The first email I wrote to my eldest was when we were in the hospital. I set it up on my phone when she was no more than a day old. It consisted of ‘oh holy god, never again, I’m never having another baby. I’m sorry but you will be an only child’, it includes a picture of her in an incubator and her time of birth.
One of the midwives working the evening shift told me to do it for her. She said she had been doing it for years, that her eldest was nearing eighteen and she was preparing to hand over the password. She had only set up the email account in recent years and had missed all the baby milestones and recommended I set one up to record all her precious childhood memories. Since then I have recorded pretty much everything from her first step, her first sink bath to the first day she said mama.
With email and internet being so accessible nowadays and I can just send the kid’s video’s, pictures, quick little stories, and the really personal stuff that doesn’t make the blog. I love that it records milestones and memories in chronological order so if you need to find a particular photo it’s much easier to locate because you have a rough idea of when it was taken.
With a growing family, there is only so much room for storage boxes so I find this way I get to keep all their artwork in one little place too. Recently I’ve started taking pictures of their artwork and emailing it to them. It’s impossible to keep every single drawing they have created so I keep the most creative pieces and all the cards they make me, everything else I’m afraid gets dumped but not before I take a photo and send it to them. I also caption each piece with what they’ve named them.
This is ‘Mammy and Kayla swimming‘, aged 2. I can’t make head nor tail of it. I do see the waves, though…
And this one, a picture of ‘my mammies and daddies in my favourite colour‘. Both her mammy and daddy in the middle and each of our partners on the outside. She was three when she drew this, and I’m sure the one with the squiggly head is her dad!
Most of my emails to Frankie consist of ‘when your kid does this I will sit back, eat popcorn and laugh!‘. His inbox is full of pictures of destruction with the odd milestone thrown in. I have the best collection of 21st photo’s, although you guys have seen a good 80% of them in fairness.
I absolutely LOVE emailing them their little milestones, the funny things they do and say, and all the video’s and pictures I take of them. Not everything they do makes a blogpost. It’s so simple and takes me all of a minute. I don’t bother filling in their baby books anymore and if I’m honest Kadie doesn’t even have one, and babog number four won’t have one either.
Only today I inboxed Kadie to tell her she pulled herself from one side of the room to the other just to get her spiral ball that Frankie had kicked away from her. It was something so simple but it was an exciting, something to celebrate and I doubt if I had a book for her that I would have recorded it.
Set your kids up an email account, it’s so much better than a milestone book, it’s free, instant, there’s no cutting photo’s up or gluing and best of all there is no limit of space. I’ve never looked back!