Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Capturing Memories

When JD was born, we decided there and then that we were going to try and capture as much of his childhood as we could, so that as he grew up he would be able to look back on his life, his family and his milestones and share them with his own family once he's older. 

I am lucky; my family have lots of photos of me with friends and family, some of whom I don't know because they passed away before I was old enough to get to know them. For example, my Grandpops (Dad's dad) died when I was a few months old - but I have a few photos of him holding me as a baby. I cherish those, because it helps me to feel as though I know him in some way. 

In contrast, my hubby has only a handful of photos of when he was a small child. In fact, most of the photos Luke has are ones I have taken in the 13 years we've known each other. We have no real photos to compare JD to hubby as a child, to see how similar they are or aren't and he has no photos of himself with family, really and because of this we vowed to make sure JD was the opposite. 

When trying to think of how we could capture and collect memories we did two things:

Firstly, we bought a keepsake box from Paperchase which we keep on JD's bedroom windowsill. In the box so far we have his first hat and baby-grow, his hospital tag, daddy's hairnet from theatre and a little bird my friend gave us.
Secondly, we also bought two photo albums, also from Paperchase. One of the albums is a baby album and has pictures of Jake in his first 3 months. The second album is the 'First  family album' - this one we have filled with photos of our wedding, a few from our honeymoon, family and then loads of Jake. We wanted lots of photos of Jake with family and friends too, so he can look back on them and know who everyone is/was.

We've used the FreePrints app to get our photos (I reviewed the app here, and you can use my referal code when signing up rmarsh19).

It has been fun picking and choosing photos to include, and others to display in the many photo frames we have. I'm glad we decided to capture all of these memories for him to look back on in the years to come.

What do you do to capture these precious moments?

Yours,


7 comments:

  1. We use the suck UK 100 year diaries. You should Google them, I think you'd really like them. You start recording memories for your child and as they get older they do it themselves - there is space in the diary to record a whole lifetime.xx

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    1. Yes I have seen them, Nat. I have one saved in my Amazon Wishlist lol. Thought I might start one when Jake turns 1? X

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  2. Oh my goodness, OK so I take loads of pictures of Rhodri but I'm not so good a printing them out and sticking them in albums but I did the whole memory box thing too!! Kept the first hat & outfit, along with the stretchy bands they used to monitor him the morning I went in to labour!

    I love looking at the little bits we've collected. Love the box you bought by the way. Think I need to get my self on to Paperchase and find a nicer box than the plain white one I use now!! :)

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    1. Aww it's so lovely looking back at things isn't it, Rachel? I'm so glad I found freeprints though - saved me loads a money!xx

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    2. Will give them a look on the weekend xx :)

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  3. I LOVE THIS! The box is just so cute and I started doing one for my 1st but of course 2nd & 3rd followed soon after and I didn't keep up with it although I have got all sorts collected for each of them and still collecting so I just need to a couple more cute boxes.

    I have my eye on those photo albums now, thank you! Here I come Paperchase...

    Sal xxx | UmmBaby

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    1. Thanks for commenting Sal! Ah yeah - I bet with more than one it just becomes impossible to keep up with it all, but paperchase are amazeballs :) xx

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