January 20, 2012 by Melissa
When I was pregnant with my first I had many people tell me to write as many memories down as the kids grew up-they said it’s so easy to forget amazing things so I started keeping a gratitude journal about my family. I’ve been neglecting it lately but as the new year started and my baby is racing through these first months I’ve been making more of an effort to write something each week. I looked back at earlier entries and I am so glad I have this record of seemingly insignificant things. Here’s a look at one month’s entries when Lucy was about 17 months old-shortly before I became pregnant with Alice:
Lucy sounding out thank you “dak you” over and over again.
Her whispering softly in my ear, then kissing me goodnight.
Lucy “reading” to herself in the backseat.
Her first question was “Doh go?”…where’d it go?
Dancing to the Grease soundtrack.
Lucy coming to give me kisses when I kneel down to her level.
Asking her if she wants lunch and watching her pick out a bib and bring it to me.
Watching Lucy methodically figure out the right lids for her bowls.
Playing outside in the leaves and sunshine, watching Lucy be overjoyed at all the bird sounds.
Teaching her what to do when her food is hot.
My husband coming home early.
Lucy saying “woof” when she sees a dog.
Laughing laughing laughing
Teaching her what animals say.
Hearing Lucy say “rain” in her sweet excited voice.
Her pointing out my facial features and naming them correctly.
Now these are moments I wouldn’t be able to remember otherwise. How fantastic that I have a few simple but meaningful memories to share with the girls. I’m so grateful that all those people told me to do this. I’ve never been one for a full journal entry each day-the pressure is too momentous-but a few things a week that I’m grateful for? That’s, thankfully, too easy.