Being a child of the 80s I don’t have many “memories” of when I was younger apart from a few photos here and there. In this age there are so many ways to capture and store memories for everyone and in this case our children. I’ve been a mom for 2 years now and I have been trying to walk the fine line between capturing memories for my daughter but also trying to live in the moment and not have a camera stuck in her face for most of day. So I’ve come up with a few ways that ensure that I’m preserving memories of Mpilo that she will cherish in the future.
While I was pregnant I decided to keep the journey off social media and rather documented my whole journey on video and photos for myself. I kept a record of my growing tummy, my experiences and my thoughts. I even documented my labour and birth.
1st year video of moments
I filmed moments of Mpilo throughout her first year of life all culminating on her 1st birthday. I edited the video and made a montage of all the moments. I’ve uploaded these to her YouTube channel (lol! yes she has a privated YouTube channel). My pregnancy video is also up there, I feel like uploading to YouTube is the best way to keep videos “safe” currently.
Instagram profile (pregnancy & first 100 days)
In this age of social media, did you even give birth if your baby doesn’t have an Insta profile (lol! I kid). I decided to have a private Instagram profile to document my pregnancy but then once Mpilo was born I carried it on to document her first 100 days of life. So I wrote anecdotes and her daily life – it’s so fun to go back and read it now because life was so different then!
This is one of my favourite ways of preserving memories of Mpilo, I write an e-mail to her (yes, she has an email address) on the 8th of each month. I pretty much give her the low down of what happened that month in her life, her funny moments, her faves like: food, words, songs etc. I only started doing this a few months ago and it’s been going well so far. This is the one method that I see myself doing into the future.
If you’re a mommy, let me know how you preserve memories for your child/ren