Dear Son, Love Mom

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how I’m going to save all my digital photos. You know, so when my boys are in their 30’s with families of their own, they can show their children pictures of when they were younger. My oldest isn’t even 3 yet and I already have over 14,000 photos in my iPhoto library and that isn’t including the videos I’ve taken! I printed out a bunch for my older sons baby book but it’s poorly put together and I haven’t even started on baby brothers. And those only cover the first year of life. 

Then came this Google Chrome commercial called “Dear Sophie” about a father who opens a g-mail account to communicate with is daughter from birth into the future:

I had seen this commercial before but it wasn’t until mommy blogger Mommy Hates Cooking posted earlier this week that she set up an e-mail account for her son that it dawned on me – this could be part of my solution! So I created a g-mail account* for each of my boys as a way to send them a quick note, memory, moment, picture or video as they grow. When they are older, I will give them access to their inbox. I like to think of it as an online journal and a great way to start and continue a baby book! And just as Kristy from Mommy Hates Cooking did, I e-mailed the grandparents, great-grandma (yes, she has e-mail and knows how to use it!), uncles and aunts and invited them to also send e-mails of memories and moments they have of the boys. 

I do not intend to e-mail them on a daily basis, but maybe a couple times month and when they reach milestones. I don’t even need to be at my computer, I can send a message from my iPhone. How fun will it be to be able to e-mail my baby a video of himself walking the minute he does it?! 

Lets just hope that e-mail will still be around in 30+ years.

*You cannot actually set up a g-mail account for anyone who is not over thirteen years old. So when you are creating the account don’t put their actual age and you are good to go.



  1. Gaby says

    Great idea, I have no kids yet, but I love the idea and remember this when the time comes. Love your blog. A big hug from Colombia


  2. says

    I love all of your ideas. One thing that I have done for my children was instead of making them a birthday card each year I wrote them a birthday letter which highlighted events that took place, milestones they passed, funny things that they said, moments which made me proud to be their mom and moments that I gringed. I have yet to decide when I will give them to them. My oldest is now 21. They know the letters exist and I keep them tied with a ribbon in a drawer for each of them.


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