letters to baby.

Posted on: Thursday, June 5, 2014

Letters to Baby | Ann-Marie Loves

I’ve been given a lot of advice from seasoned moms over the past several months in regards to caring for a newborn and I genuinely appreciate it (even if I know I will do the exact opposite).

I’ve received advice on how to get through labor and delivery. I’ve heard success stories about sleep training and getting babies on a reliable schedule. I’ve listened to moms wax poetic about savoring each and every moment because it all goes by so fast. But the one piece of advice that seems to ring true across the board is that I should not expect to do anything other than focus all my time and attention on my tiny little human for the first several weeks. And you know what? I’m okay with that.

Letters to Baby | Ann-Marie Loves

So in an effort to make documenting my daughter’s life as seamless and easy as possible, I decided to forgo the traditional baby book and invest in a blank journal instead. To avoid worrying about ruining a beautiful baby book with sloppy handwriting or forgetting to fill in all the pages, I have designated this book as an informal landing spot for all of John’s and my thoughts, feelings, and memories as we enter parenthood and get to know our daughter.

Letters to Baby | Ann-Marie Loves

We made our first entries on Monday after my 32 week ultrasound + appointment and it makes me so happy to see the pages slowly filling. When I read John’s first entry, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to crack up or cry tears of joy (this is not an unusual predicament these days). His writing style is equal parts humor and heart, and I am thrilled that he wants to contribute his thoughts to this book just as much as I do.

We’ve tossed around the idea of keeping this journal going up until she is 18 and then giving it to her as a high school graduation gift, but I’m not sure I can hold out that long! (I mean, I could barely wait a few weeks to spill these beans.) Only time will tell…

  • Andrea

    Love this idea! I’m the same way (worrying about making the pages pretty, skipping a month, etc) but this leaves room for all sorts of great anecdotes and long stories, when time provides. I think it’s adorable that the hubby is writing in it too. I’ve loved watching your blog blossom through your pregnancy (and wedding). Hugs !

  • Alondra

    This is a lovely idea. I have been doing it since I found out I was pregnant. I first had a pregnancy journal where I documented every day (or tried anyways.) Then when she was born I bought a nice, bound Martha Stewart Journal at Staples. It’s simple and for the same reason as you, I thought it would be best to have it that way. I don’t write in it everyday. Only after a certain milestone or if I truly have something to tell her or if I just want to say ‘I love you’ to future Kayleigh.

    I’m happy to see more moms getting into this idea.

  • deirdre

    Love this. I do the same thing and have a journal for each of my kids. Part of me, being a designer, feels like it needs to be this big beautifully designed book with TONS of photos. But I am loving the simple journal. I like the idea of our kids being able to have a look back into our lives before they can remember and hopefully really truley hear and understand how much we love them and how special this time is. ; )

    • Ann-Marie Morris

      Oh my gosh, that is EXACTLY how I feel! I’ve been toying with the idea of designing a full-blown baby book for months (and I still might do a very small scale version of this idea), but the journal has made me feel a million times more relaxed.

  • Mika (Oshiro Design)

    This is so wonderful! I love that you and your husband are writing in it, that way she gets both perspectives. I found a love note that my dad wrote to my mom when they were first dating, and I LOVE reading it over and over. Not only does it let me in to a time when I would never have been able to know them, but it’s also so sweet and touching. Anyway, whenever you give it to her (I think 18 is a wonderful age), I’m sure it’ll be one of her most treasured possessions.

  • Kory

    This is such a great idea! I love that you guys are including entries from both you and your guy!

  • libbywilko

    Such a great idea, you can access it whenever you want and you know it’s never going to crash! Love that you both are writing in it!

  • kiah

    love this! ack! 18 is along way away :) But it will be worth it once she sees it!

  • iHanna

    Beautiful idea. I don’t think you need to keep it a secret when you write in it as she gets older. Imagine her asking what you wrote, or dictating an important memory she wants you to write down for her…

  • Erin

    This is beautiful. And I think going for a blank journal was a great idea – lack of pressure is a good thing if you want to write heartfelt messages to your daughter. :)

    Which pen did you use?

  • lindsay

    I love this idea! I think it would be so wonderful to give her on her 18 birthday. She would definitely cherish such a gift! I have been struggling trying to figure out how to organize my children’s pictures/drawings/documenting milestones/funny sayings as they grow up. Do you have any suggestions? I wish I was ambitious enough to make a scrapbook, but I only got as far as the first baby’s first year of life and gave up!

    • Ann-Marie Morris

      Hi Lindsay! I’ve heard of parents scanning their children’s artwork / memorabilia and then turning all of those gems into a photo book! That might be a great way to document each of your kids’ lives without having to invest too much time or money :)

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