Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Milestones for the Baby Book

Gracie and Annelie have 100% completely up to date baby books. Yes, I am one of those mothers. Anytime my girls hit a milestone, I run to the hall closet, pull out their baby books and record it. Before Gracie was even born, I had her baby book memorized, so that when a baby book milestone arose, I would have a picture and documented moment to add to the page. First tooth, first solid food, first bath... they are all there.

But there are certain milestones that all kids reach, that are missing from the baby book and I always wish there was a place for them. Annelie is in the middle of learning her body parts, and the one she loves to point out the most is "nose." Of course, like all babies learning where their nose is, she doesn't just tap her finger to the tip, she shoves her finger deep inside. And of course, whenever someone is holding her, she decides to show them where their nose is... by saying "nose!" while shoving her finger deep inside their own nostrils.

Mothers out there, I'm sure you can relate. You just gotta love those milestones that we parents can use as ammunition against them for the rest of their lives! I just wanted to share some of my favorite unconventional milestones and baby firsts that might not have a set place in their baby book but certainly mark important moments in their childhood development - and in my heart!

Gracie's First Temper Tantrum

My mom was visiting us and thought I was cruel for photographing rather than comforting... but come on. These photos make the best photos! And how cute is my screaming baby? I knew that I wouldn't always find her tantrums so adorable, so I figured I might as well record one that was.

Gracie's First Time on a Swing

Nothing compares to the joy on a baby's face when she discovers the joy of swinging. I don't know how I even got Gracie out of the swing, she was having so much fun.

Gracie Discovers her Belly Button
(and thinks that it is a plug socket)

Gracie Unravels a Roll of Toilet Paper

Baby messes are not really things to record, that is true. But there is something about the milestone in which a baby unravels an entire roll of toilet paper when your back is turned, that makes me smile. She looks so angelic with that fluffy toilet paper all around her.

Gracie Meets Her Sister For the First Time
(and promptly covers her in stickers)

Annelie's First Ice Cream Cone

Chocolate. Mmmmmm....

I look forward to the many milestones that my girls will be hitting as they grow, but I hope you have enjoyed seeing these ones!



Denise Felton said...

We have the "first spaghetti" series in our books. It looks like the same baby, over and over. All babies look the same covered hair to waist in spaghetti sauce.

My friend Rhonda has the "first taste of a pickle" series. Those are knee-slappers!

I love reading about your bitty ones so much. They're just so brand-new. I love the belly-button-is-a-socket photo so hard!!

Lorissa J. Longfellow said...

so cute. I have taken the photos, but putting them in my book is a whole other story.
Thanks for sharing. Your daughters are so beautiful.

Janna said...

Thanks for the smiles! I love all of your firsts! My 15 month old just did a first yesterday. He stretched as far as he could possibly reach and managed to grab the door handle (all our doors have handles, not knobs) and opened the door to the stairway all by himself. I'm in trouble now. He's trying to open the pantry, closets, etc. He loves to drag stuff out and leave it in random places all over the house.

Marie said...

I loved every single one of those milestones-so sweet! You're a good mommy!:)

Tizzalicious said...

Super cute! My mom updated my baby book a lot too, and I love it!

Nikki said...

I nominated you for a blog award!

MoonMaidenSoap said...

OMG, I *love* those pictures. They are so cute and so very funny. I am not, unfortuately, one of those mothers who writes everything down. I started to with my bip kids ... but I stoped when the foster kids started rolling in. With very little family history, it's not an area we have embraced. We do have photo albums and memory albums ... but since we missed so many of those "firsts" with our adopted kiddos, we don't get out the baby books for our bio kiddos.

Thank you for sharing those pics ... I love them!


Rosebud Collection said...

I enjoyed every picture..and, yes, I sure could relate..One of my girls put her vitamin up her nose..that wasn't fun..Had her in the emergency room, didn't know it was a vitamin, till it started melting while I had her on the table in the hospital..Embarrassing..Then she sneezed and it flew across the floor..

Whimsical Creations said...

So funny! Loved it! I love taking pictures and I seem to scrapbook everything It's funny now that I look back and read my babybook, my dad wrote everything in it. I found that strange, but really neat.
=) melanie

Paper Girl Productions said...

lol!! So adorable!! I have so many pictures I don't want to do!!

::::Lula Boutique:::: said...

Awwweee....So adorable!!! What a great idea too...To get started on the scrapbook ahead of time. I don't have children yet but I want to soon. So this is a great idea! :)

Regal Beads said...

this was one of the best blogs I've read in a long time :)
My mom has a picture of my one brother when he was the age to be in a walker (so I was probably 3?) and he is COVERED in baby powder...I had taken the powder and squeezed and squeezed it over him...so, sometimes taking pictures of messes and saving the memory is worth it ;) I know I'll be doing the same

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