I did 3 (near) identical brag books to give as gifts to the grandparents. I am currently working on a bigger baby album for myself as well.
This is Month 1 – Month 5.
Month 5 is just an arbitrary month where I was well enough from the delivery and adjusted enough to life with a new baby that I felt like I could tackle a project like this album. I could probably have put in more months if I stuck to 1 spread per month but I just wanted to do this very quickly so I could mail them to the grandparents already. I just did everything very basic so that I can start working on the real baby album that I am doing for myself which would have more details and would be per week(!) instead of per month.
This spread is Month 1. I just did a title spread that said Month 1 and wrote some of her milestones underneath. This one says, “Social smile, coos, can hold head up, likes to be held standing up.”
Month 3. Title card says, “First laugh, rolls from tummy to front”.
My mother-in-law gave me one of those handprint/footprint kits and I didn’t manage to use it until the 4th month. (I did have a footprint from the hospital, though).
Some of the shots are her first time in a playground.
We put all the toys she got for Christmas in a box then decided it would be cute to put her in the box as well. I managed to take a shot or two before she started crying. With babies it’s important to take shots immediately once you place them, then fix the scene, then take more photos so just in case they start crying, you got your shot already.
Month 5. Title card says, “First food, sits unsupported using arms as tripod”.
Some photos at the dog park.
Still month 5.
I did some portrait shots with my DSLR camera. These were just in her pack and play in the white sheet that comes with it. I just stripped her down to her diaper. I dragged the pack and play to our back deck to get some natural sunlight in.
The top 2 photos in the center where she has her fingers in her mouth are some of my favorite shots of her.
Still Month 5.
On the right side are some shots of her at church and in the church nursery.
Last Page. I just used some more of the portraits from Day 1 to finish the album.