Scrapping Kids’ Growth

Just because your baby is technically not a baby anymore, doesn’t mean you have to put the brakes on documenting growth spurts. When my 6-year-old was an infant I would design a scrapbook layout detailing her physical stats every month. Back then it was easy to note the gains she made in the height and weight department, as they were celebrated with each well baby check-up.

These days I don’t devote a page to monthly changes in my daughter’s physical appearance, but I certainly document her growth in other respects. Despite her age, I have continued with the tradition of jotting down journaling ideas as they come to me, then I attach the notes to corresponding photos before placing them in my accordion file. I purchased my brown accordion file five years ago, when my daughter was just a baby. I love how it keeps everything organized, so when I’m ready to scrap, I have everything I need to create a meaningful layout.

Since I am such a pack rat, I rarely throw out journaling notes I scribble regardless of whether or not I use them in an actual layout. In most cases, I simply adapt the points, so they are applicable to my daughter regardless of her age. For example, when my daughter was a baby I would record answers to questions such as:

1. How would you describe your baby’s personality?

2. What do you do with your baby for fun?

3. What are some of your baby’s favorite foods?

4. Do you think your baby looks more like you or more like his/her father?

5. Does your baby have mannerisms that remind you of another relative?

All of these questions can be answered as your child grows from baby to toddler to tween and beyond. The answers may differ as she gets older, but that’s what makes recording them even more interesting.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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