Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Good Stuff: Baby's First Year

Before Indio was born, I scoured bookstores and online stores to find the *perfect* baby book. You know, the one where I would record every milestone of his first year of life, glue in photos for each month, and write funny anecdotes of our little guy growing and changing.

I knew I didn't want anything with a *character* like Winnie the Pooh, Peter Rabbit, Sesame Street, etc. I also didn't want a book with tons of writing space because everyone was telling me I'd have little time to brush my teeth during that first year, leave aside writing my child's biography! I also had planned to put together a photo book of his first year, so I didn't need a record book with space for tons of photos.

I can't remember where I came across the one I finally chose; I think it was Barnes & Noble. [But of course I ordered from Amazon because it was cheaper!] It was Anabel Karmel's Baby's First Year: a keepsake journal of milestone moments.

I loved the colours and the layout. It wasn't too *babyish*, if that's even possible for a baby book. And the front cover title square was an easy-to-remove sticker, which I promptly got rid of once I had the book in my hands.

I diligently filled in the family tree info and pages about mom and dad so that I would be ahead of the game once Indio arrived. I was even on top of things during Indio's first month, but that was probably because babies don't do much during that time other than eat and sleep!
And then it all fell to the wayside! I took photos to be pasted into the book, only to never print them. I recorded mini-milestones on scraps of paper, which were put in a pile whoknowswhere.

Once we moved to Toronto and I wasn't working or packing anymore, I tried to fill in all the months I'd neglected, but honestly, it's still a work in progress. Indy is now 14 months old and his book sits half-empty. Hopefully, I'll get it filled before he turns 2!

But, for anyone looking for a nice baby book, I'd definitely still recommend this one for those on a budget. I still love the one I wrote about here, but it's a bit more expensive.

I'd love to hear how others keep/kept track of their baby's milestones. Maybe there's a system out there for me yet!


phonelady February 28, 2010 at 10:48 AM  

what a wonderful baby book .Leave it to you to find the perfect thing . Hope to hear snail mail from you soon . take care .

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