Does writing from the heart come naturally to you? While I consider myself a feelings person, it’s mostly internal. I struggle with writing openly, and if I begin to over-think it, my words become really stilted and awkward. (Probably like right now as I share this about myself!)
It’s easy to write down the facts of a situation.
You rolled over for the first time today. We decided to stop using your swaddle for safety reasons.
I think if there’s one place you should be open, it should be with your child. You’re already putting your time, money, and energy into creating an album for him/her. Include your voice. Tell your child more about his/her story. Include the details.
You rolled over for the first time today. We decided to stop using your swaddle for safety reasons. I’m so happy that I could witness this milestone, but I’m also sad that we’ll need to stop swaddling you. Let’s be honest, that swaddle was magic. As sleep-deprived as we have been since coming home from the hospital, we will adapt and grow together as we adjust to a new normal.
You get the idea. Don’t be vague.
I was happy you slept through the night.
Be open, and you’ll find your writing voice.
I was so happy you slept through the night because those two extra hours gave me a chance to finish the laundry, and catch up on an episode of Game of Thrones. Priorities, you know.
I think what’s worked for me is writing directly to my children. instead of saying, “Nagini did this,” I wrote, “You did this.”
It’s a lot easier to write TO them instead of writing OF them.
(This post is from my 31 days to a baby album series. For more information, head over here.)