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“Choo choo!” My son said as he noticed the passenger cars parked on the tracks.

He perked up the moment we pulled into the Heber Valley Railroad train station.

North Pole Express Train Ride: How to Photograph Polar Express Memories

My daughter bounced in her seat, excited for impending Christmas carols and hot chocolate grandma promised would be on board.

I hardly shut the car door when Big T tried to take off across the street to the train. We went on a train ride over the summer, but he’d gladly ride one daily. In Texas, we get to see them, but in Utah, it’s becoming a tradition to ride one. That’s thanks to Grandma, who always gets us the hook-up.

North Pole Express Train Ride: How to Photograph Polar Express Memories

Before we got aboard I asked Big T if he had to go potty but it was no surprise he refused. He is doing fantastic with potty training. We can go out to play at the park, grocery shop, and take a long drive and he’ll tell me when he needs to go. We were out of town last week and I had a decision to make: Bring diapers, training pants, or underwear?

North Pole Express Train Ride: How to Photograph Polar Express Memories

I imagined potty nightmare after potty nightmare. Peeing on Santa’s lap, down the aisle of a train, pooping under three layers of snow protection. No thank you. Training pants for the win.

North Pole Express Train Ride: How to Photograph Polar Express Memories

Shortly after we found our seats the elves brought us cookies and hot coco. Big T loved the cookies, his sister declined. But Lil’ J gulped the hot chocolate he didn’t want to take part in. It was so amusing watching these two take in the same experience so differently. They’re becoming their own little people with big personalities so quickly.

North Pole Express Train Ride: How to Photograph Polar Express Memories

Lil’ J piped up for the songs, danced in the aisle, answered questions in the microphone and showed off her gymnastics talent.

Big T just sat back and soaked it all in. He took a prime spot by the window, practically glued his nose to it, and watched the scenery the whole time.

North Pole Express Train Ride: How to Photograph Polar Express Memories

About halfway through the trip we stopped to meet Santa and the engine moved to pull us back the other direction. In that 15-or-so minutes we were stopped he seemed to snap out of his trance and notice what was going on around him. Then he got impatient and asked me to make the train go again.

North Pole Express Train Ride: How to Photograph Polar Express Memories

North Pole Express Train Ride: How to Photograph Polar Express Memories

Before he lost his mind, I was able to try to snap a few pictures of his adorable face. Then once we started again he was back at the window.

North Pole Express Train Ride: How to Photograph Polar Express Memories

You’d think in an exciting situation like this a potty accident would be practically inevitable, but he did really well. I think we’re to the point where we can start to go with underwear during the day (aside from during naps). But man, Seventh Generation Free and Clear Training Pants sure come in handy for outings like these. They’re lighter than the average training pants, natural hypoallergenic, and have tear-away side panels. Great for this awkward but pleasant in-between stage where you don’t need diapers but aren’t brave enough to risk underwear.

North Pole Express Train Ride: How to Photograph Polar Express Memories

The kids walked off the train will warm bellies, donning their gifts from Santa–A beautiful bell just like the one in the book. I’m not sure if this is a tradition we’ll carry on every year (I hope it is!) but it’s a memory I’ll cherish forever.

North Pole Express Train Ride: How to Photograph Polar Express Memories

If you get a chance to take your little ones out for a North Pole Express experience I’d highly recommend it. Don’t forget your camera, a wide-angle lens (to capture more of the scene from up close), blankets in case there’s no heat, and good training pants for your excited little potty trainers!

North Pole Express Train Ride: How to Photograph Polar Express Memories

Have you ever been on a train ride? What fun Christmas traditions do you have?

A big thanks to Seventh Generation for sponsoring this story. I’m partnering with them as I share my imperfect life and ways I’m trying to improve it with you. If being more conscious of natural cleaning products, dish soap, and eco-friendly diapers are on your list of priorities, head here for more information. As always, all opinions are my own.

