When I was pregnant with the boys, I loved taking photos of my belly so that I can look back and see how crazy and amazing it was.. I also tried to start a journal to talk about what I was feeling, etc. while I was pregnant.. I probably had 2-3 journal entries and then I just stopped for various reasons, primarily because I was just too busy (in between working full-time and doctor's appointments).
I revisited journaling after the boys were born, because I wanted to document their milestones.. I am not a "scrapbooking" type of mom (I wish I were!!) but I definitely wanted to document the amazing things the boys are learning and doing, struggles I might be having and just new things they have experienced. It is also my release.. a way that I can express what I am feeling and/or thinking, my joys and my fears.. and one day, I hope the boys can read it and see how insanely amazing and crazy they were.
I sort of do that via social media - my Instagram.. but I feel like I have to filter myself a bit when it is being read by the public.. plus I also just love looking back at something that is handwritten (even if I have the most ridiculously weird handwriting).
Today was a special journal entry that I have been meaning to write.. it's a letter to one of my sons.. he has been a bit more "challenging" this past few months and I have been thinking and reflecting a lot on our parenting style and his personality.. and finally I was able to sort through my thoughts and also find the time to write him a letter describing my fears, my thoughts and what he is like right now in my eyes.. And there are moments when it gets too overwhelming and this morning was one of those moments.. but after writing that letter, I just felt so much better and I was able to process my feelings and just pour out my emotions.. It's like having a coffee with a non-judgmental & empathetic friend.
Do you write a mommy journal? scrapbook memories?