When my oldest son was born and things started happening fast, I realized I would never, ever remember all the cute things he did, the milestones he reached, or the sweet moments we had. So I decided to write them down.
I created memory books for both of my kids that essentially amount to a diary about each of their lives. In each, I write about all those hilarious moments that you know you won’t remember but constitute the ordinary joy of every day. I wrote/write down everything that doesn’t have a place in a baby book; I put in little keepsakes (for example, a leaf he collected and gave to daddy); I even include little snapshots.
Here are two pages from my eldest’s book. You can see some examples of different things I do– for example, on his first birthday it was the 100th anniversary of Bloomsday, so I cut out this little article and pasted it in. Random trivia, but maybe fun someday. For the snapshots, I have a Polaroid i Zone camera that takes little tiny polaroid photos that are actually stickers. It’s a really fun little thing that gives you super cute tiny photos.
Now, if you are more technologically inclined, my husband has started doing something similar, but from a slightly more 21st century perspective. Early in their lives, he signed them both up for their own gmail accounts, so that they’d have their full names as their accounts in the future. (That is, so no one else claimed those identities.) Now he sends them emails periodically, with little updates about what’s happening in their lives at that time or little trivia. The other day he sent one with a list of nicknames he calls them right now. Sometimes he forwards them photos that family or friends have sent us of them. It’s a pretty cute idea. I’m not sure what will happen when they get older and want to use those accounts and there are 600 emails in there, but we’ll deal with that as it comes. For now, I like knowing that their childhoods are being recorded for them. Because I don’t remember a damn thing from my early childhood.
Do you have any special ways that you record those ordinary, everyday memories?
I do this, too! I don’t seem to write in them as much as I’d like, but I love reading them every once in a while. I also make it a point to write when I’m feeling frustrated about a stage they’re at. It helps me see that nothing will last forever & it helps create a full picture of their childhood.