About a week ago, my sister in law asked me if my wife (her sister) and I were going to send out birth announcements. "Do people still do that?" I asked her. "Yes," she told me, "Plenty of people still send them and many make them themselves now with self-publishing tools and photoshop."
It's great that tools exist for people to be creative and get the word out to their friends and family about the birth of a new baby. The problem is, I'm not creative and, even if I was, time to be creative is somewhat scarce these days. It also seems to me that birth announcements are for younger people - those having their first or second child. Birth announcements may also be a useful tool when trolling for gifts. Of course, I have no problem with providing information and seeking something in return - hey, that's how the world of confidential informants goes 'round - I just don't have the wherewithal to be that direct.
With my underlying belief that birth announcements are for the young and energetic and the fact that I am a grizzled veteran who is getting back into the baby game after an 18-year hiatus, I am announcing that this post represents my Birth Announcement (and a way to reveal the name of our child and thank those who helped me with naming ideas).
THE AUTHOR OF THE "IT'S NEVER JUST BLACK AND WHITE" BLOG ANNOUNCES THE BIRTH OF HIS DAUGHTER:
SASHA PETAJA CHATZ - Born February 1, 2012 at 4:08 p.m. Weight: 7 pounds, 2 ounces. Length: 20 inches. Mother and child are doing fine. Dad is a little creaky.
(The middle name is pronounced 'peh-tye-ah' and is a Finnish name meaning "lone pine tree." Why? Each of the letters is the first letter of the names of the children from our first marriages, in birth order - Peter, Erica, Tyler, Andrew, Jesse, and Austin. Pretty cool, huh?)
No gifts please. A donation to your charity of choice will be fine.
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