So Fast.

It’s only taken three years, because I am a technical guru *cough* but this week I finally managed to find a bit of software that meant my Sony HDD camcorder could talk to a Mac computer. The MPG files on my camcorder are only made for PCs, you see. (for anyone with the same problem, what you need is the extremely nifty Wondershare).

This meant for the first time in ages, I was able to see video footage taken of Flea back in the early days – her first birthday, first Christmas, first trip overseas. There are bath-times and trips to the park, and family gatherings. And I managed to move across my old photo archive, too. Looking through shows me how much fun we’ve had. The places we’ve been and the laughs we shared.

I’m just not sure I remember any of it.

I’m not sure if it makes me a terrible person but honestly? I looked at the footage of Flea as a baby and toddler and thought to myself, “I just can’t remember her being that small.”ย 

Obviously I know it happened. And thanks to this blog, lots of those memories are preserved, for both of us. But I think I was so caught up in the day to day of it, for a long time, that I didn’t really absorb any of it. Certainly not at the time.

Maybe it happens to all parents – certainly people on Twitter said they had similar experiences. But it brought home to me, really, how FAST it all goes.

Two minutes ago I was pregnant.ย And now she’s almost seven. How does that happen?

I put together a slideshow to remind myself just how fast it goes. Because I think I need to remember – every day – to pay attention, before the moment’s gone.


Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. Kelly Wiffin
    21st June 2012 / 1:48 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. I am in tears here! x

    • 21st June 2012 / 8:03 pm

      Thanks Kelly x

    • 21st June 2012 / 8:03 pm

      Well, I’m quite fond of her ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Marge
    21st June 2012 / 3:06 pm

    What a cutie! That’s a lovely thing to put together x

    • 21st June 2012 / 8:03 pm

      Thanks Marge!

    • 21st June 2012 / 8:06 pm

      Thanks for saying so!

  3. Vegemitevix
    21st June 2012 / 4:41 pm

    Oh yes. So fast. My baby boy with those deep brown eyes, is now 18 yrs old and experimenting with growing a beard. x

    • 21st June 2012 / 8:04 pm

      Scary, isn’t it?

  4. wendy
    21st June 2012 / 4:41 pm

    Absolutely beautiful and what a wonderful idea.

    • 21st June 2012 / 8:04 pm

      Thanks Wendy.

  5. 21st June 2012 / 3:58 pm

    I also can’t remember exactly what she felt like when DD was a baby. I love your slide show – I want to do one now. Should I do it on the powerpoint in my laptop (which I’ve never used before) or should I use something else? I’m not asking for a full explanation here but if you could just point me in the direction of a programme I’ll go and work it out. Thanks.
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    • 21st June 2012 / 8:04 pm

      This slideshow was just made in iMovie. But you can do something similar on Windows Movie Maker or Avid.

  6. 21st June 2012 / 4:45 pm

    Awww love it so much! She is adorable and I am so happy I got to meet her last year :O)

    • 21st June 2012 / 8:04 pm

      Same to you, it was fab to meet you and Maisie.

  7. Nikki
    21st June 2012 / 4:47 pm

    Wow – really really lovely! Impressed by your technical skills – but you are a technology journalist Sally ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Nikki
      21st June 2012 / 4:47 pm

      PS – How do you put one of those together? Is it feasible for a tech PR to manage to do it too? LOL.

      • 21st June 2012 / 8:04 pm

        Arf. It’s just in iMovie, not too hard to do.

  8. Liz Weston aka @TheLizWeston
    21st June 2012 / 5:36 pm

    I just wrote about this – it’s come up with it as my link below! How my husband and W are not noticing how quickly their time together is passing, that W will go to school very soon and my husband (Lovely Bloke) will be lost without his partner in crime. It’s important to video, blog and take as many photos as possible because time is going all too quickly, isn’t it ๐Ÿ™

    • 21st June 2012 / 8:05 pm

      Yes, the memories seem unimportant at the time and yet later on, it’s hard to think of not having them.

  9. TheBoyandMe
    21st June 2012 / 7:30 pm

    The photo of her at 1:49 is stunning! And I love the photo of your feet together. Lovely slideshow Sally.

    • 21st June 2012 / 8:05 pm

      Thanks lovely!

  10. Sarah ffelan
    21st June 2012 / 7:36 pm

    Ah that’s amazing. Clearly pretty good with technology.. so sorry to be dim, but did you use the Wondershare kit to make the slide show? I love it and you’ve inspired me to transfer our 6 years of footage (when I get a minute!)
    Flea is a v pretty girl and that Boden doggy top was a firm favourite in this house too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 21st June 2012 / 8:06 pm

      No – Wondershare converts movies into other formats, including changing the Sony .mpg movie files into MPEG-4 (which iMovie can read). The slideshow was then made in iMovie.

      And yes, Flea loved her Boden dog t-shirt!

  11. 21st June 2012 / 8:06 pm

    Thanks CJ, time really does fly, doesn’t it?

  12. 21st June 2012 / 9:10 pm

    Aww this is so adorable and how much does she look like you? Crazy! I bet she will love this video when she is older. This is such a wonderful thing to do x
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    • 21st June 2012 / 11:21 pm

      Thanks – I’m rubbish at spotting a resemblance but it’s nice to know she’s definitely mine!

  13. 21st June 2012 / 10:20 pm

    Awwww this is just lovely! I was thinking this not long ago how quickly life goes by with ny children and how I just can’t remember my 10 year old as a baby, and the 5 year old as a baby too seems such a long time ago. I keep saying to myself I am going to take more of an effort to enjoy the present and make the very most of them before they grow old and leave the nest. I think I may have to do a little movie like this too, shall link back if I ever get the time to actually do it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for sharing your lovely memories.

    • 21st June 2012 / 11:22 pm

      You really should, Mary, it doesn’t take long at all!

  14. becky
    21st June 2012 / 10:56 pm


    • 21st June 2012 / 11:22 pm

      I know. She’s a keeper.

  15. susie@newdaynewlesson
    22nd June 2012 / 11:38 am

    My soldier boys were babies about a year or two ago.

  16. 22nd June 2012 / 2:14 pm

    That is adorable, so fun to see her little self emerging!!! Love it!!!

  17. 23rd June 2012 / 4:00 am

    I also sometimes wonder where has the time gone. My son is 6 and going to school. We must enjoy every minute because soon it will be only a memory…

  18. Laura The Toy Tattler
    25th June 2012 / 9:58 am

    What a beautiful video, and what a beautiful little girl you have too. We were at a family party yesterday at a house we last went to 6 years ago when my eldest son was 13 months and I was expecting our second. Standing in the garden it felt like that first party had only been a few months before, but here were all the cousins 6 years on and all grown up – very scary how fast it has passed by.

  19. Sian
    25th June 2012 / 9:58 am

    I did the same things at Christmas and I’m so pleased that I have all of those videos because I’d forgotten it all too. Those cute things they said and the full on mega strops that you filmed. Pure class.