What I Should Have Written in My Baby Book…

What I Should Have written in my Baby Book

I have been posting the funny, crazy, heartwarming, and witty things my kids say and do on my In Lieu of Preschool Facebook page for a long time as a way for me not to forget them, since I never really got into making them baby books and I don’t scrapbook.  The problem is they get buried along the way with no good way of going back through them, so I thought I’d capture some of the best ones here to better preserve them for myself as well as hopefully share a laugh or a heartwarming moment with you.

Here is what I should have written in my baby book…


Our 4 year old came into the room we were in to tell us he’d be changing clothes in his room and to please not come in.  The kicker?  He was already naked!  –July 11, 2012


Luke, 4: When I grow up, I’m going to be a fireman.
Lilah, 2: When I grow up, I’m going to be a woman.  –June 30, 2012


We ate out for dinner at an Asian restaurant, and then decided to go to Goodberry’s afterwards for some frozen custard.  We finished dinner and Luke said, “My hands are sticky.”  DH asked him if he wanted to go to the bathroom to wash them.  Luke replied, “Nah, ice cream is sticky, too.  I’ll just wait.”  –June 21, 2012

Luke: Can “c” sometimes say /ch/?
Me: Like in what word?
Luke: Like in chick.
Me: Yes, when c is together with h, it can say /ch/.
We also had to stop for a construction crew working on the road yesterday, and when it was our turn to go and the worker turned the stop sign around, Luke shouted, “SLOW!!  That sign says slow!”  I’m not sure I’m ready for this.  He will definitely not be a baby anymore once he learns to read.  *sigh*  It all goes by so fast….  –June 15, 2012


Luke just picked up his latest BOB book (a phonics reader) that he’s only read twice — and he never reads these voluntarily!! — and read it as well as I could have read it!  I was floored.  I IM’d his dad to tell him and he said to tell Luke he was very proud.  Luke replied to me with a big smile, “I could read it because you teached me!”

Ok, obviously I still have some work to do, but oh that melted me!!  –June 13, 2012


Maybe Luke will be a meteorologist when he grows up.  He has taken to predicting the weather every morning.  Today it’s pretty overcast and so he said, “I think we’re going to have a big, big, bad super storm later today with lots of hail.”  Thank goodness weather men are usually wrong!!

Later that day we did have a bad storm with heavy rain.  Luke woke up from his nap, looked outside, and said, “It is raining hard.  I was right!  But there’s no thunder or lightning, so it’s not dangerous.”  –June 11, 2012

Witnessed at the playground: Luke, who we used to have to BEG to go down slides, heard some girls giggling at the bottom of the slide.  The boy literally ran to the slide, grabbed on in stride, and slung himself down so that he crashed into the giggling girls and then proceeded to initiate a game of chasing them.
Man, they grow up fast!  –June 5, 2012
Luke: You know why I colored the tires black?
Me: Why?
Luke: Because they’re usually black.
Well, there you have it.  –June 5, 2012


Luke is very into monster trucks and has a bunch of them.  Tonight he asked his dad the name of one.  DH replied, “Um, that one is Big Dude.”  Luke looked at the truck for awhile, and said, “No, that can’t be it.  It has an ‘M’ at the end of it.”  DH had to tell him the *real* name of the truck — Big Dummy.  So much for getting away with censoring monster truck names from now on!  –June 3, 2012

Just read a book to Luke and said, “God loves them all.”  Luke says, “God loves them all?”  I said yes, and repeated it again.  He said, “Oooohhhh!  I thought you said, ‘God loves the MALL!'”  –May 30, 2012


It’s always a plus when you’re trying out a new recipe and your 4 year old yells down the stairs, “Mom, whatever you’re cooking down there smells good!  What are you making?”  –April 23, 2012

The look on Luke’s face last night was absolutely priceless as he guzzled down his customary pre-going-to-sleep glass of water and DH said something to the effect of, “You’re going to wet your bed if you drink all that!”  Luke responded in a shocked tone and with wide-opened eyes, “Water makes you pee?!?!  Oh no!!”  He was genuinely worried and even took an extra trip to the bathroom to ensure he would not wet his bed.  DH and I nearly died laughing.
Tonight he took the smallest sip imaginable from his nightly water glass.  –April 13, 2012

Luke (4yo) was just fussing at Lilah about her poor table manners at breakfast.  Lilah (2.5yo) responded, “I’m not your problem.  I’m not your kid!” –April 1, 2012


Lilah is always cracking me up.  One day this week, I was telling L&L about something we were going to do later that evening.  When I finished, Lilah said, very excitedly, “I like that a lot, Mom!  That’s a REALLY good plan!”  –March 30, 2012

“Luke, who’s your best friend?”

