Hello mommies and welcome to Mommy Tell All Monday! Today one of my very special mommy friends is going to share the importance of documenting our children and her technique for it.
Okay, so I thought about what I could share with other moms… I’m sure I have a million things to say that mommies can relate to, but I really wanted to share the documents I keep of my son and daughter.
So we all have HILARIOUS things that our kids have said during their young lives, but if you’re like me, I have a hard time remembering the exact adorable words they use. So when my daughter was born (my second child), I decided to start a document on the computer for each kid. I write milestones, talk about their personalities, what things they love or hate, how MUCH I love them, and of course some of the hilarious things they come up with! It’s nothing fancy, just a word document on the computer for each kid. Any mom can do it, and I seriously encourage everyone to. I don’t write daily or even monthly sometimes. And there are no rules on correct grammar, because it’s just for you! I love looking back and reading the funny things that happened over the years and what a kick THEY will get out of the documents when they read them one day as grown adults! Most of all, I hope they see how much their mommy loved them unconditionally, all encompassing… how everyday I used my entire reserve of love on them.
Here are a few examples: I just title each entry with the date. Hope you love them too! I laugh and cry evertime I read these….
My Son (D):
September 19th, 2011
You were in time-out (which is a common daily thing at this age) and were hollaring for me. “Maamaa I no sit in timeout! I’m too big! I’m toooo biiiiig!” I was laughing soo hard. ;)
December 24th, 2011
We went to Christmas Eve Service tonight and toward the end of service we went and got you from your class so you could experience worshiping Christmas Songs. I held you and stood up to sing “Hark the Herald..” You raised both of your arms during the song. You saw others doing it and it was so beautiful to see you raise your arms in praise.. something that is so hard for grown-ups to do. I was in tears and this was a beautiful moment I will never forget. I am so proud of you.
March 21st, 2012
I was cleaning in the kitchen and you came in saying “mama! Mama! I very very very very very love you”.
My Daughter (H):
September 10th, 2011
First raindrop to touch your skin.
March 15th, 2013
You are quite the sassy little mama lately. You copy everything I say. Some of your favorites are: (said in your little high pitch voice)
“Because I said so!”
“Say ‘okay hailey’! Ok? Thank You!” (with a grumpy face)
July 24th, 2013
We spent a bit of alone time just me and you this past week, which you loved. And you told me on multiple occasions: “Mama, you best my friend” sealed with a kiss. So sweet my heart swells.
Brittny, stay-at-home mommy of 2
What a simple, but easy to manage idea! You can even use a notebook or journal for each child! I try to stay up-to-date with my daughter’s baby book (although it’s only a couple times a year) and I take a TON of photos which I sometimes turn into photo books. Now I am trying to use Project Life with some of those photos as well. I also write L a letter every year on her birthday.
How do you document your kiddos?