Almost exactly one year ago, I wrote this post about starting up a baby photo project to document Lillian’s first year. After experimenting with a couple different ideas, the one I liked best involved taking her picture every month(ish) with the same stuffed bunny against a colorful backdrop, which for the first photo was a quilt she received as a gift:
And somehow a year flew by, and we’ve celebrated Lillian’s first birthday, and I found myself shooting the one year photo, which will be the last one in the series. While the backdrop has cycled through various quilts, blankets, rugs, and playmats during the course of the project, for the last photo, I went back to the quilt from the first one:
The increasing difficulty in shooting these pictures is a big reason why it dosen’t really make sense to try to continue it beyond the one year mark. She’s already looking vaguely annoyed in the motion-blurred process of rolling over — and this was the best of about twenty shots! Unlike the easy first photo where she was happy to “pose” for as long as needed, these days Lillian has no interest in laying still, which is a big pitfall of choosing a laying-flat-on-the-back pose. Lessons learned for hypothetical future baby #2!
Anyway, just for fun, I put together this little labeled grid of all the photos in the series:
During the project I intentionally spaced the timing out so as to end up with exactly nine, though that resulted in some little quirks like the 10-month one being taken at 10.5 months, etc., which is kind of glossed over by the labels in the grid above.
Still in all, it’s really fun to look back on these pics and see how much Lillian has grown and changed over the past year. She’s already on the brink of walking and talking and generalized toddlerhood, and thinking back on her newborn days, it’s a little hard to believe she was ever that tiny.