This is my HELLO BABY book. It's a non-traditional and really good-looking "baby book" kind of idea that I designed when my first daughter was born. (Pilot, the kid on the left.) I'm THE WORST at keeping track of the month-by-month stuff, but I wanted a good-looking place to keep track of the stuff MY HEART REMEMBERS. The good stuff. Not when they ate solid food. The stuff that makes them incredible. LIFE. In no particular order or structure.
I get a lot of email questions about this book. Especially lately. It's printed at BLURB. That saves me from having to print a million and sell 3 lonely copies and store 9.99 million in an expensive storage facility (because that kind of thing happens). It also saves me from having to charge BIG shipping rates because I live close to the North Pole. It's not what I would do in a perfect world BUT it's the BEST solution. Believe me - I wish it was less costly because I would give them to everyone I know. I made it available publicly BECAUSE I THINK IT'S A GREAT BOOK. Not because I'm looking to make money. Every time a book is sold - I make just enough to buy a peppermint latte and know that somewhere there's a small person being celebrated and remembered in a way that will make that small person grow into a BIG PERSON THAT FEELS LOVED AND APPRECIATED.
And guess what! It was featured on Ohdeehoh yesterday! (Super cool.)
Thanks so much Ohdeedoh!
Basically, this is a baby book that you can start at any age. It's a coffee table book. It's a big, glorious hardcover. There are no age specific slots to fill in or cliches to gawk at. No baby rattles junking up the aesthetic. It's simple. There are a bunch of pages at the front to give a background and intro of your small person and then the rest of the book is big, bold, black + white spreads left open for you to document, journal, scrapbook, record, remember, eternalize WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT - the good and messy stuff that makes growing up so amazing.
I am pleasantly pleased when I pull out the books from time-to-time to see that ALL THE THINGS I WANTED the book to be good for - IT IS. It's working for me. I let the girls colour in them. I tape things into them. I staple. I pour my heart out...
...because when they are old enough to understand - I desperately want these two small people (plus the one on the way) to know that THEY ARE LOVED. That they have ALWAYS BEEN LOVED. That THEY BROKE ME and BUILT ME and MADE ME and CHANGE ME and FILLED ME in ways that I will never be able to express twenty years from now... except by documenting the little steps + stumbes along the way. Each bit of my heart at a time.
This is the kind of book that lasts from babyhood to adulthood. Sigh...
You can learn more about HELLO BABY books here. The original HELLO BABY BOOK is a large hardcover version. 13 x 11 inches. HELLO BABY SIZE SMALL is a small (7x7 inch) soft cover version.
You can BUY HELLO BABY here.
I included this in the INSPIRATION week because I love the three little reasons I was INSPIRED to make it. I also love that the Universe spent a lot of energy trying to direct my attention to HELLO BABY this week. Way cool. Thanks Ohdeedoh, too. In the spirit of GOODNESS - leave me a comment about something these books INSPIRES IN YOU. I have two HELLO BABY SIZE SMALL books to give away and a couple of other things for some randomly chosen winners that I will choose at noon Friday November 19 CST.
GOODNESS is here right now.
Today: We are off to make memories and they will include small sized hot chocolates with whip cream. And glitter. And quality time not worrying about emails or clocks or all of that other jazz.