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How Do You Chronicle Your Kid's Life?

In last week's post, I wrote a letter to Preston for his one-year birthday -- and I'm still getting a great response from family and friends about it. Frankly, I didn't really think twice about the letter; I simply wrote from the heart. And I did it because I want him to know how much he's loved, and how happy he's made us this past year. I plan to share the letter with Preston when he's older. And I plan to write him a letter every year of his life on his birthday. I also wrote it because I don't want to forget the little details about his birth story and his first year in this world -- as every parent knows, the stages and milestones come and go faster than you can keep up with them. One minute you're doing tummy time, then next you're chasing your little toddler around the house (okay, so we haven't exactly gotten to that one yet, since Preston's still trying to crawl). But you know what I mean.

The other ways you can keep track of all the details of your little one's life is with photographs, which I have taken thousands of -- literally. We got a Canon Rebel before Preston was born, and I'm a little obsessed with it. I take that thing everywhere, even to quick trips to the park across the street. Dinner with family. Lunch. Playdates. I take pics of him eating, playing, laughing, sleeping, breathing. Right now it's my favorite pastime -- it's gotten so out of hand, that he no longer even reacts when he sees me pull out the camera. He's so used to a flash in his face, it barely phases him anymore.

But unfortunately, I haven't done anything with the photos I've taken, except for occassionally posting them to Facebook and to this blog. I printed out photos from the first few months of Preston's life, but haven't done anything since. I have hundreds on, but haven't had the time to edit them down, or place my order. And the last time I even uploaded photos to Kodak was back in April, so I've got a lot of catching up to do...and, um, absolutely no time to do it.

Even the professional photos I had taken of Preston when he was six months old, I haven't had a chance to order yet. I was supposed to give them as gifts for Mother's Day -- but at this point, I'll be giving them as gifts for next Mother's Day. Terrible, I know. What's even worse, I haven't even finalized my wedding album, and we'll be married two years this September. Let's face it: There aren't enough hours in the day when you're a full-time working mom. Heck, there aren't enough hours in the day when you're a mom, period. And the sad thing is, I love taking on projects like this -- I don't have a lot of time in my life right now for anything outside of work, family, and sleep.

If it weren't for this blog, I'd have very little to show for Preston's life. Case in point: I ordered hundreds of birth announcements when Preston was born, and guess how many I actually sent out? I wish I had known about this website, it would've saved me a lot of money. The online birth announcement is totally brilliant and perfect for people like me.

What kinds of things do you do to document your little one's life? Do you keep a baby book with his milestones and stages? Have you done anything creative with your photos? I would love some ideas! A friend of mine set up an email account for her son when he was born, and emails him every week with updates about what he's been up to, and she loves to go back and read over the emails. How adorable is that? Though my time is limited, I'm looking for ideas -- big and small -- so please post yours below.