So, having a baby is one of the most surreal experiences of your life. You go through nine months of growing this human inside of you to have it peak in those hours (or days those those of us “lucky” enough) of labor and delivery. Suddenly, this pivotal moment is here and it doesn’t seem like you can get enough of it. Though my labor and delivery experience was one of the most traumatic experiences of my life, the rest of my stay in the hospital was a dream. Those first few days with my daughter were absolutely amazing! She was finally here in my arms. I could feel and touch her skin. I could kiss her cheeks. I was able to love on her all I wanted!
When I got home from the hospital, I had all these mementoes that I wasn’t quite sure what to do with. There was Riley’s first hat they put on her sweet little cone head while she rested on my chest for the first time. I had the tiny little hospital name tags that were on her tiny ankles during our time there. I even kept the cute paper they put in her bassinet that said her name (once we had finally decided on a name). Call me a hoarder, but I couldn’t bring myself to part with these sweet reminders of Riley’s first few days of life.
I could have thrown them in the memory box like I do with a lot of things. However, I was walking through Ikea and an idea struck. I was wandering through the picture frames and I saw a cute shadow box frame. I was in the middle of thinking to myself, “What would anyone put in that?” when I remembered all of Riley’s cute hospital keepsakes. I immediately bought it and brought it home. I was so excited to be able to arrange Riley’s tiny onesie with her name on it, the sweet note signed by all the L & D nurses congratulating us, and those wee ankle hospital tags.
I got straight to work hot gluing all of our sweet memories into our new shadow box. It now sits on the wall of our nursery. I am so glad that I didn’t throw out those precious little signs of those first few days together. They witnessed our happiness during that time, and I loved being able to display them somewhere we could look at them every day.
Happy Looking Back! Cheers!