Baby Milestones: To Document or Live in the Moment?
Sigh. I’ll admit it. I am definitely one of “those parents” who pulls out their phone or camera every time something even remotely exciting happens with my child, from the first time she rolled over to just being silly while playing dress up. As a result, I grapple with this question: do I live in the moment (enjoying whatever cute event/milestone the girls are experiencing) or do I grab my iPhone or camera and take a photo so I can remember her expression when I’m 80? The same goes for taking pictures while traveling (though admittedly there’s far less of that going on these days).
What do you think? Is there a way to have the best of both worlds?
Though I unabashedly love all things social media, I have to wonder if all my posting, tweeting, pinning and Instagramming puts a wedge between me and truly living in the moment. While I might be so happy at what I just witnessed, inevitably I think to myself, “This would make a great photo on my Facebook page!” Sure, there is joy in sharing your joy with friends and family. Our parents live in different parts of the country, so we try and take lots of photos and videos so we can share with them … hmmm… maybe I can blame this affliction on them! Just kidding, of course.
The answer, as with most things, lies somewhere in the middle. I need to start having more reality checks with myself instead of right away pulling out my phone to press the video button. I do so want to be able to re-live my children’s experiences down the road, but there is just as much magic at being fully present and enjoying that special moment with your child… in the moment.
“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.
― A.A. Milne
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