I’ve been struggling for years with the fact that we don’t live in the same city as any of my or Mr. Starfish’s family members. Of course, these feelings only intensified once the girls were born and it often makes me sad that they don’t have any grandparents or aunts and uncles to see on a regular basis in the same city. While a move to an area with more family may be in the cards for us one day in the future, the fact is that it won’t be happening for quite some time.
One great easy and affordable way that we’ve brought family into the girls’ lives on a daily basis is through a baby family album. I can’t personally take credit for this idea; it was something that our nanny recommended when the girls were about four and three months old.
I hadn’t even heard of such a thing when she mentioned it but a quick Amazon search yielded a handful of options. I ended up purchasing this one because I liked the sleeves for larger 5×7 photos. Once the photo album arrived, I spent some time selecting photos of all of the girls’ family members. When I could, I tried to select photos that included the girls with their various family members. I sent the prints to Walgreens when they were having a 40% off sale and finished the project in less than a week.
In the beginning, I’ll admit that the girls didn’t seem too interested in their family photo album. I incorporated it into our morning story time each day by pointing to each photo and reciting the individual’s name. Similar to their reaction in those early months to the books I was reading them, I didn’t get much of a response. Still, I kept it up and recently the girls have started to take an interest in the album and the pictures at 10 months and 9 months old.