Before having children, I used to carry an agenda in my purse, checking it often and keeping it updated, but that all changed once I was home with a baby. Regularly checking my pocket calendar became a difficult habit to keep, probably due to my calendar shuffling back and forth between bags – the disadvantage of trading in my purse for a diaper bag. And the problem multiplied as the number of children in my household did. Accustomed to using a calendar, but no longer at work where I’d routinely check it before starting my workday; I was completely lost. I’d forget appointments; I’d even forget what day it was! But worst – hours, days, weeks – passed so quickly that I’d also forget many of the little day-to-day things that I desperately wanted to remember. Never having been good at keeping a journal, I wasn’t all that good at keeping up with baby books either. And the guilt was eating at me.
But one year, for my birthday, that all changed when my parents bought me a calendar. Not just any calendar; a More Time Moms calendar – one specifically created with mothers in mind. The squares were really big, with lots of extra space for keeping track of telephone numbers and information. Out of practice at first, I found a great central spot for it. Eventually, I was checking it every day and suddenly, I had regained control of my life. My self-esteem soared as I kept track of all the things a mother needs to keep track of. But that wasn’t the best part.
Having a 16-month calendar means that it can either be bought in the summer and started in September, or bought during the holidays and started in the New Year. I personally prefer to start mine in the fall, but either way one chooses to use their calendar; those extra months make a great place to jot down life’s little happenings. While I’m at the calendar, checking out what’s coming up or penciling in appointments, I can quickly write down little tidbits. It’s quick and it’s easy!
I fill the un-used sections by journaling funny things the children have said, random things that have happened during the day or even, songs the children like to sing – little trivial things that nobody else would really care about except me, but that I really want to remember. And yes, I keep all of my calendars.
So, if you’re having a hard time keeping up with the baby’s milestones, lost teeth or the names your child has given to all ten stuffed bears – put your calendar to work. I only wish I would have thought to use my calendar to its full potential sooner.