Last night we dumped our huge basket of Lego Duplo blocks on the train table and proceeded to build a city.  We used every block we own to create sky scrapers and cars for our city.  The best part?  About halfway through Luke said, “Mom, I *love* building with you!”  –February 25, 2012


Luke: “Mom, come look!  I made a good decision!”  –February 17, 2012


DH took over reading Stuart Little so I could get supper started.  Luke asked a question and I heard DH reply, “Snowflake,” thinking he had said the name of the cat in the book.  Luke rapidly replied, “Dad, it’s SnowBELL.”  Right now this amuses me so much, but I have a feeling in a few more years I’ll be plenty tired of us parents getting one upped by the kiddos. –January 25, 2012


Anybody need any tips for how to redirect a toddler?  Luke was playing with his cars when Lilah came over and tried to play (aka mess up what he was doing).  He immediately went into the other room, got her doll jeep, loaded it up with 3 of her favorite dolls, and said, “Hey, Lilah, don’t you want to push your jeep around?”  She said, “Thanks, Luke!” and went off to push her babies.  Now Luke is back at his table, happily playing with his cars without anyone bothering him.  –January 22, 2012


My super sweet 2 and 3 year olds cleaned the bonus room (aka the play room) which was quite littered with toys and books, while I took a shower this morning.  (I really don’t think it was that long of a shower!! lol)  The first thing I heard when I got out was, “Hurry, Mom!  Come look!”

Somebody please tell me these habits will stick with them into the teen years!! 🙂  –January 12, 2012


I can’t believe my baby girl turns 2 this weekend!  She is such a joy and a blessing.  Li has lots of nicknames: Pistol, Miss Independent, Crazy Girl, and Too because she repeats everything Luke says and adds, “too.”  Her favorite saying right now is, “Look at me!” and good thing, because it often draws attention to some crazy thing she’s about to do!  I love her to pieces and look forward to watching her grow and learn each day.  I love you, Lilah!  Thanks for all the excitement you add to my life!  –August 19, 2011


We’re on a walk around the neighborhood after dinner and L&L are collecting all kinds of leaves and rocks.  Luke suddenly blurts out, “I have to potty!”  We’re about as far from home as possible.  I say, “Can you hold it until we get home?”  He looks down at the collected treasures in his hands and says, “No, I have to hold two things already!” –July 7, 2011


Do you have a baby book?  How do you keep track of the memories you don’t want to forget?

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • Jenn says:

    So cute! We have a memory jar and write down memories on scraps of paper and place them in the jar. My husband actually started one for us on our first anniversary. Then, when we had our daughter, we decided to start one for her too.

  • Shereen says:

    These are hilarious! I love it! I also use my blog to keep track of many of these memories. Although I also record them on my phone or write them down on random slips of paper…need to find some reliable way of gathering these all together!

  • Meridith says:

    “Water makes you pee” – I love it (I also have a 4 year old at home)!!!! So sweet!

  • pamelanmatt says:

    There is a book out there now called “Quotable Kids” (I think) on Amazon for just this purpose. I am keeping track until I purchase

  • Anonymous says:

    The ‘God loves the MALL!’ made me laugh out loud!

  • I love all of those quotes and stories. They made me laugh out loud. Some day your kids will appreciate this poignant glimpse into their childhoods.

    : 0 ) Theresa

  • Mommacancook says:

    write it down on paper and put it in a jar at the end of the year we read them and have a good laugh or two

  • Cristeen says:

    fantastic post and Thanks for sharing this info. It’s very helpful.
    B&B in Jaipur

  • love them 🙂 Yes, I need to write more of this down. You always think you’ll remember something and it’s only once you’ve forgotten that you realise it’s just not possible! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    I began journals for each of my children when I was pregnant with them. I wrote down everything they said that was hilarious. Michael is 5.

    I keep all my craft things organized in large boxes with drawers in the closet.
    Michael: “Mom, I’m gonna go in papa’s closet to look for a toy.” Meaning he’s going through my things.
    Me: “Michael, those are not toys, they are my things, do not go through them.”
    Michael: “Alright, I can go in papa’s closet and get a toy or a feather or you can go in time out.”
    Me: “I’ll go in time out” and looked away to show him I don’t care.
    He sighs, thinks about it for a split second and says “Pick something else.”

  • Anonymous says:

    I keep a journal for each of my boys. I use those little black and white composition books. Sometimes I write every night and sometimes it’s over a month between entries. I’ve thought about turning them into little books for them when they graduate.

  • I found your blog on Pinterest and couldn’t help but read through these adorable little memories. My favorite is when Lilah told Luke “I’m not your problem. I’m not your kid.” Hehe. How funny! This is such a sweet idea.

  • Found you through Pinterest and I’m following!
    I have baby books that I bought for the girls at Babies R Us. I really just wish I had kept better track of their measurements, firsts and what they were doing/liked at certain ages..

  • Anonymous says:

    so funny. Your kids seem really cute and smart.

  • Anonymous says:

    Love this!!! I have a friend who used to write her daughter’s words, sayings, etc on her calendar. It was right there and easy to access, plus then she had a record of the date (including year) that each happened. Such a creative idea for us non-journaling types! 🙂
    Your kids sound awesome!!!

    • Ali says:

      I boycotted a baby book for my son early on as his father isnt involved and having no details listed makes the book look well, depressing. So i just stick it on the calander and then perhaps oneday ill do something with it… perhaps when i retire ill get around to making a scrap book or… something. (he will only have to wait 40 years until i retire, so the calanders should have lots of stuff on them by then!

