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alex's life book

  • In early 2006, I began creating a life book for my daughter, Alex. Click here for links to articles describing my experience.
  • And for those of you who are more digitally inclined, in late 2006, I recreated key pages of Alex's lifebook for an article I wrote for AlphaMom, using Scrapblog.

    You can see the final digital result (and leave comments, if you'd like!) here.

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Lisa Stone

Oooh, tearing up. Yes. When he started telling and playing little jokes on me. Totally wicked indeed. Brilliant photo.


I am child-free, but the bittersweet ache and affection of this post isn't lost on me. She's beautiful and it is such fun watching her grow through your eyes and words.


Probably at just about two, like Alex. Makena is a runner and a crasher. She loves to crash into things, jump into and onto things. She's fearless. She talks in four and five word sentences - intelligible, meaningful sentences. We were at IKEA today and there was another family with a two-year-old and this other girl seemed like such a baby still. I stood there, wishing Makena was still more like a baby but also felt so proud of my amazing little girl, toddler tantrums notwithstanding.


It's funny - I was just remarking to my husband this morning that Kate is no longer a baby but a little girl! (If you recall, she is about a week older than Alex) The moment was yesterday evening when I came home from work, and she starting yelling, "Mummy! Mummy!" down the stairs, rather than the "Mama" she had used only yesterday morning. I told her I kind of preferred the "Mama" but she shook her head and said, "Mummy!"


Toddler Chickadee made her exit shortly after her brother's birth (right around the same age Alex is now). At least I still had a baby to comfort myself with; I didn't find the transition too difficult, with her.

On the other hand, Monkey converted later... maybe around 3... partly because he's a "youngest" and partly because he's a boy... and it was agony. AGONY. Poor kid now interrupts me with a wave of the hand to say, "I know, I KNOW, I'll ALWAYS be your baby. I KNOW!" Heh.


Yes, I remember having that feeling when you look at your toddler and realize they are a little girl.

This past week I was with my eldest daughter (28 yrs) and realized she isn't just a twenty-something she is a grown woman. Now, that is really weird.


First of all, how cute is that bathing suit?!?!?! I LOVE IT!

About toddlers growing up . . . my daughter did it about the same time as Alex. Isn't it just the weirdest feeling? My son, at 2 1/2 is doing it now. It's amazing but sad as well. They really do grow up "so fast!"

Just wait until she turns into a big girl. It will kill you! I look at my now 4 1/2 year old daughter and wonder how someone I have spent time with on every single day of her life can morph from an infant into a young child without me ever seeing it happen.


yep...you have a little girl. and no matter how old she gets, she is still going to be your baby.


Funny that you post this...I just realized after a spring vacation my little boy just emerged...1 day shy of being 3.5 years old.

I tried to preserve him as long a I could. :-)


Karen, Alex is just so cute! i really enjoy reading about her, it just bring memories of when my two girls were small. Thank you for share Alex with us!


I don't have children (nor do I plan on having any), but Alex looks too cute in the boy shorts. I wear that type of bathing suit, too.


Let's see, that would be...right about now. I've been watching with fondness and empathy as you and Alex grow right along with us. My girl is just over two as well.

When I'm brushing her hair with a grownup brush (now too long and thick for the baby brush)...hearing her sing a song with a semblance of lyrics...carrying on real conversations with her...watching her "read" her books alone, word for word...marveling at how decisive and independent she is becoming...that's when it hits me like a ton of bricks. So heartwrenching and beautiful.

(Oh, and we have the same wonderful swimsuit! Alex looks fabulous in it!)


Don't tell me this! My boy turned from baby to toddler, but I will do everything I can to keep him little. No, where did I put those plans for my freeze-time machine...

Margaret in Germany

I was discussing this topic with a co-worker today.

I'm not quite sure when my toddler left, and like you, I really like the replacement.

Kennedi is now 5, and she came home from 'school' last week and announce that she's in love with a boy in her class. My little girl is trying to leave me, already! HELP!!


our little girls are pretty much the same age. Mine will turn 3 in June and she's leaving me right now. It's a slow process but every now and then I'll have a moment to really look at and observe her, and that's when it hits me. The moments are bittersweet, indeed.


Not a mom, just an aunt, but it seems like between the ages of 2-3 is when my nephew made that transistion. Even now, at 4 1/2, I'm amazed at how clear his pronounciation of words is becoming. The things that come out of that child's mouth! For instance, when he was at my house the other day, he informed me that "your sink is running water, and that's WASTING water, Aunt Natalee!" (my bathroom sink drips); and when I inquired whether or not he was going to take a postcard I gave him to show and tell, his response was "You don't even know what letter I'm on!" The kid floors me!


Same age...when I told her about a humorous situation, and she actually "got" the humor in it, without me trying to explain WHY it was funny. She was really young to "get" it, and it amazed me. She has almost always known why I think something is funny, and will laugh about it with me. I find that mind-boggling, that a 2.5 year old would "get" it! That's when I really began to get glimpses of the person she would become...and realized how blessed I was to be given the privilege of raising this child.

Love the suit....there is NOTHING that does not look cute on Miss Alex! :)


Duncan's almost three, and it was several months ago that I first realized he was a little boy... combination of asking him at the dinner table how his day at daycare was, with the response being "Emily's my girlfriend," and the phrase "Mommy! Choo-choo!" changing to "Mommy. Did you hear that? I think that was a choo-choo train!" The onset of full sentences is really what did it for me.


My toddler hasn't quite left yet, but I know the feeling you're talking about. I often tell my childless friends something I read elsewhere and thus cannot take credit for it: having a child (to me anyway) involves little spikes of grief. It's when you realize this one person you were in love with is gone forever.

It helps that the new person you're equally in love with (if not more so because of the history), but man, when you're on the cusp like you are today, it can cause almost visceral pain. No complaints, but the complexity is one of many things in motherhood I never expected.


Hi to all you moms, just was out shopping and saw the cutest toddler outfits on a set of twins..and I loved the Moms diaper bag also.. asked her where she got it all..so I just purchased the most awesome items on ICandy Jewelry.com!!!!.. shes got the coolest new line of ROCKSTAR DIAPER BAGS.. anyway..just what I wanted to let u know the buz!!!

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