Skip to main content

How I Announced My Pregnancy

Well hello friends and faithful readers.  Sorry for the absence as of late.  I wish I had some great excuse, but in all honesty, I have just been zapped of any desire to write.  I've had plenty of time on my hands but my decisiveness, even in regards to a blog post, has been non-existent.

But today I thought I'd share a little something I've been meaning to share for months--how we announced our pregnancy, well at least the creative ways.  Most of our close friends and family live hours away so the whole "telling them in person" thing wasn't really an option for my impatient self (Jon was still in Afghanistan for another month).    However, I was lucky enough to have one of my best friends, Bekah, coming down for a visit a few days after I found out.  I thought it would be the perfect chance to have one creative thought come to life.

I decided to design a hotel-esque welcome sign for the guest bed listing all who lived at The Reutter Hotel, including our new baby :)  Here's a close-up of the design.  You can purchase your own here.
I had the tent card all set up and ready to go before Bekah arrived.  The funny part is that when I went out to greet her, she handed me a bottle of wine as a hostess gift.  I said "thank you" and raved about it a bit in hopes that I wouldn't give myself away before she even made it to her room.  How ironic that her sweet hostess gift was a bottle of wine, something I wouldn't get to taste for nine months.

Once I showed her to her room, I had the thought "What if she just glances at the sign and says 'How cute?' without really reading what it says?"  Luckily, she did read it and it was so exciting to share the big news with someone in person finally!  And I got to save the sign for the baby book :)

I wanted to think of a creative way to tell another one of my dear friends, Mindy, as well.  Mainly because Mindy has been asking and/or hoping I would get pregnant for some time now.  Every time I would pin anything baby related on Pinterest, I'd get a message from her asking if I had something to tell her.  She was so excited for this point to come in mine and Jon's life that I knew a normal "Guess what?  I'm pregnant!" announcement wouldn't do.  But I wanted to catch her off guard, as I think those are the best surprises.

Mindy always finds adorable prints and sayings online that she often asks if I can recreate for her home.  So I thought I could use that to my advantage.  A few months before, I had created a print for her showcasing important dates in the life/marriage of her parents, including their birthdays, wedding day and their children's birthdays.  I decided to make one of my own, with the last date listed being the due date of Baby Reutter.  I created the print and sent it to her in an email saying something like "I loved the print you had me do so much that I had to make one for our own home."  I've edited some of the dates for privacy reasons, but here's the idea.

Needless to say, she was surprised and I got an excited phone call shortly after.

Babies are such blessings, and I had so fun thinking of how to make these announcements.   Now, if only my former creativity would come back to me so I could finish hammering out the details for the baby's nursery... More on that coming soon!

signature

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Southern Gentleman Baby Shower

Last month I helped throw my best friend (we met in 9th grade speech class :)) Lauren's baby shower for her soon-to-arrive baby boy, Gunner.  The shower had a "Southern gentleman" theme complete with bow ties, silhouettes and gingham print.  Personal touches and family items were used throughout, including baby Gunner's dad's bow ties :)


Gunner's daddy's "going home" outfit greeted guests at the sign in table, along with a framed "Southern gentleman in the making" print.


A variety of centerpieces graced the tables with groupings of baby mementos, flowers and photos.

An antique baby basket helped house the gifts.
The drink menu consisted of milk, apple juice (one of Lauren's cravings), fruit-infused water and coffee.
The menu was made of a variety of brunch goodies including fruit, doughnuts, muffins, shrimp and grits, breakfast casserole and a waffle bar. 
And of course no shower is complete without a little something sweet. These b…

Giraffe 1st Birthday

Over two months later, I'm finally getting around to posting on my nephew Cohen's first birthday!  Because he was born just six days before Christmas, it was important to my sister, Meredith, to have a party to make him feel special, separate of the normal seasonal celebrations.  And I'm always up for a planning a good party!

Since Cohen was little baby, he has loved giraffes.  First introduced with the paper mache bust hanging over the changing pad in his nursery(here), my sister says he's been a fan ever since.  Using that as the inspiration, the party planning began.  Meredith found an invitation she liked at Tiny Prints and thus the color palette of green, yellow and brown was established.


Cohen wore a monogrammed yellow chevron coverall on the big day, and the cheerful pattern was also used throughout the party.  To create a prominent backdrop on the fireplace mantel, we covered a remant piece of beadboard with chevron fabric.  It made a big statement with little…

Auden's First Birthday-Pumpkins and Pearls

It's only been 6 months now, but better late than never, right?

Auden turned one on November 11th and we celebrated at our home with close family and friends.  The theme of the party was pumpkins and pearls.  Pun'kin is one of the nicknames I called her when she was little and pearls bring a girly flair and tied into our reveal party when we found out we were having a girl so it seemed perfect.

I had so much fun creating her invitation and all of the party printables.  And for a little extra adornment, the invites were tied with jute twine and placed in scalloped envelope. Invites available for purchase here.

Here's the sweet birthday girl in her homemade hat.  I love how the bow on top turned out :)  Her birthday stats poster is now available here.

The smash cake table with our go-to milk jars (Starbuck frappuccino glasses) with paper straws.  The tree slab plate they are sitting on was also used at our wedding.  The smash cake was a $10 cake from Public and Auden LOVED …