What a whirlwind it’s been these past 8 months. I really cannot believe that Nash has gotten so big, so quickly! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen me post a few of Nash’s “monthly” pics. They look good right. He’s sitting there on his bunny, smiling and holding the blocks. Well I’m here to tell you, it’s NOT easy!
I’ve always loved seeing those pictures of my friends kids on instagram, documenting their little one’s growth with those cute little stickers on their bellies. I aspired to be that Mom. Of course I could celebrate the birth of my son, once a month, and take a cute picture of him! And while I’m at it, why don’t I use this cute little bunny chair in the picture, to use as a reference point, to show how big he’s gotten! How hard could it be?!? It’s just a picture right…WRONG!
First, taking a picture of a baby is not easy. You of course want the picture to be perfect, or close to it. I mean it’s the picture that forever memorializes the exact age (in months) of your son. The picture must have the right lighting, Nash should be in a cute position (with the bunny), eyes open, not crying and certainly not almost falling of the bunny. (Can a 3 month old really balance on a bunny in a chair by himself?) ANSWER = NO
In case you didn’t know it, babies don’t like to sit still. So getting your son to balance on a bunny may have seemed like a good idea month 1 when he was sleeping and only 5 lbs, but after that I came to find it was the worst idea ever.
Luckily Month 2 I had some help from my Mom. She had the good idea (or at least we thought so at the time) that she would hold him and we would count to 3 and she would let go and I would take the picture. Yeah, remember all those things I mentioned earlier about the perfect picture standards…we thought we could get all of those in, in the split second my Mom’s hands were out of the frame when she let go.
Here’s a look at how that went:
Yeah, bad idea. Very difficult to get the pic, before he falls over.
Then we decided to try putting him on his stomach:
Not bad, but it didn’t match Month 1’s position, so that was out. (did I mention I’m a perfectionist).
Months 3, 4 & 5 were interesting…my advice folks, don’t try this alone. If all of the things I mentioned earlier seemed tough, it’s 10 times harder by yourself. At first I thought I would just prop him next to the bunny, but he wasn’t having it. Then I tried to balance him on the bunny…pretty sure he was pooping in that pic and month 4 I had completely had it with the Bunny.
Months 6 & 7 I didn’t even take the pictures. (Yes, I know…all that work for what?)
What you should take away from this story: Yes, taking a picture of your kid month by month, is a cute way to document their growth during the first year of their life, but is it’s not easy! Don’t do it by yourself. If you miss the date by a few days, it’s ok…and don’t beat yourself up if you forget a month (or two) 🙂
Here’s a look at some of my favorites:
So a lot of people have asked me where I got the block I used in the pics. You can get them on Amazon here!