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My Babies Are Growing Up! I Want to Remember Every Moment

Steamboat 2013
If I’m guilty about hoarding anything, it’s definitely sentimental and special things related to my three children : artwork they’ve done, locks of hair, a teeny tiny plaid shirt that looks small enough for a doll that Cooper wore about twice, and the turtle Robeez that all three kids wore between 3 and 6 months. I even kept the x-ray of Kate's broken arm and the purple cast that already looks so tiny. As the kids get older, the more I realize my memory is not as wonderful as I hoped it would be. As I was experiencing their newbornness, the perfect, chubby and smiley six months old stage and then their toddler years when their true personalities started becoming apparent, I was so sure I would never, ever forget even the smallest details about their babyhood. I've taken thousands of pictures of them and dozens of videos--and I don't regret a single one. I hope to look through them with my grandchildren some day. One of my favorite ways of preserving memories about the kids is writing down funny things they’ve said. Here are a few of my favorites: Kate: Mommy, I want a baby mouse. Can I get a fish? How about a hamster?? Please! Cooper: How about a hotdog? Cooper (at three) , fondly ruffling the hair of his two year old cousin Kevin: “Kevin, you my sister. Kevin is my sister.” When Cooper was a baby with a particularly stinky diaper, Lauren cried indignantly, “He smells like the chin-hair of an unwashed goat!” Lauren to Kate during an argument: “Why don’t you get on your broom and fly away??” When I told Kate it was picture day at school she went upstairs and put on her bikini. When I told her that she couldn’t wear it she told me she would prefer to be home-schooled. Kate was sure a limousine would drive her kindergarten class to the field trip. Lauren: “Sometimes when I’m asleep I forget about my eyebrows.” ??? Kate at four, while sitting on Santa's lap: "Lauren has been crabbing and sassing." I have to keep a file on my computer open or a notebook handy to jot these treasures down quickly. They leave my brain very shortly after entering so getting them in writing fast is key. And as much as I love and cherish our photos of the kids and seeing their scratchy drawings, these quotes will be giving us belly laughs for years to come!   How do you preserve the precious and hysterical moments of your little ones? And What are some of your little one's cutest quotes?
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  • Pictures and videos! But I am not perfect at keeping them organized. I also do a lot of joirnaling.

    Debbie on
  • I have my phone on me at all times which means a camera is always there!

    Leslie Montgomery on
  • And this is why I have over 1200 pictures of my youngest on my phone. My other kids are older you used film and a camera and well it wasn’t cheap and I wish I had more pictures as they get older it becomes harder to remember their little faces and voices.

    megan b on
  • I love the notebook idea! I need to start this because my 2 year old is starting to make simple sentences instead of one word statements and it is pretty funny what he comes up with!

    Kim H on
  • I try so hard not to hoard too many sentimental things. These days I feel like everything is sentimental though!!!

    Audrey G. on

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