A Record of Love

posted by Sharon February 4, 2014 25 Comments

Do you have a baby book? Did your parents keep a record of your weight and height and gifts and first words? I learned just this week that my mother has a baby book. And quite a charming  book at that. It must have been in the back of a closet during my childhood because I had never seen it. The date in the front is 1907, long before my mom was born. Who knows where her parents found this book, but it’s delightful.

You notice right away that some things have not changed in the last century. Parents rock babies to sleep, change diapers, look proud. Siblings look unsure. High chairs and cribs are standard.

Baths are different now, but isn’t this cute?

And photography has changed immensely.

One constant remains for sure: children should be welcomed. Whether or not mom and dad have time and energy to fill out a book, every baby deserves to be loved.

Here’s a kindergarten class on the last page of the baby book. When you’re old enough for school, you’re finished with the baby stage. These youngsters aren’t looking too thrilled about growing up, are they?

How about you? What does your baby book look like? Do you have baby books for your own children? Or was the record of love kept only in the heart?

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays. Photos are edited with Kim Klassen’s texture 99.

 

 

 

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25 Comments

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Molly February 4, 2014 at 11:34 am

I have baby books for both mine…. they were fun to do and you have reminded me that I have them so I might dig them out and take a look

Mollyxxx

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Sharon Furner February 4, 2014 at 12:54 pm

What a fun fun way to start the day. The illustrations are so nostalgic, just beautiful, actually brought back many memories. I had no baby book, but I made sure my five kids had huge journals tracking their lives from birth to end of schooling……I did it the hard way, today there are so many ways to record moments. Thanks for the walk down memory lane…..

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin February 4, 2014 at 1:01 pm

It’s amazing how things change! This was so cool to look at.

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Marit Johanne February 4, 2014 at 4:08 pm

What a treasure to find! For my first son I wrote a lot in his book, my second son…not so much, and my third son .. well, some years ago he asked why there was so little written in his book 🙂 so I had to think back and try to remember things that had happened. And with help from his two older brothers we wrote a lot of funny things he said. So we got his book more filled too.

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Mama Zen February 4, 2014 at 4:56 pm

What a treasure!

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Peabea February 4, 2014 at 6:42 pm

I don’t have a baby book, nor do I even have any baby pictures. Being the 2nd child, I’ve always summed it up to my mom just wasn’t really in the mood. My sisters and I (there are 3 of us) are only about 2 years apart. I don’t think those were her happiest of years since my parents split right after my younger sister was born. I always teased her that she wasn’t even really in the mood for naming me since I really have never liked my name. It is so generic (at least I think so but maybe others like their name Pat, which people always shortened mine to), and she gave my sisters pretty names.

When my children were born, I loved doing there baby books. I have one for all three of mine. They are now all grown with families of their own, and hopefully they will enjoy looking through them some day.

From time to time, I take each book from the shelf and go down memory lane. Love peering at their cuteness.

Love your idea for a post and jogging the memory about baby books.

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Sheila February 4, 2014 at 6:53 pm

What a lovely thing to have – I love these images!

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Sylvia February 4, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Oh, this is so sweet … what a lovely treasure you have found !
Those images are wonderful !
Nice week,
Sylvia

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Cheryl @ TFD February 4, 2014 at 10:42 pm

I didn’t have a baby book, don’t know if they had such things back in those days. Haha! I have one for my daughter, but I’m sad to say that I quit jotting things down when my son was born. I must have been too busy! I do want to gather all their baby pics and make them scrapbooks some day.

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jeanne stone February 4, 2014 at 11:46 pm

What fun to have this baby book of your moms! Love it, I have one that is mine, and did one for both of my daughters. I didn’t do to wonderful of a job though after the first year. So much fun now… you could blog all about your child and use blurb to make a book at the end of each year… times have changed some.

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Earl February 5, 2014 at 1:22 am

What a great find! It is really wonderful.

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jeanne stone February 5, 2014 at 4:04 am

Sharon It is Jeanne and I am answering a question that you asked me on my blog here, as I am not sure if you would see the reply on my blog.??? I rented that 400 mm lens to practice my bird shots, but there is no way I would buy that particular lens. For one thing, the price of it is astronomical ( a$10,000.00), and in addition to that, it is huge, and would be very difficult to use on any regular basis. You need Arnold Swartzenegger to carry your bag. LOL! I am going to rent another lens in a week which is still big, but not nearly as big as this one. It is an 80/400mm. Will have to let you know what I think of that one after I use it. It is still very expensive, but not nearly as much as the other. Probably much better to just rent if the occassion arises that I need it. Have a wonderful week, and no need to post this up on your blog. just wanted to answer your question. Hugs! Jeanne

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Prairie Jill February 5, 2014 at 7:12 am

What a lovely set of images!

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Pieni lintu February 5, 2014 at 8:23 am

So sweet!!!

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pam (Pamela Greer Photography) February 5, 2014 at 11:43 am

I love looking at old books like this!

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Anne February 5, 2014 at 11:53 am

O that is very cute, what nice illustrations.

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Buckeroomama February 5, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Aw, what a lovely baby book! I love vintage-y stuff.

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Dina Lettre February 5, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Oh, I love it, Sharon! What a treasure.

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Kim Cunningham February 5, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Such an adorable treasure. I love vintage things. Makes you long for simpler times, sometimes.

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Eugenia Maru February 5, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Que hermoso hallazgo! Es precioso. Que feliz debes estar.
Saludos desde Chile
Maru
http://blogspot.com

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Dotti February 5, 2014 at 11:54 pm

What delightful illustrations! Yes, I do remember and did have a ‘Baby Book’ as did my brother and sister. That’s a tradition that’s ‘gone with the wind’, I’m afraid.

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Jade @ Tasting Grace February 6, 2014 at 10:46 am

What a cute book! And thank you for the Liebster award! That’s really kind of you. I’ll try to respond and play along too!

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melody February 6, 2014 at 1:59 pm

This is so lovely! We have done one for our little man too! 🙂

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patty February 7, 2014 at 4:45 pm

These pages are precious. Thanks for sharing.

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Deborah Weber February 11, 2014 at 9:11 pm

Oh how utterly charming!

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