If you’re a new mom or mom-to-be, you probably have a pregnancy journal or a baby book sitting on your shelves. Or maybe it’s on the coffee table, calling you to journal your journey through the miracle of making a life. On paper, it sounds like the perfect plan. Years from now, your son or daughter could take a trip down memory lane and relive his/her life as an infant. But in reality, most moms never fill in half the pages or if you’re like me, you never make it past the first trimester.
Of course, you have good intentions. My daughter’s father in I answered questions about our favorite names and what personality traits we wished our child would receive from each parent. When I found out I was having a little girl, I even bought a pink pen and doodled little hearts and flowers on the corners of the pages. I logged my weight gain and measured my waistline. I also snapped a few shots of my baby bump (including one where I made a cutesy heart with my hand over my belly button. At the time, I wasn’t even showing yet.)
Then morning (and evening) sickness kicked in. I’ll spare you the disgusting details, but the thought of completing a journal was flushed away. At the time, I was also a career changer…moved from hosting a television show in the Cayman Islands to teaching middle schoolers in an urban area.
Despite my queasy stomach, ever changing moods, and hectic schedule (did I mention I went back to school to obtain my teaching certification?) I left the book on the table. A book I once looked at it with anticipation, I now stared at out of guilt. It taunted me. Called me a bad mom for not making the time to insert information. I felt like I wasn’t living up to the best mom title before I even gave birth.
That’s why I decided to start this blog, which I am turning into a new and improved baby book for the supermom on the go. Each entry won’t be time stamped. You make your own deadlines. You can record your memories the following day, or week, or even month. In the end, you’ll have a book filled with funny stories, cherished moments, and happy thoughts. The book will make you feel like the best mom ever, even if you don’t fill it out the first year. I remember reading my baby book as a young adult, wondering why my mom didn’t finish it. As the second child, I looked at my sister’s book, which wasn’t complete either, but had way more info it it then mine! I also want it to have pages that rip out like a spiral notebook. That way, you can toss anything you don’t complete and your kid will never know! (Guess what? Your baby will love you anyway!)
So hope you join me on my journey into the wild world of motherhood. Looking forward to hearing your advice and stories.