From the first moment you become a parent, you start to
cherish all the things, whether it's that first soft baby blanket or her first sippy
cup. But it's hard for some parents to separate the cherished mementos from
the junk. What odd things have you kept from babyhood?
I'm not much of a memento keeper, but I will admit to a few
items I can't quite get rid of. I have a small jewelry box in my dresser drawer
that contains 39 small baby teeth from my two kids—one was lost on the school
playground, never to be found. The other treasure I can't throw out is a
collection of some of the tiniest, most adorable eyeglasses ever. My daughter
started wearing glasses when she was 2, and I have every single pair she has
ever had. Here are some more keepsake confessions.
"I still have everybody's first haircut hair, all of their
lost teeth—what do you do with those?!—and the outfit they each wore to their
first birthday parties! I only have two words to describe each of these keeps
(and they aren't 'so weird'), they're 'ridiculously tiny'! Especially now that my
kids are older—my oldest is taller than I am! It slays me every single time I
see these items."
"When my now
14-year-old was a toddler, he refused to have any part in a haircut. By the time
he agreed to a 'slight trim,' his wavy blond hair was quite long. After the cut
he collected all the chopped off hairs into a Ziploc bag for safe keeping. He
then gifted the bag of hair to his dad (I guess he figured his dad, who was
quickly losing hair, might need some extra in the future). At the time, I thought
I would hold on to the bag of hair for a few years—until my son forgot about
it—and then get rid of it. However, I have never to this day been able to part
with that bag of my little boy's soft, fine hairs. And my 14-year-old still
(The kids) will find some meaning in their mother's madness!
First day of school outfits
"I have an odd habit of keeping all of the outfits that my
kids wear on their first days of school—preschool, kindergarten, 4th grade.
It's weird. Plus, I put them in individualized Ziploc bags and label them, so
that when I pass all of their 'special things' bins down to them, they'll find
some meaning in their mother's madness!"
"I kept two clean newborn Pampers diapers so I could
always remember just how tiny and vulnerable my babies were when they were
gifted to us. I'm certain I'll never be able to part with those tiny diapers.
Although I'd deny it if you asked me, I sometimes pull them out just to
smell them—they just smell like clean, brand new baby."
"I kept a diaper from when he was first born (it's unused—don't be gross!). Because Max was a preemie, it's literally the size of a dollar bill folded in half. Other than that, I think I only kept the usual stuff: his coming-home outfit, his first Giants onesie. I do have his first five Converse shoes in a shadow box in my hallway though, from tiny size 1 crib shoes to size 10 toddler shoes."
"Their Nuks (pacifiers).
It seemed we were so eager to get rid of them, but when we did I couldn't help
but save two of them. One blue, one green to remind me how much a part of life,
our sanity and their babyhood was wrapped up in those small pieces of plastic.
I also kept two favorite preemie outfits so I'd never forget how small they
really were or how far we've come from the pain of infertility to the joy of
—Kirsten Anne Piccini,
mother of twin boys and writer at The Kir
"Ugh, my husband kept our daughter's umbilical cord. Nasty! It is in a jar above his home office desk. Please, dear Lord, keep
me anonymous. We want to still have friends!"
—Mother of three, who obviously chooses to remain nameless
"Aside from the typical baby blankets, pacifiers and
hospital bracelets I saved for all three of my kids, I also have each of their
belly buttons in a jewelry box—their umbilical cord stumps! I know it's totally gross but it was the part of them that connected them to me for nine months in
utero and I just couldn't see tossing them into the trash!"
"Well, since my baby is still in the baby years, I've kept,
like, everything! One thing that I will
never get rid of is the little knit cap that he wore in the hospital. It's the
tiniest, cutest little thing, and yes it's the one from the hospital that
everyone else got, too, but it's so special to me!"
"One of the 'weird' things of my children's that
I've kept is their birthday candle from each year. So far I have six birthday
candles for my daughter and one for my son. Do I plan on keeping this up until
they're 20? Probably."