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baby journal revisited

Excuse me while I get overly mushy and sentimental…

One of the first things I did when I found out I was pregnant was buy journals for Jeff and I to document our pregnancy. I knew that we would both have different perspectives and that no matter how memorable a moment may seem, it would be easy to forget the special details of our journey. I didn’t put myself on any type of journaling schedule. I just wrote to my little babe when I felt like I had something to say or if there was news to report.

It helped me feel connected to Eleanor long before I met her, and since she’s been born, rereading my entries has reminded me of all the incredible moments leading up to her birth. October 15th marked the 1 year anniversary of when we found out we were expecting and October 31st was our 1st doctor appointment where we got to hear her heartbeat for the first time.

Coming up on all of these 1 year milestones has made me nostalgic and miss being pregnant. There’s something comforting about having your baby that close to your heart 24/7.

As I was reading my past entries, I was shocked about how much I knew about the little girl I had yet to meet…

Feb. 6, 2013 (The day of our ultrasound when we found out we were having a girl)

“… Your hands were constantly up by your face. You waved your little fingers at us and showed off how you could open and close your mouth around your thumb.”

“… Even with a brief glimpse at your face, I could see how beautiful you are. You have big, full, pouty lips – I can’t wait to see them in person!”

While I’m in no rush for baby #2, I know that I will keep a journal again to document all of those small moments that mean so much. I hope someday Eleanor enjoys reading just how excited her dad and I were for her arrival!

Your turn:

Do you journal? My blog sometimes functions as a bit of a journal – it’s nice having a creative outlet and I love reading and responding to all of your comments!
Do your (or did you) keep baby books for your kids? I have one that’s a calendar which makes it easy to jot down a note about what’s new with Eleanor as the days and weeks go by.


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