It’s true what people say…
“Childhood goes so quickly, blink and you miss it”.
I read a beautifully written blog by mrsgoresdiary which really sums this up called ‘Refusing to Blink’
Having a baby is very much living in the here and now. It’s all about how long until the next feed? Can I squeeze a shower in before the baby wakes up? If I make this cup of tea will I have time to drink it before it gets cold? (Never by the way) and how long before I can go to sleep? You live hour to hour and thinking a year ahead is far too much for a sleep deprived baby fogged brain to comprehend. Whilst you cherish every moment with your newborn treasure, before you know it you are reminiscing about contractions starting this time last year and wondering how your baby is turning one. Because although everyone told you it would go quickly, they warned you that they wouldn’t be a baby for long, and you listened, but you didn’t appreciate it. You can’t until it’s been and gone and you take a breath and think wow that’s what they were talking about. Hindsight is such a wonderful thing.
I cherished every moment with my first and I thought I would remember everything, but you don’t. It becomes hazy, the timelines blur. They get older and suddenly you need to remember to return library books, buy a birthday present for the kid with the snotty nose, google tactics for getting kids to eat vegetables, and buy new underwear because your child is suddenly growing like a weed, along with remembering to feed, water and wash them. The brain can only store so much information and those beautiful baby moments you thought you would always remember have been replaced with every characters name from Cars, and the soundtrack to Frozen which plays on loop in your head. Constantly.
With my second I know how quickly the time is going to fly and I am doing a few things to ensure I don’t forget. So I’m hoping these are some practical tips for new parents. Yes it will go quick, but here are a few ideas that will help you create and store a little memory book of all the moments you have cherished as parents.
We all take them, hundreds of them, then they sit on our computers doing nothing. I love taking photos and I love looking at photos. Every year I do a photobook of all my favourite photos of my son and the things we have done. I use snapfish and have always been hugely impressed with the quality. You can add text so I always put a page in about his favourite toys, books, foods, songs and TV programmes and any milestones that have happened over the year. They are a lovely keepsake and It’s become a little tradition of mine on the eve of his birthday, when the presents are wrapped and the banners are up I go back to the beginning and look through all his books and feel very warm and fuzzy! At the moment we do one for each year, that might change as he gets older and doesn’t oblige when I shove the camera in his face. One book might cover the teenage years, who knows? But I will continue to do them and tell my self it’s a keepsake for my boys when really it’s for me.
Added tip: in January Snapfish do a half price offer on photobooks.
One of the things I am doing with Son number 2 that I didn’t have the foresight to do with my first is a weekly picture. I pop him in his bouncy chair every Thursday morning with a sign that says how many weeks he is and take a photo. I don’t go for the pose, it is a snapshot in time, whether he is crying, laughing or sleeping I take the photo. Once he is 6 months I expect I will start doing them monthly rather than weekly but it is already a beautiful reminder of how much he is changing and growing.
I have yet to find a baby book that I really like. They are all very time consuming and not very personal. I know it is a major milestone when your baby rolls over, but they will all do it at some point. I want something that shows my child’s uniqueness. I brought a nice notebook and I literally use it to note down the things they say that make me smile, their achievements etc. The little gems that you don’t want to forget, like how my son says ‘heart beeps’ instead of heart beat, and how the other day he told me that he didn’t understand why he couldn’t fly to playschool. Write them all down in a special place and you will always remember.
I also keep a copy of all the thank you notes for birthdays and Christmases. One day I will put them in a scrapbook but for now I have them somewhere safe. Just another little keepsake to savour.
I don’t have one but I think they are a lovely idea. You send their old babygrows off and you get a patchwork lion or monkey back made from them. They are beautiful and what else do you do with those little clothes that you can’t bear to part with. You can also have quilts made. I think a voucher for one of these would be a beautiful gift for a new baby, christening or even first birthday gift. It’s so unique and there only so many money boxes and first curl trinkets you can receive!
I have even seen a company that turn your childs artwork into a toy. It’s amazing. Right now H’s pictures would be a terrifying toy but as his artistic skills develop this is one I intend to do.
On that note does anyone have any ideas how I can keep all of his paintings without having to shove them into the loft never to be seen again, or stick them in a scrapbook that I have no room to store?
So there you have it. A few little ideas to help you store your precious memories whilst time flies by. Hope they are useful.