- My name is Dania. I am a wife and mom to 3 beautiful boys. My kids are now teenagers and as seasoned as I am, I learn something new every day.
This blog is a forum for those parents, new and not so new, who want to share their thoughts and experiences with others. After all, we all have the same goals: to parent and love our children enough to watch them grow up to be healthy, happy, successful and loving parents themselves.
I look forward to hearing from you.
School Year Chronicles helps discover budding artist and future hockey player!
With School Year Chronicles prompting him along, Jared has been drawing self portraits since the age of 4. His mom has taken many time-outs over the years to fill up the scrapbooks for each of her 3 kids. What follows is a time line of her eldest child, Jared, and his years at school, beginning in kindergarten and going up to Grade 6. Jared’s sibs will be profiled soon.
PS: Note to parents – Joanne missed filling in Nursery but quickly caught up on all the future years. See how time flies … Jared is now 16 years old and learning to drive!
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Here is a picture of Jared today, at age 16. He is an avid hockey player, when he isn’t injured, and his favourite subject in school is Science, NOT!
It is always nice to hear back from a happy mother! Reading the lengths Karen went to, to get a copy of High School Chronicles for her daughter Elizabeth, is the sign of a truly devoted Mom. Here’s to the excitement we all feel as we watch our kids grow.
PS: Note to parents – Karen talks below about my earlier editions of School Year Chronicles and High School Chronicles. The current editions have School Year Chronicles covering pre-school to Grade 8 and High School Chronicles covering Grades 9 through 12.
Kids grow up. They do! No matter how much I want mine to stay little, they keep growing.
I have always enjoyed recording my two kids’ milestones and accomplishments. When my sixth grade daughter, Elizabeth, was starting school, I hunted for the most perfect record keeper for her. I looked at a lot of them. I wanted a book that was more than a single page per year. Surely, during an entire school year, more would happen than what would fill up a single page.
One night in Barnes and Noble, I stumbled across The School Year Chronicles. I had to sit down for this binder!!! Page after page I flipped and fell in love. Within its cover it held places for, not only the primary school grades, but Family Vacations, Summer Vacations, After School sports, Health Records, and much more. I was in love! Right away, I bought the three that they had in the store-one for Elizabeth, one for her three year old brother, and one to give away.
As the kids grew, we worked on the book together. First it was just me filling in the pages, and then us together. They especially loved the page where it asks to draw a picture of themselves, and then a yearly autograph.
Each time the book is out, we can’t help but start from the beginning and read and enjoy where we started-and where we’ve come. We laugh. I sigh. Those books have become such a treaured keepsake-for all of us, we will probably play tug a war with them when they head off to (gasp)college.
Recently, Elizabeth got her school pictures returned to her. The first thing we both did was reach for the School Year Chronicles. We flipped to fifth grade-and were taken back-and saddened to discover that this is where the book ended. We both couldn’t
believe it. I told her that perhaps I could order some extra pages.
I found the website on the front cover of the book. We both jumped on the computer and typed it in. We were THRILLED to discover not extra pages-but a whole new book!!!!!!!! And this book started with sixth grade!!!!!!!!!!!! We wouldn’t have to skip a beat!!! I clicked on where it said retailers and then went to Amazon. I laughed when I saw the price of it: 181.00???????? That made no NO sense to me. I figured it was a mistake-so I closed out on my computer-and tried it again. No mistake. I then went to ebay and saw that there was one book-and it was selling for the same price. I just did not understand. For a memory book???? Memories, to me, are worth gold….but????? I googled it several times-and it was ‘out of stock’ in most places. I just did not get it.
Monday morning I tried Amazon again-and the same price came up. I noticed that on the cover of our first book there was a number-so I decided to try it-just to get to the bottom of this crazy price. Luckily, I reached Dania-and she, too, felt the price was crazy!!! Even better, she had a few of the books that I so wanted!!!!! I was able to order two of the books-and I couldn’t be happier!!!! When I told Elizabeth at the bus stop she was shocked that I paid almost 200 hundred dollars for a memory book-I was happy to report to her the better ending we had!!
Kids do grow up, but it doesn’t mean that they no longer want their accomplishments and special moments recorded. Elizabeth was chosen as Student of the Month in Sixth grade-and Thursday there is a big breakfast in her honor-I’m sooo relieved that I’ll have a place to write about and show off this special event. How sad we would have been if we were to continue recording Matthew-who is in third grade-and no longer Elizabeth-I know that she would feel left out. I’m relieved that we have many more days that we can look back, read, compare and laugh together, thanks to these amazing books.
Our memories are priceless, it’s true…
It’s time to brag. Share and email to firstname.lastname@example.org pages from your child’s Baby Chronicles, School Year Chronicles and/or High School Chronicles books.
I love getting feedback from Moms saving their memories in Baby Chronicles record keepers. Ashley submitted the completed pages below from her children’s books. I have profiled the two siblings’ pages side by side so my readers could see how different and sometimes the same, each birth and baby is. Aurora is the big sister. Chase is her baby brother. Notes in purple italics are added in by me!
Memorably yours, Dania
These are out of my daughter’s baby book. We are now beginning her Junior-K in School Year Chronicles. She loves looking back at her baby book & asking me a million questions. Her being able to take part in her school years book will make it even more special.
These are out of my son’s baby book. He’s still too young to be interested in it but someday I’m sure he’ll be happy to look back at it.
Thank you for such great books
Baby Chronicles presents: The first page of Baby Chronicles is the very beginning of your Baby’s story. Select the earliest photo of your Baby that you have. If you see a strong resemblance to another family member, you might choose to include that picture for comparison!
My Ultrasound/Sonogram: Your ultrasound or sonogram truly is a peak at the future and a marvel of medicine. If yours showed just enough to let you know the sex of your baby in advance, you might want to make a note of that on this page.
