Persnickety Baby: Capturing the First Year

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I can’t even believe that my itty bitty baby is nearly 10 months old. Before I had a baby, I never (ever, ever) thought I would miss having a newborn. I used to think I didn’t even like babies until they got to around 6 months, but looking back at pictures and videos, I miss my snuggly, sleepy little baby. She gets more fun every day, but I love scrolling through my phone and computer and looking at all the pictures I’ve taken. My phone’s SD card is nearing 5,000 pictures. When I say I like pictures, I’m not kidding. My picture taking started right after I got the positive result with my bump shots. I took one every Friday in my office bathroom (glamorous). Here is right after I found out versus close to the end at 35 weeks. Capturing Memories - 5 weeks pregnant vs 35 weeks pregnant | Persnickety Plates Then, once Julia arrived, I ordered these blocks off of Etsy and started taking her weekly pictures. We’re up to 42 weeks and they’re getting harder to take each week! She’s not very interested in sitting still. Here is week 9 through week 16. Capturing Memories - Weeks 9-16 | Persnickety PlatesOn top the weekly pictures, we do a monthly photo shoot on the 27th of each month. I especially look forward to this one and love comparing month to month. Capturing Memories - Months 1, 2, and 3 | Persnickety PlatesCapturing Memories - Months 7, 8, and 9 | Persnickety PlatesI don’t stop there though, I also get a monthly Groovebook (use code williams6393 to try a month free – I don’t get anything, you just get a free book) and I’ve made 0-3 month and 3-6 month albums on Shutterfly. And we’ve done professional photos at one week, 6 month, and Christmas. I don’t want all the memories to sit on my SD cards and social media, so I make sure to print out copies every so often.

That’s a lot of pictures but I love that I have so many.

To help capture memories, Similac is holding a Strong Moms Giveaway including three professional photo shoots (like the ones I did for newborn, 6 months, and Christmas), a Canon EOS camera (I use a Canon and love it), a $500 gift card to Shutterfly (would definitely come in handy for those albums I’ve been making) and a Medela Pump In Style Breast Pump, to name a few things.Similac

One lucky winner will win these amazing prizes worth over $15,000:

  • 3 Professional Photo Shoots
  • Canon® EOS Camera and Lens Kit
  • A GoPro® Hero 3 Camera
  • A 13-inch MacBook
  • Adobe Photoshop® Elements 12 and Adobe Premiere® Elements 12
  • Beginnings Baby Record Book
  • $500 Shutterfly® Gift Card
  • $500 Pickles & Ice Cream® Gift Cards
  • Medela® Pump in Style Breast Pump
  • A What to Expect When You’re Expecting® Book Set

In addition to the grand prize, over 300 moms will win daily instant prizes including:

  • Similac® Prenatal Vitamins
  • Similac® for Supplementation Formula
  • Shutterfly® Gift Cards
  • Snoogle® Full Body Pillows
  • Beginnings Baby Record Book
  • Medela® Pump in Style Breast Pump
  • A What to Expect When You’re Expecting® Book Set

Every month I look forward to getting an email from Similac. They are super informative and include developmental milestones to be looking forward to, nutrition tips, coupons, and more. Even if you don’t use Similac, the included information is universal and helpful. The giveaway runs until February 16, 2015 and remember that you can enter daily for a chance at the instant prizes in addition to the grand prize. Read the complete rules and conditions here.

**The designers and manufactures whose products are featured in the giveaway are neither sponsors of nor affiliated in any way with this giveaway, nor do they endorse products or services of others included within the prize. All trademarks and service marks included on such products or services are property of the respective designers and manufacturers.

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  1. Monica says

    Gossssshhhhh your little girl is SUCH a doll!! I don’t have any babies yet but I DO have a puppy that I obsess over, I can only imagine how much stronger the obsession will be once it’s a real baby! <3


    • Melissa Williams says

      Thanks, Monica! Your Charley is def photo worthy. I have a Charlie too but he’s a boy & a cat….so a little different 😉 haha

  2. Melanie says

    I love your idea:) I really wish I had heard of such photo shoots before I had my baby.

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