Confession: I Stink At Recording Memories
Ok ladies, let’s talk Baby Books! I cannot be the only mom with a beautiful baby book full of empty pages. Oh, I started strong! We were recording memories all during pregnancy. Before Belle was born I had already filled out the preliminary pages with info on my pregnancy. You know:
- How much weight did I gain? (29lbs)
- What foods did I crave? (nothing special- maybe donuts? But in that case, I’m still pregnant))
- How did I tell the husband? (That’s a post unto itself!)
- When did we share the news? (8 weeks with family, 12 weeks with everyone else, except for my 2 best friends and our regular waiter at Baker’s Crust- they knew the day after I knew because I couldn’t order my wine at our weekly dinners)
You get the idea. Anyway, I basically have the birth info filled out and a few family tree pages, followed by 22 pages of pink swirls and stock quotes about family. It is so hard to remember to go back and record everything that happens. Of course when you do remember, you are driving the car or at the grocery store. By the time you actually get within 10 feet of the blessed book, you’ve long since forgotten the milestone you wanted to record.
Go ahead and award me with Mom of the Year now, thanks. Seriously though, I know a lot of moms who also have a baby book or two (or three…) that sits unfinished on a shelf. I LOVE the idea of a memory book of any kind, baby or otherwise. I’m a sap and especially now that I’m a mom, I want to hold onto items that remind me of great memories. However, that mom thing really gets in the way of my ability to sit down and write sonnets about how my daughter learned to walk.
In August, when I started a new school year, I bought a beautiful teal planner. A very teacher-y thing to do, I know. If you are like me, you search high and low for the perfect planner– not too thick, pliable yet sturdy, good color scheme, efficient layout. Shall I go on? I may or may not have a love affair with all things stationary. So, I found a great one and started using it all the time, but about a week in we were given one from a local company and it was a bit easier to plan in for school. After a while of trying to use them both, I gave up and primarily used the smaller one from the company.
…I promise, I’m going somewhere with this!
Not wanting to give up on my beautiful planner I originally purchased, I began recording memories: I started using it to write down the cute little things Belle was doing. Not every day, mind you, but whenever she had a mini-milestone, or said something extra cute, I wrote it down. My planner is always on me, so it was easy to grab and jot down something quickly. The small space reigned in my verbosity (who, me? Verbose?) and I never felt obligated to write a dissertation. I simply wrote, “started saying ‘mom-mom’,” or “does yoga on cue!” (Seriously, she does a downward dog and it a-freaking-dorable!)
Writing just enough to clue me in to what she had accomplished or learned that day, but not so much that it was a burden, was just the ticket I needed! This I can keep up! And I have.
As I look back over the last few months, I realize how much Belle has grown and changed. The first few years’ growth is unreal and some weeks it’s like she’s a completely different person on Friday than she was on Monday. This calendar method of recording memories has been a great way to fit it all in. I will keep this planner forever and be able to look back at all of the adorable, memorable moments of her second year of life.
But, There’s One Problem
If I keep this up over the next few years, I will end up with quite a few planners to store. Recording memories is important, but I also have limited storage! So I created a pretty, printable planner that I can customize for each month and write down my daily to-do’s, as well as record the cute stuff my munchkin does! I like them so much, I decided to offer them to you guys!! Yay!
I created a weekly planner, where you can record per week all the cool stuff you guys do, or use the monthly day planner to jot down a word or two to jog your memory down the road. If you already have a planner, just do what I did and add in your daily memory!
OR- you can print out my cutsie one and clip it in the front of your current planner! SO much easier to file and store as our munchkins grow!
As teachers and moms, we already carry planners on the regular, so this way, I’ll never forget to record a special moment. I hope you enjoy 🙂 Now, go make some memories!
(Click image to download from the Free Resource Library!)