I remember when my first child was born! I was so excited to experience all of those firsts. The first walk, the first spoon of real food and more importantly their first words. I spent hours from the minute that my son made his first coo to the time he said his first word, DADA (of course!) encouraging him to speak. As the months flew by, his vocabulary grew and grew. He would mimic words I said (good or bad!), make up words when he didn’t know the right one and come up with words I never knew he knew. It was an amazing experience watching him grow and mature. With the addition of each new sibling, his vocabulary would change from one sided conversations to insightful, teaching conversations. As I type this post, I can hear the boy chatting in bed. Their conversations range from friends to toys to imaginary places they are pretending to visit.
I wish I had a pause and rewind button on life. They are so many moments and conversations that I would love to revisit with my kids. For example, our inquisitive conversation of ‘Where do babies come from?’ to our religious discussion to how we could incorporate GOD into our life! Its times like that I’d love to re watch and relive.
My Mom always told me to keep a jar on my counter and add slips of paper into it when the kids did or said something fun. Oh how I wish I had listened to her advice. Instead, I insisted that I would remember. Now as the years have flown by and the number of those memorable moments multiply, I find myself grasping at those memories through a foggy haze!
One memory I’ll never forget happened a few weeks ago with my DD3. We were in line at store and the lady in front of us had a new baby. Being girly girls, my daughter and I were cooing over the baby. Then out of the blue, DD3 said to the stranger “We are having a baby too!”. O.k., sure I still have leftover baby weight from 3 years ago, but I don’t look pregnant. When I started to explain to the stranger, we definitely weren’t having a baby. My DD3 pulled me aside and whispered “AH! Ya we are! Aunty Krystle is having a baby (she really is!) and when it is born we are taking it home and it is sleeping in my room!”. Out of the mouths of babes!
If you are more on the Techy side, I highly suggest you look at this amazing IPhone/Pad/Pod app that helps you create short movies of your child’s life with a few simple steps. The app is extremely easy to use and allows you to pick a set of question based on a wide selection of themes and record your children’s answers. Afterwards, the app automatically stitches the recorded videos together, adds music and creates a priceless movies to share with family and friends. Its a great way to capture your child’s personality, voice and laughter for future days!