Simple Memory Keeping Ideas
My post with his birth story got deleted when I changed web hosts. Long story short if you missed the post: Surprise! I have a baby! Jasper Jerald was born on January 11 with quite some doing… Low heart rate for him led to an emergency c-section for me. Even at full term he’s a tiny peanut- He weighed just 5 lb 13 oz at birth.
And now, all of a sudden, he’s a month old. Time is flying by. I cried when I packed his preemie clothes last week and I can’t imagine what I’ll be like in just one more month leaving him at child care.
I’ve gotten to be very sentimental and want to hold on to every memory, but that feeling is tempered with knowing I could easily be overwhelmed when I head back to work. The last thing I need is a guilt trip about falling behind on scrapbooking, so I have chosen a few simple ways to keep memories.
First is A Question a Day for Moms. I wanted to get a 5-year journal but I have tried and failed to keep up with them in the past. This is better because it has the nostalgia of a 5-year journal, but there is a prompt on every page. If I get a few days behind I can easily catch up. (Now that I’m flipping through I’m realizing I’m about two weeks behind… oops!) The questions are sometimes cute and sometimes thought-provoking. Overall I am pleased!
One of my favorite things is the junk journal I am keeping for Jasper.
I found a two-hole punch at a thrift shop (but here’s a link to a similar one) and simply punch and jot a note on papers as they come in. On the front of this book, you can see the pregnancy test I took and the front of a card from a baby shower. Sometimes I punch and save whole cards and sometimes I use the front side for journaling.
Above is an example of where I journaled on the back of the front of a card. I also tore out my planner page from where we worked on brainstorming baby names in the hotel room the night before he was born. I’ve saved the card from his hospital bassinet, his first valentine from his cousins, and the invitation from his first social event, among many other things. The book is getting thick already, but I can always just get bigger rings if I need to.
Another way I am saving memories is with a very simple calendar.
I love this undated calendar that I purchased from Amazon. It’s great for babies because it can start at any time. I just jot things down as they happen… Appointments we went to, visitors, and firsts.
I’m using a bit of technology as well. I made Jasper his own private Instagram account (bear with me here…) Not because I am interested in having an insta-famous baby, but because I plan to order Chatbooks.
Chatbooks sends neatly printed books of pictures uploaded from your computer, phone, or from social media. I want to have printed pictures of Jasper but do not want the pressure of figuring out how to organize them.
The commercials are hilarious and so relatable.
You can even have Chatbooks automatically send you books that they print directly from your social media. I plan to do a bit of editing, but the option is nice.
A softcover book is just $10, which happens to be the value of my referral code. Give it a click if you would like to try Chatbooks.
As hard as it is to admit a month has already passed, I’m already enjoying looking back at my simple scrapbooks. I am sure they will become even more precious as time passes.