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Making and Saving Memories

Making and Saving Memories

My little boy just turned four, and I'm reminded a million times every day that he's growing up so, SO fast...TOO fast! He's definitely speeding through every stage and milestone faster than I want him to! Sometimes (okay, all the time) I wish I could just freeze time, so I could hold him and enjoy these sweet and happy moments forever.

But unfortunately, time only seems to be speeding up, so I'm trying to be more careful about unplugging and living each moment to its fullest; to really focus on making memories. And I am also trying to take advantage of any opportunity I have to preserve a memory and keep track of how my little boy is growing and changing every day. Here are a few of my favorite ways to do this:

Monthly Pictures

I think this is one of the most basic and most essential ways to preserve memories and document milestones! And I love that you can take this idea and run with it, making your pictures unique and customized to exactly what you want. You can choose to take these pictures with your baby wearing the same outfit, sitting in the same chair, next to the same stuffed animal, etc. For the entire first year of his life, I dressed my little boy in a white onesie, laid him on his red rocking chair, and sat his favorite stuffed animal next to him. Or if you want to change it up every month, you can also dress your baby in his current cutest outfit, lay him on his favorite blanket, and add a couple of his current favorite toys. I really love this cute Lulujo Baby's First Year Blanket and Cards! This would be such a cute (and easy) way to quickly (and beautifully) document your baby's growth each month! And I love each of these cute designs:

        
 

 

Lulujo Baby's First Year Blanket and Cards - Loved Beyond Measure

    

 

 Lulujo Baby's First Year Blanket and Cards - I Will Move Mountains

                      

Handprints and Footprints

I also really love that we have handprints and footprints for our little boy and our angel baby daughter. And I love even more that we have those precious handprints and footprints in clay as well as ink handprints and footprints on paper. It's amazing now to look at them and think about how tiny those little hands and feet were!

 

Baby Book

This is another really simple way to document your baby's milestones and growth. And the options are endless for what you can include. In my son's baby book, I have an envelope with clippings from his first hair cut, his birth announcement, his handprints and footprints, and so many other things. If you're looking for a cute baby book, I love these Welcome Baby! Baby Journals from Compendium.

            

 Welcome Baby! Baby Journal - Pink.        Welcome Baby! Baby Journal - Aqua

                       

Growth Chart

And last, but definitely not least, we have one of these cute wooden growth charts hanging on the wall at our house. When I was growing up, we recorded our height on a wall at my parents' house, and I love looking at that wall and seeing so many "entries" in our growth journal. So my sweet brother made one of these wooden growth charts for me for my birthday a few years ago, and I absolutely love it!

These are a few of my favorite ways to preserve memories and track my little one's growth and development! But I'm always on the lookout for new ideas, so please share any of your suggestions in the comments below! And in the meantime, I'll just be soaking up every moment I can and document each milestone in a million different ways!

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