When I was pregnant with Morgan, I had the desire to document my experience as a soon-to-be new mom. It was such a special time for me and I wanted to remember everything.
I wasn’t sure if I’d get to experience this miraculous journey ever again. At the time we weren’t sure if having one child was going to complete our family. So I started writing letters to Morgan, our first, as a way of remembering and sharing with her my experiences before she came earthside. Sure, I could just tell her the stories and answer the questions she has when she’s older. But, I know myself. And I know I’m not going to remember every little detail and I really wanted her to know just how much she was loved.
So I got on Google and created an email account where I would send all of my ramblings to. It’s pretty neat, if you think about it, because years from now it’s probably going to be impossible for her to create a username that isn’t already taken or has a bunch of numbers after it. (If emails are still a thing.)
For the subject heading I put the date and how old she is at the time. That way she can read it in chronological order and reference it by how old she is. When we started expecting baby #2, Lukas, I created him his own email account as well. Most of the letters I write are addressed to the both of them. But there are some special ones that are only meant for their eyes to see.
It’s also interesting to see the gaps between each email. The longer the time between each email is usually a reflection of how busy our lives were at that time. For instance, there wasn’t much email activity going on in the first few months that Lukas was born. Taking care of a one year old while nursing a newborn had me pretty busy!
I hope one day that my kids will appreciate these letters as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. Here’s one that I can share with you all…keep in mind that I typed this on my phone so there will be abbreviations and typos.
Hi baby girl,I’m in bed now and your brothers are in their proper spots. Bailey’s in his crate and Louie is laying on the floor by the bed. They just got done playing, tugging on a rope, so he’s too hot to be in bed with us.Today was my last day of work. Tomorrow I get to sleep in. Yahoo!!! I’m still not quite sure how this whole LOA thing works but I’m sure it’ll work itself out. Your Dad and I will just have to be more mindful of our spending. Speaking of spending, we got you a new ride a couple of weeks ago. 🙂 Your Dad won and got u a suburban. It’s humongous. We named her Burtha. I’m still trying to get used to driving her fat ass but I do feel safe in her and that means you’ll be safe too- just what Daddy wanted. Your car seat is in there too. He installed it Sunday night just before he had to head down to Herron Monday morning. It was sweet because after ur dad put in the car seat he put up one of those “baby on board” signs in the back window. I didn’t even know he had one of those. He said he got it a long time ago. Ur gonna love ur dad. He’s the best example of what a man should be.Tomorrow is another Dr’s appointment. They’re weekly now. Can u believe we’ll be 39 weeks this Thursday?! Crazy!Yay Morgan! We’re getting closer to meeting each other! I love you. Daddy loves you. Your brothers love you too.
Goodnight my little princess.
It doesn’t matter how old your kids are. It’s not too late to get started. Just pick an email service provider, create an account and start writing. Do it now!