Once Nora started napping by herself and I suddenly had time for luxurious activities such as feeding myself and going to the bathroom, I decided it was time to do something with the bajillion photos we’re taking these days. We’re making so many memories every day now, but there’s no way I’m going to remember much of this period at all unless I print photos and write, write, write.
Side note for new parents: shoot lots of video! I had no idea Nora would change so fast in the beginning, and we really don’t have much footage from when she was this brand new, ridiculously tiny little thing. She’s four and a half months now, and I can’t even remember what it was like to hold her back then.
Unfortunately, naptime isn’t quite long enough for me and my slow-scrappin’ ways, so I’m embracing other methods of memory keeping.
One of my favorite Christmas presents was this little notebook from my brother and his girlfriend, containing a greeting from my heroine of all things outdoorsy, Cecilie Skog. This notebook deserved a better fate than being a space for me to write my mundane to-do lists, so it’s now officially my special Nora & mamma book. I’m filling it with my favorite photos of the two of us together (and that one photo from when I ran into Cecilie Skog at the airport) and jotting down special memories.
This book really is just for me, so I don’t have to worry about making my handwriting legible (it rarely is, thanks to computers) or gluing the photos straight. I love this little album already.
When we took Nora to Mount Rainier in November, we made sure to get her a National Park Passport and stamp it to document her first visit. Instead of buying the sticker that’s supposed to go below the stamps, I pasted a photo from our trip. If I (and eventually she) keeps this up for every park she visits, this is going to be one cool little passport to have.
I should probably include that dopey photo of Nora stamping in it, too. Heehee.
Last but not least, I’m officially hooked on photo books. I’ve made some that are just photos and little notes about Nora, one vacation album, and a couple of books where I just used content from my blog. So easy to make (I do it while catching up on Norwegian tv shows), and they take up way less space than scrapbook albums. Bonus: print extras, and you’ll be set for Christmas presents for the grandparents!
At some point – when naps are longer or Nora is in college – I will make a traditional scrapbook from her first year (and use up all those adorable baby scrapbooking products I’ve been hoarding for years), but for now, this works just fine.