I didn’t “force” myself to make the Baby Announcement the day I wrote about it, but I was inspired suddenly the next day and spent a chunk of time and got it done … sans an address list — so they aren’t sent out and no where near ready for that since I have nothing in the way of an address file anymore. I last would have used one in 2005 when I made Christmas cards, but didn’t send them, and where that information is, is a mystery in this house (it’s so very, very, horribly disorganized for so many reasons.)
I’m making a list of who needs an announcement now, and I hope I can find the address to send each one to. :blush:
I don’t have an actual photograph to send out, I did use a photo as the front of the card, but printed out with a black-only laser jet printer. The picture then is more “copy machine” looking, an old-time look that’s kind of quaint in it’s own way. I had intended to get a decent photo chosen and just get it mass duplicated at a shop to send with the announcements, but that’s something I haven’t spent enough time with, looking at the digitals that I have taken and finding one I like enough to work with like that. I still have time to do so, since I don’t have an address list ready. 😉 We’ll see therefore.
My dear baby didn’t look so swell the first month. His face was really broken out in different rashes off and on and that makes photos look horrid. I was also watching A Baby Story on TLC often in the first month after Baby Q was born, and was very sensitive to how nice those TV babies face skin was, while my own dear baby was so cute but had icky skin … 🙁
So that is why I struggle finding a good photo, though I do have nice photos here and there, but just not one I’d send out as a “one and only” introduction, from the first month really, and then the ones since then where his skin looks great are just great little shots of this and that, but still not one of “here he is” to appreciate his beautiful blue eyes as in an introduction to him via photograph in the announcement envelope.
I might just get something situated here this week to get a more formal-like portrait of cuteness since I can prop him up on his tummy and he’ll hold his head up now, and he smiles and laughs too. Not a newborn any longer, but who says an announcement has to be sent with a newborn photo? If that’s a rule, it’s not one I am going to necessarily follow … flexibility is my sort of thing anyhow. 🙂
Dear hubby isn’t around today thru Wednesday enough for me to get a photo to a shop for duplication, so this is something I have some time to create before having to get it out for printing. That also gives me time to find the addresses I need — less self-pressure — whew!
I have a birthday to get ready for this week as well though. My almost 7-year-old has requested Fettucini Alfredo for his B-Day Dinner. I make it myself occasionally, and he’s also had it in restaurants a couple of times. I’ll make it and grill some chicken breasts and have a salad. I haven’t made fresh pasta in a while, but I’ll break out my grain mill for the first time since Baby Q was born to grind Kamut to make “Nourishing Traditions” style pancakes (fresh ground whole grain (like the Kamut I use) and yogurt mixed together and soaked overnight, or 12-to-24 hours, this makes the most delicious pancake — silky, fine texture, healthily filling feeling, not bloatey full or fat full feeling. It makes the grain digestable easily, and that is better for you, more nutritious therefore, and it’s actually more pleasing to the palette than any white batter pancake.)
I’m going to make a chocolate layer cake with chocolate icing inside and vanilla outside, and those cake decorations that come on a sheet of paper from the grocery store. I used to put too much on myself and do a Wilton decorated cake, but I never was super pleased with the results and got too overinvolved and spent too much time and effort on the job, and was frazzled in body and mind from it, so a few years ago I stopped that maddness and just make a nice homemade cake instead since. It’s loved more, I think, as well. Those store decorations are edible and add the “zing” the children love, and that stuff is awful (the stuff in candy is anything but whole food) but in such small bits it’s OK for a few birthdays a year (soon to be 4!)
It figures that I finally get the announcements created and put a bigger job on me for the week of the birthday than just the birthday. But that’s the way it is, I’ll feel better after it’s all done, if it can all get done this week. 🙂