My husband bought a Go Pro last week. Like a kid with a new toy, he has been using it nonstop. Every moment of Jackson and Lily’s life will now be documented — for better or worse!
My own parents never had a video camera when I was little. There are zero videotapes of me that I know of, prior to my late-twenties. And thank goodness!
The few photos that do exist are excellent reminders of changing fashions and awkward teenage years. Most of my childhood photos were taken at big family events. It was rare that my parents busted out the camera for every day stuff. Photos were taken selectively, almost always group shots, or me and my brother posing for the camera.
Contrast that with my own children. It’s not a huge exaggeration to say that every waking moment of Lily’s first few weeks of life were documented, in multiple forms of media. Partly, we take hundreds of photos simply because we can, but I also know that I take tons of video because, like all parents, I want my kids to have what I didn’t have.
I wonder what Jackson and Lily will think about all this footage as they get older. Like other generations, will they grow up and feel the need to do what we didn’t do? Will they purposefully scale back the number of photos, videos, and social media posts about their own children, in an effort to give their kids something that they didn’t have?
I don’t know!
In the meantime, check out Brinton’s first movie of Lily using the GoPro! We’re so proud of her!