| Announcing Baby

Being a print designer, I am generally biased towards printed birth announcements. Brian and I sketched the drawing we mailed to announce our daughter Ivy’s birth to distract ourselves in the hospital. (We had a scheduled c-section so I wasn’t in labor, just incredibly antsy and anxious.) I loved Erin Jang’s announcement for her son Miles, her simplicity is perfect. However, this year some of our friends have totally changed the game.


John Jensen created this film to announce the birth of his daughter Sophie—it is stunningly beautiful. Check his website to see more of John’s genius, including the packaged DVDs for Sophie’s VIPs.


I love the story Joseph Esposito tells in this little film.  Bella chose to make a big entrance during one of the terrible snowstorms that hit NYC last winter—they needed a police escort to the hospital!

These video announcements are a treat for family and friends, but my favorite part is imagining the kids watching them when they are older. What an amazing gift for their new babies!

  • )en

    February 22, 2012 3:45 pm

    Cool new site, lins!! I love it! And I love these videos.

  • Brooke Reynolds

    February 22, 2012 4:32 pm

    It may just be because I’m pregnant myself, but both these made me cry. So beautiful and so full of love for these tiny babies.

    Joe’s is awesome. We did that same pilgrimage into Manhattan when we had our babies (though not with a police escort). My favorite video ever is one we took during the ride home from the hospital with our first baby.. hailing a taxi and driving out of NYU and lower manhattan, across the Brooklyn bridge, then through Court Street and our old neighborhood, pulling up to our little brownstone apartment.

    • Linsey Laidlaw

      February 23, 2012 3:13 pm

      Congrats on the baby Brooke! How exciting! I cried my eyes out the first time I watched Joe’s since we had just made the trek to NYU—even up that same elevator—weeks before when Oliver was born.

      We miss having you in that little brownstone!

  • Carrie MONSON

    February 22, 2012 8:20 pm

    Wtf. You have a blog?

  • Ashley Mackay

    February 22, 2012 10:21 pm

    You are cool, this blog is cool, and everyone you know is cool. These are really fun vids!

    • Linsey Laidlaw

      February 23, 2012 3:13 pm

      YOU’RE cool Ash.

  • Lauren

    February 24, 2012 9:27 pm

    I have seriously been waiting for you to do this (how’s that for stalker?). Move over Blair,Ferney, and Stanley- the Laidlaw’s in the house.

  • Linsey

    February 25, 2012 2:47 pm

    Haha Lauren—not even close, but thanks for the vote of confidence!

  • Harold Csensich

    February 27, 2012 10:05 am

    Ohh boy – don’t get me started on this topic :)

  • wózki paletowe

    February 29, 2012 11:52 am

    Great blog man, had essential content will relate with

  • Karey Albertine

    February 29, 2012 5:10 pm

    hehe great ! I really like this blog :)

  • Chelsey

    February 29, 2012 7:00 pm

    ADORABLE!!! I love the 2nd video…

  • mom in mendon

    March 1, 2012 12:46 am

    Saw these videos on designmom. How sweet! Good work, Dads, on all counts. : )

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