This tip doesn’t have to be for parents of special needs kids, but I found that because of Jenna’s extra care, I had even less time to record memories of important milestones. I didn’t want to forget when she said her first word and what it was, funny things she said or did, the arrival of teeth, when she rolled over, sat up, crawled and walked, but there were barely enough hours in the day for me to do all the necessities, let alone take care of this sort of minutia.
So, here’s what I did. I purchased a photo box to keep memories in until I had time to record them in her baby book or scrapbook. A shoe box would work just fine too. I cut note cards in strips because I didn’t need the space of the whole card, and this saved cards and money. I kept the note card strips beside the box in a handy drawer, and whenever an event worth recording occurred, I whipped out a card, jotted the information down, and stashed it in the box. Fast and easy. I still use this system, but the milestones are a little more spaced out at this point. Now, I’m more likely to use it to record funny things she says or does. Or when she goes poop in the potty. Ha!
There’s still a bit of a problem with finding the time to organize those bits and post them into a book….I always seem to be behind in that area, but at least the events are recorded! And, worst case scenario, she’ll have a box of memories to look through one day full of information about her life. So what if they’re not organized neatly in a book?