Photos, Handprints and Footprints for One Year

“They Grow So Fast.”

I’m sure as a new parent that you’ve probably heard about a million times already that kids grow so fast. Every well-meaning stranger feels it is their personal duty to tell you that you’d better enjoy them while they are small, because before you know it, they are in college and you’ve got an empty nest!

A Project to Slow Down Time

When I had my first child I knew I wanted to do something special to capture her first year and to show how much she grew in that short amount of time. That’s when I came up with this idea. At 9 weeks, 18 wks, 33 wks, and 1 yr baby and I had a little fun with some acrylic paint. I suppose they have different (and less messy) mediums out there that could be used…but it was all that I had at the time. I made sure each time I did the handprints and footprints, that I made as many as I could and I gave out the extras to the Grandparents as gifts.

Photo, Footprint, Repeat

I’ve since done this project with all three of my children. I remember when I was pregnant with my second I was so excited that I was able to do this again. The image above is from my third child’s collage. They proudly hang on the wall in my living room. Every time I look at them I can remember not only how little they were when they were small, but also how strong and quickly they grew. I truly treasure these captured memories.