Please tell me I'm not the only mom burdened with guilt for not recording those precious baby moments in a sweet little book that my children can read and enjoy years down the road. You know, I did alright with my first daughter up until she was 18 months old and we had a son. According to her book, her life stopped at that point. According to his book, we gave him a name, but couldn't even remember how much he weighed or where he was born. Another daughter and another name later and the guilt keeps growing.
My mom knows my pain and sent me an article from Wondertime magazine with a suggestion on how to keep track of your children's special moments without having to haul out the books, your glue stick and your best handwriting.
The article suggests keeping a box handy for dropping in your scribbled notes on milestones and funny moments in order that one day you may pull them all out to include in your "archival masterpiece" or to simply read through, smile, and enjoy. It lists several examples of happenings you may wish to record and instructions on decoratively covering your box. My thoughts on that, though, are if a mom can't handle writing her son's first word in the baby book, how can she manage to sit down, measure a box, measure paper and contact paper, cut and glue it all? So...I intended to use a plain shoebox, no decoration whatsoever (and was fine with that), but my kids saw me cutting the hole in the top and wanted to help. I wrapped the bottom (no measuring and no glue) and let them put stickers on. Obviously, they got bored and so did I, so it ended as you see above. I'm still fine with that.
Maybe someday I'll gather my notes and my favorite pen and record it all in my 3 baby books or maybe I'll just pull out the box and enjoy a nice trip down memory lane.