Do mothers even do this anymore?

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Another treasure made its way up from the basement the other day and while I won’t bore you with the ridiculous amount of minutia my mother recorded during my first year of life in this baby book (Aunt Charlotte gifted us a silver spoon, woot!)….. I would like to point out that at age five?

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I was apparently as round as I was tall.

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I have to admit while the information itself didn’t mean much, holding a book filled with my late mother’s handwriting did make me choke up a little.

Do mothers even do this anymore… or is there just an app? Because I gotta say, fifty years from now when a grown up child finds that? No tears will be shed.

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26 thoughts on “Do mothers even do this anymore?”

  1. What a beautiful and heartwarming thing to find. And to answer your question, I know of a couple of new, not so new and seasoned moms who have all recorded baby books for their kids. I did, and I can’t wait for them to see all the crap they put me through. Like when they started fires, jumped off roofs with bedsheets because it was a homemade parachute, superglued micro machines to the bottom of my coffee table and I didn’t find out about it until four years later……yeah, good times, good times….🙄.

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  2. It’s crazy, but you’d be surprised. I have found things that my grandmother typed up – easily recognizable because it was printed on her dot-matrix. I have choked up at random writings I had found on old hard-drives – everyone tends to have a preferred font, which can be as specific to a person as handwriting. Personal touches always shine through. Beauty, memories, and tears are all part of the game, whether on an app or in a book.

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      1. Yes. We just did this yesterday. My father came back from the bank that my grandmother used to use. It’s closing now. He brought back all of the stuff in the safety deposit box. He had already gotten a different box at a different bank, but he wanted to see what there was. There was the junk jewelry, ugly watches, clip on earrings, etc that were always there (and that none of us have laid eyes on in 23 years), but there was inexplicably old check registers with her handwriting all over them. And a few with my grandfather’s handwriting. Stuffed in one of the registers was a note from my mother that said “wrote check to [husband] for $XX.” The account was switched from my grandmother to my mother after my grandmother died. She would never record any checks she gave my father from that account until after it came back in the mail because there was always about a 50% chance he had it in his wallet 15 years later and forgot to cash it. Every check she wrote my uncle she recorded before she even ripped the check out because it would be cashed before it was even dry. It was a fond memory, but not emotional despite it being the handwriting of three people no longer with us. But my grandmother’s one hideous ring, and I mean truly a crime against jewelry, that got my sister, me and my father all at once. It never came off her hand and she loved it – everyone else hated it (it looked like a wedding cake… just horrible). My grandfather used to tease her about it (even though he got it for her because she liked it), my mother used to tell us to grow up and have better taste in jewelry, and she used to tell each of us that we would inherit it when she died and we all (independently) told her that she would never die and therefore we’d never need it – however, THAT one…. lol We also found part of a lyric sheet – my mother and grandfather spent an afternoon rewriting “Achy Breaky Heart” to “Achy Breaky Back.” Dot matrix – yeah, a tear escaped me.

        I don’t think it matters what the item is – handwriting, ink, jewelry, it’s the memory of the person that is what matters.

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  3. I have a baby book like yours. My mother was meticulous in keeping track of me, like a science project almost. I bet deets like that are now in an app that allows you to post on FB instantly.

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  4. I have my baby book, complete with lists of presents and photos and firsts and favorite books, stuffed animals, and foods.

    No clue whether my siblings completed baby books for my nieces and nephews. I doubt it. They were too busy filming home movies of presents and firsts and favorites. 😀

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    1. I suppose every generation has its thing. Our (feels like a daughter) takes photos of every first for a big album. First step, first day of school, first father daughter dance etc. It would be fun to see that as an adult…

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    1. I was a thin child and adolescent. 120 lbs when I married and stayed that way for 20 years. At 40? I gained 10. At 50? Another ten. After the hysterectomy? Let’s just say I’m on my way to round again.
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