Pregnant? Got a new baby? Or maybe you know someone either or. Then you/they HAVE to do the onesie project. Trust me.
In the first few days after said baby is born, photograph them in a 6-12m babygrow. Then on that date for the next 11 months, photograph them in the same onesie to chart their growth. Let me tell you, it’s amazing and pretty special to see the changes in such a short space of time documented like that.
Just look at this: taken on May 29th 2015 – Oscar was born on the 16th.
Below, snapped on June 29th. Incredible, right?!
After Oscar was born, I was in baby photo spam overdrive. To be honest, five months in I still am. I try realllllly hard not to post too many Oscar photos on Instagram, as I’m aware that once upon a time all I used to gram were photos of pretty landscapes, the beach and silhouettes of ferris wheels. I even had a ferris wheel hashtag. Yep, I was that committed to the wheel, I kid you not. If you remember this, then I salute you. Thank you for sticking with me through my ever-evolving feed which is now a mishmash of said landscapes, candy-coloured doors, my shoes, table style flat lays and photos of my son.
I’ve lost several longterm followers since babydom. Yes, I use one of those toxic and addictive apps that monitors your feed and tells you who has unfollowed you. I wouldn’t advise it. You’d be surprised how much it will bother you when someone who has followed you for three years – and likewise you follow them – decides to end that two-way relationship. Silly really. I know it’s not personal. I’m guessing said people simply couldn’t cope with the transition of their feed featuring guaranteed scenic shots, to instagrams of my growing baby bump, captions detailing my deepest darkest fears of child birth, and then the inevitable stream of photos of my baby boy. I don’t blame them. That’s quite a change in instagramming habits.
Anyway, for those of you who don’t mind the Oscar-thon – today marks the date of photo 6/12 of the onesie project. When I Instagram these shots, I usually post the one I consider the cutest, or the smiliest or least blurry etc etc. But for every photo posted, there are 50+ other shots captured which have remained on my iPhone camera roll. So I thought I’d share with you some of the outtakes, as for me they’re actually the best bits.
- Tip: If you or a friend is going to do this, be sure to buy said babygrow in an additional larger size too as backup. I have a 12-18m size waiting in the wings. Who knew that my 7lb 2oz little nugget would quickly become such a big boy! A stranger in the street affectionately called him ‘buster’ the other day. I like that. Sums Oscar up so well!
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