Dear Crissy

A new kind of baby book

Nokia Lumia 900

Kara has a baby book. It’s beautiful, really, with a pretty pink cover and clean white pages — lonely for ink.

I used to feel pangs of mom-guilt for neglecting the baby book. I didn’t write about her first day home from the hospital, and I didn’t insert a photo of her first bath.

The pretty pink baby book now rests quietly in a drawer. Really, when you think about it, that’s exactly where it would be even if its pages were filled — static, collecting dust in a drawer.

I don’t beat myself up over the blank baby book anymore because I realized something.

I realized that the way I document the lives of my children is better than any traditional baby book. It is living, breathing, and changing every day. It is digital, dynamic, and with me all of the time.

Whether it is a photograph of Kara smiling shared to my friends and family on Facebook, a video of her rolling over for the first time posted to my blog, or her weight and length Tweeted after a visit to the pediatrician, I do it all on my new Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone.

nokia lumia 900

Capture it quickly

My kids are changing every minute, and I’m constantly reaching for my phone to grab a quick shot when they do something particularly adorable or funny.

I love that the Windows Phone makes taking a photo or video as simple as pressing one dedicated camera button. These seconds saved can often mean the difference between capturing that amazing photo and missing it completely.

How cute is the collage below? I made it using the Phototastic app.

phototastic app

I also use my phone to keep track of the amazing things my 2-year-old says. I just open the Evernote app to jot down something funny he said, or to take notes if I am struck with inspiration for a new blog post.

Making Mom part of the picture

As the photographer of the family, I sometimes feel like I am absent as a subject in our family snapshots.

The Nokia Lumia 900 not only has an incredible 8 MP rear-facing camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, but the front-facing camera, which I find really easy to shoot with one-handed, lets me capture some really special moments with the kids.

I took this sweet video of my little drooler with my Windows Phone held at arms length!

Share it with one touch

My family plays such a significant role in the lives of my children.

During those times when family can’t be close, I can easily share the latest photos and videos of Evan and Kara with them.

In fact, I can customize where I want to share content on my Windows Phone, and with one touch, send an image to all my networks.

Living in the moment

While I am definitely a photo junkie and love blogging about Evan and Kara, the most important thing to me is being present with them in the moment — even the small moments.

My Windows Phone gives me the freedom to snap photos and stay connected with friends and family without sacrificing precious extra moments, and I really value that.

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Brought to you by the new AT&T Nokia Lumia 900.
Tasks. Joys. Simply Faster.

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  1. JulieD — April 18, 2012 @ 12:28 am (#)

    Wow, I can’t believe Kara is already 4 months old! I couldn’t even tell that you were holding the phone while making that video. That’s pretty neat!

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    • Crissy — April 18th, 2012 @ 9:40 am

      I know, she’s growing crazy fast!

      The phone is a great size for holding in one hand to film, I love being able to put myself in the action – thanks for commenting Julie!

  2. Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy — April 18, 2012 @ 12:29 am (#)

    OMG that is just the cutest video ever and it looks great!

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    • Crissy — April 21st, 2012 @ 9:43 am

      Thanks Stacie!! :)

  3. Deidra Bigham — April 18, 2012 @ 2:25 am (#)

    Beautiful baby girl…..and momma too!

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    • Crissy — April 21st, 2012 @ 9:44 am

      Ah, thank you Deidra :)

  4. Ellen Christian — April 18, 2012 @ 7:20 am (#)

    How adorable! Thanks for the suggestions!

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    • Crissy — April 21st, 2012 @ 9:44 am

      Thanks for commenting Ellen!

  5. Susan — April 18, 2012 @ 7:21 am (#)

    OMG – that is adorable!

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    • Crissy — April 21st, 2012 @ 9:44 am

      Thanks Susan, she is a special kiddo!

  6. Jennifer Medeiros — April 18, 2012 @ 8:23 am (#)

    I love apps like that where you can add yourself in! That is a super cool feature that the Windows Phone has! Kara is just too cute!

