Throughout my baby’s first year, I religiously staged those popular monthly blanket photo shoots – you know, the ones in which I plop my two-month-old on a well-ironed sheet next to a letter board and some scattered seasonal flowers before posting to Instagram?
Well, when she hit the 12-month mark, I took my final snap and retired the blanket to a memento box in my closet.
Little did I know, I should be doing these indefinitely. At least, that’s what Nicole Ham would have me believe. The 28-year-old has recently gone viral thanks to an adult version of the tradition – a photo shoot complete with a full-sized swaddle and a sign announcing that she’s officially 336 months old.
“Her mom and I attempted to swaddle her with the blanket, and I proceeded to hang over the top ledge of a ladder to attempt to get the shot.”
The photos were captured by Nicole’s childhood friend and professional photographer Stephanie Smith, who owns Southern Stitched Photography in South Carolina.
The two came up with the idea after Nicole talked about wanting to do an “epic” birthday post.
“Being 28 and single is a different world, especially when you grow up in a small town – one day you wake up and your news feed is flooded with nothing but engagements, pregnancy announcements, and baby birthdays,” Stephanie told POPSUGAR. “Nicole told me of her idea to recreate the common ‘baby milestone’ photos, and I was sold.”
A trip to Michaels and $150 later, the two got to work. “Her mom and I attempted to swaddle her with the blanket, and I proceeded to hang over the top ledge of a ladder to attempt to get the shot,” Stephanie said.
The images, which she posted to Facebook, weren’t just epic. They went viral, amassing 42,000 shares.
“These photos were no where near my best work – the lighting was not ideal, the angles were weird, and neither of us could keep a straight face,” Stephanie admitted of the surprise exposure. “But seeing how much others have enjoyed our humor has kept us laughing since. We’ve always thought we were pretty funny – or hopelessly basic. We knew the photoshoot was silly, but that was the whole point!”
Silly or not, you only turn 336 months once!