Tuesday, February 19

Well, my baby book says I was born....



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.

8 comments:

moomer said...

I'm so glad you love this idea as much I did when I saw it! If only I'd thought of this 31 yrs ago (oops...sorry!), I could have spared myself a lot of guilt over the 2 practically bare baby books you & your sister will inherit.

Jess said...

I like that torn piece of scrap paper. It's so eye-catching. That would make a great flyer for a conference. :)

Marcia said...

That's a great idea. I bet your kids will be asking you to put bits of info in there from time to time. I kept a bound book with blank pages in the kitchen to write funny things they said, etc. The kids call it their diary and love to read it. My son said to my daughter one day "Lizzy, that makes no money (sense vs cents)" Ü That was a fav of mine.
I'm sure you'll end up with some good stuff in that box.

odd dotty said...

That is a great idea! I only have two children, and I thought for sure I would make scrapbooks for the both of them. I was, after all, a Creative Memories consultant for five years! But, what do you know, my youngest is now four and I have yet to start his book. *sigh* I should at least try this shoe box idea. Thanks!

Elizabeth said...

I love your blog. I was just reading about cereal boxes (which I'll post another comment about in a minute) and was checking out all your recycled ideas.
I too saw the same article in Wondertime! I made the same little box and kept scraps of paper inside, then decided I hated the unchronological-ness of the jumble inside the box. So I took the slips of paper and used them in a new way. I wrote about it here on my friend's website:
http://www.extraordinarymommy.com/enjoy.htm
I love all of your ideas!

erin said...

Great idea to collect all of those random notes in one place! I find myself keeping much more paper clutter than I need to just for little tidbits like this.

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