Making holiday memories last

At the time of this post Lil’ J is 5 years 5 months old. Big T is 2 years 8 months old.

From your baby’s first day in your arms, to her first steps. There’s a lot that flies by. If you want to remember it in as much detail as you can, you are probably rapidly taking photos. But what about video? Today I’m sharing 10 milestones you’ll definitely want to catch on video.

1 and 2 are easy: Christmas/ first holidays, and birthday

But these other eight you may not have thought of

3. Birth day: As in the day she’s born. Some of those sweet moments from the first day you meet. You’ll never get that back, but at least you can watch it over and over again.

4. Laughing: What makes your baby laugh? Do it, and have your camera ready.

5. Crying: It sounds wrong, but it’s so cute if you do it right. Babies cry a lot, sometimes they’re tired or gassy, but when it’s caused by teething it’s good to have Baby Orajel™ Naturals Teething Tablets on hand. And while they’re taking effect, and you’re soothing your baby, record a little bit of those soft baby cries.

10 baby milestones to catch on video

6. Crawling: Did your baby have a funny crawl like my daughter? A photo only gives you a glimpse of how it was, but a video puts the memory in full focus.

7. First Foods: What’s your baby’s favorite foods? Are they a messy or a neat eater?

8. Walking: while you may not catch your baby’s very first steps, the first few weeks of learning how to walk look pretty similar. When you see he’s starting to try, keep your camera (or phone) on hand.

9. Talking: From those sweet coo sounds to first words, record your favorites.

10. Favorite Things: Either your favorite things, or your babies’. Do you love bath time? Going on walks? Swinging? You’ll want to save some of those smiles. Remember you don’t need a fancy camera to record these moments, you can just use your cell phone which you know you always have on hand. If you start running out of space just email the videos to yourself and save it someplace else as a backup before you delete.

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the maker of Baby Orajel™ through CafeMom. I received compensation but all opinions and thoughts stated within this post are my own. 

A few weeks ago my son could hardly sit still for a book. I wrote about it being National Read Aloud Month and realized I could be doing better myself. That night I started pulling books from his shelves and reading a few to him each evening. At first he could sit for one, then he’d ask for his bottle and chill through the rest. Now he keeps handing me things to read and yelling “MORE BOOK!”

Video tips for recording your child's favorite book. Make memories last

He has a favorite, I have to read it every night. We read it last right before he goes to sleep. Sometimes I even catch him “reading” it to himself during the day. I never want to forget his cute little voice and excitement as we read this book together.

I pulled out my phone the other night to record this little moment. I did it twice, once with the rear camera facing the book, then again with the frontal camera facing us.

A little video recording/editing tip: Recording something that’s going to repeat multiple times and getting multiple angles gives your story more dimension, and makes you feel like you’re there in the action when you watch your video back later. It also makes editing easier because you have more video to choose from.

What’s your kiddo’s favorite book?

I have SO much to write about Disney World. Since we got back I’ve been in a frenzy sorting through photos, ordering prints and making photo books. I’m so proud of myself for actually being on top of it for once. I knew if I didn’t get to printing off the pictures immediately I’d never get around to it.

I really need to go back and do that for my kids’ baby photos. Do you ever get started with the realization of how quickly your child has grown? Who doesn’t? Every day at some point I’m taken aback by my daughter and how she’s grown so much over the last four and a half years. I’m constantly thinking “I can’t believe you came from me!” about both of my children.

That first year they grow so much. One thing I enjoyed most was capturing some of those fleeting moments in as many ways possible. Capturing those first moments to share with your family and friends on a birth announcement is exciting. These Tiny Prints cards were the first physical keepsakes I had for each of my children. But I didn’t stop there.

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If you want ideas for more ways to capture and cherish those little features after the cards are sent, I’m here to help. Here are five fun ideas to document your baby’s first year.

