Thursday, June 3, 2010

Family Traditions: Growth Chart

As John's birthday was approaching, I kept thinking of all the traditions that I wanted to start. Having a growth chart was one of those traditions. I wanted to make it so it was very personalized and less expensive. I'm not sure if I saved any money by doing it this way, but I am very pleased with how it turned out - and that is worth a lot!

As you will see in the pictures below, I chose the theme of "Growing toward Heaven." I used holy cards to depict Heaven at the top, and the earth below with a picture of Jesus with children on the grass. Then, there is the lonely St. Jean Vianney on a cloud in the middle. He will (God willing) have more Saints to join him on their own clouds when we have more children. Each year we will mark the growth of our children on their birthday.

When John was born he measured in at 21 inches. On his first birthday we measured him at 31 inches - He grew 10 inches!

(Funny story - after birth, the nurse told us he was 19 inches and at his four-day appointment, the doctor told us he was 23 inches! There is no way he grew 4 inches in four days! - So we decided to average it out and say he was 21 inches at birth.)


  1. Ok, again love this idea. We have one but I have never really "LOVED" it. So curious....what did you use for the long paper??

  2. Thanks! We used a 6 foot board for the background and I painted it - does that answer your question? I'm not quite sure what you mean by "long paper"...

  3. We have used the inside of the door in our kitchen pantry for our sons' growth chart...sadly, we can now never replace the door!!! It has the growth of other children from previous owners on it, too.

    Your idea is great - it is portable and I love the idea of growing towards heaven.