Starting from the moment you see two blue lines on the test strip, your life becomes an overwhelming experience.
Somewhere between the morning sickness and the swollen feet you may forget to cherish and savor the sweet experience that is pregnancy. You might think that your pregnancy will be an unforgettable high point of your life, but with time you are sure to forget all the little details and the big emotions.
Preserving your pregnancy memories with something other than the usual pregnancy journal is important for both you and your baby. Leave something creative and fun for your little one to enjoy when he/she grows up with these maternity memory preservation tips:
The Digital Journal
Create an email address solely for your little bub, and start ‘emailing’ him/her or her from day one. You can record important details like pregnancy announcements and upload ultrasound videos every week.
Share the email address with your near and dear ones so they can also send some digital love to the unborn baby. What’s wonderful about this idea is that you can carry on emailing your baby after birth, and record all the little details and emotions you felt along the way.
Make a Quilt
You can patch up a small maternity quilt to save as a memory of your pregnancy. You could add patches of the needlework, knitting, embroidery, and stitching jobs that you did for yourself and the baby.
Then you can slowly work on the quit as the trimesters pass, and in the end you will have a warm and fuzzy blanket to cherish. Remember that one t-shirt you loved wearing during pregnancy? You can add a fun element by patching it up on the quilt along with other similar memories. The blanket could be perfect for the baby in the coming months.
Get Pictures Taken
Nothing preserves memories like pictures. It feels great to look back at pictures of yourself with the bump after all those years. You could get maternity pictures taken by a professional to make sure that you have creative and perfect memories captured for yourselves and your baby. A vintage monochrome hue can make the pictures appear timeless.
The pictures can be made more interesting if you already know the gender of the baby. Also, you can also ask your partner to take pictures of your bump every two weeks so that you have a series of bump photos.
Make a Scrapbook
This idea never gets old. While you have lots of time on your hands before the baby’s arrival you can get those creative juices flowing and make an arty scrapbook. Decorate it with pregnancy memories like the doctor’s appointment cards, pictures of your positive pregnancy test, or a sample of your maternity multivitamins.
Your baby shower invites and props can also be pasted in this scrapbook. You can get messages written for you and the baby by family and friends. You could paste pictures of yourself and your partner as a baby, and write about who you think the baby will resemble.
Save the First Shopping
Although shopping is going to be an ongoing process for many years to come, the first time you shop for your little star is the most memorable. Save memories from your first shopping trip; save the receipt, the product tags, and maybe you could sneak out a pair of baby mittens and set them aside as a memory.
Once the baby is born, save his/her first bodysuit and pair of socks as a keepsake – after all, preserving memories is going to be a never-ending task for you as a mother.