Thirty five years ago, my mother had a baby (me). I was born on the 4th of October, 1973, around 1.30 in the afternoon. I weighed 3350 grams, and was 50 cm long. As a true Dutch baby I was born at home, and I know the names of the doctor and midwife that were present!
I have the announcement of my birth in the local newspaper. There’s my first picture, and there’s the menu my mum had in the hospital (I was a bit blue after I was just born so they took me to the hospital just in case – but don’t worry, it all turned out okay and I now have a normal complexion)!
I know all the names of the people that came to visit me those first weeks, and of everybody who sent me a card. There are letters, records of my first smile, and more…
The reason that I know all this is because my mum kept a ‘Baby Book’. And now that she has passed away, I’m immensely grateful that she did!!
Some years ago, Elizabeth Brantley from Kirstner Supply found the Baby Book that her great-grandmother had kept after the birth of her grandmother. It was the ‘Mother Stork’s Baby Book’, printed in 1904, and lovingly filled in by her great-grandmother’s 19th-century hand (see pictures). Can you believe finding something so beautiful and personal?
Elizabeth decided to start reproducing the book and in 2004, one hundred years after its original print, Mother Stork’s Baby Book came to print again, first as a limited edition, but after the initial success it is here to stay.
If you want to keep a Baby Book for your baby, which is a wonderful thing to do, you want to make sure the quality of the book is the absolute best because this book will be treasured for generations to come – like the book of Elizabeth’s grandmother!
This is why ‘Mother Stork’s Baby Book’ is printed on custom-made, archival-quality materials and why it is bound in the oldest and most durable technique available today.
The book also comes in a beautiful box, and it is wrapped in acid-free tissue paper. Acid-free photo corners and a black pen with archival-quality ink are included. All of this is meant to safeguard the book for a long, long, long future…