• My 52 Weeks of Calvin Project

    52 Weeks of Calvin | #calvinsweekbyweek on Oh Lovely Day

    In an effort to make sure I took as many pictures of Calvin as I had of Charlie (and to avoid the development of any second child syndrome on my watch) I decided to do a weekly project where I took a photo of Calvin every Thursday on his “weekly birthday.” I didn’t really think it through or have a strategy at first, which you can tell from the first half of the photos, but eventually I got the hang of what time of day had good light, and started taking them on the same Ikea rug in the same spot of my home. The perfectionist in me wishes I had done this all along, of course, but the busy mom in me was just proud I found time and remembered to take a weekly photo at all.

    If you are thinking of doing a similar project, here are a few tips:

    1. Include the entire rug (or blanket, or whatever you’re using under your baby) in each photo, so you can see how much bigger your baby gets from week 1 to week 52 to scale. It’s obvious they have grown, but the difference is much more dramatic when you do it that way — something else I also wish I had done from the beginning.
    2. Also, I recommend sharing them on instagram, even if you’re private, with a hashtag only you would use. That way you can make a book of them easily and download them all in one place using something like Instaport.
    3. Including some milestones or stats of your baby in each photo will help you go back and fill out a baby book (if you’re anything like me and haven’t actually started writing in one yet!) Or you can just make a book from instagram (using something like Chatbooks — my readers can get their first book free when they use code F7GVKEJX at checkout) and include your captions — an even simpler baby book idea!
    4. Showcase their (or your) favorite outfits, toys, etc. in the photos — whatever you want to remember when you look back at them later.

    All photos property of Oh Lovely Day and sources and details can be found in my instagram feed under #calvinsweekbyweek.

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    1. Carolyn Pursell
      Posted Aug 24 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

      You need to do a post on where you buy your sons’ adorable clothes. I have 2 boys as well and get in such a rut buying their clothes at all the same old big box stores. You are one of the few moms I get baby boy clothing inspiration from!

      Also, good work on the weekly photos! I did that with my first son of course am doing that with my youngest and it is soooo much harder to do this time around!

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