So, if you don't know by now, I love writing. Seriously, I could write all day if that were possible. Anyways, when I was pregnant, I didn't write a lot. Mostly because I was stressed about my pregnancy. It wasn't exactly the most complication free one. It probably would have helped if I had kept a pregnancy journal or something and that's one of the things I do regret not doing.
But once my little Moo got here, I knew that everyday with her would be special. So, I decided to make a scrap/storybook chronicling her first years of life. I call it 'Letters to My Daughter: Days in the Life of My Little Moo.' And I have to tell you at first it was kind of hard making myself get back in the hang of writing everyday. By the end of the night, I was so tired from having not gotten a full night's rest the night before, I could barely keep my eyes open long enough to write.
But here we are almost two years later and somehow I have managed to chronicle everyday. And while some people say not much can possibly change from day to day, it can. I was recently looking back thru some of the notebooks I wrote in (we're up to 4 now)and we had some great adventures, some heartbreaks and some times I wish I could rewind. I'm very honest in my letters to Moo about what I'm feeling, how things were going with me and her father and much more. I also took some pictures of her just about everyday.
So we have quite the collection. Babies don't really remember their infanthood (yes I made that word up)and I felt like it would be great to help give her some insight by doing this. I certainly recommend that all moms and dads do this. You don't really have to write in it everyday like I do, but weekly would good.
All you need is:
A camera to take pictures,
And Quiet Place to write.
Then once you've finished your first year you can get a scrapbook kit and type it all up or just paste the handwritten pages right in the scrapbook. Adorn the pages with the pictures and you're done. This is truly a great gift for a high school senior. I'm sure your daughter or son will love it.