As I mentioned here, I can be a bit...let's say "overzealous" when it comes to photographing my kids. I love capturing milestones as well as everyday moments, and although the main benefit of constantly taking pictures is the photos themselves, I also appreciate that the photos help me keep track of when the milestones occurred.
Since digital photo and video files are automatically embedded with a date stamp, I can now not only show you that my baby took his first steps, I can tell you the exact day he did it (April 21, 2013).
My other favorite quick-and-dirty way to record milestone dates is the opposite of high-tech: I juse a good old-fashioned pen and paper. Whenever my first son did something noteworthy or entered a new developmental stage, I pulled out a cheapo calendar I got in the mail for free and just wrote what he did right in the box for that date.
Okay, so I don't know how useful it is in any practical sense to know exactly when my first son cut his third tooth (September 5, 2009), but it's always fun to look back and reminisce. Now that I have a second son, it's even more fun to compare the development of the boys. (One of them talked early, the other is climbing early. Yikes.)
Like a lot of first-time moms, I had grand plans about recording all the baby milestones in a fancy scrapbook album, but hey, it turns out that putting together a scrapbook for a baby is not something I can really do with a baby around. Go figure. In this as in parenting in general, I've had to adjust my expectations, find out what works best for us, and then enjoy the ride.
How do you record your baby's milestones?
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