Do you keep a baby journal? I'm not talking about the classic baby book that keeps track of birth stats and milestones and height/weight charts. Not that there's anything wrong with those, I have one and have taken my documenting responsibilities very seriously. But, for the moment, I'm talking about an actual journal (think: Dear Diary), but instead of rambling about the highs and lows of your own day, rambling about the highs and lows of your baby's day. Maybe it's a story about the bully at daycare that pulled her hair or the afternoon that he puked peas all over your comforter, pillow and face. The memorable stuff.
I'll answer first - Yes, I keep one of these baby journals (in addition to my classic baby book). Kind of. I kept a pregnancy journal and wrote very often. I think my purpose was to release some of the excitement. As soon as I discovered that I was pregnant I immediately wanted to converse with my unborn child. Pronto. So, I wrote to him/her (I didn't know that she was a she at the time). And then, part way through my pregnancy, it seemed that I was also writing to myself. I was chronicling the nausea patterns and the first feelings of movement so I would know for the second time because I (correctly) assumed that I wouldn't remember every little detail.
Once my daughter was born I continued to write in my pregnancy journal, which then became this baby journal that I speak of. It's sort of like a collection of letters to my daughter. If I'm being honest, I don't write often. But if something particularly memorable happens or if I spy the journal under the stack of books on my nightstand, I'll sit and take a minute to give an update.
I have a friend whose mother still keeps a baby journal for her. After 30 some years, her mother still writes about her daughter for her daughter. Amazing, huh? I have another friend who writes in one of those "A Line A Day" journals for her daughter. I love this. I may steal it for my round two.
|Here's the One Line a Day book that my friend uses. |
There is also one specifically called Mom's One Line a Day.
My baby journal is extremely basic, it's from Barnes and Noble. It's not a moleskin notebook, but might as well be.
Here is a sweet one that I found on Minted.com, a website that I love, hence the fact that I've mentioned it in many a post. They have a ton of baby related (and non baby related) stuff, including a fantastic selection of baby journals, most of which you can personalize with photos or the baby's name. Great gift.
So, back to you. Did you keep a baby journal? Will you? Do you have one of those milestone baby books? Were you just as good at journaling/documenting for baby number two as baby number one?