Lindsay Gill: Not capturing every moment

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Not capturing every moment

I have so many pictures of Luke that if you put them in a flip book and flip it really fast, you can see his life since birth as a film.

But, I'm not kidding!  I have a flip book for each month of Luke's life so far.  Once he hits age one, we will do one book per year since a Luke library could get excessive.  When my best friend JT saw the first book title "Belly to one month," she said, "I sense a series coming..."  

My system is that I take a gazillion pictures on my phone and then upload them with my Snapfish app so I can make space for a gazillion more.  At Luke's month birthday, I organize the photos into a book via Snapfish (there is also a tool that can do it for you).  I save it, wait for a 50% off coupon from Snapfish, and then order it!  You can also "share" the book online so that other family members can purchase their own copy.

  
We look through them with Luke and say "remember when you were a baby??" Or my husband and I look through them when Luke's asleep, look at each other, and say "he's so cute, let's go wake him up!"  Of course we don't.  

Now we are borderline (debatable) obsessed with capturing moments with Luke.  "We" meaning "me."  And Pinterest has so many cute poses.

From http://pinstrosity.blogspot.com
This one reminded me of when I tried to have Luke sit with his teddy in order to duplicate a cute pose I had found on Pinterest and he kept falling over. 

I can't remember which parenting magazine had an article about NOT capturing every moment of your child's life.  It sounds counter-intuitive to our "try-to-be-a-super mom" mentality.  The article was about parents who are constantly using iPhones and cameras to record everything and they're missing out on actually being present with their child.  It's so wonderful that we can capture so many moments, but I do work on capturing the moment with my human senses as well.  Just put down that iPhone for a few minutes and smell the J&J shampoo scent, see Luke's little eyebrows that move when he thinks, hear him try to sing along with the ABCs, and squeeze his little arms and legs.  Those are the real moments we capture.  

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