I recently started writing about my own history and decided it would be fun to write a few blog posts about starting a history for your children. My “babies” are thirteen, ten, and six. I decided it was better late than never to write about their births, their first year, and their toddler years. I plan to share a few questions you could answer to start their story.
Here are the questions for this week:
- When did the couple find out about the pregnancy?
- What was the mother’s reaction to the pregnancy test? The father’s?
- To whom did the couple first tell the news?
- What were other’s reactions?
- How did the mother feel while she was pregnant?
- Did the mother have any weird cravings?
- What were some of the fears of the expectant parents?
- Were the parents given any advice?
- What was the family like before the baby was born?
- Where did the family live? What did the parents do for a living?
I recently started three documents and wrote the answers to these questions for each of my boys. It was fun to compare the answers even though they were the same questions, especially to number 2. When I found out I was expecting my first baby I was so excited, but I had also felt a bit of relief because we had been trying “for so long.” It was six months. I was 23 years old and thought that six months was SO long. It is funny to look back on it now.
When I found out I was expecting our third child, I was thirty-three and my reaction was very different. I was profoundly grateful. We had lost three babies after our second child over a period of four years and I wasn’t sure I could keep a baby to full term at this point. However, I found out when I was sixteen weeks pregnant and it was already passed the time that I had lost the other babies. It was truly a miracle. I was so happy to know that I would be blessed with one final little baby.