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Real Life with a Newborn (Project Life: Week 6)

Project Life: Week 6

How time flies! I am posting baby’s Project Life album from when he was 6 weeks old.. in real time, when he’s actually 6 months old.

I like taking lessons from just about everything that happens in life. And the theme for this PL post is a great opportunity to remind myself of setting attainable goals and following through, even if it takes a while to get there.

Real life isn’t about being perfect. Sometimes we get confused by that when we’re feeling down, maybe spending a little too much time reading twitter feeds and facebook posts about how great everyone else’s life is. It’s easy to see those things and think – well THEY don’t have a sick baby haunting them all night, THEY don’t have the work pressures I do, THEY don’t have the responsibilities I do. OH stop it. Everyone has gripes and challenges. But do you really want to read about how awful someone’s day was? How horrible their job is? How hard it is to be THEM? No! It’s depressing.

After looking back at the first five weeks of Max’s life I noticed how perfect he seemed. I covered up the awful baby acne he had for WEEKS. I placed him in spots where the lighting was just right, spent hours (at times) getting him comfortable and happy so he would gently slumber while I snapped 100 photos. Then cut out all the terrible ones,  And I LOVE the photos that I came up with. They make me smile. They are so.. perfect.

But that’s not real life. Real life is the laundry all over the place. It’s the yarn piles next to the couch, where I basically live most of my life, since newborns nurse for HOURS every day. And would I DARE take a picture of myself? Heck no! I still have a giant baby belly and the nicest I look is that brief period of time after change from nighttime pajamas to daytime pajamas, before I’ve been peed on or spilled something on myself while leaning over this tiny person, who seems to be permanently attached to my boob. I haven’t looked in a mirror, apart from brushing my teeth, in over a month. I probably look like a giant, crazy person will ill-fitting clothes and a spotty, acne-covered baby that eats, sleeps, poops, and cries all day long. In fact, I AM a crazy person! But that’s ok.

Project Life: Week 6

Incorporate greeting cards, stickers, and other ephemera from your baby shower into your Project Life Baby Album. These cards were made from larger greeting cards, cut to 3"x 4" and added to pocket pages with the Project Life Cherry Edition | Project Life Baby Album by 2015 Project Life CT member Julie Gagen

Incorporate greeting cards, stickers, and other ephemera from your baby shower into your Project Life Baby Album. These cards were made from larger greeting cards, cut to 3″x 4″ and added to pocket pages with the Project Life Cherry Edition.

Details

Yep, real life. This is my “nest”: the place where Max and I spend most of our time. As in, probably 20 hours a day.

Documenting Real Life with a Newborn | Project Life Baby Album by Project Life CT member Julie Love Gagen

Documenting Real Life with a Newborn | Project Life Baby Album

Again, I incorporated cut-outs of cards that we received from friends and family. I love the colors and the messages. It’s a nice detail that doesn’t immediately present itself, but when I see it the elephant, for instance, I think of my sister’s VERY generous present, which included everything from his laundry basket and swing to snack cups and the sleep sheep. All gifts which I am still so thankful for.

Incorporate greeting cards, stickers, and other ephemera from your baby shower into your Project Life Baby Album. These cards were made from larger greeting cards, cut to 3"x 4" and added to pocket pages with the Project Life Cherry Edition | Project Life Baby Album by 2015 Project Life CT member Julie Gagen

These cards were made from larger greeting cards and stickers, cut to 3″x 4″ and added to pocket pages and coordinating scrapbook paper

Incorporate greeting cards, stickers, and other ephemera from your baby shower into your Project Life Baby Album. These cards were made from larger greeting cards, cut to 3"x 4" and added to pocket pages with the Project Life Cherry Edition | Project Life Baby Album by 2015 Project Life CT member Julie Gagen

These cards were made from larger greeting cards and scrapbook paper and cut to 3″ x 4″

Incorporate greeting cards, stickers, and other ephemera from your baby shower into your Project Life Baby Album. These cards were made from larger greeting cards, cut to 3"x 4" and added to pocket pages with the Project Life Cherry Edition | Project Life Baby Album by 2015 Project Life CT member Julie Gagen

Max’s cousins (and aunt and uncle) sent us a huge box of “stuff” from hand-me-downs to books to bibs they loved. It’s so nice to be able to rely on family for support and advice!

 

xoxo,

Julie

 

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