Remember Us?

When I was in the 4th grade, I have a very clear memory of finding my baby book and opening it up only to find a hospital bracelet, a lock of hair and a few miscellaneous notes about my birth weight and length. As the youngest of five kids, I felt like I had been quite slighted. It was my general assumption that my siblings probably had baby books full of memories written in them. As a young child scorned, I took the matters into my own hands and proceeded to fill in the missing pieces of my baby book. I made up the adorable things I did when I was young… my first words (which according to my documentation was a big long sentence), my reaction to my first taste of baby food, even my first steps. In my best 4th grade writing (trying to make it look like my mom’s, you know), I made up quite the fictional childhood.

For those of you who were with me over at my old blog on Squarespace, you might remember that I had a regular side blog going on, Dishing It Up Family Style. It was in that blog that I documented the life of my kids…their accomplishments, challenges, hysterical moments, etc. If you were a regular reader of that blog, you may also have noticed that my last blog post over there was at the very beginning of 2008… over six months ago.

I had so much fun fictionalizing my own baby book, that I am leaving that job up to my kids when they get older. I have been horrible about keeping those things updated, but seriously… with a purpose in mind. I did not do Jacob’s because I didn’t want the other two to feel cheated if I didn’t get to theirs. So, instead, I’ve left the expectations really low so that none of them are too disappointed when they get older. (Plus, I contribute regularly to a therapy fund for them… with me as their mom, I guarantee they’ll need it!) 😉

I do have a feeling though that when my kids are older, and are flipping through Mom’s old photographs, that they may feel a bit miffed about the fact that I have more documentation of the food we ate together then their actual childhood. So, it is partly out of guilt, and partly out of a genuine longing to capture these moments, that I am re-launching Dishing it Up Family Style. The newest post will be up in the next couple of days. I hope you will join me there!

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  1. says

    We tend to make record of every single little thing about the first child and the second one, I think we get exhausted and don’t think about it much! My girl has Videos after videos, my son doesn’t have many! Ahh..!!
    Great post Kristen, I better look back and fill up the gaps for my son.Thanks!:))

  2. says

    I have loads and loads of photos of my kids and loads and loads of empty photo albums! I keep telling myself I should take the time (a lot of time!) to fill up the albums, but then when would I find time to cook? I’ll have plenty of time to go through photos when I’m old and alone and the kids are off to college! :)

  3. says

    I did not do baby books either, for similar reasons, but I do have a photo website for family–and ever since I started this blog it has been, ahem, infrequently updated. I seem to take more photos of food than kids–so I too have been making more of an effort lately. But your comment about documenting the food you ate more than them made me laugh in empathy.

  4. says

    Hehe, what a cute/funny post. I feel for you on not having many pics in the family albums, and I was just the second and last child in our family!!! :(

    I’m so happy to see this new family post–so cute!!!

  5. pat/Mom says

    Okay, now I know. Larry once tried to find a picture of himself as a baby and was upset because, ashe said, everytime Mike moved we took a picture of him, but Larry couldn’t find one to take to school. ( We took movies of him.)

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