1. Baby Journal: It can be as simple or as complex as you want. I bought a journal for each of my babies but confession: I didn’t complete them. My blog essentially turned into a journal where I have logged their growth and milestones. I plan to print out some of the things I’ve written for them soon. A regular journal works just as well to write down your thoughts during your baby’s first year.

2. Letters: These can be done in a variety of ways. I’ve heard of moms writing letters and keeping them sealed, intended to give to their child at a certain age. Another idea is to create an email box for your child and send emails to them periodically. Some day it could be fun for them to search that email box looking for the story about their first blowout.

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I wrote a variety of love letters to my kids overlaying photographs, and others that were monthly letters during their first year of life.

3. Daily/Weekly/ Monthly Photos: I was obsessed with daily photos when my kids were young. But this can be as extravagant or as simple as you want. With my son I set the number of days old he was next to him every day for his first year of life. I really need to finish uploading all of these here, but the ones I’ve saved so far can be seen here.

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Other ideas are using chalkboards or monthly onesie stickers to capture your baby’s growth from month to month.

4. Videos: You know I’m big on video. Originally I wanted to record 1-5 seconds a day of my son then string it together in a 365 second video, but I didn’t keep up with it. I still plan to take the videos I have and make something for his first year, because I have a lot more footage of him than of my daughter and watching his yawns, hiccups, and coos never get old.

5. Scrapbook: I don’t know if this is old school or new school. It’s sort of a combination of some of these other ideas using journaling and photos, but you don’t necessarily need to have a system down for how often you take the photos or how you do it. No two would be the same. I’ve heard of Project Life, which seems to be perfect for people like me who are scrapbook dummies.

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I have a long way to go for taking some of these things I’ve been working on digitally and turning them into physical keepsakes. I love looking at the photos I’ve printed for photo books or birth announcements, and watching videos I’ve saved for easy access. Hopefully these will get you started on making memories you can flip through or watch and enjoy.

What are your favorite keepsakes for making first year memories last?

*This post was sponsored by Tiny Prints in Partnership with CafeMom. 

Out of nowhere a week or two ago I noticed my son walking around with one of Lil’ J’s stuffed animals. An ugly orange cat she got as a part of her birthday party package a couple of years ago. She has hoards of stuffed animals on her bed, so she wasn’t missing one less.

So my boy has a soft side: Documenting the love of lovies

I first noticed my son was growing attached when he carried it with him while we were getting in the car, as if he wanted to bring it along. I thought it was one of the sweetest, most endearing things I’d seen him do, so I let him hang on to his friend.

He’s never seemed attached to anything enough to walk around with it. Even my extremely sensitive and affectionate daughter has never carried around a lovie of any kind, at least nothing consistently.

So my boy has a soft side: Documenting the love of lovies

There was one day where he must have wanted a stuffed animal and I guess couldn’t find his usual, so he grabbed one of Lil’ J’s My Little Pony toys from Build a Bear and brought her along.

“Cat” is the simple name we’ve gone with for now. He hasn’t gotten to where he’ll ask for it if he doesn’t have him for a nap or something, but if he’s nearby he definitely prefers to sleep with him, and it seems to help him nap longer.

So my boy has a soft side: Documenting the love of lovies

Big T, my little boy who loves to send cars, trains and random toys flying down his roller coaster track; My son who would rather use a doll as a bat than a person; My son who is terrified of singing baby dolls with eyes that open and close, now loves a little stuffed animal of his own.

“Oh, he can have it,” my sweet 4-year-old daughter said when she realized how much her brother loved Cat.

I’ll admit I do grab it if he’s seem to forgotten about his fluffy friend. He’ll always smile and give him a welcoming hug.

So my boy has a soft side: Documenting the love of lovies

The funny thing is he’s had other stuffed animals in his bed for months, but I guess he just didn’t find them as cuddly. His giraffes, bears and Mickey Mouse he can live without, or toss them out of his bed, but this guy, at least for now, seems to be here to stay.

