I have a confession: Hi my name is Kate and I’ve never kept a baby book for my kids. GASP! I’ve always felt a little guilty about it, especially since my mother was amazing about keeping a baby book for her kids. We also live in the Pinterest age of all these crafty & organized women who have their act together & are documenting everything so perfectly.
Me? Not so much. It’s not my thing. I don’t make the time for it. I did a small calendar of Lboy’s milestones when he was a baby & I’m not really sure where it is. All my stories end up on Facebook & then they disappear into digital history.
A year ago, I decided to make a change. Only, I didn’t rush out to go spend a fortune on a baby book, I opened each of my kids an email account through gmail. It’s nice & simple and you can’t beat free.
For the last year, I have emailed short stories, little notes that just say “hey,” doctor’s visits on how big they are & how much they’ve grown, pictures, videos, cute things they say or anything that pops into my head that I want to say to each of them. It has been so simple, because all I do is type something up really fast on my iPhone & then email it to them.
I have folders organized so that when they receive an email from me or any other family member, we each have a designated folder. When they turn 18, my plan is to hand the email accounts over to them & they can use it as their personal email with the added bonus of a folder of letters from their mom.
I hope, hope, hope that someday they will think it’s so cool to have those emails from me. But mostly, I hope that they know that I loved them & was so proud to be their mother as I was recording those precious memories.