When I was 12 weeks pregnant with my daughter Abernathy, I purchased a notebook just for her. I wanted something that I could use to write down my thoughts, no matter how random they may be. I wanted to be able to give it to her when she was older.
I began writing letters to her periodically, and have tried to maintain no rules for this process. It’s been something I have enjoyed, and I really think she will love it when she’s older.
I just recently purchased one so that I can start writing to Matilda in the same way (Read It’s A Girl and find out more about Matilda). I am happy to start writing letters to my daughters. I wanted to start writing before giving birth because I was able to generalize things so well. I don’t yet know what Matilda’s personality will be, or really anything specific for that matter. So I am able to begin the journal in a way that makes me imagine, or fantasize about who she will become. This slowly changes as she and I grow up together. After she is born, and as she grows, I will be able to customize each entry according to her general interest. It really makes for a much more enjoyable experience.
I’m not even the only one writing in it. From time to time I’ll have a grandparent add a little something special. Eventually I can have Abby write to her sister, and vice versa. My husband Lane loves writing to his girls, and I know these will be their favorite entries.
I write about anything and everything. Sometimes I make it specific to something that she had done that day. Sometimes it’s a life lesson that I want her to understand. Other times it’s a way of letting her know what I want for her out of life. I look forward to writing in both of these journals throughout their lives, and giving it to each of them when the time is right.
If you are pregnant, or maybe you have a friend who is, I recommend getting a journal. It is an amazing way to keep note of the big moments, and to share something with your child that we may otherwise not get the opportunity to do. Even if you’ve already had your children, writing to them now will still be an experience that you both will appreciate for a very long time. I highly recommend it.
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