As it happens with the second child, you draw parallels in their development and try to be as fair as possible to both children. You’re going to find me finding the fun – through crafts and photos – acknowledging these two.
Since we knew the name a few months before she was born, I was at Michael’s about a month before she was born to pick up supplies to make her an name initial door doo-dad – I don’t know what to call it! Originally, I was going to Michael’s with Andrea after we went for a work-out together or something but then NPY scheduled something and I had to cancel the Michael’s portion. But I forwarded her a photo of the white “P” letter I purchased as she would have been present as I purchased it otherwise. Armed with just a couple of clues – starts with “P”, ends with “E” – she quickly guessed “Paige!” after a Google search gave her confidence to guess that. I had to play it down and not give her the satisfaction of having guessed so quickly!
This time around, I used a lighter weight scrapbooking paper for the background – the blue marble – and it was horrible given my lack of patience to glue down straight when the “P” trace wasn’t the most careful. I even glued it down in section over days and still f-ed it up. Good thing the marble pattern somewhat obscures the wrinkles. =S Her name is almost too long for the letter’s height but with some staggering of the letters, it just fits. At first I worried the offset would throw off kiddo who learned to spell her name from the name initial door doo-dad, but he was able to read the spelling without a hitch. Finally, I looked for another wooden animal that was complementary with kiddo’s lion. Michael’s no longer carries that set of animals and the news ones are bigger, more expensive, and glitter! Further, I couldn’t be entirely complementary as kiddo’s lion is symbolic of him being born during the Leo sign. Meanwhile, baby was expected to be born under the Cancer (crab) sign. Instead, I was inspired to create a 3D flower out of scraps of foam I have around and had complementary colours.
Then I posted it to Instagram because I did post four years ago with kiddos’ name initial door doo-dad.