I'm just not a scrapbook-type person. The thought of making things on paper and putting together physical books makes me want to run away and hide (with my iPad, of course).
My aversion to all things scrappy means that my kids have no baby books to speak of. I have TONS of digital pictures (on a network drive) and even real, touchable prints (in a box, naturally). But, I always feel so guilty that I don't have any real mementos of their day to day lives, or the special things that happen.
I don't journal either. I have a hard time finding my voice in exercises like that. Do I write in first person, or third? Who am I talking to anyway? (And who the hell would read it? If the answer is no one, then why am I writing?)
Anyway, I was inspired by this Google ad on TV the other night. (Warning: unless you are made of stone, you will cry. Be prepared.)
It struck me as totally genius and I immediately set up a gmail account for Rey and Alex.
A few times a week, I send them an email. I get to write TO them, telling them about what cool thing they did that day, or what funny thing they said. I can email pictures to them from my phone; even video. I'm creating an archive of little digital notes to them. And I love doing it.
Here's a sample:
Hi Alex,Today you rode your bike without training wheels for the first time! It was really so amazing. Your dad and I had been talking about how we were going to teach you how to ride sans training wheels, and honestly, we didn't even know how we were going to do it...
I know that by the time they are old enough to read these emails, Gmail will probably be old-school (their hotmail to our gmail?). But, it feels like I'm making them a keepsake that will grow over time, and is easy enough for me to keep up with. I can't wait until they are old enough to read it.
Also, since both boys are pre-readers, my first email to them was the very first time I closed something with "Love, Mom". *weep*