Thursday, April 23, 2009

Love letters

So one of the things I've been doing before bed is journaling to the baby. I kept a diary until I was about 17 but this is a whole new experience because eventually, someone else is actually going to read it. I started about a month after we found out we were pregnant- I think of them romantically as love letters to our little one :) It's been a very calming thing to do before bed and I love the fact that after every entry, I fall asleep thinking of her...

I probably wasn't as consistent with it in the first trimester, just because there's only so much I could share with her about how tired she was making me or how little I felt like eating. But now that we're busying ourselves with getting ready for her arrival-- the rapid way my body's changing, music I've been listening to, books I'm reading, all the shopping we're doing, phone calls and emails of love and support we've been getting-- it's like I have something to share with her every other day. I'm hoping to keep this up as long as I can (that's if I'll still be able to write anything through colicky sleepless nights...) and one day, when she's old enough, we can start reading entries to her before she goes to bed :) When I started this little "project", I had visions of giving this to her as a gift at her graduation or her wedding-- I know, I think waaaaaay ahead-- but now, it's almost become a way for me to look back at our experiences and a part of me is doing this as much for us as it is for her.


5 comments:

Liz said...

Serene, I'm so happy I read this entry!! This is such a wonderful idea! I'm still amazed at how different we are. I'm awful at "blogging", but when I was pregnant with the girls I kept a digital diary on my computer - whereas you have beautiful handwriting and a journal :). For some odd reason, I decided to type out my feelings and thoughts that I might be pregnant before ever mentioning to anyone - even Dan. On hindsight, perhaps typing about "how I feel" was more exciting than completing my homework assignment. Nonetheless, I think it is a wonderful idea to read these entries to your little girl as bedtime stories. If you don't mind, I'm going to dust off my "pregnancy journal" and share them with Hannah! We need to meet so I can still give you a hug. In a few short months, little Yew will make even a simple hug slightly difficult! :)

Felicia said...

so sweet....you are going to be a great mother!

the terrible child said...

PRECIOUS CAN!!!

Dark Orpheus said...

Going to be utterly unromantic, but just factual here. Seems to me your journal to your little girl is a form of ethical will.

The usual legal wills bequeath properties and other material possessions.

Ethical wills instead bequeath values. It is where we state, for posterity, our hopes, blessings and dreams for them. In ethical wills, we reaffirm who we are, and what is important to us - what defines us.

I think it's totally awesome that you're keeping a journal for Baby {insert name here} before she is born. This will be one of the most important gift you can give your daughter.

serene said...

@Dark Orpheus: That's actually one of the most *romantic* things I've read, Stella! Thank you for that beautiful sentiment! :)