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Baby Life was the first sub-category of Life in Photos I created. The most frequent comment I heard about my School of Life collection was, “I wish you had something like this for my baby!” and I completely agreed. I wished I had something like that for my baby. When Zoë was an only child I had hours of free time to scrap every single adorable thing she did, and every single adorable picture I took of her. She has two volumes of “All About Zoë” albums.
Then came Eden.
It is true what they say about your second child getting the short end of the stick. It’s not that I don’t take pictures of Eden, I border on obsessive. However, until Baby Life, she had about ten layouts documenting her existence. Total. She’s three years old. Terrible, I know. All of my scrapbooking time is spent on P365, Life in Photos, Photo-a-Day, Project Life… whatever you call it. I needed something to quickly and simply get her photos scrapped, and her baby stories documented before I forgot them. I have the memory of a goldfish.
Long gone are the days of me creating pages for every single cute photo or story. I have come to realize (and appreciate) that sharing our stories is not about quantity. It is about quality. I am tickled pink about Eden’s baby pages. No, they do not span two volumes like her big sister’s, but they contains the best of the best photos and stories from her first year of life, and that makes me happy.
Here is a peek inside Eden’s album. It will give you an idea of how flexible the Baby Life products are. They can be mixed, matched and used in combination with the other products depending on the number of photos you want to include and how many stories you want to share.
This is the first page of Eden’s 10 Month layouts.
When you turn the 6×12 “10″ page, you will see the highlights from the month as well as the journalling that was previously hidden with all the details of Eden’s month.
Next is the 2-page spread with my favorite photos from the month. They are very much like the School of Life “Life at Home” or “Life at School” pages.
Here is another option, for those of you that don’t want/need a title page for each month. Instead of including the 6×12 “Spotlight” page at the beginning, you can include it in the middle of your monthly spread. It really just depends on your preference. Personally, it doesn’t bother me in the least. I have loved mixing and matching different sized page protectors ever since reading Life Artist by Ali Edwards.
And when you flip the 10 month divider over…
Below is my favorite feature, and what I did on the other months of Eden’s first year. I reduced the 6×12 Spotlight Page to 95% before printing it so that I could easily slip it in behind the brief highlight paragraph. Let’s face it, nobody really wants to read an entire page about her eating habits, number of teeth and sleeping habits, but I like that is tucked away for future reference.
Eden’s 11 Month Layouts
Eden’s 12 Month Layouts. (Notice how on this 6×12 page I put the “12″ in front instead of highlights? I haven’t decided which I like better yet.)
I didn’t keep much in the way of memorabilia for Eden. I’m a digital scrapper. When I do include extra items in my layouts they are scanned, but I have to say, I’ve really enjoyed having a pocket in the girls’ School of Life albums. I think I need more pockets. As you may have guessed, I created a pocket for baby items. (There are Baby Life – Pieces of Life stamps for every month, but I didn’t need that much storage.)
Now, if you like the idea of documenting the highlights from your baby’s first year but don’t have the desire or time to create layouts for each month, I have something else to show you.
Easy peasy. Three of these layouts and you are good to go. Done!
There you have it, the Baby Life pages in my “All About Eden” album. All of the highlights for each month were copied and pasted from my blog. Blogs are a great place to write down stories, milestones and funny things your children say. You may not have time to scrap those stories right away, but they will (thankfully) be waiting for you when you do get some time. You may have noticed that Eden’s 12 month highlights are three sentences. Why? I forgot to blog about it and I have no clue what she was doing when she was a year old. Sad, but true.
Eden celebrated her second birthday a few weeks ago. I can't believe my baby is two years old! It seems like just yesterday we were bringing her home from the hospital.
I have learned some things about birthday parties over the years. I remember being completely offended that my entire family did not attend Zoë's first birthday. We even had the party in Spokane so everyone could come! I won't lie, I was mad for at least two years about that one. In hindsight, it was not a big deal. Zoë doesn't even remember her first or second birthday and neither will Eden. That is not to say that I didn't try to make her birthday extra special, but I didn't feel the need to make it a big production. I make no promises about her next birthday. I'm thinking something along the lines of this. Tu-tu adorable, right?! I just happen to have an in when it comes to tutus. In fact, I may have a tutu addiction. They are literally overflowing from the girls' closets. I still believe that you can never have too many tutus.
Just because I wanted Eden's birthday to be low-key, didn't mean it wasn't going to be cute. And it certainly didn't mean that the party printables weren't going to coordinate with her dress. (Oh yes, I did.)
