Last year (half way through) I quit a routine that I had been doing since my first baby was born.
Since the month before I had Logan, I have kept calendars recording little details of the kids' lives I'm sure I would have otherwise forgotten. It's a very simple way of tracking memories, which is why I did it. Basically, I get each child a calendar and hang it in their room right next to their door. When they do something, accomplish something, say something, or discover something I don't want to ever forget, I quickly jot it down on the day it happened. Just a quick sentence that will one day jog my memory. I LOVE this routine because I look back at the past calendars and read things I had forgotten and without the calendars, would NEVER remember....special moments would have been lost forever.
So why did I stop? I thought I'd update the routine and do a private blog just for my kids. Then I could write full paragraphs and incorporate pictures. Well, this just did not happen. I'd make mental notes to remember things so I could blog about them next time I was on the computer. But of course, the next time I got on the computer, I'd forgotten. Or it seemed silly to post a one sentence blurb. I have really missed the calendars and the ease of them. I KNOW there are memories, such good ones, that have faded away in the last 6 months that I will now never remember. So, I went out and got calendars today. I'm very excited to have this routine back and vow never to stop doing it again. I keep a pen tied to each one and as I tuck the kids in for bed or just walk out of their rooms after changing a diaper or who knows what, I see the calendar and its so easy to jot down a quick note about something I will now never forget.
Before I end this post, I thought I'd drag out a few old calendars and list here some memories that stuck out to me and made me smile.
January 17, 2010 (3 months old) - "You almost projectile vomited into the donut tray at church today, but I turned just in time and it went all over the floor."
April 5, 2010 (6 months old) - "Yesterday you wore Logan's 1st Easter outfit. The only difference is he wore it at a year old and you wore it at 6 months! You are a chunkster!"
June 5, 2010 (8 months old) - "you get scared when I'm holding you and I sneeze."'
September 14, 2010 (11 months old) - "Some nights you and Logan stay up giggling for a while. You guys don't make trouble and you eventually lay down and go to sleep just fine."
September 30, 2008 (1 yr old) - "We taught you the sign for 'please' by doing it ourselves. Now when we ask you to say please, you reach over and sign it on our chests instead of on yourself. It's so stinking cute I don't want to correct it.
December 1, 2008 (1 yr old) - "Today I found you on top of the table shaking salt all over yourself."
July 7, 2010 (almost 3) - "We flew home from NY today. You hadn't really been in a car for the 3 weeks we were in NY so when we took off fast down the freeway in our van you yelled, "Weeeee!!"
*** There is also a lot of information about her speech delay, from our worries, to all the evaluations, to specialists wrongly thinking she was autistic, to finally figuring out she had low muscle tone......all our fears and worries when she was basically still non verbal at 2 1/2, to our joy in hearing her say "Mama" and "love you" for the first time.***
February 13, 2007 (22 months old) - Tonight you were saying your little prayer you say each night but when you were done, you didn't say 'Amen'. I told you to say 'Amen' so Jesus knew you were done and you said 'Done!'."
July 3, 2007 (2 yrs old) - Yesterday when I went to get you out of your room in the morning, you were standing butt naked and shouted, 'Morning Mama!'."
May 5, 2009 (4 yrs old) - "Tonight you were remembering how Mary rode the donkey into Bethlehem before having baby Jesus and you asked me if I was going to ride a donkey to have the baby.''
July 3, 2009 (4 yrs old) - "You asked Daddy why h wore sunglasses. He told you they help him from getting headaches. You put yours on and said, 'Logan wear my glasses so my tummy not hurt.'"
After 5 years of being a stay-at-home mom, I found the wonder of mothering slowly starting to get crowded out by the mundane feeling. I realized our world seems to surround people with the negative, and complaining about blessings seems totally acceptable. So I decided to fight against that "normalcy" and focus only on the positive. I look back to my first year as a mom when everything was new and keeping house was fun and I aim to have that attitude again. This blog is my outlet to showcase the daily miracles that surround me in my blessed life as a stay-at-home mom so that I will never forget the wonder of it all.