“You have a child forever, but a baby for just one year.”
Oh you’re good, really good, person who wrote that line for the Dreft laundry detergent commercial! That gets a tear from me each and every time it comes on TV.
Hitting that first year mark naturally brings out parents’ emotions. It’s a life-changing year. A whole new person joined the family and changed it and you forever. In just 12 months, this little person tripled his body weight, learned to smile, laugh, eat, sit, take steps and make you laugh! I’m going to stop with the sentiments right there, because they will certainly get the best of me.
Adriano celebrated his first birthday this week (in case you couldn’t tell), and I was excited to finally put together his first year in photos after taking the pictures each month. It’s amazing to see how much he changed from month to month!
I took the photos on his daddy’s pretty blue baby blanket that his grandmother made. The blanket happened to be the perfect size because I could fill my camera frame to the edges of it, so each picture is proportional and sized the same. That way you get a true idea of month to month growth.
Tips for taking your own monthly baby photos
- Try to take photo on the actual day of baby’s monthly birthday, not days or weeks later.
- Take the picture in the same location every time so the lighting is the same. If you can take it during the same time of day, that’s even better. (I took a few of these at different times of day and the blue in the blanket varied in shade quite a bit. I had to use a little Photoshop to fix it.)
- If you take pictures on a blanket, make sure baby stays all the way on the blanket. Be careful to get all her fingers and toes in the frame!
- Try to stand in the exact same spot every time, especially if baby is sitting in a chair. If baby is laying on a blanket, it’s easier because you will just rely on your height to get the same distance for each photo.
- When you take photos for the first month, upload them on your computer right away to make sure the lighting and positioning works, because you’ll need to follow that routine for each of the following 11 months.
It requires a little planing to making it happen, but it sure is fun to see the end result!