When you are the first child and, even better, the only child for three years, there are many advantages. Every event in your life is noted, pictures taken, the big days and the every days captured. You are completely doted upon by every member of your extended family.
My parents had not one but two baby books for me. This one goes through my third year and both my mother and my father wrote (in fountain pen) notations on my life. I can see the two of them, my mother standing near my father while holding me and dad sitting at the table writing in the book. They are having a conversation about my day, any "firsts" that may have occurred, and taking care to document them.
This page, which may be a little hard to read, tells of my first "real" haircut, the one that cut off my ringlets. My mother had a brand new baby, her second, and must have found it difficult to take care of my hair, as well as, a brand new baby.
Me at 3 1/2. The ringlets were cut off the next day. Mother kept the locks and I still have them safely tucked away.
This record of my first 4 years, kept by my parents hands, is one of the most cherished items I own.