Create Daily Notes to Your Child to Help Memories Last a Lifetime

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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.

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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.

My idea:

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.

  1. Keep a daily entry in my notebook on my iPhone.
  2. Also write out the entries onto little slips of paper.
  3. Create a decorative vase/container to keep the paper entries.
  4. Create an email account for the electronic copy.
  5. Stick with it all 365 days
  6. 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.

Paper copy:
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.

Electronic version:
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:

  • Date
  • 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!

 Create Daily Notes to Your Child to Help Memories Last a Lifetime

Chickie

Recent to the blogging world, I'm a new mom finding my way with my little darling Sweet Pea. I enjoy cooking, baking, the great outdoors and everything Baby Girl! Elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom = children's lit lover and craft connoisseur.
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  1. I try to write a note to my son and put it in his lunch box every day. I’ve been lax on that lately, so thanks for the reminder!

  2. This is such an incredibly sweet idea! I love it!

  3. I LOVE this idea. I am going to do this for my girls…AND my hubby for Valentine’s Day and give them the whole jar next year as a gift. How FUN..and what a treasured keepsake.

  4. sounds like a great way to keep memories. I know that when my oldest son was developing (or not developing as the case was) it was too hard to write these things down. I wish I had.

  5. That is such a sweet idea! I really want to start something like that for my son!

  6. This is a beautiful idea!
    I write notes for the kids when it is their birthday but I have not done it for 365 days straight. I am going to try it. I know you are right in that they would love one day take the time to read them.
    As a matter of fact the other day I told them I had some old love notes that their dad wrote to me in high school and they had so much fun reading them – so I know they would love notes of their own! Thanks for sharing this idea!

  7. I love this!

  8. Have you thought about scanning your handwritten notes and then creating a digital book?

  9. I LOVE this idea. Thanks for sharing.

  10. What a wonderful idea!

  11. What a sweet idea! I love it.

  12. Seriously cute! I am going to start doing this.

  13. This is a great idea! I am going to start doing this for my boys.

  14. I love this idea!

  15. Aww! What a great idea!

  16. I love this idea. I think I would start to forget and then I’d be sad

  17. This is a fantastic idea!! LOVE this!

  18. Great idea.

  19. I try to do this digitally The paper would get lost.

  20. This is a neat idea.

  21. What a sweet idea!

  22. Such a cute idea!

  23. Going to try this!

  24. These are such beautiful ways to cherish our children and have something that records our hopes and sentiments.

  25. I do have a journal for each of my children, but I always forget to write in it!

  26. Unique idea. very nice. I have a “Life moments” book for each one of my kids where I share their milestones, accomplishments and funny situation as well as my thoughts on loving them. When they get older I’ll give it to them as a wedding gift.

  27. I love this idea!

  28. Such a sweet idea!

  29. I take notes in my phone of milestones and funny things that they say, and I also keep a tumblr for the grandparents. Documenting on the go.

  30. Absolutely love this idea!! Will definitely be pinning this for when I have babies!

  31. I love the idea and since I have notes in a book handwritten from my dad (who has passed), I totally appreciate seeing his actual handwriting so much more than if he had typed it out. Good idea to do both!

  32. I LOVE THIS.
    life is flying by and suddenly my child is seven.

  33. What a great idea! I’m sure she will treasure these notes when she is older.

  34. What a wonderful idea for both her and you! I think it’s great that you are starting this tradition and I’m now inspired to do something similar.

  35. Such a sweet idea.

  36. Creative idea! I am going to have to snag this for my kids. I don’t know that it matters what age. I might even add some of the cute phrases or terms my daughter uses right now (she is 3 and started asking for “Charmy Lucks” in the store… took us 5 minutes to realize she said Lucky Charms). Thanks! Pinning this one.

  37. What a sweet thing to do! She will treasure these when she’s older, for sure!

  38. What a beautiful idea! I love it!

  39. Love this idea, especially because it could be done in so many different ways!! A fun way to journal or create a memory book of a year!! Off to pin!

  40. Love this! You’ll have memories and then pass them along to your daughter when she’s older.

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