It is kind of like hoarding, but without the smell.
Anyway, quite some time ago I saw a pin to an album template to make special books for your kids about the day they were born.
Now I LOVED this idea. And I immediately knew how to make this my own.
You see, I do not do baby books.
When Will was born I was so excited to be one of those mommies that would document every little thing their little one did and be so proud. Well, when the "Baby's First Word" section kept glaring at me blankly I felt I was doing something wrong. I felt judged. I felt like a failure. Then other delays began presenting and it made thost blank spaces blaringly obvious to me that I must be the worst mother in history. Shortly after William was diagnosed with Apraxia I decided I would no longer keep a baby book. Relief lifted from my shoulders.
Needless to say, when Alanna came along (shortly before the diagnosis) I was tentative to do a baby book so the one I had for her really didn't have much filled in.
I felt better about this decision after I read One Call Away by Brenda Warner and she shared her reasons for not keeping baby books after the challenges with her son.
Anyway! That where THIS pin comes in. I could totally do something like that... maybe simpler.
I know I'm not the only one who receives special free or half price 20 page books from Shutterfly or Snapfish. I could totally just create simple books for my children to read to them about when they were born and include pictures from their time in the hospital and first week of life.
In the end I think the books turned out cute. Will and Lana received them on Christmas and I think they will be cherished keepsakes once they get older.
Totally easy! I could see where more little embellishments can be made or leaving pages blank to tape or glue in hospital bracelets or baby's first footprints or other hospital memoriabilia. It just depends what you want. I wanted a simple book to read to my kids about when they were born... and I think I accomplished that.