I cannibalized (sorry, Em!) one of Eden's tutus to decorate our cupcake tower and love how it turned out. And yes, I created party printables that coordinated with Eden's dress. The colors were just too fun not to. I'll have to get a picture of the entire dress. DARLING! And yes, the printables will be in my store soon along with a few other darling designs I have been working on.
Eden loved her little party. One of her favorite things to do is sing "Happy Birthday" to her dolls and animals and pretend to blow out candles. Add some real cupcakes and some presents and you have yourself a party! We had Becky and Todd join us for cupcakes and after we all finished singing "Happy Birthday" to her she insisted that we sing it again (and relight the candles). LOL!
Happy Birthday, Itty! We love you!
One of my favorite things about our house is the design of the upstairs. When you walk up the stairs you see a huge open room, which happens to be our playroom. The girls can play upstairs happily without direct supervision, which makes it much easier for me to get ready in the morning. I love listening to the girls giggle and play together. It makes my heart happy.
Yesterday, just as I was coming out of the bedroom I heard Zoë ask Eden, "Do you want me to give you the best hair style EVER?" I didn't even their bathroom. I darted downstairs as fast as I could to grab my camera. When I got back upstairs, this is what I found…
Eden wasn't too thrilled with the headband so Zoë tried a few different styles before ending up with this one. Here are my lovely ladies admiring Zoë's mad styling skills. Have I mentioned that I love having little girls?
Can you believe that summer is almost over? We have about three weeks until school starts in Seattle, but I have friends all over the country whose children have already started school. Crazy! I fully intend on making the most of our last carefree weeks of summer. We do have some check-ups this week with the dentist and eye doctor, no biggie. My girls have been going to the eye doctor for so long that it's like going to visit friends.
Last week I took Eden for more allergy testing. She has been a sensitive little lady for her entire life, but I thought we had pinpointed all of her allergies. As it turns out, we hadn't.
About a month ago Zoë was enjoying a snack after swimming lessons. Becky bought her some pistachios from Jamba Juice as a special treat. Zoë, being the sweet sister that she is, shared a few pistachio nuts with Eden. By a few I mean two, maybe three. Within ten minutes Eden had broken out in hives all around her mouth, jaw line, tummy, and was fussing and pulling on her ears. I immediately gave her Benadryl and called the pediatrician. They told me to bring her in right away and within thirty minutes of ingesting the nuts Eden was being seen my the pediatrician. (Two thumbs up for Pediatric Associates!) Eden didn't seem to be in distress thanks to the Benadryl but she was still getting more hives on her little body. The doctor told me that Eden appeared to have a tree nut allergy, which I thought was strange because Eden can eat peanut butter with no reaction. I didn't know that peanuts are legumes, not nuts. Go figure. We were sent home with an Rx for an Epi-Pen and instructed to give Eden Benadryl every 4-6 hours for the next two days, then Zyrtec for 48 hours after that. Yikes. To add to my general panic, she told me that had I not given Eden the Benadryl when I did we probably would have had to call 911.
When we got home, Eden continued getting worse, more hives, more itching. I called the pediatrician back and was told to give her Children's Zyrtec and a tepid bath with baking soda, and coat her with hydrocortisone. It all helped a bit but she was pretty miserable until the next day. Poor sweetie.
Fast forward to last week. Eden had more allergy testing. She had already been a year ago when we confirmed that she is lactose intolerant (although goat's milk does not bother her). The second round of testing confirmed that she is allergic to pistachios, cashews, macadamia nuts and hazelnuts. I can't tell you how thankful we didn't discover this while we were in Hawaii after giving something with macadamia nuts in it. We are just going to avoid all tree nuts to be on the safe side. Our house is now a tree nut free zone.
I bought Eden a bracelet from Allerbling that she wears once in a while. We all keep telling her that it is her special bracelet and that it is sooooo pretty. I also ordered this necklace for her that hopefully she will wear. I have also heard of parents who simply put a sticker on their child's back everyday when they are out and about. You know, out of sight, out of mind. We also keep Benadryl with us at all times, and keep Epi-Pens on hand. Have you seen the pre-filled Benadryl and Zyrtec spoons? They make it so easy to be prepared!
I will leave you with this. One of my new favorite photos of Miss Eden. Oh for cute! I could just eat her up!
I realize that I am completely biased, but I didn't think Eden could be any cuter than she was. Apparently I was wrong. Look at her in her teeny little glasses! I could just eat her up. She got them yesterday and has been very good about wearing them. She has taken them off a few times, but that is to be expected. In a few days they will seem like second nature.