One of my readers left a very clever comment on my Newborn Necessities post a few weeks ago. When asked about necessities for those first few days, K. Cleaver simply wrote, "...you've got to have a camera!" I promptly wrote her back and said, "You are absolutely right! I would rather forget almost everything than forget the one thing that will save memories in a semi-permanent fashion."
A digital camera is a definite must-have for the early days. My advice? Take LOTS of photos. Just keep clicking. There are plenty of photo opps...Those first few exhausting moments. Breastfeeding for the first time. Baby sleeping serenely. Tiny hands and toes. Keep going...
I wish I would have taken photos more lavishly in the first days...especially of me and the baby. I think I felt a little bit modest and camera-shy. After all, I certainly wouldn't have won any beauty awards after childbirth. I felt like I had been run over by a truck or run an excruciating marathon. And for the first few days, I went around topless or I felt like I did due to the constant nursing. Still, I wish I had more photos. That's the beauty of digital cameras. You can always, always, always hit delete. So take photos generously. Snap away without restraint. In fact, it might be a good idea to enlist a friend or family member to come over for an hour with the sole purpose of taking hundreds of photos.
Soon enough, you'll have to decide what to do with all of those photos. You will probably want to make birth announcements of some kind to mail or e-mail out to everyone you know, but if you want to do something extra special for an out-of-town relative or someone who played a special part in the birth, you might want to check out frameAgram - "beautiful frames personalized with magnetic text and charms." Just upload your photo, select your color of frame, choose the corresponding charms and letters...and insert your shipping destination. Choose between a 5 x 7 photo or a 3 x 3 photo (I'd go with the 3 x 3 because the frame is magnetic and can be placed up on the refrigerator).
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*UPDATE* The winner is #8 Ann. Congratulations!