Behind The Baby Album
Dec 22 2008

During the holiday break, I’m trying to tie up some loose ends and one of those was completing my daughter’s first year baby album. She was born a couple of years before we released Baby Say Cheese otherwise I would have already had the pictures selected as each milestone occurred!

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Her baby album has sat on our fancy, big, mostly unused dining room table for close to three years (removed for dinner guests and promptly replaced the next day). She will be 4 years old next year.

It has sat open, closed, or askew with pictures hanging in and out of it for years. I saw it often out of the corner of my eye and quickly switched my attention to other things. For those who know me, I usually don’t let things sit around undone but for some reason, I could never find the time to finish it. I would occasionally have a spurt of desire to complete it, would write some words, select some pictures, and ask my husband to print them. But quickly I would get distracted by something seemingly more important. And it sat there pulling me and repelling me at the same time.

We finished our son’s album just before our daughter was born which was 2 or so years after he was born, but that was mostly because his album is in Spanish and I don’t know Spanish. My sister decided to give us a Spanish baby album, so I had to nag, harass, make kind requests of their dad, who is fluent in Spanish, to finish the parts I couldn’t before our daughter was born.

Our daughter’s album is in English and on most days I know how to read and write English, but I had a baby album block…sort of like a writer’s block but it had a baby album slant to it. Several months ago, I came to the sudden realization that all my excuses of not having enough time, not being able to log in to my husband’s Mac to search iPhoto, not wanting to learn how to print pictures, and not wanting to deal with figuring out the dates of the pictures were masking my true feelings fears. And that fear had to do with closing a chapter in my life called ‘babyhood,’ despite not planning to (or wanting to) have any more babies. In my heart and eyes she will always be my baby girl but finishing her book puts finality to it and my heart is still adjusting to that feeling.

And it made me wonder about the other areas of my life where I might be doing the same thing. My fear of closing a chapter in my life and moving toward the unknown may be holding me back from discovering many unseen opportunities in business, my career, my life, or even my children’s lives. And I wondered if many other’s experience this sensation or if I’m the odd duck?

Oh, and just in case it wasn’t clear, I finished her album today…just a few short hours ago…and she helped me do it. I’m moving on to the next chapter of my life, and I’m thinking to myself “thank goodness there’s no such thing as a teenager album!” From what I hear, people like to forget those years. :-)

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6 Comments on “Behind The Baby Album”

  1. 1 Sheila Scarborough said at 8:57 AM on December 23rd, 2008:

    Hey, you’re way ahead of me in this department – my kids are 9 and 16 and neither one has an organized album of just them.

    I’m in the same boat – plenty of photos and comments to write, and other priorities always butting in.

    Congrats on finally getting it done!

    Sheila Scarboroughs last blog post..Carnival of Cities for 17 Dec 2008

  2. 2 Aruni said at 9:59 AM on December 23rd, 2008:

    Hi Sheila – Thanks! I didn’t say it was the most perfect album. :-) I just finally got some pictures of her first year in there mostly in order with a few words underneath each one. I had to declare success and hope she doesn’t one day ask why her brother’s album is more complete than hers…

  3. 3 Carole said at 8:47 AM on December 29th, 2008:

    You’re ahead of me, too: My older ones are 22, 8, and 7, and I don’t have an album for ANY of them! It’s on my project list, and it WILL be done, I swear!

  4. 4 Aruni said at 3:26 PM on December 30th, 2008:

    Hi Carole – good luck with getting those album’s done! I’m guessing for the 22 year old, there aren’t any digital pictures to sort through. :-)

  5. 5 Marlene Merritt said at 1:16 AM on December 31st, 2008:

    I’m so glad to hear I’m not the only one – I’ve got wedding pictures sitting on my piano bench for oh, 6 years now and get nagged about them regularly ;-) So glad one of us was able to finish!

  6. 6 Aruni said at 5:15 PM on December 31st, 2008:

    Hi Marlene – I do feel better now knowing that I am not the only one on the procrastination train. :-) You’ll have to invite me over one day to hear you play the piano once the pictures have been removed from your piano bench! My husband gave me voice lessons for Christmas…