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    • Crissy — April 21st, 2012 @ 9:45 am

      Thanks Jennifer! You’ll really like the app I’m going to be talking about next week – it is super cool. Thanks for commenting.

  7. Stacie — April 18, 2012 @ 8:25 am (#)

    The way we capture our children’s special moments has changed so much even since I had my first daughter 14 years ago. I remember attempting to do a baby book with my first and I did pretty good. Then with Bridget, I didn’t bother because by that time, I used my phone like you are doing. I think I take more pictures now than ever before! It still continues to amaze me how much technology has changed the way I do things (and for the better!).

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    • Crissy — April 18th, 2012 @ 9:41 am

      I think things change a lot as we have subsequent kids, and are busier, too! I love having such a versatile tool with me all the time, I don’t miss a thing! :)

  8. Jennifer — April 18, 2012 @ 8:30 am (#)

    WOW! This phone looks amazing! I cannot wait until it’s time for me to get a new phone. Your daughter is just too adorable, too! :)

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    • Crissy — April 18th, 2012 @ 9:42 am

      Thanks so much, Jennifer!

  9. Tiffany Cruz — April 18, 2012 @ 8:31 am (#)

    She is getting so big. Cute video. I really like how easy that phone seems to work. I had no idea you were the one holding the phone taking that adorable video. Very cool.

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    • Crissy — April 21st, 2012 @ 9:46 am

      The curved sides and shape of this phone make filming with one hand really easy – love that. I already have like 20 videos lol.

      Thanks for commenting Tiffany!

  10. Linette — April 18, 2012 @ 8:35 am (#)

    It’s so precious to be able to capture moments as they happen and share with friends and family! You’re right, definitely much better than a baby book tucked in a drawer! She’s too adorable, you gotta share!

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    • Crissy — April 21st, 2012 @ 9:47 am

      Yes, she is too adorable not to share. I probably overshare, but hey, I can’t help it haha!

  11. Michelle — April 18, 2012 @ 8:41 am (#)

    Wow, Crissy, Kara is a gorgeous baby!! Her video was so cute it made me want to get a Nokia Windows phone too!! I am with you on that traditional baby book, technology like this makes it so much easier and more fun too!! Thanks for sharing, love to see what’s new out there!

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    • Crissy — April 21st, 2012 @ 9:47 am

      Thanks so much Michelle :)

  12. Nikki — April 18, 2012 @ 8:43 am (#)

    Thank you so much for making me feel less guilty about my lack of baby booking! I was actually pretty faithful to it for the first few months, but then life took over. I do, however, have like a zillion pictures of my son and every random moment. I never really thought “hey, that counts!” until now. Kara is a beautiful baby girl!

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    • Crissy — April 18th, 2012 @ 9:53 am

      Oh, it definitely counts!! :)

  13. olfa — April 18, 2012 @ 9:15 am (#)

    Beautiful pictures! Already 4 months! Congratulations!!
    This app is just amazing. Mamma and Kara are so cute..

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    • Crissy — April 21st, 2012 @ 9:48 am

      Hi Olfa! I know, sooooo crazy that she is 4 months old already. I swear it felt like I was pregnant for 3 years.

  14. Jodi Horsley — April 18, 2012 @ 9:17 am (#)

    Such a cool phone, love the fact that you can take a picture of both you and your daughter! Your baby is adorable! I am so guilty of not getting baby books completed for the 8 year old and haven’t even started on the 4 year old twins! Not enough hours in the day – but love being able to capture all those moments quickly. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Crissy — April 21st, 2012 @ 9:49 am

      Twins? Girl, I don’t know how you do it. I don’t think anyone would fault you for not having time for any sort of baby book with twins! Thanks for commenting!

  15. Diane N - Philzendia — April 18, 2012 @ 9:17 am (#)

    Sounds like a great phone. I missed a lot of milestones when my son was born. wish there was a phone like this on the market when he was born 5 years ago.

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    • Crissy — April 21st, 2012 @ 9:49 am

      Cell phone really have change a ton in 5 years, haven’t thay?!! Thanks for commenting Diane.

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you are beautiful. hope to see you soon!