You see, with baby #1, I had time to make–not 1, not 2–but 4 scrapbooks dedicated to my bundle of joy. Then came baby #2 and all those scrapbooking materials have been forever lost in the abyss of unfinished projects. I had tried putting all those baby memories of my daughter, JJ, into a beautiful keepsake, but to this day (she’s now 7!) the pink scrapbook remains empty and lifeless.
Perhaps, it’s all for the best anyway. Scrapbooking was just not my thing. All that cutting and gluing, and then trying to keep curious, little hands away … that was just a lot of stress. So, to whoever invented photobooks, “THANK YOU!”
My kids have been noticing me looking through all the baby pictures on the computer. Well, it’s hard not to notice since I’m sitting there in front of the screen, switching between gleefully squealing, “Sooo cuuute!” and hysterically sobbing, “Time goes so fast!” They may have thought their mom has gone mad until they glanced over my shoulder and saw the object of my quickly shifting emotions … and they, too, were hooked!
Since I was already going through our archives of pictures and home videos, a couple of my kids decided to join me in my bedroom to watch their baby videos on the computer. What kid doesn’t want to watch little movies featuring them? It was such a sweet time.
When I was tucking JJ in for bed, she said, “Mommy, I want to make an invention. It’s a machine where you can put a kid inside. You can push the buttons and enter how old you want them to be. Then, we can be your babies forever.”
My dear JJ, I don’t need a machine. You will, always and forever, be my babies.
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