It has been a month of milestones in the Hunter House. Hudson has achieved several new things – including peeling an orange and opening a fruit cup (seriously – those are hard for ME to open), and Finn is just growing up way too fast, with many “firsts” occurring during the month of December. With all of these first, I keep meaning to get the baby book out and fill it out with care, but, to be honest, I don’t love our baby books, so I’m not that inspired.
Which got me to thinking…maybe I need a new approach to recording and documenting our memories. When Hudson was born, I received a Baby Calendar as well as a Baby Album. I used both and filled out every detail, however, they had their pros and cons. The calendar was cool because I could just jot down little things and there were fun stickers to keep track of. It was the very simplest thing – which was nice. The baby Album has a lot more space for writing things down, but still not much space for photos. So, most of my picture (yes, I actually used to PRINT photos), are just in a separate album. Which, I kind of don’t like.
With Finn, I purchased a very neat book that I LOVE because of the wooden cover, however, it still doesn’t really draw me in, and so I am forcing myself to fill it out. AND, there is no place for photos. My fault for buying online without seeing it in person first. Sigh.
I got to thinking about all of the other options that are available, and there are so many! From the albums and calendar that I’ve used before, to full out scrap-booking (wow and kudos to all of the momma’s who scrapbook – I don’t have the patience or the funds for that!), to online baby books and “tot-sites”, and creating online baby books that are then printed and bound..there are SO many possibilities!
I have heard great things about blurb.com, and shutterfly has some nice options – but I’m wondering if any of you have used any of these templates before? Ideally, I think I want something that has some pre-made templates with forms that prompt me to put in all of the important “firsts”, but I also would like some flexibility in the layout, because I have fairly specific taste.
No, I’m not difficult to please. Not at all.
How do you capture and record memories and milestones in your kid’s lives? Do you work it old school and use a baby album or calendar? Are you a whiz a being crafty and creative and have a totally DIY scrapbook? Or, are you going the online/digital route? What are some of your favorite sites and options?