You hear it from a lot of older parents you talk to – your kids are only little once and the time goes by so quickly. In the beginning, it’s hard to fathom. At this stage, your baby is reliant on you for every little need she has. But those first few weeks pass in the blink of an eye, and you can already see that your newborn has grown immensely.
By the time your baby reaches her first birthday, you wonder where the time has gone. You’ve just had some of the most challenging and rewarding months of your life, and you can’t believe your baby has already hit milestones she’ll never have again.
If you’re like most moms, you’re looking for ways to preserve these precious memories before they are lost for good. Here are three ways to help you remember these special days.
Keep a Journal
Any recollections of your baby when she was an infant will have to come solely from you – your baby certainly won’t remember that adorable thing she did while the two of you were sharing a snuggly moment one night.
It can be difficult to find a few spare moments in your day, but you should make writing down some of your journey together a habit. Although it might not seem possible that you’ll one day forget that cute little saying your toddler came up with or what her favorite television show was, in the passing years, some of that stuff might be gone for good.
When she’s older, your child will love reading about your past together and she’ll treasure those memories you’ve saved for her.
Pictures are great, but one day, any videos you take now may become your most treasured possessions. You’ll be able to hear your child’s cute baby voice again, and see some of the mannerisms she once had that slipped your mind.
Make sure you aren’t cut out of the video action either. Get a friend to take a video of you and your child together. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing. She won’t care at the time of the video and she won’t care later. What she’ll remember is that you loved her enough to chronicle her past and your time together.
Give her plenty of hugs and kisses in the video – let her know she was loved then and still is now.
Make an Annual DVD
Gather all your photos or videos of her first year and turn them into a DVD, set to a special song the two of you have. It’s easier than trying to track down random videos that you might have stored in several different places – on your computer, on discs or on flash drives.
Celebrate each of her birthdays by popping the disc in and watching the year’s highlights unfold before your eyes.
Shannon Serpette is a mother of two and an award-winning journalist and freelancer who lives in Illinois. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.