Do any of your kids have an attachment to a stuffed animal or toy?

How many baby showers have you been to? One? A handful? More than you can count? My own baby shower with Lil’ J was one of the first ones I had been to. I’ve helped plan a few and many to many more since then, and today I wanted to share some special keepsake ideas for those of you who may be planning a shower of your own.

10 baby shower keepsakes: Make beautiful memories with these fun baby shower ideas for guests and the mom-to-be.

You know me, and I love any excuse to make memories last, and a baby shower is a special day worth remembering. Here are 10 fabulous keepsake ideas to incorporate into a baby shower. I picked up all of these supplies at Target.

10 Keepsake Baby Shower Ideas to Make Memories Last. Get the tips and tricks on how to make your baby shower special with keepsakes.

1. Wishes for baby- advice box

I love looking back at the heartfelt letters I got at my baby shower. Words of advice from moms as well as encouraging words from moms-to-be. They’re still fun to go back and read occasionally.

10 babyshower keepsakes: Make beautiful memories with these fun baby shower ideas for guests and the mom-to-be.

2. Letter Wall

Ask each guest to bring a letter decorated to put in the baby’s nursery. If you have enough guests you can do an alphabet wall, or spell out the baby’s name. You can find paint and craft items to decorate wooden letters at Target.

3. Time capsule for baby

Have each guest write down a memory or moment from the birth year and put in a can to be sealed then reopened on his/ her 18th birthday.

10 Keepsake Baby Shower Ideas to Make Memories Last. Get the tips and tricks on how to make your baby shower special with keepsakes.

4. Late-night diaper box

Give mom something to smile about during those exhausting middle-of-the-night changes by writing humorous messages on the diaper for mom to read later.

10 babyshower keepsakes: Make beautiful memories with these fun baby shower ideas for guests and the mom-to-be.

5. Decorate Baby Bibs

Let guests decorate plain baby bibs with fabric paper .

10 Keepsake Baby Shower Ideas to Make Memories Last. Get the tips and tricks on how to make your baby shower special with keepsakes.

6. New mommy survival kit jar

Fill a jar with small items for mom: gum, hand lotion, chocolate, Advil, sanitizer, Mother’s Milk Tea, etc. When the items are gone the jar can be re-used as a memory jar for mom to fill with baby’s firsts and keepsakes from the hospital or birth day.

10 babyshower keepsakes: Make beautiful memories with these fun baby shower ideas for guests and the mom-to-be.

7. Colored-pencils/ alphabet book 

Let your friends show off their artistic side (or lack thereof) by decorating a page for an alphabet book.

10 Keepsake Baby Shower Ideas to Make Memories Last. Get the tips and tricks on how to make your baby shower special with keepsakes.10 babyshower keepsakes: Make beautiful memories with these fun baby shower ideas for guests and the mom-to-be.

8. Signed children’s books

In lieu of a card, request that guests bring a signed children’s book for baby. Small ones run about the same price as a card would anyway.

9. Photo Book

The easiest way to document a party is probably by using a photo book. Take photos of all the guests then slip them in a ready-made photo book that mom can look back and enjoy for years to come.

10 Keepsake Baby Shower Ideas to Make Memories Last. Get the tips and tricks on how to make your baby shower special with keepsakes.

10. Loving wishes  and advice for mommy

Guests can write well wishes and advise for the mom-to-be and stick them in a box or jar for mom to keep and read later, or whenever she needs a pick-me-up.

One important thing every new mom needs is support. No matter what her parenting style might be, she’ll need friends she can count on to have her back. Here’s a video that pretty much sums up my feelings in a hilarious few minutes.

Did you get any keepsake gifts at your shower? Share your thoughts or ideas in the comments and you’ll be entered to win a $50 gift card to Target. I’ll draw a winner at random on January 31st. Good luck!

Ramdom.org #23 winner: Stephanie M.

*Giveaway sponsored by Target in partnership with BabyCenter

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