By Ben Walley
This grandma-to-be was so excited to find out her daughter was pregnant she almost got a case of the shakes.
Tanya Carlson flew home to Tucson, Arizona from Chicago over Christmas to give her family the exciting news.
She expected her ‘very expressive’ mum Hope to have a great reaction and asked her cousin Gayle to film the moment.
But Hope’s delight went right through her entire body, as she shouted out, ran to hug her daughter, and repeatedly shook her hands up and down.
Tanya’s grandmother Eugenia, sister Kathy and step dad Pat were also in the room as she suddenly revealed she was having a baby.
Tanya is expecting her baby in June, and is waiting until its birth to find out the gender.
She said: “My mum has always been known to have a dramatic flair and is very expressive.
“I felt that any reaction was going to be good but I didn’t know it would be this amazing.
“When I first announced I was pregnant there was a split second of confusion, and I’m sure she didn’t know if I was pulling a cruel prank on her.
“Then her emotions went berserk.
“I don’t think her brain was able to process what was going on because of the flood of emotions. The news that I am pregnant is one of my mum’s greatest dreams.
“For the rest of the night she cried out of happiness, ran around the house and called every family member she knew.
“This is hands down one of the best memories I will have forever.”
Tanya had to work hard to keep the pregnancy from her mum, who she claims has a ‘witch-like sense’ for such things.
She even avoided her mum’s calls to make sure she kept the secret before making her big announcement.
She said: “I am the only person in my immediate family who lives in Chicago. They all live near or in Tucson.
“I wanted to fly down to Arizona to spend Christmas with them and I knew this would be the perfect time to tell them since it wouldn’t seem as obvious I had an announcement to make.
“I’m sure they would have been suspicious if I had decided to visit them when it was not a holiday.
“It worked because my mother was clueless. She had been harassing me for over five years to produce grandchildren for her, and it was such a challenge to keep it a secret from her for 13 weeks.
“She has this witch-like sense, so I had to be so careful whenever I spoke to her on the phone not to blow my cover. I actually avoided her calls out of fear I’d accidentally reveal I was pregnant.
“I was beyond excited to announce the pregnancy to her and the rest of my family.”