Thoughts on making some Shutterfly Books recently:
- It was on my Christmas list to have time to do so
- I had coupons that were about to expire and I’ve let too many of those slip away in the past
- I only had two baby books for Michael, and none for Noah, and none to finish out Michael’s first year
- Created 2 for Noah's first year, and one more to finish out Michael's first year
- I missed out on creating books in 2014-2016 because I knew I'd come across pictures leading up to Michael's diagnosis. Looking at pictures was painful—too close to Michael's diagnosis. Too weighty for me to think that I missed out on life because I was so scared
- Even looking at the books now makes me wonder if I realized how much a treasure the time was and did I fully enjoy my children
- “babies don’t keep”
- Makes me want to fully envelope myself in Avery’s baby stages so that I can truly feel like I cherished them and relished in the moments
- Once all 3 kids have a set of books chronicling their first year, I’ll make combined books and I’ll just print extra copies so each kid can have one (UPDATE: I actually have now successfully made a "family book" for 2014-2015)
- I gave myself grace and accepted the good dose of reality that I don’t have as much time as I did when Michael was my only baby, so I didn’t add text boxes and cute sayings to the most recent books and that’s okay
- Making these books for us to look at is such a treasure. Michael LOVES looking at his books. Noah isn't really into looking at his yet, but I know he will want to look one day.
- Next on the list: making a family book for 2015-2016, and then chronicling Avery's first year.
Until Next Time,
Much love, Reba