Today is the third post in a seven-part series about Capturing the Everyday as a spin-off from my Baby Center post called 7 Ways to Capture the Everyday. If you missed last week, I wrote about the time-lapsed play-by-play.
Oh, the things kids say and do. What I wouldn’t give to remember some of those lost moments… the ones that were SO hilarious or cute at the time, only to forget about them days later. Okay, I won’t lie. In some cases, MINUTES later. (Ya know that baby brain syndrome that pregnant mamas get? Mine never went away.)
I try my best to capture the milestones my kids hit as well as some of the clever things they say. They give me little slices of their life that I’ll want to remember. But how much do you capture? And what are the best ways to capture them?
“I ask a lot.” (to his uncle after asking him a gazillion questions)
“I broke my piggy.” (hurt his toe)
“I’ve got an idea emergency!” (after watching Imagination Movers)
These are some of the brilliantly funny things that have come out of Big Roo’s mouth. I’m so glad I wrote these down because 9 of the 10 cute things he says I’d forget if I didn’t capture them (perma-baby-brain, remember?).
I don’t write down these sayings everyday. There’s no schedule or method to it. It shouldn’t be a chore, right? Instead, when Big Roo says something that I MUST remember, I jot it down, along with a note so I remember the context in which it was said.
We’ll all gotten a chuckle out of something our kids’ said. So take those words that make you laugh, that bring a tear to your eye or that are just plain creative and write them down somewhere (see below for some tips about that).
You can be sure to bring some of them up on their first date.
I’m a stickler for capturing milestones. Little Roo’s first word. Big Roo’s first visit to the ER. Our first family vacation.
I want to remember this stuff years from now. Sure, maybe some of this stuff isn’t SUPER important. But every time I sift through the things I’ve captured over the years, I always get drawn in. I can’t help but reminiscence. And of course, sometimes those milestones come in handy when you want to peek back and see when your baby girl’s big brother started walking (not that I compare too much or anything- hehe).
For some milestones, you may just write them as they come. However, try picking certain intervals of your kids’ life and capturing those too. For example, when the Roos were babies, I’d write down a little about them each month.
In looking back at my notes, I know that at six months Big Roo cracked UP at our dog, didn’t care for the Bumbo chair and had a death grip on my hair and earrings when I held him. There’s no WAY I’d remember most of those things now if I hadn’t written them down.
Now that they are older, I capture this stuff every six months. Jotting down the first things that pop into your mind only takes a few minutes but capture SO much about their childhood. You’ll also notice neat patterns, like the fact that Big Roo has been obsessed with cars for YEARS.
Cool Tools to Capture Sayings and Milestones
Now that I’ve convinced you to capture more everyday stuff, how should you go about it? Try using a mix of two, three or all of these:
Good ole pen and paper
Sometimes there’s no easier way to jot down a kid-ism than to just write it down. I always have notebooks or Post-its handy for writing down all sorts of things, including this stuff.
While it took me a few tries to figure Evernote out, it’s now my go-to place for writing down sayings (and blog post ideas and all sorts of other stuff). Evernote has a very robust free version and is available for computers as well as most smart phones. Plus, they have tons of awesome videos to teach you how to use the app.
Plain digital notepad
On my iPhone it’s just called “Notes.” If you have a smart phone, I’m sure it has a notepad-like app to write notes in. Before Evernote, I used to keep running notes of the kids’ sayings and milestones. I’d then transfer them later to somewhere more permanent. I mainly use Evernote now for this but it’s nice to have when I need it.
Macjournal and Winjournal
Daddy Roo bought Macjournal (Winjournal for PC users) for me as a Christmas gift one year. From day one, it was a place I recorded milestones and sayings. Although Macjournal has other uses, I mainly use Macjournal to write. I especially like the full-screen mode for when I really have to concentrate.
Do you write down sayings and milestones? If you haven’t, are you going to give it a shot?