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Maryville family's baby announcement video goes viral

(WBIR) A Maryville family has been surprised to see one of their YouTube videos go viral.

Hilary and Tim Barrett and their daughters, 11-year-old Harleigh and eight-year-old Christina, were blown away to see more than 900,000 views (as of Saturday night) after posting the video less than three weeks ago.

In the video, the parents train their cell phone camera on their two girls, who each open a custom-decorated cookie cake. One read, "Big sister," the other said, "Big sister again."

"What does this mean?" Harleigh asks in the video, her eyes wide with excitement.

"Are you pregnant?" Christina asks.

"It's true!" Hilary joyfully confirms, to the joyous squeals, shrieks and happy tears of her two girls.

"We planned it out," Hilary recalled Saturday afternoon. "Gave them the cookies and video-taped it for family and friends to see it to be a part, since they weren't here, and I just put it up and it has just gone wild. It's been crazy."

The family also surprised Tim's mother in a video they posted to YouTube.

As of Saturday night, the second video has more than 2,500 views. Not quite the viral hit that their first video became.

More surprising than how the video has gone viral is that the couple is pregnant at all.

"We actually have been trying for three years to have a baby," Hilary said.

She and her husband Tim were on the verge of fertility treatment.

"I started calling in July. I made a couple phone calls, asked a couple questions, and we got pregnant in August, so it was just the perfect timing," Barrett said.

Now this family of four says they're hoping for a little gender balance.

"I've been waiting for so much years, praying for a baby brother," Christina said, smiling. "When I get a baby brother or sister, I'll be so happy and I'll just be like, 'Oh, they have such tiny feet! I can't wait to see when they get older and see what they look like!'"

"It just would be awesome to expand the family and just have another little sweet sibling to love," Harleigh said, sitting next to Christina. "I'm excited that she's going to be a big sister, too."


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