Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Henry // One Year Later + Baby Book

First of all, thanks so much for all your sweet comments on my last post! I am really excited to be staying home with Henry full-time and I appreciate all the support from everyone :)



I realized when I looked at the calendar this week that it was exactly one year ago TODAY when I took a pregnancy test and and found out the happy news that we were having a baby! (And ironically, a year ago today is also when we found out that our offer we put on our house had been accepted) You can read more about all that here, but I can still vividly remember how I felt on this day last year. It was such a mixture of excitement, joy, and pure shock! Even though getting pregnant was something Cam and I wanted to happen, finding out the news that I actually was pregnant was such a crazy feeling. The next nine months of pregnancy were such a cool experience, and motherhood is even more incredible than I could have imagined. It's amazing what a difference a year can make!



And that's why today seemed fitting so share with you the baby book that I'm putting together for Henry! Even though I've been pretty good about documenting his monthly updates on his blog so far, I knew I wanted to put together some sort of keepsake for him to look back on. I wasn't crazy about some of the baby book options that I saw in the stores, and so I turned to Etsy to find something a little more unique. I came across this adorable online shop and really liked the album options!
{And there's a discount code at the end of this post, so keep reading!}



I got one of the standard size albums for Henry and I'm so happy I have a place to record all the special details I don't want to forget. I had the best of intentions of getting his album filled out right away and staying on top of it...but I've been a little behind. That whole actually having the baby thing kind of takes up more time than I thought, ha! I do have all the information written here on this blog or saved in my phone and so I've promised myself that I am going to get it filled out ASAP :) But I wanted to give you an idea of what the pages look like because I think they're super cute...



One year ago today :)



There's a page to write down details about my Michigan baby shower, and I was able to get an additional baby shower page so I can include the invitation/info for my Portland shower as well.



He had giant feet when he was born, and I love that I can put all these mementos from the hospital in here. There's even an envelope that's perfect for storing things like hospital bracelets, etc.




His birth announcement is going in there too of course!



There are also some page design options that are a little more modern as well.


I love that album is Michigan colors, perfect for our little Wolverine!

I am planning on putting together an additional Shutterfly photo book with pictures from his first year as well (and I also want to put together one of those with my pregnancy updates too but haven't gotten around to that quite yet...what can I say, time is flying this year...) but I think there is something so special about a keepsake album like this where you can actually write things out. Having all these memorable details written down for Henry to share with his kids one day is hopefully something that he'll appreciate and I can't wait to keep filling out this album as he grows :)

Mamas-to-be and my fellow mamas: Be sure to check out The Sweet Rhino on Etsy because there are some adorable albums, plus the shop owner is a mom herself! (And I really love supporting mom-owned businesses whenever I can) She was sweet enough to offer to my readers a 10% discount, just enter the code 'Navy10' at checkout! Happy shopping :)


Disclosure: My album was provided to me by the shop owner, however, all opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.

18 comments:

  1. that book is such a cute way to track everything! you will cherish that. so will he!

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  2. I love the detailed pages in there! I'm going to have to remember them for when I get pregnant. I'm sure Henry will love looking back on these memories you documented when he's older. Is there a spot for the pregnancy tests too?

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  3. Such a beautiful book, and a lovely look back :) Congrats on your big SAHM news too!

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  4. What an adorable book to help you remember to keep mementos of so many special moments as it's a whirlwind that first year. I can't believe time is flying by so fast and it's already been a year since the first news of the house and Henry! There is SO much going on for you, you are such a heroine for handling so much!

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  5. OMG!!! This is the cutest thing. I love everything about it. So glad to have been a part of your family's journey. It's been so much fun!

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  6. I love remembering special dates, too! Looks like a perfect baby book! I was never thrilled with any I found in the stores, but I never thought to check Etsy. So great that you'll be keeping all the sweet details. This is such a special and exciting time with all of his changes and firsts. :)

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  7. What a sweet idea! I can't believe how quickly time has flown by! How has it been a year since then already?!

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  9. I'm seconding Erin, how has it already been a year?! It seems like just yesterday that we were all at Oba! for happy hour. So happy for you!

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  10. Oh man, you are so much better at the keepsake thing than me. None of my kids have baby books.

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Your sweet words make my day! :)

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