Babies grow and change so quickly- especially the first months. As delighted I was that my child was growing, I was always a touch sad with each passing week and month anniversary that passed. I found that taking a weekly photo helped me to remember the early weeks- from the chicken leg stage to the thunder thighs and chubby cheeks. While we can't freeze time, it can be awfully fun to look back at our little ones and see how they have grown.
With each of my kids, we took a weekly picture, with the child next to (or holding, or gnawing on) a notecard with the date. Here are a few of my favorites (and yes, I just hated the task of going back through baby photos...awww!)
Isn't it amazing how fast they change?
We printed out each picture and hung them around the room in chronological order. In our first house, we hung them on a little clothesline we attached to the wall. Our current house already had nails in the wall, so we used those...perhaps the former owners did something similar?!
We usually took pictures until roughly 20 odd weeks...when I stopped remembering and the baby started eating the paper, it was time to stop. When it was time to free up the nails for the next set of baby pictures, I turned the photos into a collage to hang above their beds. They like seeing themselves as babies...and so do I! I put a current picture on there as well, just for fun, to see how much they have grown.
I consider this art, memory-making and a touch of post-partum therapy all in one. It makes a nice facebook album for those friends and family who don't get to see you little one every week. I have used them as decorations for first birthday parties as well. You can never have too many pictures, right?!