When your baby crawls for the first time, how will you record it? In that moment, or maybe a week, or a month from then, you will remember it. But, what about a year or even five years later?
I have used different methods to record my memories of my kids. I’ve done things like send myself an email, jot it down on a sticky note, and written it onto small journal cards.
Come up with a system that works for you. Set an alarm to get down your memories at the end of the day, or keep a journal nearby and add to it as things happen.
Every month I wrote letters to my children, and I kept a record of things that happened during the month. For the most part, I wrote little one or two word emails to myself to remember things I wanted to add to their albums. It wasn’t necessarily the most effective method, but it worked for me.
By the time I worked on my second baby’s album, I was still keeping up with the little emails, but eventually changed tactics. I started writing memories on little journaling cards and slipped them into pocket pages for that month.
It was much more effective than my one-word emails because with my second child, well, the days blurred a lot. When I went back to read my emails many months later, I had no idea what that one word or phrase meant. Good thing I kept other notes floating around with a bit more detail to fill in the blanks!
How will you record milestones and other memories so that you can write your story? Tomorrow, I’ll share some tools that I found helpful to my process.
(This post is from my 31 days to a baby album series. For more information, head over here.)