Friday, February 17, 2006

Scrapbooking...

When our daughter was first placed with us; we were not sure exactly where this journey would lead us. As foster parents we were encouraged to start a "life book" for any long term placement we may have. Basically a photo album to document the childs life at that time; so that when the child was older at least he/she would have something from their childhood. So when Baby S came to us, I decided that I would do her book no different than I would a child of my own. She was a newborn; it was up to us to document her growing up for as long as she was with us. So I went out and bought the prettiest pink 12x12 scrapbook I could find, along with all the different scrapbooking accessories to make every page memorable. My mother worried making the book would make me get "too attached". My husband worried I was spending way too much money...I saw it a different way. Whether Baby S was to be ours or go back to her bioparents; she deserved a beautiful baby album. Even if I was only to start it, I hoped someone would continue it so that she could see how loved she was. In the first 5 or so pages I was careful to keep the pictures just about her. I tucked away the pictures that included us, as I could add extra pages later if she was to be ours. If her bioparents did reunify with her; I didnt want them to be reminded of what they missed out by seeing our pictures everywhere. Needless to say I have added a great many more pages to her book. I am VERY glad I started it when I did since I am very behind now!!! I just finished her 1st birthday pictures and she is now 18 months old!! Oh well....

1 comment:

Tamara said...

Man, yeah - I keep looking at my digital camera and thinking "I've gotta print those out!" and looking at the huge box of Creative Memories stuff I bought and thinking "I've gotta start putting it together". Ugh. But it seems like every time I get inspired, it's a good time to catch a nap while baby is asleep! But now she's 2 months old and I haven't even started - and her worker will want to see her book at the next visit. I'd better get crankin'! Thanks for the nudge. :)