There, I've said it.
I think I do a lot of things right as a mom, but I've totally TOTALLY failed on this front. I have blank baby books (two or three of them!) but none that have anything in them.
I feel terrible about this. My own baby book is a treasured posession. I love reading my mom's notes about what gifts people brought me as a newborn, and each of my firsts. I love the lock of hair she saved (almost the same color as my daughter's!). I love my mom's tiny tiny neat handwriting, which has changed so much over the length of my life. I love looking at my old report cards and school pictures.
It isn't that I haven't marked down any memories or milestones; I have. I also have stacks of important saved items, like the impossibly small hospital anklet with "Baby Girl Bumgarner" printed on it, the extra copy of her first passport photo, and a large stack of cards from her first birthday. I also have thousands of photos on my computer and almost-monthly letters that I wrote to her during the first year, and a digital calendar where I took note of all sorts of firsts.
But none of this stuff is in a book.
I don't know, maybe it doesn't need to be. There are so many ways of capturing memories these days. I think part of what's holding me back from starting an actual baby book is just not knowing what to put in and what to leave out. Do I print out all of my Facebook status updates from the first several months of her life? How do I wittle down the thousands of photos to one for each month? How do I include the letters, or do I want to keep those separate until she is older? What about all the precious videos of her from my iPhone? Should I include a DVD?
I'd love to hear from some of you other busy mamas. Do you have baby books for your babies? What form do they take? Do they have digital as well as physical components?
And those of you with older kids, what did you do? How do your kids feel about their books, or the lack thereof, as the case may be?