A couple years ago, I posted a bunch of video blogs when our son, Julian, was about 10 months old. They were time consuming but rewarding (here’s one of my favorites), and I realized later, after I’d stopped doing them, that they had become the single best way to look back and get a sense of what our lives were like when things were just a little different (a.k.a., one child instead of two).
So this week, I started them up again. The main impetus is Lina. She turns one on Thursday, and it seemed like a good idea to take a snapshot of our family with her as a baby before she passes that milestone into pre-toddlerhood.
But the thing is, these are really fun to do. I enjoy recording moments of our day, I enjoy sitting down at the end of the day to stitch them together, and I really enjoy taking a step back and actually noticing what life is like right now, what WE are like right now. Life gets so busy, and it’s so easy to get lost in the details, that you don’t realize how quickly time passes. Month to month, the kids look different, Jason and I get into different things, and various sub-stages of life fade into the next.
I’ve wondered why I don’t just make these videos private. They are mostly for me and the family. The reason, I think, is because when I know what I make is going to be public, I work a little harder to make sure it’s interesting. And that’s a good skill to develop, I think.
Here are the two videos I’ve done this week so far, from Sunday and Monday. The goal is to make one every day at least until Lina’s birthday Thursday. I kind of hope I don’t stop there.
P.S. – For those of you who subscribe to email updates about this blog (ha!), sorry about the blank emails the last two days. My If This Then That recipe that used to make a blog post every time I posted a public YouTube video broke for some reason.