Travis; 4 months and Kinsey; 10 months
Aren’t my babies beautiful?
Travis; 9 years and Kinsey; 6 years, 2011
Travis is now 9 (and a half!) and Kinsey turns 7 on the 18th. How time flies!
Before I became a mother, the most received advice from seasoned mothers was to try to enjoy the moments because they pass by so quickly.
They do pass quickly. Even in those moments of solitude, sleep deprivation, crying and whining, and sheer frustration and depression, I knew I’d look back on these little babies and miss them so much!
1 month old
And I do miss them. What I’d give to hold my little babies in my arms again, just one more time.
2 months old
I wanted a way to remember them and celebrate their little lives, so I decided to have their portrait taken every month for the first year.
3 months old
Most people thought I was crazy. I wasn’t crazy, I had vision.
4 months old
I tried to explain my big plan to everyone, but most people thought my idea was dumb.
How can me wanting to take as many pictures of my children during the time they grow and change the most in their lives be dumb?
So I kept trudging over to JCPenney, month after month. Sometimes I questioned even myself. It was such a hassle to get the baby ready, go over there, have the pictures taken, go back two weeks later to pick up the prints, and then two weeks after that do it all over again.
But I forged on for a full 12 months. Twice. Good thing I only have two kids! 🙂
JCPenney, as well as many other discount photography places will offer coupons for a package of images for around $6-$7. This is the only way I could afford to do this at that time in our young lives.
I absolutely love seeing the transformation in my babies each month. They grow like little weeds the first year, and you can really see the changes after just a month.
10 months (I can’t find Travis’ 10 month digital image anywhere)
I am so glad I stuck it out and had these pictures taken month after month. Though it was a pain, the end results are so worth it.
Finally their first birthday!
One Year! (Can you believe I can’t find Travis’ one year picture either?! We’ve changed computers several times in 9 years and I suppose it just got lost in the shuffle.)
At the end of their first year, I took each of those monthly portraits and had them framed into a one year portrait collage.
I was fortunate to find these frames with the perfect amount of squares already cut from Costco several years ago.
After living in our new home almost a full year, I’ve finally found the perfect home for my childrens first year photos.
I don’t know why it took me so long to decide on this space. I wanted the pictures hung downstairs so I can make sure to see them as much as possible.
The spot between the bookshelves and the laundry room door (that leads to the garage where I go in and out every day) is the perfect spot. I was pleasantly surprised when I realized the frames would fit perfectly in that narrow space.
Even though those baby days are long past and our house is now filled with soccer balls and ballet flats, it’s such a blessing to get to see my children as they once were. My children also love looking at themselves as babes and talk about how “cute” they were.
I know it’s a pain, but from personal experience, it was so worth it!
And all my friends who thought I was dumb for dragging myself to JCPenney each month? Now that I’m finally able to show them the finished product; my vision, they wish they had done monthly photos themselves.
And just for fun, here’s a few random cool facts about my first year with each of my babies:
After Travis’ 8 month pictures were taken, JCPenney loved this one pose so much that they asked us if they could print a large one to display in their studio! They had it up for *I think* about a year. Once they were finished with it they called me and gave me the picture for free! It now hangs in Travis’ room.
This picture of Travis and his daddy is just too sweet to not post for you guys to see. Travis still has this picture framed in his room as well.
And now, to answer the questions you are probably going to ask…
* What is that bump on Travis’ head?
Travis was born with what is called an atypical hemangioma. We did not know about it before he was born. It was about the size of a golf ball, but here in his one month photo it’s already smaller than at birth. It’s a very long story, which deserves it’s own post one day. Travis narrowly escaped surgery as a newborn, and today he is a healthy thriving child with almost no bump left on his head. He does have a bald patch though that will never grow hair.
* Tell me about the hair bow headbands Kinsey is wearing…
When Kinsey was born I wanted hair bows. Hair bows are expensive, especially adorable custom ones. So I taught myself how to make them. Everyone loved them so much that I started an online business selling children’s hair bows and accessories. It was very successful right off the bat, but because of Ben’s job we moved a lot so I shut down shop. Now I blog instead. 😉
* Um, your frames have 13 squares, not 12. And the first square is empty…
Ya, I kinda suck. Those first squares are for their birth picture, which I have yet to print and add to the frame. Hopefully I’ll have it done before they turn 18 and move out.
So, how do you make memories? Do you like lots of photos? Do you have any crazy photo stories?