Blocks to Show Age by Month

Earlier this week, I shared a sneak peek of a project I was excited to finally complete. Several months ago, I pinned this from Lemon Tree Creations.

I couldn’t wait to do this but the holdup was finding the blocks. I stubbornly wanted to find the same blocks used in my inspiration photo. I saw them at TJMaxx a couple of years ago but of course they were nowhere to be found when I actually wanted them (and I searched every TJMaxx, Marshalls and Home Goods store I passed).

When Parker turned 3 months, I realized it was time to move to plan B – I had to make my own.

I picked 8 blocks from Michael's along with brown, blue and vintage white paint. Other items I used (that I already had) were tracing paper, a thin paint brush and a sanding block. To start, I sanded the blocks lightly, then painted the edges with brown paint. Next, I applied 2 coats of white paint over the entire block and then lightly sanded the edges. I printed out the numbers 0-9 and the letters m,o,n,t,h,s on the printer.

I traced these onto the block using tracing paper. (This is where a cutting machine would be handy to create a stencil! It’s on my Christmas list this year) On one block I painted 1,2,3,4,5,6. On another block I painted 7,8,9,0,1,2, to account for all the months. Next, I carefully painted the traced image. I still have carpal tunnel from the pregnancy so the writing on the blocks is not perfect! I may have to redo these if I get that Silhouette I'm asking for. ;) I’m pleased with the result. I just wish I made these sooner so I had month 0, 1, 2 and 3 (sad face here).

So a little bit about my 4 month old (who turns 5 months today but that picture is still coming). He loves to smile. His face lights up when anyone gives him any sort of attention. Although you wouldn't know that from these pictures. He's expression changes the instant you put a camera in front of it.  He loves to laugh out loud (very loud). He bursts out in laughter when his daddy tickles his tummy. He's a rolly polly. He can roll both ways and rolls himself across the room and right off the rug. He has unusally strong abdominals. He will lift his head and try to sit up on his changing table, in his car seat, the swing and his rocker (his 2 year old sister still struggles sitting up from a flat position). He is always playing with his feet (which may be why his abs are so strong). When on his back he is often in the happy baby yoga pose or has his feet in his mouth. He is a whopping 16 pounds (maybe more) but still our little angel. And he doesn't know how to stay still for pictures :)

Hope you enjoyed! Thanks for visiting!

Linking to: The Frugal Girls, The Shabby Nest, Serenity Now, Design, Diapers and Dining, Tatertots and Jello, Between Naps on the Porch, Made by You Monday, Tip Junkie

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    • says

      CONGRATULATIONS!!! What an exciting time!! I saw your chalkboard and your right up! How cute and fun!! You're an adorable mommy to be! I highly recommend you capture the months (or weeks if you can). They go by so fast and it's fun to see how much they change!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Angela

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