  • Steph says:

    Thank you for sharing these precious moments! I use a variety of ways to capture milestones…Facebook, blog, video, pictures, but my boys like having an actual book that is ALL about them…more special somehow. We like this baby book/birthday journal. http://www.anitome.com/

  • Lindsey H says:

    I just wanted to let you know the fact your son said “teached” is actually a GOOD thing! I’m a new elementary teacher and while in college during the literacy block we learned young children who pronounce words with the past tense know the rule, but over generalize it. If he would have said, “I could read it because you TEACH me” then you would have to put in some extra work. He knows the word is suppose to change and has obviously learned that from some great parent! I’m glad you post these things to remember because my first is due in September and it makes it easy to see how the little things matter!

  • These made me laugh! Good for you for recording them too! (My personal favorite was “God loves the mall!” — I think He might!! ha!). I JUST wrote a post about this very thing–recording the special memories and how, as moms, we are the memory keepers of our family. Please stop by if you have a chance.
    I really enjoyed reading this and getting a good giggle. I needed it today!! 🙂

  • Bucharoo says:

    What a great way to keep track of the funny, sweet, loving things your children say. These are wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

  • JBray says:

    I have 365 index cards labeled with each day. (May 23, May 24 etc.) I record special memories on those cards after the year. For example, 2012: Took girls to festival. They tried a funnel cake for the first time. It helps me record small memorable events quickly. 😉 eventually I will turn them into a memory book. I love your quotes! Kids are so cute.

  • jeannette says:

    My daughter is 41 and I wrote down all the precious things she said. Her brother is 36 this month and he has a book of funny stuff too. We have 4 grandchildren and I have recorded all of their funny conversation and they make for lots of laughter and fun….

  • Lisa says:

    I buy a daily planner on clearance every year and jot down funny things my son says or memorable events/milestones. I also found the “Quotable Kid” journal mentioned above at TJ Maxx and I will eventually transfer quotes over to it.

    His latest entry (while watching the Olympic platform divers go deep in the pool): “How do they get back to the top of the water without floaties?”

  • Shannon B says:

    You are SO right! Priceless thoughts that would all too soon be forgotten! Loved reading them and remembering my own kids amazing words!

  • toria2316 says:

    Oh my goodness! That was such a cute and funny post. Your son seems like the biggest sweetheart! How cute are they!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Melissa says:

    This is exactly why we created thiskidcracksmeup.com. It’s a place to keep all the funny things your kids say and do in one place! iPhone users, we also have an app: TKCMU. 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    I am a first time Grammy to a little boy and I have written down everything that he has done from day one. He is now 22 months and I have 30 pages. I wrote it has if he were telling the story. I am going to make it into a book some day. I got the idea from my children because I saved everything from their childhood (into footlocker trunks) and when they were older they would open the trunks and sit there and laugh for hours, of things that were written about them. To me, it was fun just to listen to them laugh about themselves.

  • When my kids were little I would videotape them and ask them questions like what do you do in school all day? Hilarious when my 5 year old would say only what she remembered recess and usually one other thing. What is your favorite color? Random things that change so much. Also, if I had it to do over I would ask them things like what would you buy if you had 100 dollars because it shows things in the world at that time and what they are interested in. But listening to their voices when they were little as they are now grown is wonderful and to see that they did not change much in their personalities.Priceless!

  • Ashley says:

    I used to post them as facebook statuses (and still do) and then make a book at the end of the year with all the silly things they say and do. Now I have added a log page too! http://lifewithmoorebabies.blogspot.com/p/silly-things.html

  • Anonymous says:

    I’m a grandma so this was done before technology was around but will/does still make jotting little things down quite easy. I always used the calendar with bigger size squares. Along with jotting down dr.appts. and such their daily antics and milestones were put on these. Easy to tuck away and save. You can even have a separate one for each child without to much trouble.

  • Anonymous says:

    I do “Life Journals” for my boys. I will give it to them when they get older. It’s so fun to go back and read already! I don’t scrap book either, so this was an easy way for me to record things. Basically it’s what you have written. Just funny events/thing/activities that each boy does/says, plus stats of weight/height but just in a spiral notebook.

  • Olivia Owens says:

    I begun journals for my children before they were born. I have been writing in their journals for over 4 years. It is great to go back and read what they’ve said and done.

    In fact, I created a blog for each.




  • I began journals for every of my kids after I was pregnant with them. I wrote down everything they aforementioned that was humongous. archangel is five.

  • marla says:

    As a mother of 4 sons, I wish I had written more of their words. The ones that made it to paper, brings a joy to my heart and a smile to my face in my old age. The ideas of making a book out of them is so precious.
    Parents capture the words for your future enjoyment.

  • Melissa says:

    Cute!! I created an email account for my son (he’s 3- so made it my birthday cause it won’t open one for his age!) and I email him things he says, does & pictures. Then I started him an Instagram account & tag him in his photos so he’ll have something to look back at cause I never print photos!

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  • Dana says:

    Awe, I’m so bad about updating my baby book. I need to do it more or I know I’ll regret it.

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