Right, this week I’m on time with my photo post! Here’s a sneak preview of a post that I’ll write about our fun at Coombe park near Coventry this week. I thought this photo was one of the best from that day out, so I’m using this for this week’s photo post.
Once again I’m posting this after the weekend, with no excuse other than I forgot to do it at the end of last week. But I think this action shot at the park yesterday was worth waiting for. All 3 boys having fun at the swings.
It’s a bit of a cheat from me this week because it wasn’t actually me who took this photo, but I thought it was a great one of the boys (with Grandad), so it deserves to be the photo for this week – thanks to Granny. As we’re soon to move to Birmingham, Grandad is very pleased that the boys can legitimately support his football team, Birmingham City, and he can take them to games just like his Grandad used to take him as a boy. Here they are, the three Bluenoses (the littlest ones in bargain £2 shirts)!
This week’s photos were taken at one of the groups we’ve been going to at a local church. It’s a fantastic group with a huge hall filled with various toys, books and ride-ons. The boys love it, and this week they were both especially fascinated by the dressing up table – Joel mainly because of the mirror that he could play boo with, and Andrew because he loves dressing up.
Here are my favourite photos of the boys from this week. Joel is all snuggled up in our joint fleece on a dry but cold day at the park, about to drop off to sleep at this point. Andrew is proudly ‘riding’ his new pedal bike – the one he was desperate for at Christmas, but took one ride and realised he couldn’t do the pedals straight away so is more reticent to use it now, so we’ve taken the pedals off and he’s riding it around like his balance bike, only it’s a little big for him so he sits on the cross bar – but I’m sure he’ll get the hang of it soon.
As a child, I remember looking through the baby book that my parents had put together – a collection of photos and words from my early years, a kind of journal to remember things that we’d otherwise forget. I really enjoyed flicking through it, I was so interested in looking at what I was like as a baby.
When I was pregnant with Andrew, I knew that I wanted to do something similar, so that he could look back like I did. That was before I was blogging too, so the book would be the place where I would record facts and happenings from his first few years. We were kindly given a baby journal which had spaces to write specific things and stick pictures in. I was pretty good at remembering to fill it in when there was something interesting happening in his development, though I sometimes just noted it down and then later filled in a whole load of things in one go.
A little while ago, Andrew went through a phase of constantly picking his baby book off the shelf and looking through it at the photos. It took us a while to convince him that the baby in the pictures was him and not Joel – an interesting concept for a 2 year old looking at photos of his younger self. Now he only does it occasionally, but I’m already glad that I started this book for him.
Then I had a second child, and we were given not one but two baby books. We gave the gender-neutral one to my niece who is 4 weeks older than Joel, and kept the blue one for him. The second time around has been different: on the one hand I’ve had less time to write in it and have only sat down a few times in 9 months to fill it in with words and photos, but on the other hand I’ve blogged about Joel’s early months which I didn’t with Andrew.
This week I’ve had a concerted effort to fill it in up to date. I got some photos printed and made time to write in it, which actually didn’t take too long in the end.
Have you done a baby book like this for your little one(s) if you have any?