it’s amazing what a difference four years makes!

so,
anyone who has little ones has heard it…you find the latest and greatest baby
gadget that you just have to have for your little one, you start using it, and
someone gives you the line “well, they never had something like that when
(you, your sister, your cousin, etc.) were a baby.” it’s a classic line.
and one i never thought i’d ever use, especially having little ones that are
just a mere four years apart. i mean, how much can change or be introduced in
the cuteness baby industry in four years (that would make me say, “hey
now! why didn’t they have that four years ago??? i want that!”) (i’ll
pause here for laughter….)
well, it
wasn’t a baby gadget they didn’t seem to have four years ago, but it was all of
those adorable ideas from pinterest to capture your little ones
monthly milestone pictures. you know what i’m talking about….propping your
little one up with a mini chalkboard and writing their age and milestones,
using a post-it note, or those cute onesie stickers (like these). maybe i was totally blind four years ago,
but i didn’t see any of this (i also didn’t know anything about pinterest, so
maybe that’s my issue….)
add to
this, the need to be better this time around with taking monthly pics of little
mr. re-nest #2, and a light bulb went off (actually, this light bulb went off
when the one did for the mama-to-be pregnancy countdown calendar that
we did while little mr. re-nest #2 was a cookin’.) why not do a little
somethin’ that could uniquely mark little mr. re-nest #2’s monthly milestones,
but be flexible enough to end up being a great piece of personalized art for
his room?
which gave
us the new first year monthly milestone
canvas
.
when
designing, i wanted to think about not just using this monthly for little mr.
re-nest #2’s milestone pics, but giving it a use beyond the first year. which
meant permanent adhesives were not an option. 🙂 besides that, i also wanted to
make sure that colors/patterns/design would work well with his room.

introduce my favorite navy-and-white chevron fabric from hobby lobby and
complementary green and white papers to complete the whole look. what did we
end up with? three center pieces which can be swapped out (don’t you love
velcro?)…two center pieces for the first twelve months and a final one with
little mr. re-nest #2’s initial. super easy and super cute!

now, what
kind of mama would i be if i didn’t actually share the piece in action? i have
to say, little mr. re-nest #2’s first month pic is one for the books….a look
of total shock, with just the right amount of “what the heck are you doing
to me, mom?” 
hello! happy one month birthday to me!
did you take monthly
milestone pics of your little one the first year? how did you mark the
milestone in your pictures?

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