If parents felt insufficient before, the internet has only made the problem worse. Everything from shadow boxes to hold hospital mementos, to photos of their children holding other photos of their children, to weekly scrapbooks, etc, etc, it’s enough to make anyone fell like they’re missing out on their child’s childhood simply in an effort to capture it all.
So, here is yet another one of those projects to consider.
I liked a lot of the weekly/ monthly photo progressions I’d seen on places like pinterest and ultimately decided to do this weekly photo project with the llama I crocheted for my son. The idea is simple: take a photo each week to capture your child’s growth. I chose to repeat the same two shots every week since I’m just not creative enough to come up with different shots/angles/viewpoints every week. But I liked how this allowed a direct comparison of how my son grew each week and, as an added bonus, I liked that the crochet llama used for comparison was almost the same size as my son when he was born.
I ended up doing some photoshop work to equalize the colors between pages, and to make a more consistent background, but I think it was totally worth the effort:
Although, for privacy, I have included hearts over my son’s face, these types of photos not only allowed me to capture milestones like sitting up, supported standing, and crawling, but also facial expressions like smiling and sticking his tongue out.
And now, although I finished this project as a “Baby’s First Year” scrapbook, I have decided to keep taking photos on each of my son’s birthdays and will do another “Llama” book when he turns 18. I can’t wait for the faces he’ll make as a teenager.