2015 Voices

Top pregnancy reveals of 2015: From 'We Can't Stop' to 'The Whisper Challenge'

Some couples shared the news through song, others simply whispered it to their loved ones — eliciting a hilariously sweet reaction.

Couples found numerous creative ways of sharing the news this year: A baby is on its way!

Here's a look at some of our favorites from the year as part of our "2015 Voices," a special series of essays and interviews with newsmakers behind some of TODAY's biggest moments of the year.

They didn’t stop (having babies!)

Baby Charlie Chapman is nearly four months old, but people are still watching the video his parents made earlier this year announcing his impending arrival.

“Every week we still get messages from people who have watched it,” said his mother, Andrea Chapman.

In the humorous video, titled “We Can’t Stop….Having Babies,” Chapman sings about expecting her fourth child — and the puzzled reaction she and her husband get from people hearing the news.

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The song is a parody of the Miley Cyrus tune "We Can't Stop" and the chorus reminds everyone of a single message: "It's our family, we can do what we want."

In addition to Charlie, Chapman and her husband, Chad, also have 5-year-old twin daughters and a 3-year-old son. Born in August, Charlie, whom his mom described as “so fat and so sweet," has served as an inspiration to other families who have chosen to have more than the "typical" two kids.

Andrea Chapman
Chad and Andrea Chapman, with Charlie

“It really struck a chord with people. It’s incredibly common to get mean comments about the size of your family but you don’t really talk about it, so you think you’re the only one getting them,” Chapman said. “For a lot of people, the video sort of helped affirm their choice to have a big family."

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Andrea Chapman's son, Charlie

When the family posted the video to Youtube in April, it quickly racked up views. She thinks even people who can't relate on a personal level enjoyed the video because it was a way to share in the celebration.

"You used to just call your mom and be like, 'Guess what? I’m pregnant?' And now you make an entire big shebang out of it. But truly, you can’t know that your video is going to go viral," Chapman said.

"I didn’t expect it to go beyond my mom sharing it on her Facebook page," she said. "I was just doing it for fun and for something for us to keep, for Charlie."

Say 'cheese' .... and 'baby!'

Jessica Devins knew when she finally got pregnant, she wanted to share the news with her husband in a way that reflected their relationship. That’s why she thought it would be perfect to surprise him in a photo booth.

“Michael is slightly an addict for photo booths,” she said. "Every time we see one we always jump in. It’s a fun way to make a unique memory.”

Devins planned out a visit to a restaurant photo booth, where she captured on videotape his emotional response to receiving a tiny cap with the word, "baby." She posted the video up on Youtube last Christmas Eve and within a month, much to her surprise, it was being seen everywhere.

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"We were sitting on the couch just watching TV and my mom called. She said, 'Do you know what’s happening right now? My friends are all asking me about this video.' I said, 'What are you talking about?' and she said, 'Your video that you posted."

That video has since been seen more than 18 million times.

"It was so crazy, but it was fun, though. We got a kick out of it," she said.

Courtesy Jessica Devins

In June, Devins and her husband welcomed their son, Calvin.

"He is full of giggles and smiles. He loves being outside and going for walks," she said, calling herself "his biggest fan."

Devins said she still can't believe how many people have shared the news of her pregnancy through social media, but she also understands why others love watching videos like hers.

Courtesy Jessica Devins

"There are a lot of negative things going on in the world, and any time anyone has an opportunity to share happy news and joy, it gives other people a reason to smile," she said. "Even if it’s just a moment. It still matters."

Coincidentally, she and her husband rarely discuss their brief brush with fame.

"We’re so focused on spending time with him and being the best parents we can be."

"You are going to the beach?"

Alexa Goolsby describes her parents as highly competitive, especially when it comes to their regular family game nights.

It was through one of those evenings that Goolsby decided to reveal her pregnancy to her parents. She and her husband engaged in “The Whisper Challenge,” a version of the game Jimmy Fallon sometimes plays with his guests on “The Tonight Show.”

Goolsby’s mom guessed the phrase “I am pregnant” immediately, but thankfully, for viewers, her father did not.

“My dad is just terrible at reading lips,” Goolsby said.

That resulted in her father giving out hilarious variations of the sentence, “You are going to be a grandfather,” until he finally figured it out in an incredibly ebullient way.

MORE: Grandpa-to-be sounds out pregnancy announcement — watch his sweet reaction!

While Goolsby and her husband originally showed a video of the night to friends and relatives, she later posted it to Facebook and Youtube after being encouraged by several loved ones.

“People wanted to show their friends because they thought it was funny,” Goolsby said. But once she posted it on Facebook, people began sharing the video repeatedly. On YouTube, it's been viewed more than 4.3 million times since its Nov. 16 post.

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Goolsby and her husband continue to be amazed by the widespread response, which included mentions on TODAY and late night talk shows.

"I’m like, this isn’t real, right? I’m the only one who can see this on my TV, right? Like, how is this everywhere? It's so bizarre — that’s my parents house, and my parents, on this TV show!" she said.

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Drew and Alexa Goolsby

Goolsby, whose baby is due in May, said if there’s one thing she’s learned from the experience, it's that “going viral” is an organic process.

“I thought, ‘Anybody who sees this will think it’s cute and enjoy it,’ but I truly thought you had to make this huge effort to make a video go viral,” she said. “I thought when you see videos on the TODAY show or on Jimmy Fallon you had to submit it or really make an effort to get it on there. I had no idea that just posting it on Facebook could make it happen.”

Other couples also found ways to share their happy news. In case you missed them, here is a sample from the past year:

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