In the months leading to the birth of my first son, I scoured the net for ideas on how to celebrate his monthly birthdays, or “month-a-bdays” as I call them. I wanted to prepare ahead so as not to get caught off-guard in the frenzy of taking care of a newborn. After all, I’m of the thinking that all milestones big and small MUST be celebrated.
There were many cute ideas I found on the net, especially on friend’s FB posts. One friend made her own numbered bibs and photographed her baby on the same chair each month. It was fun to see how quickly the baby was growing each month. Another friend did iron-transfers on onesies (saw an adorable necktie design that would a perfect for this); while another had her older kids do number art signs. Most posted pictures of cakes with candles and raised fingers to the number of months being celebrated.
For my firstborn, I decided on using a backdrop of mini balloons arranged as numbers (each month a different color) with my baby holding a foam number (one his bath toys), plus a cake with the corresponding candles (and ofcourse, raised fingers). It was a monthly activity I prepared for with much excitement, until about the 6th month when I started to get a little lazy. But I still managed to do 11 months of this—the OC in me needed to have a complete set of pics.
When planning for my second son’s month-a-bdays, I wanted to do something simpler but just as playful. So I’ve been using giant foil number balloons. They’re easy to blow up and can be set up just about anywhere. The bonus? We can see his growth in height vis-à-vis the balloon. Soon he’ll be bigger than the balloon! (Ofcourse, cake and candles are still in the picture.)
How do you celebrate your baby’s month-a-bday?