Written By:  Michelle @ Making Our Dream

I hope you don’t mind if I take a break from home improvement DIY posts this month to bring you another creative idea that’s close to my heart: monthly baby photos!


My two munchkins are 16 months apart. So, as soon as I was done taking monthly photos of my son’s first year – his sister was ready for her moment(s) in the spotlight. I wanted to document their first years in a memorable way that was different from all of the other (fantastic!) ideas out there. So, I kept people guessing and added something new each month… leading up to a fun finish that was part of their first birthday party theme. (Note: my daughter is only five months old – so we’re still in the midst of her journey!)


For my son, I added a piece of clothing each month.


He started off in a just a diaper, and by month six, he was looking more pulled together.


By month twelve, he was ready to party!


We completed his look with a mustache, then had a “’Stache Bash!” first birthday party.


My daughter also started off in just a diaper…


For her most recent photo, month five, you’ll see she’s gained…


A suitcase, shirt and a camera!


I’ve already started planning her first birthday party! (Yes, I’m Type A, why do you ask?) The theme will be a location – the location where she is packing for a trip throughout the year. You won’t know where until the last couple of months, but you’re free to guess?!

That’s one way I’m trying to make my kid’s first year’s memorable. How about you? What did you do to mark your kid’s first 12 months?

Michelle Fortin

Michelle Fortin and her husband, Jason blog about their DIY home improvement adventures on their site, Making Our Dream. That’s where you’ll also hear more about her life as a part-time SAHM to Kenton (born 5/2011) and baby #2 – due to arrive in October 2012. In addition to being a wife and mom, Michelle also teaches broadcast journalism at Arizona State University, is actively involved in her local MOPS group, dabbles in photography, and is a self-confessed social media addict. Currently, she lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she and Jason bought their first home in 2009. It was a foreclosure that’s needed quite a bit of work! If Michelle looks familiar, that may be because you remember her as Michelle Frey – when she anchored the weekend newscasts on NTV a few years ago. She also taught a few classes at UNK. The years she spent in central Nebraska produced some of the best memories and dearest friends a girl could ask for – which is why she’s thrilled to be a part of the Her View From Home team.