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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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  • We are keeping a baby book and first-year calendar for our new son, which has lots of pre-filled areas for comments and photos. Also, we started a time capsule for him, containing the newspaper from when he was born, some newborn clothes, his first cloth diaper, a letter from his parents, magazines from the month he was born, ultrasound photos, hospital bracelets, hospital hat, cards from well-wishers at his baby showers/birth, a coin collection my husband bought, etc. and we will add things as the years go by. We hope to keep it a secret and give it to him when he is 18…25…30 years old?! At an age where he will really appreciate it. :)

    Dinah Liebold on
  • I take lots of pics and videos!

    Katie Gill on
  • Well sounds like I’m in good company! I to have a little journal to write things in. My Mom was the complete opposite…didn’t save anything so I have taken it to the extreme! Maybe my daughter will be somewhere in the

    Abbey R. on
  • I am just starting my memories hoarding! I take LOTS of pictures. Thank goodness for smart phones with great cameras. That way I always have my camera! I am also in the process of making a shadow box for her room that has her hospital bracelet, her going home outfit, a couple pictures, her feet prints, and my husband and I’s bands too.

    Tanya Read on
  • I treated myself to a real camera and my little one is my favorite subject.

    Sara P. on

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