Watch Me Grow: Month by Month Baby Picture Idea

Friends, my Baby B turned 6 months old over the weekend. We all already know how quickly babyhood time slips by, even though there are moments that can feel eternally long as a parent. I have to admit, I’m overly shocked at the lightning speed of this last half of a year. There are a couple of things that contribute to this, I suppose, even though this isn’t my first baby and I’m well aware of this “mommy-time” phenomenon.

First, I’m much healthier and happier this time around. As I described in Dear Friends, I Lied, I had a terribly difficult postpartum interim after the birth of Toddler A. How a baby is born matters, and some of those torturous days drug out past the galaxy with no apparent end in sight. My VBAC with Baby B was as healing as I hoped it would be; and she is as vibrant as I trusted she would be. So, my days have zoomed past in grateful bliss.

Second, I still have a busy 3-year-old to raise and I don’t want to miss a second. I adore him more than words can express, so the constant juggling and sharing of affection keeps me on my toes. I contribute some of the lost time with Baby B  to the boy who made me a mom. Before I even blink, weekend 7AM snuggle time turns into 8PM bedtime and the subsequent days and months suddenly appear.

Lastly, my sweet girl is already wearing 12 month clothes! Let’s get to the point: my newborn disappeared in a jiffy and I’m already toting a year-old size baby around.

I’ve been doing my best to chronicle her growth and changes, for I’m wholly aware of how much I’ll soon miss her chunky thighs, fresh scent, toothless smile, tiny blond hairs, and long toes. To document, I took some inspiration from Kerstin’s picture project, where she took adorable photos of N through the first year of his life.

I put my own spin on Baby B’s monthly picture project. Instead of changing colorful background fabric for each shot, I decided to stick with a white blanket. This keeps cost down and makes for a comfy resting place. I add color to each picture by dressing her in a patterned onesie adorned with age stickers I purchased from a department store. Then, I always accent with a favorite bow or flower. I do my best to get her in the same position and light for each shot, reminding myself that I’m not a professional photographer and the main point of this project is documenting changes in my tiny subject. Once I have an image, I add a little note about my feelings at that time. I plan to place these images in a photo scrap book. (This is something I wish I would have done with Toddler A.)

Our beautiful Baby B joined our family 4 weeks ago...my these days have gone all too quickly! Thanks so much to our friends and family for ALL the love, support, visits, cute clothes, messages, and food! A special shout out to my own mama for all the extra!!

Our beautiful Baby B joined our family 4 weeks ago…my these days have gone all too quickly! Thanks so much to our friends and family for ALL the love, support, visits, cute clothes, messages, and food! A special shout out to my own mama for all the extra!!

8 weeks old today...can I get a double chin with extra adorable and a pink bow side with baby love to drink, please?!

8 weeks old today…can I get a double chin with extra adorable and a pink bow side with baby love to drink, please?!

I don't know how the time goes so quickly! Three months already!

I don’t know how the time goes so quickly! Three months already! Her personality is starting to shine through and a mellow disposition has made her an easy baby.

It’s hard to get a picture of a happy 4 month old wiggle worm! Assistance from big brother is helpful, though!

It’s hard to get a picture of a happy 4 month old wiggle worm! Assistance from big brother is helpful, though! Baby B already has her first tooth. I didn’t see that one coming!

Five months with this precious little one. Meeting her already seems like a lifetime ago because I can't remember life without her!

Five months with this precious little one. Meeting her already seems like a lifetime ago because I can’t remember life without her! She adores her brother, rolls from her tummy, and has found a high pitched screech that she uses often.

Our beautiful Baby B started clapping, tried oatmeal for the first time, and turned 6 months old all in one weekend. It's been a joy to watch her grow and change. While time slips away all too quickly, I'm so excited to see what the future has in store for this amazing little angel.

Our beautiful Baby B started clapping, tried oatmeal for the first time, and turned 6 months old all in one weekend. It’s been a joy to watch her grow and change. While time slips away all too quickly, I’m so excited to see what the future has in store for this amazing little angel.

UPDATE:

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As you can see, our 7 month old Baby B signs “all done” as in, “I’m done with pictures, mom!” Her face says it all…and so it begins! : ) She has also started to regularly say, “Mama” and understand the meaning. She scoots on her bottom to get around and is holding strong in the 90th and 95th percentile for height and weight. I just can’t get enough!!

 

If you enjoyed this post, I think you’ll love these other Jelly Bean Journals shares:

N’s Picture Project

Dear Friends, I Lied.

A Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday

Mentally Preparing for VBAC: 4 Tips

A Day in the Life: 2 1/2 Years Old

Thank You for Supporting My HBAC: A Letter of Gratitude to My Husband

Kerstin’s 2015 Winter & Spring Photo Recap

We Are Having A Baby: Pregnancy Announcement…And Then There Were 4

4 thoughts on “Watch Me Grow: Month by Month Baby Picture Idea

  1. Holy Moly! 6 months?!?!? so gorgeous. I didn’t do this with X but want to do something this time. It is sure fun to get inspired by friends.

    1. Same, here, Jenn! With Toddler A I felt like it was way too much work…then I watched Kerstin’s project unfold with N. I scaled hers WAY down for me…and I had to give myself permission to be a regular mom and take regular pictures, noting that they wouldn’t be “perfect.” Now, I’m already so glad I did this project and I hope she appreciates it later, too! I know I’ll love looking back!

  2. I think these month by month pictures are wonderful. I always thought they would be to hard to do but, my sister gave me blocks with the months on them for my daughter (baby 5) so decided to try it. It’s really not hard…and like you, I took her pic in the same spot each time. She’ll be one in a few weeks and I’m so happy I have this record of her growth 🙂

    1. The idea of blocks is super cute. I’ve not seen them. What a great way to document. It really is more “doable” than most realize. Thanks for the share, Prairie Wife in Heels!

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