As I’ve mentioned before, Christopher is named for Christopher Robin. So, of course, we decorated his nursery in classic Winnie-the-Pooh. Many people knew this and gave us themed items for our baby shower. One such gift was a very large stuffed Pooh from my friend, Elizabeth.
Using objects to measure kids’ growth in pictures
We have the traditional door way where we’ve measured Christopher’s height over the last three years since we moved to New Berlin. But that’s not something we can take with us if we ever move. Pictures are a great way to capture memories and growth over time, but it helps to have something to measure against in case the dimensions are off.
Thanks to the tip from my sister-in-law, Jennifer, we used this Pooh to document Christopher’s growth over his first year. Every week for the first 6 weeks, and then every month after that, we took his picture on the love seat in his bedroom with the Pooh sitting next to him. It was a great way to measure his growth in pictures over that first year.
Christopher growing up: months 1-8 & 10.
As Christopher has gotten older, starting at 18 months, we’ve had professional pictures taken of him twice a year. We always do solo shots around his birthday in April, and then we do a family picture each November for Christmas cards. Those pictures are nice to have, but there is something fun about measuring a child’s growth against personal objects.
For the last three summers I’ve gotten a picture of Christopher riding this little tractor that Jim’s dad has at their place up north. Our nieces and nephew played with it when they were little, and now Christopher rides on it when we go up to visit.
Christopher on Grandpa Jim’s tractor: 2013, 2014, 2015.
This 4th of July he was finally able to ride it all around the property without me having to push it from behind every few feet. The ground up there is all sand, so it requires some serious leg muscles to make that thing go.
I also try to get a family shot each year when we go camping at Peninsula State Park up in Door County, WI. There is a cute little lighthouse with an old anchor in front of it. We’ve gotten a couple of pictures of the three of us in front of that anchor. Camping there each August is a tradition I hope we continue, and I plan to keep taking pictures of our family in front of that anchor as Christopher grows older.