I've received tons of birth announcements over the past couple of years, so I've seen numerous different styles and layouts for announcing a child's birth. When it came time to choose what I would want to send out to announce our kiddo, I went on Shutterfly and Snapfish to look around. I narrowed down by color and number of pictures, but I was still unhappy with the options because I needed something that showed our child's full name, but also clearly displayed that we would be calling him by his middle name. I know that's not as common of an occurrence, hence the lack of options like that available. I also really wanted to continue our theme of dots and circles (like what's in his nursery, on his burp cloths, on his blankets, on our thank you cards, etc). I couldn't find that as an option either. I started to get discouraged and figured I'd just have to settle with a design I wasn't completely happy with, until my friend Lauren at Palm Papers mentioned on her blog that she had custom-designed a birth announcement for a kid with the same naming situation as us. Jackpot! I commissioned her to create a birth announcement with the colors and artwork that went with our theme, while also showcasing what we would be calling our son. The result was better than anything I could've envisioned!