Documenting Your Child’s Firsts

I have to admit that I’m one of those moms – the ones who follow their kids around with cameras documenting every part of their lives. Not only do I whip out my cellphone on a moment’s notice, I schedule professional photoshoots on a regular basis.

I have monthly professionally shot photos of both my daughters from birth through 12 months of age. After reaching a year, it switches to birthday and Christmas photos. I think that’s pretty impressive since many people drop off after the first kid, leaving the young siblings wondering where are all their photos?

And I don’t hesitate to ask the dentist or a family member to strike a pose with one or both of them to capture what’s happening at that moment. It could be a first trip to the dentist, a kids running event, Thanksgiving with the family, or just a trip to the park.

It’s gotten so bad, that when I start snapping photos with my cellphone, Baby Girl has started asking, “Mommy, are you going to send those to Granny?” I’ve also had to start automatically backing up photos to the cloud to free up space on my cellphone for more photos.

In my defense, I’m just trying to create visual reminders of milestones and special times. Sometimes I pull out my cellphone and go through the photos, thinking about those periods in my children’s lives and I smile.

Now I do have some limits. There will be no photos of bath time or baby’s first time on the potty. Even when I was younger and my classmates would bring in those photos for graduation yearbooks, I didn’t care for them.

But I will continue to snap away, trying to preserve as much as I can because time flies and my babies are growing up way too fast.

Kendall rides a rocking horse
Simone runs the half mile at 2016 Glass City Findley Davies Kid's Marathon

Do you snap lots of “firsts” or do you forget about the camera? Let us know in the comments below!

Serena Smith is a senior marketing communications specialist at ProMedica. Click here to read more posts from Serena’s monthly series, Working Mommyhood.