For some reason I’ve had a hard time being consistent in keeping up with my kid’s baby books, even though I love the concept of baby and keepsake books. Some of my friends are really good about keeping track of everything and writing it down in beautiful neat handwriting. I don’t have beautiful handwriting so that’s one obstacle.
In years to come if you were to flip through the pages I’m afraid my poor child’s book is going to look something like this:
January 2007 – Wesley can hold his head up & coo!
March 2020 – Wesley is becoming an amazing soccer player. I’m so proud of him.
November 2032 – I can’t believe Wesley is getting married, it seems like just yesterday that I was writing about his love of soccer. Sigh. (Try 12 years lady!)
Okay, so my keepsake books don’t have time lapses the size of the Grand Canyon, but I’m not exactly proud of them either.
A simple solution that popped into my head one day is to keep a document on my laptop and type my thoughts about the kids in there.
Now I know having something you’ve personally written out by hand is more, well personal, but what I’m thinking is that waaay down the road I can either handwrite everything out. Gulp. Or print the pages out on nice decorative paper and make each kid their own booklet or something like that, maybe with their picture on the front cover or with pictures throughout the booklet, I don’t know.
Or if nothing else they’ll get an e-mail from me with an attached “doc”.
For now I feel it’s more doable since I’m already in the habit of using my laptop and if I can add to the document every few months or so I’ll be happy.
Of course I’ll also keep the baby books I have, in spite of their wretched lacks, but those only go up to 5 years anyways.
You can print yourself a copy while you’re at it, plus you’d be able to add a personal touch in plenty of ways, such as with beautiful handwriting.
I’ll stick to stickers, stamps, photos and such.
How have you managed to record memories of your children? Got any tips?