Our little bundle of joy arrived on 6.12.12 – great birth date! Of course I couldn’t wait to send out birth announcements and thank yous for all the loving little Hadley has already gotten.
For the announcements, I used a design very similar to the one I did for my older daughter; I thought it would be nice to frame both together some day. Keeping it simple, the front has a basic pattern and “nice to meet you” text, while the back is a cute family tree pointing out all of Hadley’s key characteristics to date. I printed the envelope front to match, with a cheery “hello” from the wee one on the front and a little note on the back that doubled as a sticker to minimize envelope licking.
For thank you notes, I decided to go with a postcard instead of a traditional note card. I thought it would be a nice twist for them to come directly from her (or at least a picture of her). And, let’s be honest, there just isn’t as much room to write so it made the actual thank you part a little easier – something every new mom needs!
With our 3-week old keeping us a bit overtired, a very tiny patriotic celebration was all I could muster. I love this decorative container with holes in it to prop up the flags – it could be used for so many other displays as well. Combine that with some bold red, white and blue pops and ta-da. Happy fourth!
Now that we’ve got two(!) little girlies in the house, and the little one already has a closet full of hand-me-downs, I realize we’re in for a lifetime of trying to keep things fair between the two and making sure the younger has some new, special things that are hers. To kick it off in the right direction, I made bookplates to get our growing library organized and each girls’ books identified.
Since a lot of our board books are already mangled – and the girls are too young to think about who they belong to – I made a joint Carter & Hadley plate for those ones (yes, I will be annoyed with myself for this if we have more kids down the line). For their nicer, older books, each girl has her own plate. Since I’m really into woodgrain patterns these days, I stuck to a very simple design and printed them on Staples sticker paper. We’ll see how well this works out a few years from now…I’m predicting major success or utter sibling rivalry disaster.