When I was pregnant with Andrew, I read an article about a mom who took a picture of her daughter every year, starting at birth (or maybe age one), in the same (adult) bathing suit. Until she was 18. Just to watch the progression.
So I got a similar idea that I would highly recommend to new moms. I decided to take a picture of my children each month during the first year of their lives in the same outfit and in the same chair. The outfit is a 3-month outfit, but thankfully (so far) I have had children that start out kind of big but who don't grow that big. (And, yes, I also have a matching pink one in case we ever get our Katherine Elizabeth.)
First I will show you Andrew's pictures. We lived in our first house during all of these pictures. Matthew and I painted the stripes in Andrew's nursery ourselves. It was super easy and we're not that handy. Seriously. Let me know if you want to know how.
Andrew's Monthly Pictures
One Month Old--April 2006
Two Months Old--May 2006
Three Months Old--June 2006
Four Months Old--July 2006
Five Months Old--August 2006
Six Months Old--September 2006
Seven Months Old--October 2006
Eight Months Old--November 2006
Nine Months Old--December 2006
Ten Months Old--January 2007
Eleven Months Old--February 2007
Twelve Months Old--March 2007
And now to Benjamin's pictures. Let me first say that for many months, I was very sad after doing these pictures. I knew I wanted to do it and I needed to do it. But it made me sad.
They tell you not to compare your children. Even if you have nothing but typically developing children, you're just supposed to take each child for his or her own.
But, come on, we all do it. When you have a child who is developmentally delayed, it is hard. But we still do it.
So every month, I would grow more and more anxious that Benjamin was never going to be able to sit in that chair by himself. It stressed me out that he needed so much assistance. It made my heart hurt that while Andrew could hold himself up in the chair relatively early, it took Benjamin much longer. And I know he has Down syndrome. And I know he had two major surgeries.
But remember, I didn't really start to accept this whole Down syndrome thing until B was about 9 1/2 months old. So everything that was different was just a slap in the face to me. Now, not so much. (Sometimes, but not all the time...) :)
OKAY! Enough blabbing. Here are the pics.
Benjamin's Monthly Pictures
One Month Old--May 2008
Two Months Old--June 2008
Three Months Old--July 2008
Four Months Old--August 2008
Five Months Old--September 2008
Six Months Old--October 2008 (Three weeks and one day after his open-heart surgery!)
Seven Months Old--November 2008
Eight Months Old--December 2008
Nine Months Old--January 2009 (Exactly two weeks after his intestinal surgery.)
Ten Months Old--February 2009
Eleven Months Old--March 2009
Twelve Months Old--April 2009
Sigh. I love it. Hope you enjoyed!