I love the fact that it’s portable. When I was a kid, we got measured against the kitchen door frame. Which was great, being able to see how much I had grown since the last time – until we moved! So now that Raya can stand on her own (standing still is another matter, of course) I want to start from the beginning, and I want this to be something we can have anywhere we may end up in the future.
This would make a great gift for a baby shower or first birthday, and all it takes is a 4′ board, some paint, and a little creativity. This is a pretty self-explanatory project, so I didn’t take step-by-step photos.
I’m no good at freehand painting, so I had my friend at Streamline Design print me some vinyl numbers and graphics to use. :) I primed and painted my board, then added numbers at the half-feet, and marked every inch with a sharpie marker. You can get away with using a 4′ board because you will likely not start before your kids can walk or at least stand, so a nice comfortable growth range is probably 2′ to 6′ – though it will depend on your family’s genes… My daughter is already nearly 32″ tall, so I started her board around 2-1/2 feet. My vinyl started at 3, and I’d rather have it taller just in case! You can always go with a longer board, but trying to get that into my sedan with a carseat in the back wasn’t likely to happen. :)
I added a pair of sawtooth hangers on the back so that I could hang it on the wall. The most difficult part of the entire project was measuring and drilling the holes in the wall to hang it. For one – I normally do projects like this at naptime, and I wanted to put this in Raya’s room. And two? Our walls are made of poured concrete, so anytime I want to drill a hole, it requires getting out the hammer drill and making an unholy amount of noise.
|Yes, at this stage, taking the books off the shelf is way more fun than reading them…|
Then, all that was left was to get her first height on the board. I even attempted to get it on camera, but at this age, she is always on the go…
|She’s just a blur – always on the move!|
It’s not perfect, but I really don’t mind. I’m always going to love watching my daughter grow – it’s the little marks along the way that are going to make it beautiful!
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