When I got married my parents sent me off with a keepsake plate that had been custom made after my birth. I cherished it because it was the way that I always remembered things like how much I weighed at birth and what time of day I was born.
Fast forward years later and our daughter was born. I had grand hopes of completing a baby book but kind of knew before I even started that it was never going to happen (aka: wouldn't get completed!) That is when I decided that it would be fun to have a plate made for her. It took me hours to finally find a company online that sold these same plates. I finally did and also discovered that they now have a "contemporary" nursery scene (that looks slightly different from the classic baby plate) but included added features like height and all three initials on toy blocks.
I decided to order the original nursery scene for my husband (so that we could each have similar ones) and the contemporary plate for my daughter. This is when I discovered fun little facts like the fact that my husband and I weighed the same at birth. :-)
Our little guy came along and I ordered a plate for him...now we had a set of four.
Then we began the adoption process with our three oldest kids and I did my best to track down all of their birth info. At the time I began looking we weren't considered their legal guardian yet so the hospitals wouldn't release their birth information to me. I tried many times to get the information through their social worker but that didn't work either. Later on I got information from the county which said that our son was 27 inches at birth...and I'm pretty sure that's not right.
Our adoption was finalized almost exactly one year ago (I'll still never forget how wonderful that day felt walking out of the court room knowing that we were finally considered a family on paper!) We had the perfect place to put the plates but still had to wait. So the day of our open house adoption celebration I placed some post it notes saying "coming soon" under the empty hangers.
Even after everything was official it was still a process tracking down the kid's birth information. The records finally came about 6 months later after lots of paperwork, document errors and MORE paperwork.
I was finally able to order three more plates to add to our wall. (I discovered that you have to order each plate separately and pay for shipping on each order..bummer.)
However, it was like winning the lottery the day that I came home and saw one of the plates at our front door.
Shortly after they all arrived I grabbed some plate hangers that I had bought at Walmart and got them all ready to go.
It was a pure joy to hang them all up...and fill in the missing pieces.
Last month I was tucking the kids into bed one night. I had just finished singing and as I was shutting off the light and about to close the door our son asked, "what time was I born at?" I popped my head out into the hallway and came back with a smile on my face. "You were born at 10:02 am."
We both smiled.
We both smiled.
In case you think these would work for your family or as a baby shower gift idea or Christmas present...I wanted to pass along the information. I ordered the plates from www.keepsakeplates.com (they do take a few weeks to receive the plates once ordered.) I also searched around online for a coupon code but then called and discovered that the only reason they have the "code" box is for large companies to enter a discount code when they order hundreds of plates at a time.) And here I thought three was buying "in bulk." Who would order hundreds of plates at a time? What are they making clones???
I look forward to passing these down to my kids once they are grown. Until then we are keeping them high enough out of reach of little fingers while still being in a place that we all love to pass by.
Did you create a baby book for your little one(s)? Do you know how much you weighed at birth or what time of day it was? What fun trivia that would be for a party!