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I just bought one yesterday at BRU and can't wait to get started on it. Though, I wish I bought it a little sooner since there are spaces to fill in for things like "first time I heard the heartbeat" and "first time I felt a kick" and I don't know exact dates for those!
I'm not going to buy a fill in the blank book or anything, I have one specific to pregnancy and I actually really don't like it, and never really filled it out. I do scrapbook though, so I've been keeping and collecting all kinds of momentos and keeping track of dates that are pregnancy related so that I can include those too! It'll be much more 'crafty' I'll probably only do a page or two spread on pregnancy (including belly shots, and then do one for baby's first year. and follow that up with a spread/year for each kids to give them when they graduate! I'm really excited to scrapbook their whole lives!
I am also known to give them as gifts at baby showers. my daughter is 5 and other than her special blankie, the ONLY thing I still pick up regularly that I got when she was born is her baby book. it's such a nice keepsake.
I have the one my mom did for me for after I was born (I'm adopted), and I think I'll probably do the same. I love love love that she did it and I always have fun when I go back and re-read it and would love to do the same for my kids.
I wish I was creative enough to do a scrapbook myself. I've considered it but I just don't know if I could make it look nice. My mom did baby books for me and my 2 sisters but with each child she filled in less and less. Mine is pretty bare! I set a goal for myself that I will not do that and will make sure to keep up with the fill ins for every child I may have!
a tip about filling in the dates for first kicks, heartbeat, etc... I would just ballpark it. you must have an inkling of an idea of when it happened, but as time goes on you wont even have that. so I would just put down your best guess. i doubt your baby will care
__________________ Lori mom to
Rebecca (11/22/07) Nathan (7/31/10) & Thomas (5/3/13)
I can't find one I really like and there are always so many things in them that don't apply to me anyway, so I've decided instead of a baby book I'm going to do a photo book after the baby's first birthday and just keep track of special dates and stats until then.
Mom to 4 boys and 1 girl
I keep them for the boys and will this time as well. I am anal about making sure to keep it updated. I have both the one from me as a baby and the one from my husband and it's uncanny to see the certain things my boys take after the two of us (Liam is nearly DHs carbon copy, even to teeth appearance order!)
I am also a scrapbooker, but I found I never had time to sit down and scrapbook Liam's after he was born. I made a really nice album with Pre-done pages (I did it while I was preggo) and a couple nice spreads for belly pics and sonogram pics. But after that it is still blank. Life got a little nuts when he got here. BUT, I have all the dates written down and I am good about taking pictures, so I can finish it at any time. Although I don't know if I will. I also made each boy a "first year collage" that we hung up on their first birthday so friends and relatives could see the progression with both pictures and I put milestones on there too. So I think I will leave it as those two things. I might scrapbook more when they hit school age. But I have the first year pretty well documented. Lol.
I have one for DD and I was great about updating it until she was about 6 months. I also kept a little notebook of things we did, people who visited, milestones, etc. I've really fallen off on updating that too. I love to look at my baby book when I'm at my mom's. I hope she loves hers also.