Chapter 51-1,000 Reasons Why

Measuring time can be a matter of opinion. For some it’s coffee spoons, for others it’s carriage clocks. For me, it’s a diary.

I started it when Raffie spent his first full day at nursery early in 2012, and this week, I reached the thousandth entry. For 1,000 days I have written about what we’ve been up to, the progress he has made, the good times and the bad. And of course, what he’s had for dinner.

Meal times are only marginally more successful today.

Meal times are only marginally more successful today.

Leaving him at nursery was, as is often the case, much harder for me than him, who had a whale of a time playing with all the new toys and enjoying cuddles with his lovely ladies. The first entry begins with what he did and how he was when I picked him up, all smiles and cuddles.

Smiling and books. Two things which are still popular with Raffie today.

Smiling and books. Two things which are still popular with Raffie today.

As the months went on he started walking, then talking, and hasn’t stopped since. This week’s baffling question being “Where do octopuses keep their pyjamas?” only to look horrified when I suggested they might not really need to wear them.

Usually composed late at night in haste, his diary will never win any awards for writing. But from his first proper fall and split lip, to his trip to see the Olympics, his first overseas visits and love of playing with eggs, his adventures are all documented, whether or not anyone cares to read them.

On the way to the Olympic Park.

On the way to the Olympic Park.

Some things haven’t really changed. He used to love being read to in his bouncer, and then following me around with book in hand. He used to delight in giving the cat a book and a banana. Now he demands to hear story after story, and has even memorised his first one from cover to cover, The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats, a simple tale of, rather predictably, a boy and a snowy day.

His early love of cleaning has continued, this week sweeping and mopping the floor and taking turns to do the dusting with the thing on a stick. And of course he still doesn’t sleep through the night.

An early love of art.

An early love of art.

Raffie told us recently that he wanted to work for a newspaper. “What would you write about?” I asked. “My day, and all the things I do.” I suppose my diary on his behalf is the next best thing, and did think that when I got to the thousandth entry it may be time to stop. But with less than a year to go until school, I’m hoping that by continuing be a reminder of the last few months of having more time together.

I am not sure whether all diaries are meant to be read. But for me, it’s a reminder of all those little things in life that has made Raffie the person he is today. Should he ever decide to dip into it when he’s older, it’s hopefully a reminder of 1,000 tiny daily adventures which are so easily forgotten. And 1,000 reasons why we love him.

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14 thoughts on “Chapter 51-1,000 Reasons Why

  1. This is a brill idea! I did this with my firstborn but was completely rubbish with my second .. All I have written for him is random apologies for not writing anything!! Oops!

  2. My son was born in 2012 & I am reliving all his milestones w/ all of your pictures & your words. Like your son, he loves to smile & read books too. I commend you for writing 1000 posts on him. That’s awesome!

  3. First amazing one reaching 1000 entries I would of probably forgotten to keep it going although I wish I had something like this to record my daughters milestones when she was younger. I bet you are so glad you have this diary #brilliantblogposts

  4. Oh I bet he would love to have it to read about his life before school and before his own memories started staying with him. I know I would if my mom had written a diary. I love writing about my two each week and updates about them on my blog. Its one of the reasons I started a blog and I thinka diary is just an addition of that. keep going. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    • Hello there, thank you, I would have loved it too. I know what you mean about the blog, that’s why I started it too-I will keep going as you suggest and see how it goes! Thank you for having me, it’s a lovely linky x

  5. Such a lovely post. I love the picture of him with the glasses, bless him! I have kept a diary since I was 9 years old and I love reading them years later; such a great snapshot of what life was like at such or such time. x

  6. It’s going to be a lovely reminder of everything he’s achieved when he’s older, with the cutest pictures too. He is such a little character! Thanks for linking up with #SSAmazingAchievements ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you so much, I hope he will like it, but either way it’s nice for me to have a record. Yes he is certainly a character-there really is never a dull moment! Thanks for having me, hope to link up this week x

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