A 1st Birthday Gift for My 2nd Child (With Luhvee Books)

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I don’t know if all parents who have more than one child feel this way, but I feel like my second pregnancy was so downplayed compared to my first.

I had 6 separate baby shower events for pregnancy #1, and 1—that I missed due to being put on bed rest for early contractions—for pregnancy #2.

I created birth announcements for baby #1 but not for baby #2 (seriously—mazel tov to anyone who pulls that off with more than one kid).

I had a semi-elaborate “Lavender Lemonade”-themed birthday picnic overlooking the Los Angeles skyline with a professional photographer and tiny dogs as guests for my oldest daughter’s 1st birthday party; I took my second child to get a cupcake, which she really didn’t even seem to enjoy because she’s very much a meat-and-veggies kinda gal.

So yes, I very often feel that my sweet second child doesn’t get quite as much hype as her older sister got for her milestones, and it sometimes breaks my heart a little for her because she’s oh so worth it.

I’m always looking for little ways to do things that are unique for her that her sister didn’t get, so for her 1st birthday, I decided to make her a book documenting her very first year. While I have scrap book/baby book things going on for both girls, I wanted this to be something extra for Miss Abilene to celebrate her first life as an amazing little human.

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Enter: Luhvee Books

Luhvee Books: A 1st Birthday Gift for my 2nd Child


What is a Luhvee Book?

If you’ve never heard of Luhvee Books, they are fantastic fill-in-the-blank books that you can add text and pictures to; customizing them for different loved ones in your life.

I’m someone who can struggle on the creativity front and definitely have a hard time making something entirely from scratch, so having a template in place to guide me made the who experience much easier.


How Do You Create a Luhvee Book?

  1. Go to Luhvee.com and create a free account.
  2. Choose your book template (I decided to go with the children’s book template called “I Love You Just the Way You Are” for my girl) and cover option (hard and softback books are available—I went for the hard cover for my book).
  3. Fill in the blanks to create your book.
  4. Place your order.
  5. Grab a cup of coffee and wait for it to arrive!
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Pro-Tips for Creating a Luhvee Book

  • Allow yourself some time to sit down and create the book. Creating the book took me a little longer than I originally anticipated, so I would recommend about 30-45 minutes so you have time to really write something that will be meaningful for the one you love. If you can’t do everything in one sitting—no worries! You can save your work in your account and come back to finish it later.
  • Use higher-quality photos if you can. The better the quality of photo, the better the printed version will look.
  • Proofread before printing. Although there is a spell check for the book, make sure you give it at least one final read before you send it off to be printed, just to make sure that your message is clear for your loved one who will be receiving the book.
  • Don’t pay full price. 😉 Instead, use my discount code (KAITY20) to get 20% off your first purchase.
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My Overall Luhvee Book Experience

While the process of creating the book took a little bit longer than I originally anticipated, I have to say that the end product truly blew me away and made that side of the experience completely worth it. I’ve used other photo book apps and websites in the past, and even with high-quality photos, the product I received back was mediocre (and that’s putting it very kindly for some of the companies). That isn’t the case at all with Luhvee Books. They are high-quality, beautiful, and worthy of sitting on a shelf in your family’s home to be enjoyed for years to come.

Disclaimer: Luhvee Books kindly provided me with a complimentary Luhvee Book for the purposes of writing this review. All opinions are 100% my own, and I never recommend a product that I haven’t used and loved.

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  • Reply robin rue

    That sounds like a lovely book. I always got my kids books when they were babies, too. My young nieces would love this.

    July 13, 2017 at 5:20 pm
  • Reply Kimberly

    Can I just say that you found the perfect gift?! It’s precious! I’ll definitely be picking it up for my boys!

    July 13, 2017 at 5:36 pm
  • Reply Terri Steffes

    Aw! I love what you said: She’s so worth it! That’s something that will be cherished forever!

    July 13, 2017 at 10:20 pm
  • Reply Melissa Chapman

    That is a great way to show #2 that she is worth everything. My son gets nothing like my first born daughter did but he is doing great.

    July 13, 2017 at 11:06 pm
  • Reply Andrea

    Wow this is such a fun gift! it is precious! and would be great gift to give my friends with kids. thanks for the share.

    July 13, 2017 at 11:36 pm
  • Reply Cassie

    This book is incredibly adorable – I always love personalised gifts and this is something your child can treasure forever. A great gift in my opinion!

    July 14, 2017 at 12:28 am
  • Reply Amber Nelson

    Books are always such a great idea! My kids are older now and still love books. I hope it is a lifetime enjoyment they keep.

    July 14, 2017 at 12:42 am
  • Reply Karen Morse

    I love it! What a way to get them interested in reading books! This customized one is definitely a lovely gift for the kids and I love that you get to customize it yourself.

    July 14, 2017 at 1:02 am
  • Reply Rhian Westbury

    I think you must learn what things are essential and will make you and your child happy the first time round so you can avoid unnecessary things with the second. The book looks lovely, such a nice idea x

    July 14, 2017 at 8:41 am
  • Reply Jessica Joachim

    Those books look so great! My 2nd will be turning 1 in September so this is an awesome idea. I totally agree that my 2nd pregnancy was really different than my 1st. Although for me, my second was planned and my first was a wonderful surprise lol

    July 14, 2017 at 10:58 am
  • Reply Luhvee Books

    So many lovely comments!! We’re feeling very proud. Thank you again Kaity for sharing. Our books were designed to help people create a legacy gift that could be cherished for a lifetime. Knowing we are not all designers and/or writers, we made the process simple so the main feature that stands out in a Luhvee book is your love. xoxo

    July 14, 2017 at 2:07 pm
  • Reply Shannon Gurnee

    Oh my gosh – she’s such a cutie! This looks like a great birthday gift too! I bet she loved it.

    July 14, 2017 at 7:31 pm
  • Reply Debra

    I have tried really hard to even out things between number 1 and 2. Number 1 still got more stuff by far.

    July 14, 2017 at 8:02 pm
  • Reply Cindy Ingalls

    This is such a great idea. Second kids can sometimes get left out of the excitement because it’s as new. This book is such a sweet way to make them feel special.

    July 14, 2017 at 8:18 pm
  • Reply Di Hickman

    I did a book similar to this for our 10th Anniversary and loved it. They are definitely a great keepsake and IMO better than a regular photo album

    July 14, 2017 at 9:35 pm
  • Reply AnnMarie John

    Oh wow! What an amazing gift for your second daughter. I felt the same way after my second child was born but we made sure he never felt it. I think this book is so worth it and it makes me want to do one for each of my children!

    July 15, 2017 at 1:36 am
  • Reply Heather

    What a lovely gift. As a first time parent you want to soak up everything out there for parents (and babies) but by the time #2 rolls around, you just don’t need all those same experiences. For us, our daughters are six years apart, our home structure is totally different and our routine can’t possibly be the same. But little sister is so amazing just like her big sister was at two. This book looks like an excellent gift idea!

    July 15, 2017 at 9:51 pm
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