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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
  • 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
  • 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?

Published in Baby's First Year

These are excellent books to read! Feel free to comment below with any other books you recommend.

1. Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn by Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, and Ann Keppler

This book takes a woman from conception to breastfeeding with great easy to read information. It also details relaxation and breathing techniques you may find helpful for labor.


2. Being Born by Sheila Kitzinger

This is a great book for both parents-to-be and children. It has beautiful pictures with simple explanations.


3. Your Best Birth by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein

Very helpful for learning your options during childbirth.


4. Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin

Recommended by many and contains encouraging birth stories and a special section for parents and midwives.

5.  Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

This is a must read to prepare for the upcoming birth of your baby! It has helpful information to help you achieve a drug and intervention free childbirth and encouraging birth stories.

6.  Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin

Incorporating statistics, history, advice, and tips this book is another must read. With a chapter about how birth can affect breastfeeding it gets onto the list of books to read while pregnant.

7. Real Birth by Robin Greene

Full of real birth stories with a separate sections for all unique ways you can have a baby.

8. Natural Health After Birth: The Complete Guide to Postpartum Wellness by Aviva Jill Romm

Contains advice, herbal tips, recipes, and exercises to help you cope naturally postpartum.

9. Heading Home With Your Newborn by Laura Jana and Jennifer Shu

This will guide you through those first few months with your young infant. It has chapters on both breastfeeding and formula feeding, diapering, bathing, and sleeping (without knocking out co-sleeping), and more.


10. Birthing From Within by Pam England & Rob Horowitz 

An informative and eye-opening book with activities to help you discover yourself within your pregnancy and aid in your preparation for childbirth. 


11. Childbirth Without Fear by Grantly Dick Read 

A very classic and honored book for many, his philosophical views are very informative incorporating statitics. 

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