growth chart

here’s how i understand the story behind this:

dane’s mom, lisa, wanted to make caleb a growth chart by using a 2×4 for his 1st birthday.  the tradition goes (in their family) that whenever the kids were measured she would then paint whatever they wanted next to their measurement.  not only do you see how much they had grown over the years/months/days, but what exactly was on their mind at the time and age of their measurement. and she’s a fantastic artist so i hear it’s quite the masterpiece. 🙂

lisa wanted to do the same for caleb, but didn’t know how it would work since she lives in california.

then she talked to her son, the engineer. and he came up with a plan and blueprint for caleb’s beautiful growth chart.  he designed it so it’s still solid wood (he only used 4 2×4’s), could be painted by grandma lisa, and functioned as a growth chart.  genius!

let me show you…

here it is attached to the wall next to his closet door. you can see the measuring tape fastened to the side and you’ll notice the divided blocks in the middle section.

i’m so proud that my husband designed and built all of this!  and all from nothing, really, just an idea all the way across the united states!

the blocks are attached by magnets that are screwed in on the inside as well as on the back of each block (i took of picture of that, too, but it was blurry).

the bottom two blocks are ‘missing’ so we can send them off to grandma lisa to paint for caleb now that he is almost as tall as the 3rd block!

so each time he reaches a new block, we will have her paint whatever he wants on the block and she will send it right back to add to the custom made chart!

and here is where caleb is measuring at 13 months!  he’s grown almost 7 inches in a year!

this was all a surprise to me. i didn’t find out what it was until the day of caleb’s party.  needless to say, i was shocked and impressed.  so simple, yet, so unique.

dane and i went back and forth on whether or not we should paint it white, but i like it just like it is.

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One comment on “growth chart

  1. mom henson says:

    Oh Shababe! Your man (my handsome son) is so talented! I can’t wait to paint Caleb’s blocks in whatever and whichever style he chooses. This is a keepsake and I hope Dane is ready to create more, as a new generation rises up.

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