Baby Journals & Lifestage Charm Bracelets…you have to do it! For all new parents-to-be, if there is any advice I could share it would be to start a baby journal immediately. I’m convinced it’s never too late. We were encouraged to start one while we were pregnant with our first daughter. I started journaling the day we found out we were pregnant. We are just coming off a family vacation where we captured a lot of thoughts in our daughters journals…and as I read back to the initial entries, I thought to myself this is one of the BEST gifts we can give our daughters.
We make an entry every couple of weeks but never let a month go by without entering some thoughts and stories. It is so easy to forget the little stories, some of those silly FIRST experiences and how you were feeling when your children were passing through different life stages. My favorite entries are from my husband – I love to see what dad’s perspective is and the love he has for these little girls.
Another idea that was shared with me and I have done this for 2 years with Bear and plan to do it with Love Bug is a life stage charm bracelet. I have purchased charms for the different interests, events or trips we’ve experienced with our daughter. Imagine…a ballet shoe for her first class, a Hershey kiss from a park visit, a cross from her baby dedication, the London Bridge from her first international trip and a baton for her first parade debut. Okay…it will be a pretty full charm bracelet by the time she is 18 but what stories I will have to share when I give her that bracelet. And who likes wearing an empty charm bracelet? My husband & I are still discussing the appropriate time to give these journals and bracelets…we have yet to decide if it will be at 18 or on their wedding day but for now we find great joy in documenting these amazing memories in a variety of ways.