It’s a time you’ll never forget, but at the same time, can feel like a complete blur. I wrote a blog for close friend’s during our time in hospital, so I have that as a written and visual memory. I have recorded some bits in the traditional baby book, although often bits aren’t necessarily relevant. For me the photos are one of my most treasured keepsakes.
We were gifted a box of the very popular Milestone Cards, when Intrepid Bebe was born. It was really lovely to have them and I did use them each month to document her growing. The pack contains attractive cards covering 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 weeks, and then monthly. It also contains cards such as ‘first tried solids’ and ‘first sat up’ and that elusive ‘slept through the night’ card which sat pristine and untouched in the box throughout that first year. They do make cards especially for multiples (‘we took our first steps’ etc). And via the website you can print of cards for special days such as ‘my First Australia Day’, and ‘my First Father’s Day’.
The cards were a good option for a baby in hospital too, as I could wipe them with antiseptic. There are now specific premmie milestone cards available which I would definitely have purchased had I known about them. A tough part of the premmie thing is feeing none of your milestones match up with a full term ‘average’ baby. The baby books often have large blanks because our experience was just so different.
Lots of Companies make their own milestone cards now. I’m always keen to hear of small business’ which make them as it’s a present I do like to give new Mum friends.
We also had the Ella blocks. These appealed because they could be used right into their school life, and in pregnancy if you’re organised. They made for attractive photos with the blocks stacked next to them, and a good toy too.
Another nice idea which is popular is having a soft toy the baby is photographed next to for scale. We have done this but only occasionally. I have since seen ideas such as photographing your child on the same chair, or in a bowl (probably only going to manage that one the first few months). I know I thought I would have the size of my tiny 1.5kg baby imprinted on my mind forever, but they do grow faster than you could ever imagine.
I have seen some really funny Dad and Daughter photos with the same pose repeated which is a fun idea. And if you haven’t already, check out Steven Adis’ TED talk about just that. We have some precious photos of IB being cuddled by her Daddy in hospital so it’d be funny to recreate them now she’s more than twice the length and more than ten times the weight!
They created a heartfelt and fun family tradition from just one photo, and returned to the same corner year upon year.
Growing up I had a tree planted for me when I was born and I think if we intended to stay at the same house, that’d be a really nice thing to do. But it was so sad when we left the apple tree behind when we did move! So for the same reason, I didn’t want to create something which couldn’t be moved. However I have always loved the height charts etched into door frames or on walls. My compromise was a portable height chart from ‘tiny me’. I really love a record of how much she truly has grown.
Having a Christmas baby means it gets very confusing what is a Christmas gift, and which is Birthday.So far Intrepid Bebe’s birthday has been a big jumble of celebration and gifts, so I am really glad I came up with the idea for a gift which will last beyond the plastic and loud phase. And for once it was my own idea rather than something I found on Pinterest-but you can totally claim it if you’d like to.
I bought her a jewellery box, with the plan to add something to it each year. Not expensive pieces, but things with meaning, from places we have visited. So far I have added a piece for both birthdays. One has her initials and date of birth in Roman Numerals, and her birth stone. Th other is a dandelion seed as she obsessed with them at the time. Jewellery which has been handed on to me is one possession I really do treasure, so hopefully she will too. I plan to give her the box once she’s older and maybe even continue the tradition through her life?
I’d love to hear what your family traditions are!
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