A New Kind of Baby Book *
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.
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.
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.
Tasks. Joys. Simply Faster.