Quotable Announcement Ideas for Your New Baby

If you’re about to have your first child, you’re embarking on a journey that is probably one of the strangest experiences you’ll ever have. Your body is changing in ways you never imagined, your emotions and desires are probably all over the map, and you’ve already developed a love for the little human you haven’t even met yet!

And even though this is all so new for you, pregnancy is the most ancient human experience there is! There have been many great minds who have written on the subject of pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. If you’re making a pregnancy or birth announcement, you probably know that you can count on Shih photography for stunning maternity or newborn photography that will be the best possible visual to send your loved ones. But what words should you use to accompany the pictures? We’ve put together some of our favorite quotes—the inspirational to the comical—from people who put the whole experience really, really well. Include a poem, phrase, or joke with your photos from Shih for the perfect announcement! Here are a few ideas:

Inspirational Quotations

“Labor is the only blind date where you know you will meet the love of your life.” (Unknown)

“Making a decision to have a child–it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” (Elizabeth Stone)

“The most important thing she’d learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” (Jill Churchill)


“Lie a-bed,

Sleepy head,

Shut up eyes, bo-peep;

Till daybreak

Never wake:–

Baby, sleep.”

Christina Rossetti

(For more, view the entirety of Sing Song: A Nursery Rhyme Book online!)

From Anne Stevenson’s “A Poem For a Daughter:

“A woman’s life is her own

until it is taken away

by a first, particular cry.

Then she is not alone

but a part of the premises

of everything there is:

a time, a tribe, a war.

When we belong to the world

we become what we are.”

Read the rest of the poem on Stevenson’s site!


“Insanity is hereditary. You get it from your children.” (Sam Leveson)

“It’s not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.”  (Dorothy, The Golden Girls)


“Becoming a mother makes you realize you can do almost anything…one-handed.”

“Woo-hoo, it’s the weekend! Oh wait… I’m pregnant.”

This fantastic E-Card from someecards:

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And this wonderful video from the stand-up comedian who’s made a career of complaining about the joys and trials of parenthood:

For the perfect announcement photos to pair with your perfect phrase, call us at Shih Photography!


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Doug and Jackie Shih are a married couple that fell in love with photographing our own 2 crazy children so much that we started our own Seattle area infant photography company. Our passion is capturing precocious moments in the first year of your child's life, so that you can cherish those memories forever. We believe that nothing can replace endearing photography of your baby, and that we can help create a treasure for every parent we work with.

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