One Way to Avoid the Inevitable Baby Book Mom Guilt
I feel this pressure to create the perfect baby book. Does this sound familiar? I love the idea of it, but man, it's tough to keep up. I tried hard for Jack, but you can quickly tell the point in his book when I went back to work and my updates became minimal. The pre-prompted lines in his baby book (when did he start walking? what was his favorite book?) that were intended to make it easier only made it more obvious when I didn't write something down. There's no way I can now remember what his favorite food was at seven months!
While I couldn't keep up with the baby books, I did start one thing that has helped to alleviate this guilt and keep a nice record of my children's milestones:
I keep a One Line a Day journal. It's as simple as it sounds. It's a five-year book, but don't let the idea of five years scare you off. You simply write one line a day, every day. I keep mine on my nightstand and try to write down something every night before bed (lately, though, it's become more of a five-day catch-up session on my weekend "sleep-in" morning).
It's a great way to capture those funny and cute phrases your kids say and to recap the important milestones. I have also used it to keep a record of some of the tough days because I want to remember for myself and for my kids that parenting is not always adorable one-liners. :)
I now have three years documented in here, and I am already planning to purchase a second one when the five years are completed. It's been such a joy to read back through, and I am so happy I did it. I have visions of copying it and giving it to my kids when they become parents.