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Mom's One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book Diary – March 31, 2010
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The book has held up pretty well. I imagine by the end of 5 years, it'll be pretty well broken in, but then I plan to put it away for her to read as an adult.
I love looking back to a year or two ago, and marveling at how quickly time flies. It has also helped me fill in her baby book, as I was not as good about keeping up with that. (I went back after she was a year old, and filled in the monthly pages, and didn't have to guess at what had happened.)
I wish the book came in other colors. I want to do one for our next daughter, and would like it if they were different so that I could keep track at quick glance. (I also wonder if mothers of sons wish for a non-pink version.)
I'm hoping that I can keep up with writing in two books a day, but the small space for each day makes it less intimidating.
During my daughter's first year, I used a calendar specifically designed for capturing the milestones of a baby's first year ( C.R. Gibson Baby's First Year Calendar, By Cathy Heck Stickers Provided, Measures 11 x 18 - Made With Love ). It was a gift and I LOVED It. I made sure to write something every.single.day. I felt so good about preserving the memories. I also always loved to look back on previous months to reflect on things, as it is truly amazing how much development can occur during the first 12 months of life. When the year elapsed and the calendar was full, I was full of anxiety thinking how I was not recording little memories anymore. Thankfully I found this book!!!
By the time I started writing in this book, my daughter was around 15 months old. (Sadly, I have a lag of about 3 months between my calendar ending and then entry of this journal). It is organized such that every "day" has its own page, allowing for 5 entries to cover 5 years. For example, the page for July 20 has 5 blocks on it. You can enter the year for each block, and you have a couple of lines to jot down a thought or a memory for that day. Some days I simply write the new word my daughter learned. Other times I narrate the entire story of our day. Once I have gotten through a full year, I am excited to be able to immediately look up and compare that specific date to the same date in years past. What an amazing way to reflect upon your child's growth!
The only con that I can come up with for this book is that because the pages are so thin (which does have a perk in that it makes this book little and manageable), the ink sometimes bleeds through to other pages. Maybe I write too hard? Not sure, but it has made some of my entries look a little sloppy.
I think this would make a wonderful gift for any mom. I only have one child right now, but this may actually be a really great thing for moms expecting their second, third, fourth, etc child. I know that later-born children often don't get the time/attention that first borns do. This little memory book is a non-overwhelming and simple way for every child's milestones to be saved and celebrated.
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Book is of a fine quality for the price and its nice that its hardback, so should actually last the 5 years! I recommend getting a one line diary, whichever one you go with.
She said "I love the moms one line a day book! I think it's one of the best pressies I've had as a mummy! I've done it every day- it's manageable and it's lovely at the end of the day to reflect on it! Esp where baby's concerned as so much happens in one day, but there is something new everyday and it's lovely to note down all those little bits... So far we have had giggles, jumping in jumperoo, meeting new faces and teething!"
So thank u cxx