Many of us don't announce our vasectomies or pregnancies via music video or ask folks on Facebook to name our baby.
But in this age of social media, some most definitely do.
Check out these parents who used social media in 2013 to announce big news or make big decisions.
The Taylors, from Utah, are expecting a baby in May. How do we know this? Everyone does. That's because the couple made a music video to announce it.
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A Texas couple, Drew and Tanya Myers, raffled off their daughter's middle name to raise money for the Fort Worth Pregnancy Center. They revealed that her first name would be Ily. Strangers suggested names like "Big Mac" and "Bieber" via Facebook and Drew's blog. The winning middle name was Anabelle.
Speaking of crowd sourcing your baby's name, remember Natasha Hill, the mom who won a contest on the social baby naming site Belly Ballot? She received $5,000 in exchange for allowing Internet users to determine the name of her baby. This one was a hoax. Natasha was an actress hired by Belly Ballot to drum up publicity for the website.
The Holderness family in Raleigh, N.C., produced a video Christmas card called "Christmas Jammies" that went viral. In it, dad Penn Holderness has no qualms announcing his vasectomy.
Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson first announced she was pregnant with new hubby Brandon Blackstock's baby on Twitter.
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Here's the tweet:
I'm pregnant!!! Brandon and I are so excited! Best early Christmas present ever :)— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) November 19, 2013
Many parents announce the birth of a child on Facebook, but the Beutlers' story was more complicated than most. Her daughter, Abigail Rose, was diagnosed with Potter's Sequence (characterized by a lack of amniotic fluid and kidney failure) while in the womb and wasn't expected to live. But she did and may even be home for Christmas. Here's her story.
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And, finally, mining billionaire Clive Palmer took to Twitter Dec. 22 to announce his newborn daughter's name.
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Here is his tweet:
Our beautiful baby daughter has been named Lucy.— Clive Palmer (@CliveFPalmer) December 23, 2013
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Kristi Palma, Boston.com Moms producer, is the mom of a first grader and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.