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Luck­ily all my tests came back pos­i­tive – baby and I were com­pletely healthy! I gave birth to a com­pletely healthy 3.2kg baby boy. He is now 10 months old and ab­so­lutely per­fect. I’ve loved read­ing Your Baby – we need as much ad­vice as we can get! TWEETS

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WATCH ME GROW

Track­ing and doc­u­ment­ing your baby’s growth and mile­stones in the first year has be­come a huge trend. Pin­ter­est is over­flow­ing with dif­fer­ent ideas on the sub­ject – it has gone far be­yond merely jot­ting down dates and notes for pos­ter­ity. By far the most pop­u­lar and cre­ative way to doc­u­ment your baby’s first year is in pho­tos.

From the be­gin­ning of my preg­nancy I had com­mit­ted my­self to the idea of do­ing a growth track­ing series for my lit­tle one. I took to the in­ter­net and was im­me­di­ately pre­sented with thou­sands of ideas as to how to go about it. It was re­ally in­spir­ing and by the time my baby had ar­rived I had it all planned out.

I had de­cided to do a monthly “flat­lay” pho­to­graphic lay­out that high­lighted Ethan’s achieve­ments for that month. I am quite a crafter and de­cided to use odds and ends to cre­ate a lit­tle “set” for these monthly photo shoots. Af­ter a long two days of cut­ting, paint­ing and glu­ing we were ready to go.

Now, we have a lit­tle photo shoot ses­sion ev­ery month us­ing dif­fer­ent props and poses. On each photo I doc­u­ment his weight and length to­gether with the mile­stones met and any lit­tle habits or quirks he has.

It’s been a lovely jour­ney doc­u­ment­ing, track­ing and watch­ing Ethan grow and meet all the dif­fer­ent mile­stones. At the end of his first year I’m go­ing to put all these pho­tos into a photo book. It makes for a bril­liant keep­sake and I’m looking for­ward to see­ing the ex­cite­ment when Ethan one day goes through his book and sees his child­hood cap­tured.

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