The ‘fourth trimester’ has come and gone and just as they say — it flew by. Having a newborn is magical and exhausting. Days blend together and often seem long, but the weeks go oh so fast. I’m so happy that I started a few daily rituals to help me remember these moments.
Keep a journal
Our first week at home, I bought a big journal on one of our many trips to target. Initially, I thought I’d write to Emmie every day of her life the first year. [Please don’t laugh at how unrealistic this is if you’re a mom – it’s the thought that counts!] Safe to say that did not happen; however, I do write a little note for all of our firsts or just on random days. I keep it in the kitchen so it’s always close by. If it’s a busy day [especially now that I’m back to work], I scribble the title at the top with the date so I can always go back and jot things down. [Hopefully, this isn’t another pipe dream] I’m hoping I can keep this journal and give it to her when she’s older – like maybe when she graduates college. How fun would that be if you had a handwritten journal from your parents about your childhood?
Take a photo a day
This is an easy one for most parents, but snap one photo a day. I ‘favorite’ my top photo for the day so it’s easy to categorize them. Then, if you want to take it a step further, download the 1 Second app. It’s the best. You can upload 1-2 one-second videos or photos every day. It organizes them into a slideshow, and it’s free!
Snap weekly and monthly photos
Starting at 7 weeks, I began taking a weekly photo. I didn’t get the idea until then, and I really love it. I keep my letterboard handy. Weekend mornings when it’s just us two [we’re both morning people, ha!], I snap her photo real quick. I also do the standard monthly photos with a letterboard, too. It’s been a fun tradition to start.
Start a baby book
Pick up a baby book while they’re little. Start it while they’re young so it’s not overwhelming. It’s fun to use this to more formally document the big moments & milestones and save your favorite photos. I always think a baby book becomes a family heirloom someday. I love, love, LOVE the Artifact Uprising baby book.
So there you have it! 4 simple things I do to remember the haze of the newborn stage. When are babies not a newborn by the way? 4 months? 6 months? For now, I’m saying I still have a newborn.
Affectionately known to her friends as Millennial Martha for her love of DIY and decorating, Jen can’t help but pour her heart + soul into everything she touches. She’s loved to entertain since acquiring a table and chairs, and giving gifts is one of her favorite hobbies. Jen is the creator of Girl Meets Party. Her dream is to share her passions with the world in hopes to inspire others by making the seemingly unattainable attainable.