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I was really good about keeping a journal starting at a very young age. Scrap booking, not so much. But for some reason, right about the time that my husband and I met and started dating, my journal writing dropped to about once or twice a year. Not the most opportune time to start slacking. Since we've been married and started having kids, the number of entries each year hasn't increased very much. I think I might do three times a year now.

It's so bad that my journal entry, documenting the birth of my daughter, (who was born in DECEMBER) is still only a quarter of the way done.

Since I haven't been good at keeping up with a journal, and I don't scrapbook, I needed to have an easy way to keep track of things once I started having kids. I got some cute little journals that I keep track of everything in (I got mine at the dollar section in Michael's). My two kids have their own dedicated to them and I started by writing when and where they were born along with their weight and height and continue with each doctors visit. I also keep track of when they start doing things like smiling, laughing, rolling over, sitting up, when they get teeth, saying words. I keep it right in my living room where we spend our days so that I can write important things down when they happen so I won't forget to do it.

When my son started talking more, I started a separate journal of "quotes" and stories of my kids. I also keep it in the living room where we are during the day because I would definitely forget to write those things down otherwise. I just started this one in February, and reading it just now I already forgot some of the things I wrote down and I'm glad that I have a way to remember them. I quickly realized when I became a mother that there are so many moments that I want burned into my memory, and my book of quotes and stories is the best way to make that happen.

So if you are struggling in the journal writing department like I am, and don't scrapbook either, this is a good way to keep up with our little ones. And let's be honest, even if you are good at keeping up with those things, having these books for them is still a good thing to have.

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2 comments:

Miss Jane June 13, 2011 at 6:38 AM  

oh i did the SAME thing! I've been journaling since i was 6 years old. I have TONS of filled journals...and then around the time of dating my hubby and having kids...almost NIL. just a few entries. though i do write more often in my prayer journal and on my blogs lol! I HATE that I don't have that time period to read back on for all the details of my life I didn't want to forget. When i read earlier journals I definitely am transposed to that time and how i felt. LOVE reading old journals.

Good idea on the little journal books. I think i'm going to start keeping better track of my journaling. I'd really like to remember the funny little things my kiddos do.

Jess June 13, 2011 at 8:18 AM  

I was so good about keeping track of things when I just had one kid, but now it is harder and harder for me. I love the little snippets of journaling idea. It is amazing how many things I have forgotten.

Another easy idea for the first year of their life is buy a calendar and just write milestones, info from doctor visits, etc. on the date it happened on the calendar. Then if I ever have a desire to scrapbook or put together a photobook I have it documented.

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