My Hand & Foot Prints: Your Baby grows so quickly. Having a hand or foot print saved in your book will remind you just how small your Baby once was. If you don’t have a true print, you can always take a photograph and have it printed to scale.
My Birth Announcement: The birth announcement is where new parents get to be creative and tell the world of their newest arrival. Some parents put a notice in the local paper, others may send out personal cards. If you sent out an email with a picture, print that out and include it on this page.
It’s Bathtime!: You’ll have a lot of these bath pictures, but select ones that won’t make anyone blush. You can also note down who was giving the bath and who else was present. And how the baby enjoyed it.
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Baby Chronicles or School Year Chronicles books?
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Hashtag #breast feeding … it must be breast feeding and pumping week!
I was just talking with my neighbor’s daughter Jen in New York who is 8 weeks away from giving birth to her first-born child. The topic of breast feeding and breast pumping came up. A couple of days later, I received an e-mail from mom Tanya Allsop, who wanted to share information on breast pumps. Timing is funny sometimes.
I am a big believer myself in nursing and did a lot of breast pumping, both manual (oy) and electric (yay) with my 3 boys. The pumps I used are probably dinosaured by now, so I will defer the new branding to Tanya, who has penned the article below, specifically for Baby Chronicles.
Many Benefits of Owning a Breast Pump
When hubby and I brought our first little bundle of joy into the world 5 years ago, I had everything meticulously planned. I had read every baby book and had purchased every piece of furniture for the nursery and every aid, accessory and baby-related gadget under the sun. A good breast pump, however, was a bit of an afterthought.
I had done no research whatsoever and didn’t have the faintest idea what to look for. I regrettably decided to go the cheapest route and invested in a small manual pump. It made sense at the time, as I didn’t realize how much time and effort I had put into expressing milk. Unfortunately I spent far too long awkwardly pumping away for what little milk it produced, and eventually banished it to the cupboard, never to be seen again.
Fast forward 5 years and barely a day goes by that I’m not pumping away with my new Medela pump. It’s almost become an extension of my body.
Among the various benefits a breast pump provides, it’s the freedom I enjoy most of all. I always ensure there’s an adequate supply of milk just in case I want to duck out for coffee with the girls, or for when I’m exhausted and decide that it’s hubby and bubby’s ‘bonding time’.
I have also recently started working from home part-time and having a supply of milk handy means I can work uninterrupted while our mother in law takes care of feeding.
For any mom planning on returning to work, a good breast pump is an absolute necessity. If you plan on expressing while at work, you will most likely want something that does the job quickly and quietly. It’s hard to go past a Medela double electric pump in this regard, as they’re both powerful, with pumping generally only taking about 10-20 minutes per session, and quiet enough not to cause a nuisance to co-workers. I find however, that it’s best to simply stock up well at home and store the milk in the fridge if I’m going to be away for extended periods of time.
In addition to the many benefits mentioned so far, breast pumps can also provide relief from engorgement, by releasing the excess milk supply building up in your body, which as any mother will tell you, can be very uncomfortable. There can also be unforeseen circumstances that make expressing necessary, such as your child having difficulty latching on to the breast or having to stock up before taking potentially harmful medication for short periods of time.
Everyone’s situation is different, and your needs will dictate what kind of breast pump you’ll want to invest in. There’s a huge variety out there, so make sure to do your homework before investing in a breast pump. It could be one of the most important decisions you make.
Tanya Allsop is a mother of 2 and owns a website dedicated to breast pump reviews and breast pumping guides for new mothers. Please visit BreastPumpReviewsSite for more information.
Do you have any comments to add regarding breast feeding? We would love to hear from you. Please click on “leave a reply” below and send any articles or pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hi. My name is Joelle. I’m 10 years old. Everyone calls me Jojo.
When i look at my filled Baby Chronicles i love looking at when it says my first few words.
I LOVE having a book like this so i can look back on my baby stuff. I think moms and dads sould keep thes records so that they can show them to there kids when there older.
I like seeing pictures and hearing stories because most of the time they are funny and cute.
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It’s never easy to start something new.
I have been thinking for months on how to begin this blog and what direction to take, when an online order came in. It was from a mom named Tara who lives in Waterloo, a University town and the heart of RIM and the Blackberry smart phone.
Funny thing was that my husband and I were going to be moving our middle son Zach into the University of Waterloo residences that same week. So I e-mailed Tara asking to hand deliver her order so that I could meet her face to face; after all, it isn’t every day that I can see my customers up close and personal. She agreed. “And for the record, I didn’t just agree to meet you, I was darn excited!”
Tara surprised me. She came armed with her daughter Kate’s completed Baby Chronicles book. Kate’s BC scrapbook was filled to the max and every page was bursting with colorful pictures, words and plenty of baby teeth! I was thrilled to see how Kate’s memory book told her story and I gave Tara an A+ for her awesome scrapbooking skills.
With Tara’s permission, I am attaching Kate’s Tooth Fairy Visits page, as well as a little tidbit from her baby memory book. “Tooth number 3 is missing from the page because we never actually found it. Kate wrote a letter to the tooth fairy explaining the situation, so she was still able to get her reward (a tooney per tooth). (I put the letter “some place safe” to add to the Chronicles, but it’s currently still “safe”….).
After our meeting, I rethought my blog ideas and decided what better way to start my blog than to invite my customers to blog back how they have filled in their Baby Chronicles and School Year Chronicles memory books.
We will start with My Tooth Fairy Visits page and will profile different pages and get the cute stories behind them.
So now it’s your turn . How does your My Tooth Fairy Visits page look? Do you have any baby teeth stories to share? Please click on “leave a comment” below and send pictures to email@example.com.