I always thought that The Boy would have the perfect baby book. Something that I made myself, something that I had obsessed over. As life got going, that just wasn’t to be. Read on to see how I’m capturing baby’s firsts and chronicling his milestones, and learn how the moms of The Mommy Mindset are doing it too!
Ashley: I totally planned on doing one! I had one growing up and it was to take it out and look at it every so often. However, I’ve been horrible about putting anything together. Luckily for my son’s first birthday, my sister (who knows me too well) gave us a baby book she had started for him since she know I hadn’t gotten around to it. I’m so glad she did! However, I’ve been bad about updating it 🙁
Emily: I’m horrible about this, too. I purchased something that was called “All About Me” – it was the size of a recipe card box and contained index cards that you were supposed to fill out for various milestones. I’m embarrassed to say that I never used it. All of my son’s milestones are written in my planner. I recently discovered Project Life, and plan to make one for his first three years. I hope to stay more on top of it going forward.
I also have a letter sized tote box that contains folders with all of the art projects that we do. That makes me feel a little better about slacking in the “baby book” department.
Lena: I am not… but I feel very bad about it. I am not a fan of scrapbooking and I have no time for it. The best thing I can do is making annual photobooks. I think ut shows the highlight 🙂
Gena: I knew before I even had my sons that I would be horrible at keeping up with it, so I never bought one. Instead, I bought the “My First Year” calendars and just write down things as they happen. This has worked really well and I still do it for my three year old. The calendar is a nice gift for Christmas and I just save them. Maybe they’ll care one day, maybe not, but they’re nice for me to have! I’m like Lena and I make annual photo books. They’re a lot of work, but so much fun to look at!
Ghada: I am terrible at chronicling. I tried a scrapbook with #1 and got about 5 pages in before I decided to scrap that idea LOL Too expensive and I didn’t feel I was doing the pics justice. Though I must say I was happy with the 5 or so pages I did create. I have a TON of photos and videos of both kids, but I can’t really say they are organized very well. I just backed up all of our family videos (mainly of the kids) to an external hard drive – feel pretty clever just for doing that 🙂
Mary: I was soooooo good with doing my son’s first year and then – nothing. I have so many pictures! I even tried to blog with both of my kids thinking it would be easier but alas, I wish I would have gotten one of those fill in as you go. I think with the rise of scrap-booking the fill in books feel out of fashion 🙁
Ashley: I bought one of those collage pictures frames and put a bunch of pictures from his first year in it. That’s probably all I have time to do!
Thanks for sharing how you’re capturing baby’s firsts and chronicling your children’s milestones Lena of Way2Goodlife, Ashley of Maryland Momma’s Rambles & Reviews, Ghada of Mama goes BAM, Gena of Life with Captain Fussy Bucketsand Mary of I Need a Playdate.
How are you capturing your baby’s firsts? Are you doing a better job at it than you thought?