Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Best Surprise Ever

One year ago on September 19, 2019.  We found out that I was pregnant with Leo.

Remember this post: Surprise... Baby #3

It'll go down as one of the biggest surprises ever for our family who struggled for years to get pregnant with Olive and Fletcher.  A surprise pregnancy wasn't even on our radar anymore.  It's wild to me that God will surprise you with an answer to prayer YEARS after you started praying for it.

We are so thankful for Leo and can't imagine our family without him.

I thought today would be the perfect time to share his birthday announcement with you as well as a new piece of jewelry.  

I LOVE sending out real snail mail baby announcements.  It's one of my favorite new baby traditions.  I always order card stock announcements from Snapfish.  They're my favorite.

It's top priority to me.  I've done it for all the kids.  Thanks to COVID we had to cancel all of his newborn photography sessions and I had to take his pictures at home.  I was really pleased with how they turned out.  I opted to include all three kids on his birth announcement because we were all so excited to meet our new baby.  My favorite pictures were of Leo and his siblings.  That's the perk of being baby #3 - you're always surrounded by LOVE.

All the kids have changed since these pictures were taken back in May.  Olive has lost teeth, Fletcher has some shorter hair and new scars and Leo has changed the most.  Babies just don't keep.


Fletcher Baby Announcement

Olive Baby Announcement

Then sometime last Fall when we were starting to throw around baby name options, I mentioned Leo among others.  Kevin later asked me if I knew that there was a Leo Diamond when Leo was starting to stick as our front runner name.  I had never heard of a Leo Diamond and went to check it out. It's a diamond with many extra cuts in it to make it the brightest, sparkliest diamond on the market.  You can get it in a variety of shapes.

Kevin insisted that I get one for my Christmas gift last year.  He scoped them out at a local jewelry store, I went to try them on and selected my perfect Leo diamond.  It was really fun to try on all the different shapes and styles for a right hand ring.  Ultimately, I went with a princess cut diamond to go with my wedding ring.  Inside the band it says Leo and it makes me smile every time I wear it.

He said, "You know having our last baby feels like a big milestone.  We need something special to commemorate this!"  He's the sweetest and will forever be the romantic one on our relationship.  I love wearing it and am excited to have this fun piece of heirloom jewelry.

We love you, Leo!


  1. That is SO sweet - and a gorgeous ring! Knowing that God doesn't forget the cries of our hearts always amazes me. He knows and He cares! <3

  2. This is the sweetest post! I love the announcement and the ring!

  3. The announcement is just beautiful. The ring...what an incredibly meaningful gift! I had tears reading about sweet!

  4. Whitney!! I love this! Your ring is beautiful and I love the meaning behind it!! Seriously so so special!!!!!!💗
    And Leo’s announcement is PERFECT!

  5. Oh Whitney, this is the COOLEST thing! What an absolute treasure! Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. That's a very pretty ring and you did a great job with the pics for the birth announcement.


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