When we went to visit our new niece a few weeks earlier at the same hospital where we were delivering, I saw how stressful it can be to want to have bonding time with your baby but also welcome visitors, in between feedings. Our hospital had no set visitors hours and besides checking in at the front desk to get a proper id badge, there was no real reason someone couldn’t pop right into your room, unannounced.
When walking through the hallways to visit, we noticed the hospital had metal frames as there was a “I’m getting my hearing test!” sign outside one door on the maternity floor. After I got to thinking about it, I came up with the below sign that was hung outside our door our entire three day stay:
I, of course, edited the above photos to remove Derek’s actual cell, but we were happy to see everyone respected the signage! We also got many comments from nurses and hospital staff on how effective it was.
Update 2/2014: As per a suggestion from SOTD Contributor Allie, I’ve made a new printable for all the parents to be to customize and have prepared for their upcoming arrival! Click on the image above to print out this 8.5 x 11 sign. Customize with your family’s last name at the top and new daddy’s cell phone at the bottom and hang outside your recovery room!
In addition, I wanted to make another custom banner for our little girl. Background: once we found out what we were having, and could narrow down a gender, we got to work trying to pick out a name for our little bundle. Let me tell you… THAT IS HARD! With so many of our friends having kids, the amount of tv I watch with reality stars/celebrities and the people you’ve known through the years, it’s hard to come up with a name that doesn’t automatically come up with a negative personal association. While flipping through a baby name list online, I came across a few I listed out to which D and I agreed on one: Brielle. Not only did we think it was pretty, but we liked that it was a Jersey beach town. Being that we’re Jersey beach people, it seemed fitting!
We decided to keep the name a secret until she was born, never even saying it out loud to each other when referring to my bump. We always called her “baby girl” while inside.
At our hospital tour, we saw the mobile crib unit and did a quick measurement for her sign. After she was born, we announced the name to the nursing staff and Derek hung up her first custom craft! We photographed her all bundled up inside to make our announcements via Facebook, email and texts to family and friends. So SOTD readers, please let me introduce our beautiful 6 pound, 9 ounce baby girl Brielle Lyn, whom you’ll probably be seeing much more of in the future:
This girl was literally born surrounded by crafts! :)
Supplies: Punch: EK Tools, Martha Stewart Crafts | Chipboard Letters: Heidi Swapp | Stickers: Jolee’s Boutique | Patterned Paper: Basic Grey | Baker’s Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts