Once your lil’ peanut has finally arrived, pregnancy can suddenly seem like such a blur. So you’ll be pleased as punch if you found ways to record all those precious pregnancy memories along the way. A pregnancy record can be as easy as a selfie snapped each week or as involved as time lapse video. But the one thing that characterises our favourite pregnancy records is that they all absolutely glow with joy!
And not only is it wonderful for you to be able to look back on those 40ish weeks of incredible change, but once they’re a little older, your poppet will also be thrilled to look back on pics of themselves when they were inside your tummy!
Here are 16 creative ways to record all those precious pregnancy memories.
Get some perspective
We love how this series shows a mama’s perspective – as well as those feet slowly disappearing! Her everyday items like lunch or a cup of coffee (or a sweet daughter!) capture her personality perfectly as well. Super cute! (via Coconut Robot)
Create a timeline
If you are looking for an app that will help you organise the bazillion photos you are going to take from pregnancy until, well, forever, check out Shoebox Timeline. Their Timeline feature is perfect for creating a pregnancy record week-by-week and it is super easy to share with family and friends. Plus, this clever app will store your precious pics more securely than a bank vault.
Hearing your baby’s heart beat for the very first time is one of the most extraordinary experiences you are ever likely to have. Record the moment you hear that amazing sound using a My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear Kit. Simply squeeze the heart-shaped recorder as your doc is monitoring bubba’s heartbeat and you’ll have a precious recording to treasure forever.
Countdown to arrival
This crafty mama created a pregnancy countdown t-shirt, crossing off each week and taking a commemorative pic to mark the status. (via One Little Minute)
Give Kimmy K a run for her money by taking a weekly bump selfie. By taking the pic in the same position and wearing the same clothing, the growth of your bump will really stand out. (via How To Paint The Sky)
This couple got hilariously creative, using an air pump as a tummy inflating prop in their series of belly shots. Love! (via Patrice Laroche)
Time lapse vid
A time lapse video cleverly compacts 40 weeks of pregnancy into one minute of video footage! Simply record yourself in the same position and against the same background, as often as you can. Once collated you’ll have a belly that seems as if is growing at the speed of light!
Get siblings excited about the impending arrival by including them in the bump recording process – after all, someone needs to be the Chief Chalkboard Holder… (via Mom Tog)
We all end up feeling like Baby in Dirty Dancing carrying a watermelon around by the end, don’t we? So, taking a pic of your bump alongside a piece of fruit that is indicative of the size of your little fruit loop is a cute way to keep check of your progress. (via The Hollenback Bus)
These pretty bump banners visually mark out each week and you can even recycle them once your lil’ peanut has arrived to record their growth milestones – winning! (via Sweet Orange Fox)
Think you’ll forget what your belly looked like when you were pregnant? Then cast it with Baby Made’s DIY Belly Casting Kit – the safe and easy way to create a lasting memory of your beautiful bump!
Paint the bump
Looking for an artistic way to capture your bump in all its glory? You could hire a face-painter or get your DIY craft on with some face painting on your bump. Some painted bumps are definitely hilarious (think a pumpkin at Halloween), while others are more practical, such as those that announce bubba’s gender. (via Sharon Mecha)
Use a pregnancy journal, like this one from BAE the label, to record everything from the size of your bump, to those crazy pregnancy dreams and your weirdest cravings.
Think you are too forgetful to take a pic each week? Consider just a trilogy of pics – first, a pic of you holding your pregnancy stick, then one late in the pregnancy holding your loud and proud bump, followed by one of you holding your new munchkin. These photos also double as a super sweet baby announcement! (via Baby Space)
A how-to guide
Follow this step-by-step guide to create your very own chalkboard weekly bump photos. You won’t even need Photoshop – it’s all done online! (via Love Lake Living)
(This post is sponsored by Shoebox Timeline)
Shoebox Timeline is a shareable photo library, slideshow and beautiful online album in one super-schmicko online package.