I started a 8x8 scrapbook for my first daughter, Ginger, before she turned one. It was to show her entire 1st year 1 month at a time. I finished it 5 years later. Last week. Really.
I also started and finished Sugar's at the same time. Only 4 years late.
I have been good about taking the photos and the footprints to show them how much they have grown. Making the book, I found, was much more involved. I drug my husband along to Hobby Lobby to pick out stickers.
I have plans for a second year book done by month. Maybe I will finish in the next year or so. At least by the time they leave for college. I need somewhere to put all the foot prints we made, after all. After that large endeavor, the girls will get 1 page a year. All of year 3 boiled down to one 8x8 page. I think I have the perfect crying shot already picked out for Sugar.
I learned my limitation and the girls will have a billion photos when they are grown but 8x8 pages with stickers? They can make their own. Where would I even store them?
I love my daughters and I keep a box of sentimental things, but if I were to give them a stack of 18 books when they finally moved out of the house I think they would wonder who I had paid to make them. I prefer to channel my love different ways, maybe the scars on my feel because of stepping on legos and barbie shoes, or the gray hairs I earn when they hit puberty. For now, they will have to live with cookies on the fly and random attacks of the kiss-y monster.