I am not good at making things look good. I have never been good at making things look good. I was never good with coloring books. My posters for class projects were never great. I’ve always lacked skill at folding clothes. Don’t even get me started on my hair.
As a kid, I would always try to make things look tidy like the other kids. I would try to color in the lines like my cousin and write in a neat hand like my friends. I tried to smooth my wild hair with blow-dryers and round brushes like the other teenage girls. But my hair rebelled and my hands rebelled and I just didn’t know what to do with myself (such is the story of adolescence, right?).
In time, I learned myself. I stopped trying to write in tidy, cutesy letters, and developed a handwriting that was sloppy and sprawling, and kind of nice to look at. I ditched layers of sheets and blankets (did I mention how bad I was at bed-making?) in favor of one simple down comforter. I got messy haircuts that look great air-dried.
In other words, I learned to be myself.
I started thinking about baby books shortly after I found out I was pregnant. I love documenting things! I would look at the baby books in bookstores, and they were so cute! And tidy! And I knew the second I touched them I would mess them up. And then I would quit.
So, I followed my gut and got a plain, blank sketchbook. And I started filling it.
And it is messy. And it is full of mistakes. But every time I sit down to work on it, it is a pleasure. And it is my very favorite baby book. It is full of treasures.
When it comes to baby books (and motherhood), be yourself. Get a cutesy, tidy baby book and fill it with your cutesy, tidy handwriting. Get a sketchbook and draw scenes from your days with the little one. Do the scrapbooking thing with all the jazzy paper and what-not, if that’s your style. Or maybe just write things you think or notice about your baby on index cards, date them, and stick them in a shoebox. But for goodness sake, enjoy yourself!
What does your baby book look like? What are the baby books like that you made for your kids?