Tuesday, November 24, 2009


With our first baby, we learned that we were having a boy at only 15 weeks gestation (oh, the wonders of a 4D ultrasound). By 20 weeks, we had given him a name.


For most of my pregnancy, I knew him as Henry. When he kicked, it was Henry kicking me. When I began waddling, it was Henry separating my pelvic bone. When I struggled to eat anything without terrible acid reflux, it was because Henry was squishing my stomach.

At my baby shower, guests received O'Henry candy bars as a party favor. And for me, I received many beautiful and special items personalized especially for my baby Henry. Before that little man entered the world, his room and closet were layered in items stating his name. They all belonged to Henry.

But that wasn't the case with my baby girl. Not until the doctor delivered her from my sectioned belly did I know that baby was a girl.

She. Her. I couldn't believe that they were describing my baby.

And then we gave her a name. Harper. Harper Lynn Hooper. I could say that name all day.

And though I absolutely LOVED being surprised the day of my daughter's birth, my baby girl entered this world without a thing to her name. Or a name to her things.

Granted she didn't need anything. She was loved beyond measure and that was all that mattered (and still is). But I felt a tad guilty knowing that her brother had a certain identity in the womb that she never had.

And with all the bustle of life with two kids, she never did receive the personalized name plate or backpack or foot stool.

Until I met Jill.

Oh, Jill. What a blessing you are to me, my friend.

Jill is a delightful gal who I recently met through church. She is darling and spunky and cute and I instantly knew I liked her. We both blog, and for those of you who blog, you know how quickly you bond with someone after reading only a few posts. I felt connected to Jill, and just last week she gave me a gift that blew me away. (Jill blogs here, by the way.)

Attached to the gift was a card. On the front of the card, Jill had written, "Smitten." Inside the card she described how after reading my blog post titled Smitten she knew that Harper had to have this gift. Just had to have it.

So I opened the gift.

Oh. my. Heavens.

Oh. my.

Jill, an insanely creative art teacher turned stay-at-home mom, has found an outlet in creating one-of-a-kind baby quilts. Everything from the fabric to the stitching has a personal touch.

The quilt given to me (or should I say given to Harper) is two-sided. One side is made of the same fabric that I used to make a nursing cover. Yep, my baby girl has a handmade quilt to match her nursing cover.

The other side of the quilt will floor you. It is a pale pink fabric covered in swirls and flowers and stitching and best of all, my baby's name. Literally, "Harper" is stitched into that blanket five times!

And in the corner is my daughter's full name. The name that I love so much. The name that I could say over and over and over and never tire of it.

Can you believe it? Are you as amazed as I am? Do you not absolutely love it? I cannot get over this beautiful quilt. Oh, and you won't believe this. The stitching is done using one free motion, continuous stitch! How is that even possible?

Jill, you are talented beyond any measure.

My baby girl might not have a personalized stuffed doll, and there is not a bib with her name on it tucked away in her closet. But she has a blanket that is hers alone.

Like the tag says:

Snuggle up with this special quilt,
It's one of a kind.
If you cuddle up close,
It's your name you will find!

I L-O-V-E this quilt! Oh, and are you interested in having one made for the babies you know? You must check out Jill's site: My Baby's Name. I couldn't think of a more perfect gift for the little ones in your life.

And Jill, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Harper will have this blanket forever.


  1. That's awesome! Introduce me to Jill! And I have a little something for that H-A-R-P-E-R girl... :)

  2. awwwwwwwww...Ali! That is the most heartfelt thank you I have ever received. You are just the sweetest! So glad to have met you and your family - truely a blessing.