When my baby was a few months old, I received a baby calendar. It was like a yearly wall calendar, but the picture area had spaces for baby’s pictures and the date boxes were meant to be filled in with baby’s firsts and special moments. Then, at the end of the baby’s first year, you just cut the pages at the top and stick them into a scrapbook, and there you go! I had been texting those special moments and pictures to my mom and husband, so I figured I could just fill in the earlier time period and keep up with the present.
But that’s not what happened. I did my best, but that unfinished calendar still keeps me up at night. It was keeping me up tonight, in fact.
My newborn baby needed to be held, by me, all the time. If I wasn’t holding my little one, then my time was probably spent shoving food in my face, using the toilet, or taking a shower. Often, those things were also done while holding my baby. So, things like filling in my baby’s calendar didn’t get done consistently. In the overall scheme of things, it’s not a big deal. My baby will grow up just fine without a complete baby calendar. But, it sure did/does take up a lot of my mental space!
So, as I lay in bed, thinking about going back through my texts and trying to fill in the calendar (and wondering when I was going to actually make that happen), I realized what the best baby gift ever would be!
Make a baby book from texts that the mom sends you!
I don’t suggest offering this if you’re not into scrapbooking, layout, or doing long-term projects, but if you are, give your mom-to-be the gift of a baby book. Unless she is a hard-score scrapbooker and would rather do it herself, don’t buy one of those empty ones and hand it to her. Instead, offer to make one for her. Tell her to text special moments, firsts, and pictures (especially pictures with captions) and then you take care of the rest. Make a real scrapbook with all those little stickers and things or use something like Shutterfly to make a book.
If all goes well, maybe you could make one every year and present it to the baby on his or her birthday.
Not a big project person, but still want to give the expectant family the ease of texting to create a baby book? There are apps for that. I haven’t tried it out yet, but I’m considering signing up for Qeepsake.
I would pay close to a thousand dollars to a service that would allow me to not have to think about that calendar ever again. Qeepsake is a lot less expensive. I guess it won’t really help me for the newborn time, but it would be pretty cool to start a yearly book for my baby now!
What about you? What would you consider the best baby gift ever? Share in the comments below.
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