When I had my first child, I used to write everything down, all her milestones in a red notebook that a friend had given to me. Not a baby book (though I have of those too), but a book filled with lined paper, writing down all the little details, like a diary or journal entry. I did it for a long time, until that book was filled. Then I got a new book, a Dr. Seuss journal, which my Hubby bought me. I tried to continue to write down all the things that happened, first teeth, steps, funny moments, as my second child was born.
What happened? Were my hands full with two children now, an infant and a two-year-old? I was still making notes, but more often they were on my iPad (which my Hubby got me for Christmas the year our son was born). I think back on it and it's not the same. Even now, with my children 6 and 4, I don't write things down, tell the story. I take a multitude of videos and pictures on my phone. I take pictures and post it to social media with captions for my friends and family to see.
I have all these digital notes, saved and backed up, but I still want those paper to turn through. I want the book sitting on my shelf, whenever I want to open it. But I don't have time to write all those notes out. What I am considering is a bit of a copy and paste project. I print all those notes, maybe edit them for spelling, and glue them into my Dr. Seuss book. Then I think I might have what I wanted, though not in the way I intended.
I am left now wondering if this happened because of the "digital age" we not live in, where it is easier to take a picture with smartphone, then a camera and we can transmit it to whoever, wherever we want. Or did it happen because I became busier, I had two little ones who demanded my time, I worked full time, I had projects that needed my attention? Did the smartphone and tablet actually save things that would have been lost 30 years ago? I can message a photo or video to family members who haven't seen the children in a while, instead of handing them a stack of photos or an album filled with months of memories, like my parents used to do.
Am I disappointed I didn't keep up with the notebook? A little, but I had to balance my time (and sanity). Do I think my cut and paste idea is a bit like cheating? A little, yes, but if I want it done now instead of in five years, this is how it will happen. I also like to think that when it is done, I might start writing in it again, since it won't feel like I'm behind anymore. Also, I'm glad for my smartphone and tablet, always being right there, grabbing all the cute pictures that needed to be taken.
Should I have been working at my day job instead of writing this? Maybe.