there was something about getting these birth announcements that made it oh so real to me that this little girl is our daughter -- there is this fog of new motherhood, and still needing to parent a very enthusiastic little girl, that hadn't given me a lot of moments to really let the reality soak in, but seeing these -- her name we so carefully chose and the simplicity of this announcement -- that made it all real, in a wonderful way. so, i cried (it's taken very little these past few weeks, just ask ryan!) and then we sent them on their way to dear friends and family we can't wait for her to meet.
as is our family tradition, we made these with minted, a company we love and now have used for our save the date, ellie's announcement and all our christmas cards (our 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012, 2013 cards!).