This time around, family & friends knew right away (in fact, I walked straight out of the bathroom, where I called my just-deployed husband, and over to my dad, and started spreading the news!) but we didn't post on Facebook until the ultrasound showed heartbeat. Why? I don't know. Last time my sister actually spilled the Facebook-beans so maybe I would have waited last time too. Facebook is weird like that.
One thing we tried really, really hard to keep secret is the new baby's name. With our first, we knew from before we got pregnant what he would be if he was a boy or girl. With this one, we still had the girl name, but no boy name. Agreeing on one took months, but we did! Then hubby decided we should keep it secret.
Secrets can be fun, although my mother in law now knows, since he can never resist her asking :) I thought of a really cool idea though. What if the "baby announcement" hospital photo of screaming 10 minute old baby was also a name announcement for everyone else? At least for the Facebook crew, who don't get up to the minute, super close family secret updates.
I set out to re-created a prop for a photo I saw. And I am IN. LOVE.
I used my Silhouette Cameo to design the whole thing. Simply resize the mat to whatever your blanket size is (this is 30 x 40 ") and design away. I then copied the whole thing into a new file, split it up by color, and lined each color up on the mat one by one. I cut them out of Siser Easyweed HTV (my favorite brand!), weeded & cut the words apart, and then re-created the whole thing on the blanket. I pressed with my iron and parchment paper (no fancy heat press or teflon sheet here- I think I'm proof that you don't need tons of $$$ equipment to make something awesome!) and total pressing time was about 20 minutes. I spent extra time going back and forth since the blanket is a waffle weave and I wanted to make sure the HTV really got in there.
So, blog-land friends, please be honored that you now know the name of our soon-to-be-born son! I can't wait to swaddle him in this blanket and post a photo.