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Leaving a Legacy for Your Baby

Did you ever wonder what it was like for your mom while she was pregnant with you? How you acted as toddler? How your parents adjusted to being new parents? Perhaps your mom, dad or grandparents left photos or a diary behind for you to read. Or maybe you had to rely on asking them questions about your childhood.

One thing you can do for your own child is give them the gift of their legacy. Write monthly letters to your baby while you are expecting and store them in a safe place. (If your baby is already born, it’s not too late to start! Every stage has its own joys and challenges that you can record.)  Continue doing this until they hit a significant milestone such as marriage or having their own child. You can then give these letters to them as a very personalized and meaningful gift!

What ways have you been able to capture your first moments with your child? Will you share that with your baby when he/she is older?

Posted March 9, 2010

by MichelleH

12 Comments

12 Responses

  1. Calgarydaddy says:

    Great Post! My wife is keeping a daily journal and I am blogging the adventure on my daddy blog at http://www.calgarydaddy.com I hope to have the posts all printed into a book one day for my son Kyron!

    Shane
    http://www.calgarydaddy.com

  2. Michelle says:

    Calgarydaddy,
    Thanks for visiting our blog! We love your blog over here at Kolcraft & several of us follow it. We hope you do print your “blog book” one day! Keep us posted.
    Michelle

  3. Uniquely Normal says:

    I really like this idea! Such a precious gift to leave to little ones. With every gift I’m considering for my baby, I always ask myself if this is something that I would enjoy now as an adult. Letters from my mom would have been an amazing gift! BTW – Bookroom reviews sent me over here!

  4. Michelle says:

    Thanks Uniquely Normal. Great to have you here!
    Michelle

  5. kathy pease says:

    Bookroomreviews sent me to check out your blog and i saw this post what a wonderful idea i wish I had known this years ago my kids are teens now and this would have been so great to give them.i will make sure they do it for their kids :)

  6. admin says:

    Kathy,
    Thanks for stopping by. It’s great to have you here. When you hit the grandparent stage, you can try out these ideas with grandchildren too. :)
    Michelle

  7. Brittney says:

    I love this idea, and plan on starting this soon!

  8. Michelle says:

    Brittney,
    Glad you like it. I’m sure your baby will love reading what you wrote when he/she is older.
    Michelle

  9. Summer says:

    This was very reassuring. I did all those wonderful things for my first daughter – the journal, the letters, notes – everything! With my second daughter, I haven’t been as on the ball since life is quite trickier now.

  10. admin says:

    Summer,
    That is an awesome legacy you have left for your daughter. We agree – it gets more difficult when you have more than one child. I’m sure you will find a way to give your second child some “heritage” as well.
    Michelle

  11. Grandma Angie says:

    I kept a separate journal for each of my five children. I updated it at least quarterly with what stage of development they were at, home, school and church activities and accomplishments. Another thing I am glad I did is to record their voices as they grew…from giggles and baby bubble noises to singing songs and interviews of their favorite foods, friends, playing musical instruments, etc.

  12. admin says:

    Angie,
    What a great legacy you have to give your children! I’m sure they will cherish that.
    Michelle

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