A web of love! Vanessa Lachey shared a tech-savvy family tradition in a blog update on her website on Thursday, Mar. 12, revealing intimate details about her hopes with husband Nick Lachey for their son Camden and newborn daughter Brooklyn.
"Before Camden was born, we created an email account for him so that we could write emails to our future son," Lachey (nee Minnillo) wrote, alongside a photo of her pregnant belly decorated with a sweet message. "We would write to him while he was in my belly, about how we were SO excited to meet him, tell him how much we loved him, and describe what was happening in our lives at the time." (Google released a commercial in 2011 of a father doing the same for his baby girl Sophie as she grew up.)
Her husband, meanwhile, would pen his thoughts to Camden, 2, while traveling for work. "It was a great opportunity for him to express his feelings about being a father and how excited he was to do father and son things," Vanessa shared. "And, whenever I wanted to tell Cam something that was happening during the day, I would sit down and draft a sweet little letter, then send it off."
One of those emails included a video of Camden's first steps. "It was on our birthday, November 9, 2013! Nick’s 40th!" she gushed. "It was such a special moment. He went from one step here and there to walking around our whole kitchen!!! So, I sent Camden the video."
By doing so, Lachey has been able to "keep important memories organized." She added: "I recently sent the video and pictures of him meeting Santa Claus this past Christmas. I sent it with a quick description of the day. It takes only a few minutes, and sometimes I think I’m writing down the silliest details, but I am so happy I did. I know it will be worth it to see him read it when he’s older."
The proud mother of two then revealed that she and Nick created an account for Brooklyn, 2 months, earlier this year, because they "loved" doing it for Camden. The former MTV VJ announced the arrival of her baby girl Brooklyn Elisabeth this January via Instagram. (The proud mom has used social media to document her family's sweetest moments, including a cute snap of her husband kissing their son shared last month.)
"For Brooklyn it has been amazing therapy for me," she wrote. "It forces me to slow down, take a beat, and tell her how special she is. I think this is important for me because I am so busy with Camden a lot of times that I miss out on those moments I was able to have with him when he was a newborn. A lot comes along with being the second child, but I am doing my best to make the experience for her and me as special as I can."
The mom said it will be a special family moment when the kids read their parents' letters. "When our babies are old enough to log into the accounts and read our letters, we’re going to show them all of these emails," she shared. "It will be something special they can cherish forever! I can’t wait for them to read their emails!"