Beautiful Aran Baby Blanket, Jessica.
I actually knitted an Aran Baby Blanket for my Grandson, which was my daughter's baby shower gift. I made a smaller version of the Aran Blanket I knit for my daughter's bridal shower gift, knitting the exact same stitches, minus a 4 narrow cable strips. Both blankets were knit in strips then I crocheted the strips together. You can check out the larger blanket on my website www.veronica-sews.com
Your Aran Baby Blanket will be treasured for many, many years!