When I compare mom-of-one baby Christie versus mom-of-two babies Christie, I almost start to laugh. I think of things I easily took for granted (ahem, grocery shopping!) when I had just Hadley, and I think of the things I used to take the time to do…with a lot more frequency. Something I truly loved (and still do love) was working on Hadley’s baby book. Each month, I’d reflect on little milestones, her sleep schedule, her eating habits, trips we went on, etc. and write them down, along with adding a new photo every month. I’ve especially loved the C.R. Gibson baby books; they’re beautiful, easy to fill out, and well-made.
I got a similar baby book for Sadie, with a total plan to be as organized with it as I was with Hadley. I was able to begin filling things out during the end of my pregnancy, but it has all gone downhill from there. My saving grace: Tinybeans! Not an ad- just a genuine fan, that little (free!) app on my phone has helped my memory bank to be full, even if her baby book pages are empty. When I have taken the time to sit down when Sadie is now 9 months old and reflect on milestones and memories I had with her in month one, I just turn on my phone, open up Tinybeans, and scroll to January to see what we were up to. All you do is upload a photo (or ten, like I sometimes do) for the day, caption them if you want, and voila!…it’s saved. A bonus: it emails a feed to family members every day if they’d like to subscribe to follow along with your little one. My in-laws (who are very nearby, but still sweet enough to enjoy daily doses of their grandbabies,) my Aunt Jan in Iowa, and my friend Becky in Arizona are all able to stay up to date with our little ladies, rather than oversaturing my Facebook or Instagram with pictures of my girls.
Something else I am trying to do: making a little journal for each of my girls. Nothing too intense or stressful, just something for the sake of silly little memories of things they do for me to write in their journals, or an occasional love note from their mama for them to look back on. For example: we have a little lizard in our backyard that always wanders around while Hadley eats breakfast. I asked her to name him, and she said, “Shoom!” Every time she sees him, she says (from inside our kitchen) “Hiiii Shoom!” I don’t know why, but I find it so hilarious. That is something that is totally journal-worthy…the little tidbit about Shoom. 🙂 I found the journals at Pottery Barn…they’re the brand Rifle Paper Co.; they’re timeless, pretty, anndddd they were on sale! (Fun fact: the night I bought those journals, I went into labor with Sadie!)
But hey, if all else fails with this memory-keeping, at least I have a blog to look back on, right!? 😉