When it comes to being a family historian, every new parent starts out with the best intentions. Armed with our carefully selected baby books, we vow to diligently record each and every first, be it a first laugh, first step, or a first I-am-so-not-going-to-eat-this face. But somewhere along the line, life inevitably gets in the way.
The more our babies and toddlers are able to do, the busier we all seem to get, until soon enough, that treasured baby book gets stashed away on a bookshelf or, worse yet, in a junk drawer. And that’s just with your first baby. Things really start to go downhill when you have to start keeping up with the milestones and achievements of multiple children, which is why I absolutely adore the system one of my best mom friends has set up to record all her kiddos’ firsts (and more).
You guys are probably familiar with the concept of starting a family blog both for marking milestones and sharing them with friends and family. Another popular idea is to open an email account in your child’s name and send him messages every year on his birthday, discussing all his accomplishments and telling him how proud you are of him. The new system that I love is actually a hybrid of these two concepts.
I love it because it’s simple, convenient and a wonderful keepsake for both you and your child. To start, all you have to do is open an email account in your child’s name and begin sending messages that can describe your anticipation for her arrival, what it was like when you brought her home from the hospital, etc.
Once the email account is set up, you can use it to quickly chronicle any and all your child’s achievements. So when baby smiles for the first time, grab your smartphone and shoot off an email. You can do that right? It’s so much easier than drafting a blog post or jotting it down on a calendar and praying that you’ll remember to add it to the baby book later.
In between the short messages marking big milestones like “Today you laughed for the first time!” you can also send longer messages. Once a week, once a month, or once a year, send an email about all the things your child is currently doing that make you laugh, fill you with pride, or totally mystify you.
When your baby is all grown up, she’ll have a very special glimpse into how you saw her throughout the years. You can add photos to the emails, too. The great thing about this idea is that you can tailor it to fit your needs and wants. It can be as elaborate or as simple as you need it to be.
So is your baby about to get his first email?