Low-Maintenance Memory Keeping (Part 3 of 3)

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Welcome back to my Memory Keeping Series!  You can find the beginning of this series *here*.

Today I’m talking Baby Books.  I often feel like there’s an all-or-nothing mentality regarding keeping baby books.  You’re either in the group of Moms that dutifully records each coo, first smile, and first step, marking down the date and time of day that it happened, or you’re in the group of Moms that finds it all too overwhelming and so ditches the idea all together.  (Baby book?  Ha!  I’m lucky to get a bath in.)

I keep many of their baby pictures and highlighted memories in our family yearbooks, but there’s just something about having something that’s individually theirs that’s extra special.  I have fond memories of finding my husband’s baby book on my mother-in-law’s shelf and looking at it for hours.  I love flipping through it even more now that I have my own boys and can see similarities between his baby photos and theirs.

If you read my last post about pregnancy journaling, you already know how I like things to be low-maintenance.  If God sees fit to bless us, we’d like several more children and I’d like to spend my ‘free’ time doing other more important things (like spending time with said children instead of just writing about them).  And so I went on the hunt for the most basic, straight-forward baby book I could get my hands on.

I settled upon Humble Bumble’s Baby Journal which covers the span from birth to age 3.

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My method of keeping up with this journal goes something like this:

  • I fill in the introductory pages sometime while I’m pregnant.
  • I fill in the Happy Birthday pages after the little one is born.
  • I update the journal once a month with length, weight, and new milestones for their first year.  (I put down their ‘another-month-old’ dates on my calendar so it gets done).
  • After their first year, I update it again on their second birthday and then again on their third birthday.

Pretty low-maintenance and easy, right?  As long as I don’t forget to keep up with it (and the calendar helps with that), it takes all but a few minutes a month.  So here’s a tour.

The introductory pages include a place to record their family tree.

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A page about Mommy:

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A page about Daddy:

 

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A page for current events and prices for that child’s birth year.  By the way, do you want to see the grocery price difference between 2010 and 2012?  Crazy, right?

 

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It’s also got a page for when you find out your child’s gender.  I included pictures from our Gender Reveal Party for Matthias.

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Finally, the Happy Birthday pages.  It’s got a short spot to record birth details and thoughts (I won’t bore you with those).  Then has lots of room for pictures.

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After they’re born, it shifts into month-by-month mode.  It’s got a page for recording their growth stats and a page for recording new milestones.  Every time they turn a month older, it takes only a few minutes to record the new information and jot down any new skills they’ve learned since last month.  It’s been really fun to look back and compare the differences between my two boys!

 

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Then their first birthday comes around…

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In addition to a page where I can record their one-year-old info, I also include a letter written to my son for him to read later when he’s older.  It’s basically an ooshy-gooshy Mom letter where I tell him how proud I am of his new accomplishments and how much I’ve enjoyed being his mother that year.

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After his first birthday, it doesn’t have anything to fill out until his second and third birthday come along.  I include a handwritten letter to him each of those years as well.

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And there you have it.  Easy peasy baby books in a few minutes a month or less.

I’d love to hear from you!  Do you keep baby books for your children?  Any tips for personalizing or streamlining things?

4 thoughts on “Low-Maintenance Memory Keeping (Part 3 of 3)

  1. Valerie says:

    That all looks great and very low-maintence! Nice. 😀

  2. Emily says:

    I’m currently pregnant with our third and wish I’d heard about these before our first was born! None of our children currently have baby books and it’s something I really regret.

    • I'm Kelsey! says:

      Just start documenting their life where they’re at now. Take pictures! Write down the funny stories! When they’re adults with their own children, they probably won’t resent the fact that they don’t have their baby years written down somewhere. But they will appreciate what you *do* have to remind them of their childhood. I don’t have my parents baby books to look at, but I’ve always enjoyed looking back at the 7 year old pictures of my Dad my grandmother has in her home! Thanks for reading, Emily! And congrats on the little one.

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