Katie said unless someone didn’t specifically ask, we didn’t tell them.
“People would just be making quick glances to my stomach, I could tell they wanted to ask, but they didn’t -- because it’s not polite to ask.”
I wore baggier clothes, I tried not to wear clothes that were too obvious.
Another tactic Katie used was not wearing maternity clothes.
“I tried not to wear clothes that were too obvious. We avoided attending events that weren’t super important so we wouldn’t show off the pregnancy," Katie said.
A week before, the couple made the announcement via Facebook Live, and built up the anticipation and informed friends Tannin would be making a major announcement in a week and that people should tune in.
The anticipation for keeping the surprise was just so fun and kept her motivated to keep it a secret, Katie said.
A healthy baby boy named Saul was born on Feb. 20 at 10:09 a.m., weighing in at 7 lbs 7 oz. and 20 inches long.