17 June 2010

To Help Me Remember

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To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality.
~Henri Cartier-Bresson (French photographer)

In a way, the same could be said of blogging.  One of the reasons I started this blog was for me to record some of my mamahood moments, so that I will more easily remember.  My memory is not as good as it once was.  And if there is anything that I would want to be able to hold on to and be able to look back on, it would be those moments with Josh and Zoë –stand-out or otherwise.  These are memories that I’d want to share with them when they’re older.  I know that I love hearing my parents talk about the times when I was younger, the things I would do, how they felt about me.  This is why I blog.  To help me remember, so that I can help Josh and Zoë remember, too.

And so far, whenever I’ve gone back and read earlier posts, I have had those “I’m so glad I wrote this down” moments –especially with regard to stories about what Josh and Zoë have said or done.

Like when Zoë wore a basket on her head and got stuck with her face in the basket.

Like when Josh first began reading and Zoë , never one to be outdone, would “read” along with him.

Like when Zoë gathered a handful of leaves for me the way other children might pick flowers for their mommies.

Like when Zoë announced that she was going to China and Josh thought it was for real and begged her to stay.

All the Zoë and Josh tales [here (I’ll help you wipe your bum!), here (I want my mole back!), here (No laughing allowed!)…], the mispronunciations, and the numerous photos of the two of them.

To add to all of the ones that I’ve written about, here are two more “moments” I need to write down, a couple of moments over which I know we will have a good laugh later…

Princesses Don’t Push

Josh mentioned that he would get me one of those wheelchairs with lots of automatic buttons when I’m older and can’t walk anymore.  I said maybe I won’t need such a fancy wheelchair, because Zoë would help push me.  She quickly told me that she wouldn’t.  When I asked her why, she reminded me, “But princesses don’t push.”  (She had earlier announced that she will be a princess when she grows up.)

Boobie Cover

Zoë was in the room while I was changing and she saw my bra.  She pointed to it and said, “Look, Mommy!  Your boobie cover match[es] my shirt!”  I wonder if she will beg me to get her “training boobie covers” the way I did with my mom, long before I actually needed them.


What are your reasons for blogging?

Image credits:  Pink boobie cover and pink crown – Zazzle and Zazzle.com.au, respectively.  


jen@odbt said...

You said it so well. That is exactly why I blog - to remember. Boobie covers...LOL - I think my kids have called it that too.

paige said...

I love the "moments." Boobie covers is precious! That photos is beautiful. I really love those magical moments.

I blog to connect and to share. It's a great outlet. I also want a record of my ramblings because I can look at them and remember what I felt like. I'm sure that when I finally have children I'll want everything recorded for them. Maybe the stuff I'm writing now will be their favorite!

Busy Working Mama said...

Haha, love the boobie covers. My daughter calls it a bra and I have a pic of her wearing one of mine when she was just over a year old. Now her latest thing is "i can touch my nippes, but NO ONE else can, right?" Right, honey!

Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training said...

Heheheh, cute post! Kids say the silliest things. That’s great that you are recording these special moments for them as well as yourself. Definitely an example of the new technical era we are in! I wish I had little clips and funny stories to look back on. My mom does a good job remembering but it would be fun to have a blog about my childhood to look through!

Humm why do I blog? Not really sure. I LOVE to get my craft on which is why I started. I thought it would be fun to share home décor, crafty fun and whatnot but as time has gone on my blog has taken on a whole new meaning! I really feel like blogging has influenced my life for the better! I do spend more time on the computer than I did pre blogging….something I’m trying to cut back on. Through my blog I have marked many task off my To Do List, I’ve grown as a photographer, and taken on task that I wouldn't have dreamed of doing pre blog.

LPC said...

Oh, if blogging had existed when my kids were little? The world would have gotten more than enough peeks at LPC daughter and LPC son. BTW, my son said, Mom, those babies in Hong Kong are so cute.:).

Yelena R. said...

That's why I blog! I was never good at keeping diaries because I'm just that good with words. But blogging helps me record my college years with pictures and words :)

*Jess* said...

I honestly thought I'd remember everything! I didn't start blogging until my daughter was already 3 years old and my son was an infant. And it took me a while to find my "voice" so I have to admit that my blog was very boring and too "perfect" because I never wrote about the every day frustrations. I wish I had been truer to myself earlier! Now I write about real life stuff and I'm so glad I have those memories!

Elle Bee said...

Ahhaha! Boobie covers--that is so funny/cute. It's going to be so fun to look back on this stuff! Good for you for recording these memories. What a treasure.

alicia said...

Great pic. Aren't kid's so random and funny sometimes?

Alicia said...

They are just too cute for words!! LOL, princesses don't push!! She's got that right!

And I started blogging for the same reasons. I wanted to document all the little things that I may have forgotten about otherwise.

Nezzy said...

Miss Zoe always puts a big bright smile on my face! I've been in too much pain to blog but I just had to check in on some of my wonderful blogsisters. I have the best followers!!!

God has blessed you with precious children girl!

You have yourself a glorious day sweetie :o)

Anonymous said...

I started my blog for different reasons, but along the way realized this is the perfect way to document all the small stuff, and show him one day when he's much older ;) very cool!

Mom of the Perpetually Grounded said...

This is a great post, "boobie cover", I love it! And the photo is breathtaking.

I started blogging privately at first as a way to get some things out of my system. I quickly realized that it was the perfect place to relate memories and messages for my family.

Lori said...

I love that you are recording your famiy's journey and sharing it with us here. I not only enjoy the photo's of your beautiful children but enjoy hearing about the things they do and say.

I started blogging to record my journey of raising our 2 grandchildren. I am so thankful I did because of the wonderful connections I've made in doing so.

Lindy said...

One day, my kid will look back and be incredibly embarassed. :)

Michelle @ Flying Giggles said...

That reminds me of when Aiyana grabbed my bra and put it on. She told me that she was going to ask Santa for "boobies". Hopefully that one will take a whole different directions. I do not want my 4 year old dreaming of the day she can get implants!

Nya's mom said...

Great post! I blog to remember and to share all that I have learned (and continue to learn) with other moms.
-Jessica a.k.a Nya's mom

J. L. W. said...

I think it is wonderful that you are recording your family's journey through blogging. This was also why I started blogging and just to connect with other women. I started right after my second daughter was born. With an infant and a almost two year old, I barely left the house those first few weeks.

blueviolet said...

I started blogging because a friend kinda forced me into it. Now that little stinker quit blogging and I'm already sucked in so deep there's no getting out.

Oh well, I love it!

Claire's Creations and Photography said...

OMG. I LOVE this. gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous

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