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Sunday, 02 March 2014 18:00

Homemade “Life-Book”

Not so long ago I read somewhere that the number of children you have and the information you record about them are inversely proportional. Somehow it is true. About your first child you write down every tiny bit of information by date, about the second you try to note down just the month, about the third…

To avoid it I’ve collected the milestones which are worth writing down. You can buy different books at the stores for pregnant ladies and for mothers, but according to my experience the “plain notebook” is the best. As you write down just what you want, there won’t be empty pages and you don’t have to think about the author’s thoughts and what she expects to be written there.

Of course they are not carved in stone; you can complete it or leave out things. 

 

1.      Preparation and Planning:

  • 1.1.   I found out about you this way...
  • 1.2.   Pregnancy tests
  • 1.3.   First doctor visit:
  •       1.3.1. Date
  •       1.3.2. Result
  • 1.4.   Estimated due date
  • 1.5.   Daddy found out this way...
  • 1.6.   Everybody else found out this way...
  • 1.7.   Ultrasound photograph

 

2.      First Trimester:

  • 2.1.   Changes:
  •        2.1.1. Changes in my body
  •        2.1.2. Changes in my soul
  •        2.1.3. I craved/hated these
  • 2.2.   Doctor visits and results
  • 2.3.   Size of baby
  • 2.4.   Ultrasound photograph
  • 2.5.   The best things

 

3.      Second Trimester:

  • 3.1.   Changes:
  •        3.1.1. Changes in my body
  •       3.1.1.1. My baby belly grows
  •       3.1.2. Changes in my soul
  • 3.2.   Doctor visits and results
  • 3.3.   Size of baby
  • 3.4.   Ultrasound photograph
  • 3.5.   First bumps
  • 3.6.   Your name/your sex
  • 3.7.   We bought these things
  • 3.8.   The best things

 

4.      Third Trimester:

  • 4.1.   Changes
  •        4.1.1. Changes in my body
  •        4.1.1.1. My baby belly grows
  •        4.1.2. Changes in my soul
  • 4.2.   Doctor visits and results
  • 4.3.   Size of baby
  • 4.4.   Ultrasound photograph
  • 4.5.   Everyday bumps
  • 4.6.   You still need these things...
  • 4.7.   This will be your home...
  • 4.8.   The best things

 

5.      Birth Story:

  • 5.1.   News from the world
  • 5.2.   Congratulations

 

6.      Family Tree

 

7.      Your Size (length, weight etc.)

 

8.      Vaccinations

 

9.      You Have Earrings. (depending on your religious/family background)

 

10.  You Know These (date):

  • 10.1. Hold your head up
  • 10.2. Splash
  • 10.3. Babble
  • 10.4. Laugh
  • 10.5. Turn to your side
  • 10.6. Turn to your belly and back
  • 10.7. Play with your toys
  • 10.8. Sit up
  • 10.9. Creep - crawl
  • 10.10. Stand up
  • 10.11. Walk

 

11.  Your Teeth

 

12.  Outline of Your Hands and Feet (every 3-4 months)

 

13.  Your favorites:

  • 13.1.     Toys – inside and outside
  • 13.2.     Tales
  • 13.3.     Rhymes

 

14.  Meals:

  • 14.1.     First Bites:

 

14.2.     Sequence of Food you Tried

 

15.  Speech:

  • 15.1.     First word
  • 15.2.     First sentence

 

16.  Funny Things

 

17.  Family Gatherings:

  • 17.1. Christening:
  •      17.1.1. Godparents
  • 17.2. First Birthday:
  •      17.2.1. Guests
  •      17.2.2. Presents
  • 17.3. Christmas (where, with whom):
  •       17.3.1. Presents
  • 17.4. Easter (where, with whom):
  •      17.4.1. Presents

 

18.  Places you Visited (excursions, holidays)

 

19.  These also Happened in the First Two Years (anything else which we consider important)

 

20.  Second Birthday:

  • 20.1.     Guests
  • 20.2.     Presents

 

21.  Your favorites:

  • 21.1.     Toys – inside and outside
  • 21.2.     Tales
  • 21.3.     Rhymes (and how you say them)

 

22.  Family Gatherings:

  • 22.1.     Christmas, Easter, Birth of a sibling, bigger family events

 

23.  Wisecracks

 

24.  Places you Visited (excursions, holidays, concerts, sport events, etc.)

 

25.  Creative Creations (drawings, paintings, photos of them)

 

26.  I Visited These Communities...

 

27.  Friends (it is worth writing their whole names too as they can find each other later in life) 

 

28.  These also Happened After my Second Birthday… (anything else which we consider important)

 

From the 20th point we can repeat the things, completing it with the nursery, later the school, until our little one gets bored that we write down everything about them.

 

What would you record in your life book?

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