Favorite Holiday Birth Announcements with Minted

This post was sponsored by Minted. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

One of the fun things about having a newborn during the holidays has been planning out our Christmas cards and photos with big brother! In addition to eating all of the Christmas cookies... I mean I need the calories for nursing that sweet babe, right?!

We have used Minted for our Christmas cards for several years so I was excited to see all of the holiday birth announcement options! The quality is always great and you can't beat the free recipient addressing. Seriously, who has time to write those out these days?!

So in case there are any fellow newborn mamas this holiday season, I thought it'd be fun to round up some of my favorite + festive Minted birth announcements!

Top to Bottom, Left to Right: 
Goodness + Light. A Little Magic. Little Simple.

This year I wanted to keep the boys' photo light and bright with just a pop of red, so I put Rowan in this night set and kept Finn in a white onesie. I really had no idea how well R would cooperate but thankfully his love for M&Ms runs deep so it only took a few bribes to get him to sit for photos.

I finally got myself together to place our order today, so you'll have to wait to see the gem of a photo I used for the card! I blame sleep deprivation for my slow ordering, but I'm so excited to see the final product!

I thought I had the designs narrowed down, but after using Minted's "Find it Fast" feature with the final image, I switched it up and went with this fun design! It got bonus points for being R's favorite Christmas song too!

If you're running a little behind like me and still need to order, you can use the code BRIGHT17 for 15% off $100 or 20% off $150 order! 

Meet Finn

You guys, he's here!!

Finn graced us with his presence in the middle of the night the day before his due date, just like big brother, and we're completely smitten.

It's been a whirlwind week filled with little sleep, lots of feedings, and all of the newborn snuggles, and we're soaking in every bit of Finn's sweetness.

I'm not one to share birth stories but to sum it up...

We decided on an elective induction on the 21st after hearing from the ultrasound tech that Finn was about 7 lb 14 oz at 38 weeks. I was really nervous he was going to be giant by 40 weeks, so between my body feeling like it was falling apart, and not having any family local to watch Rowan if I went into random labor, having a scheduled date of eviction just felt right.

On the morning of the 21st we were told there were no beds available (something we knew was a possibility) so we couldn't be induced that day. Then because of Thanksgiving, they couldn't get me in until the day after my due date. Which basically defeated the purpose of my induction!

So the rest of the weekend was kind of a mind game because we all thought we'd have the baby and be home by Thanksgiving day! I continued having contractions (Braxton Hicks started around 30 weeks so this was nothing new) and by Saturday night I thought I was in labor, only for the contractions to stop around 9 PM.

Fast forward to 2 AM and they kicked in strong so we headed to the hospital. Just TWO hours later Finn made his entrance, just a few minutes after my epidural was placed. I honestly never thought I'd feel what a contraction that far into labor felt like, woof.

He was totally worth it though!

All 7 pounds 11 ounces of him.

Yep, the ultrasound was SO off!!

We had planned on having a Fresh 48 hospital photo session but with the overnight delivery, we spent almost no time at the hospital and couldn't fit it in before we were discharged! We're so thankful delivery went so smoothly (though fast!) so no complaints here.

As far as Rowan is concerned, he has been the absolute sweetest big brother. He's constantly kissing Finn and giving him hugs. I can't even begin to explain how head over heels we were with both of our boys, we're just so incredibly lucky to have two healthy babes to cuddle.

Thank you all for the sweet comments and messages on Instagram, I haven't gotten back to all of them yet but I've read every one of them and we appreciate all of the love for Finn!

Favorite Small Shops for Baby

I've been wanting to put together this post for such a long time and finally managed to round up my favorite small shops, just in time for the holiday sales coming up!

I know it can sometimes be hard to stomach the cost of shopping small, but quality over quantity is huge to me these days! It feels like our closets are bursting at the seams so with this babe I was really picky and focused most of my shopping on small shops and handmade items, which was easier to do the second time around once you already have most of the basics.

FYI This is not a sponsored post, but I am including affiliate links! I just genuinely love these brands and I always love finding new shops, especially on Instagram, so I'm hoping some of you do too!

Windy Knits Co. (Instagram) - The most beautiful hand knit blankets! Seriously y'all, Brooke (who is the sweetest!) makes these by herself and they are so incredibly soft, I can't wait to use our Arbor Blanket c/o for our winter babe. The blankets go quick so keep an eye out on IG for drop dates or pick up some other sweet little details like bows, teethers, and Paci clips.

Little Sapling Toys (Instagram) - I have purchased so many things from this shop and love the quality so much! We have a toy wooden truck, personalized name blocks, personalized Christmas ornaments, and the alphabet print c/o above.

Mebie Baby (Instagram) - A new favorite for swaddles! I love the gender neutral vines swaddle and could buy pretty much all of the others if my husband wasn't already questioning my swaddle obsession.

Max + Moose (Instagram) - Another new swaddle favorite! We have the blue spruce swaddle and I love the dusty blue color so much + the stretchy, soft material.

Briar Handmade (Instagram) - I'm loving the bonnet trend lately... so timeless and sweet on newborns especially, but I can totally foresee myself picking up another one or two in the next size up!! 

Candy Kirby Designs (Instagram) - Loving this soft gown with the tie bottom... will be super easy for diaper changes! 

Mushybooks (Instagram) - I've raved about these before here and here but I just love how simple and beautiful they are! 

Childhoods (Instagram) - The cutest comfy apparel for kids! The boy clothing is just as good as the girls', I personally can't wait for their Black Friday sale!

Bannor Toys (Instagram) - Another wooden toy shop that I love! We have the circle stacker and a helicopter in R's room. They make great gifts!

Fin + Vince (Instagram) - Super cute linen clothing for boys and girls with a bit of a vintage look! I was so tempted to buy one of their knit rompers for this babe this winter, but I held off for next year when he will be moving and get more use out of it! Until then I'll be saving up for overalls and whatever gorgeous summer pieces come out.

Happy Hadley Handmade (Instagram) -  Another shop with precious vintage-looking clothing for boys and girls. Also a favorite for bonnets and cute accessories!

So excited to hear what some of your favorite small shops are! I know there are a ton for girls, but for boys its a little more difficult!
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