Every week, I take a photo of Elsie and I. It’s a tradition that has carried on from my weekly bump shots, and when bump became baby the photos became me, and her on the outside. I’m not always in photos with the kids, so this is one little tradition that I want to keep up, if only to prove that I was there when they were little! The photos started, on week one, like this:

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Note the little baby (oh gosh she was so tiny!) perfectly still in my arms. Perfect. Photos went on like this, at three weeks old:

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(Oh my goodness. I could weep.) and then we got this, at eight weeks. I think you may know where I’m going with this…

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I also take a monthly photo of Elsie on her own, with scrabble tiles that spell out her name. The idea is to see how she’s grown in her first year. But instead of my happy, still baby that simply looked adoringly at the camera, more often now I am faced with this:

Why we need The Baby Focus_Ghostwritermummy.co.uk___She seems to have NO interest in posing for the camera any more. The kids and I have to come up with all manner of silly faces and songs to get to look in our direction. And forget a smile. Or for her to stay looking for more than 3 seconds. We use some of our best material, but she is a tough audience. But you know what does work? Shaking a rattle as hard as you can over her head. We discovered that when we did the Essential One shoot back in June. The babies loved the rattles. And THIS is why we need The Baby Focus!

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The Baby Focus is, quite simply, a rattle that attaches to your phone. So you don’t need to worry about dancing like a lunatic when you want baby to keep still (at least!) for a photo. The Baby Focus ensures that baby looks down the lens of your phone camera every single time. No more shots like this:

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(Man, her nails are sharp!)

and more like this instead:

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The Baby Focus needs your help to make it a reality for harassed parents! Their kickstarter campaign started at the end of August and they are now looking for $60,000 AUD to bring the product to the market. The Baby Focus will be available in five colours and will fit on most phones, including the Windows Range, the Samsung S3 to S6 Edge, and the iPhone 4 through to the iPhone 6+.

For me, The Baby Focus would mean far fewer blurred shots of the same image on my phone. Less storage space used up. Less annoyance when you just want ONE photo to mark an occastion!  Each and every shot of Elsie would capture her beautiful smiling face. And promptly too. Babies get bored very quickly of looking into a camera, and I don’t blame them! But for me, capturing precious memories as she grows up is essential. Time passes so fast and before you know it months have gone by and all of a sudden they are walking, talking, going to school…

Photos are precious to me. Elsie’s growth has been documented not only on this blog, but on Instagram too. From my tiny  6 week bump to my considerably bigger 37 week bump- and then on to weekly shots as she has grown from 4lb something to a whopping 17b and counting. I am so thankful that I have these photos and so grateful we have the technology to be able to capture the ordinary and the extraordinary every single day.

The Baby Focus can help to ensure you get a great capture each time. A quick shake to get baby’s attention, and then a colourful attachment that holds it while you snap away. Brilliant!

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For more information please do visit The Baby Focus site and if you’re interested in helping the kickstarter campaign please do!

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