Sweet Pea turned one and with the joy of finishing her 1st year calendar and memory book I’m left thinking now what. How do I go about keeping track of her daily funnies, milestones and memories. Most baby books finish at the end of the first year or only leave just a tiny bit of room for your child’s high-light reel until they are 5ish. Plus, I wanted something “more” special & tailored to just her all about her. So what to do…
Luckily, my dear inspirational friend, Pinterst gave me an idea I turned into my own. Check it out.
The gist of the original idea is to write down short stories from the year onto little pieces of paper. Place it into a decorative container and then read aloud as a family on New Year’s Eve.
Since Sweet Pea’s birthday is in January altering this idea to her was seamless. I would write a daily entry of our day on sheets of paper to then share with my 2 year old on her birthday. Yes, that’s where I stopped and said that isn’t going to work. At age 2 she won’t care one bit that she blew kisses to a stranger or went to the zoo for the first time. So here’s the plan and so far I’m keeping to it.
- Keep a daily entry in my notebook on my iPhone.
- Also write out the entries onto little slips of paper.
- Create a decorative vase/container to keep the paper entries.
- Create an email account for the electronic copy.
- Stick with it all 365 days
- At the end of each year store in small separate decorative boxes for the day she will be old enough to appreciate.
Why double-duty with the written word and electronic copy. A few reasons.
1. I’m a sucker for a handwritten note especially in cursive. 2. Having a paper copy is still of importance to me in this paperless era! (Sorry Eco-friendly friends) 3. Visual effect- it will be lovely seeing all of those notes piled up to document our year in a lovely vase. A keepsake of each year to hold onto for eternity.
1. Fire, Sweet Peas destructive phase, loosing them over the years… All could happen, right?!
2. She has them at her disposal to do whatever she wants with them.
3. Forever saved out there in the electronic universe.
4. I can also attach photos and videos!
What do I write:
- positive moments
- summary of the day
- hopes for Sweet Pea
- love notes
Additional Idea: Have family and other people of importance write to your child. Looking back on those special handwritten notes will be very special!
Creating Your Decorative Vase:
My vase may not seem very special through your eyes however this vase carried Sweet Pea’s first dozen of pink roses. It was a special gift that was delivered to the hospital to her so when I look at this vase I see all the love that welcomed her into this world. Using this special vase I just added a wide 1in. ribbon with a 1/2in. ribbon hot glued on top. Embellishing with only a few 3-dimensional flowers. Keeping it simple so when her room changes as she gets older I can change the design.
I hope that this inspires you in some small way. Tweak and change to make it your own.
What do you do to celebrate your child’s year? I’d love to hear your suggestions and ideas!
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