A few weeks back, my friend Joanna posted a tour of our Brooklyn apartment on her blog. This apartment has wonky electricity (mind which socket you vacuum from or the whole house will go dark), the teeeeensiest bathroom, is normally blanketed in legos/Thomas tracks/construction paper scraps, and has been known to have an unwelcome mouse visitor from time-to-time. It is small. There is no laundry, no parking, no outdoor space, and not even a real dishwasher. But I love our home so much—I brought two of my babies home from the hospital to this place, have hosted so many fun parties crammed with beloved friends, and have created one hundred billion happy memories within these chipped-paint walls. And for all its faults, I will cry buckets of tears if/when we ever leave—it is the place my kids were little. (Though Brian has big plans for triple bunks that could get us through the teenage years!) I’m so glad the amazing Alpha captured this space so we can look back fondly years down the road. See more here if you like.
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!