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I’ve worried about this message for a few days. It involves a topic that is particularly guilt-inducing for some moms. Perhaps–I thought– it’s better to just leave it alone.
Wait…what? Leave it alone? I’d have to give up my Bossy Big Sister status! No way. I’m licensed to interfere, push, prod, nag, pester, bug, irritate, dictate, speculate, never hesitate and when all else fails–boss. (Or tie you up ’til you promise to behave, whatever works.)
Anyway, I’m talking about preserving memories for your sweet baby and I’m going to keep it short and sweet this week. If you want to create a scrapbook that weighs fifty pounds by Baby’s first birthday, go for it! If a pre-fab “baby book” is more your style, grab a cute one and start filling in the blanks.
But if traditional, detailed chronicles of any sort are not your style, don’t beat yourself up about it. Just save something. You’ll enjoy the flood of memories every time you reexamine the keepsakes and your child will treasure them all their life. Here’s a few no-stress suggestions to get you started.
- Keep a pocket-sized notebook in your purse and jot down a poignant moment when you can. Encourage hubs to add his thoughts as well.
- Keep a small camera with you to snap photos of sweet and silly moments–like when you first realize you can no longer see your feet, grab that camera and record the new view!
- Print copies of any e-mail correspondences related to the baby. Did you e-mail anyone with the big news? Do you and the hubs e-mail back and forth about appointment times, possible baby names, how many times you’ve felt the baby move, what food just gave you indigestion or the ten egg rolls you need him to get for you right now? Print them out and tuck them away!
- Hang on to a receipt for your maternity clothes or the first package of diapers that you buy.
- Keep an easy memento of pregnancy cravings. Stash an extra copy of your favorite take-out menu (circle the things you’ve ordered over and over during your pregnancy) or a grocery store receipt that shows the ten pints of Super-Duper Triple Chocolate Chip (theoretically speaking).
Remember, these memories are not just for you and the hubs to savor, they are the beginning of Baby’s personal history. Trust me on this: kids love hearing their story. It doesn’t need fancy, color-coordinated packaging, it just needs to be preserved for all of you to enjoy.