27 April 2016, by Mandy Loh
“The days are long, but the years are short”
I love this quote (and the below video, both by Gretchen Rubin) about parenting. It is so true, and at times I would pause and marvel at how that itty bitty baby boy I was just holding in my arms, not too long ago, has suddenly transformed into a walking, talking, absolutely mischievous monkey!
In fact, I sometimes wish I could just freeze time and have my munchkins stay this way forever! But since that’s not possible, snapping tons of photos is the only way I can capture all these lovely moments of their childhood.
However, one of the perils of digital technology now is that we have WAAAY too many photos we have snapped and forgotten about. Many times, we take multiple shots of something, hoping to get the perfect picture, but end up clogging our photo libraries with thousands of photos!
For me, I decided to solve this problem by taking time to create annual photo books, (similar to photo albums in the “good old days” of film and printed photos) so that we can easily flip through and enjoy the best memories of the years that have flown by.
In fact, I had just spent the last 2 weeks working on Cristan’s 3rd year album, as well as a 2015 family album (yes, it will be combined from now onwards!)
While it does take some time and effort, I hope to be able to keep this going for as long as possible. There’s just something very nice about holding a physical book in your hands and slowly flipping through it. Besides, each photo book doesn’t cost very much, ranging between $15 – $35 each. Cheap and good!
Perhaps it’s just in my nature to keep records. For as long as I can remember, I have had a habit of journalling. It may not be a daily diary, but for me, putting thoughts to paper is a cathartic release of pent-up emotions such as sadness, anger or frustration, as well as a way to record significant moments of joy, special milestones and adventures.
While travelling/ backpacking were great adventures in the past, nothing compares to the adventure of parenting!
Besides this blog, which has been an excellent way to document my parenting milestones and achievements, I have also kept some journals:
This was the journal I kept when pregnant with Cristan. As you’d know if you’ve been following my blog, we didn’t want to find out the gender of the baby, so we nicknamed him Boubbles.
Now as a mum of two active munchkins, I have very little time to write long passages in my journals, but I still manage to keep this wonderful 5-year daily journal updated. (Yep, I can manage about a line a day!)
And yes, that’s Cristan’s handiwork, as a toddler, when he decided to “decorate” the front cover…from then on, my journal has been kept safely out of reach from both munchkins!
My first entry was on the day of Cristan’s birth, and the journal will be completely filled when we reach Cristan’s 5th birthday (coming soon!) Time to start looking for my next diary!
What about you? How have you kept records of special memories in your parenting journey? I’d love to hear from you too! Drop me a comment below!