With its cozy nights and chilly days, winter may just be the most wonderful time of the year—even more so if you're expecting! Check out how some creative parents-to-be put a seasonal twist on their pregnancy news.
Snowfall in New York provided Gina Notes of Popcorn and Pandas with the perfect pregnancy announcement: a family of adorable snowmen. "We originally tried to do larger snowmen, but the snow wasn't sticking very well and my toddler was freezing and ready to go inside," she explains. "I sort of gave up, but then my husband stayed outside and managed to create this miniature snowmen family, and I was elated." So were their friends and extended family, who raved about the couple's big news and their too-cute photo.
Their baby boy arrived in late August, and Notes says they're adjusting well to life as a family of four.
Emily Fee was staring down two big jobs in December 2012: write and address hundreds of holiday cards and tell family and friends that she and husband Myles were expecting. The clever photographer and Beauty and the Bump blogger decided to kill two birds with one stone using a stunning custom Christmas photo card. Emily made the adorable "Baby" banner by hand, and a local photographer shot the couple snuggling together with it outside in the snow. The caption read, "Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way! Oh what fun it is to say there's a baby on the way!"
"The amount of love and phone calls that we received after our announcement was overwhelming," she says. "The wait to announce our bundle of joy was hard enough, so being able to announce it during this special time of year was absolutely perfect!"
Daughter Colette arrived the next summer.
Fact: There's nothing cuter than baby's feet. So when parents-to-be Haroon and Mehriya wanted to announce their pregnancy, they naturally used a tiny pair of adorable winter boots. "When we scheduled the shoot, we didn't realize it would be on a snowy day," explains photographer Haroon of White Label Photography. "But it ended up working out. If we had known it would have been snowing, we might have recommended a different color for the shoes, but white was selected as it doesn't really imply if it was a boy or a girl."
The couple's baby arrived in July 2013.
New Hampshire natives Gretchin and Al are no strangers to snow, and they knew they wanted to include the white stuff in their pregnancy announcement, shot by Melissa Koren Photography. The cute chalkboard idea with the team message came pretty easily to them, too. "I decided on the small chalkboard since it was 'teacher-themed,' and the wording fit us perfectly," Gretchin says. "From running a business to hanging with friends, the two of us are a team. We thought it was perfect to announce by saying we were adding a third."
Their little love nugget Lydia arrived in June.
When photographer Sarah Long learned she was pregnant, she naturally wanted to break the news with an awesome family portrait. Even more fitting? She decided to use her antique camera collection as props. "We are expecting twins, so we set their cameras on two baby chairs," Sarah explains. Adorable!
Is AnCheire's youngest son sad that he's about to lose his prized spot as baby of the family? Is he annoyed that his brother is touching him? Is he just tired of standing in the cold? Those tears are anyone's guess, but we do know one thing for sure: AnCheire's pregnancy announcement is totally Pin-worthy.
When your passion for snowmobiling takes you to the beautiful Colorado Mountains, why not make the most of the photo op? "Last year, we took a similar picture in the same spot with our helmets touching and my foot popped!" Katlin says. "This year, we decided to have my husband kiss the baby instead as a fun announcement." Not surprisingly, the Beckwiths are planning to have their little one in skis as soon as possible. "[We're] hoping he or she will enjoy the hobby as much as we do," she adds.
Color Me Happy
Color Me Happy
When it came time to share her baby's gender with family and friends, blogger Lindsay Itzkowitz knew she didn't want to do anything traditional, like a cake or balloons. So she handed the reins to photographer Stephanie Cotta, who came up with idea behind this sweet, whimsical photo of the happy parents-to-be looking skyward at a message proclaiming, "Itz a boy!"
To prolong the suspense, Lindsay first sent everyone a black-and-white version of the picture and asked them to guess the gender. Then she broke the news officially with the color version. "Everyone was excited, of course, and not too surprised" she says of her son, William, who was born in April 2014. "Boys run in my family."