Documenting your pregnancy and new baby!
Hi everyone, I’m Kaye, a first time Mummy, designer and blogger at helloarchie.blue. Thanks to Positively Oakes for having me and a huge congratulations on your wonderful baby news!!
So, since the second I found out I was going to be having a bundle of joy, I started to think about how I could document my pregnancy and my baby’s life. I wanted to remember everything about it, from how I felt when those two little blue lines showed up, even to the horrendousness of morning sickness.
I wanted to be able to go back and recall the good and the bad for a number of reasons. 1) To look back on when I decided to have another child and relate/compare to the first time, and 2) to be able to remember all the wonderful memories for our family.
“Hmm, so what did you do, Mummy?”
Being a web designer, the answer came to me relatively easily, I decided to build a small website with snippets of how I felt on important dates throughout my pregnancy. It featured a countdown to the big day, scan pics and gender theories and was aptly named The Baby Project! I then went on to blog at Hello Archie a few months after Archie was born.
Of course, everyone isn’t able to build their own website so I’ve looked into some other solutions that may come in handy for Mamas-to-be!
Blogging websites such as Tumblr and Blogger are great and easy-to-use – simply pick a template (or find your own) and away you go! You can also attach your own domain name if you want, but this isn’t necessary. If a blog is the way you want to go but you don’t have much knowledge when it comes to building websites, these would definitely be theoptio for you. The upside of running a blog also means that it’s easy to share your baby’s milestones with your family and friends via social media.
The original way to document pregnancy and your baby, was of course, the baby journal! There are some gorgeous baby books on the market, and if your journey is something you want to document but to keep private, I’d highly suggest taking this route. You can even create your own scrapbook-style keepsake and get creative recording all of those special moments.
If you want something a tad more modern, why not download an app? Most of us have smartphones or mobile devices and there are some great apps you can use to document your pregnancy with, free or paid. Here are a few examples of apps that I’ve come across that are great to use.
Collect – Use this handy calendar to take a picture of your baby every single day for however long you’d like. I used this for the first year with Archie and it was wonderful to be able to go back to day 1 and flick through the months and see exactly how he changed over time.
CineMama – Download this app to be able to document how your baby belly’s growing! At the end of the 9 months, the app will compile your images into an awesome video that you can keep and watch back as your baby grows.
Lifecake – Lifecake is also a great app for documenting your baby’s life using imagery. It’s been featured by Apple as ‘App of the day’ and is also free so try it out!
If video is more your thing, why not make an awesome keepsake of your pregnancy? I’ve seen some great timelapse videos that are so cute. Use CineMama (see above) or use your own camera/smartphone to create your own series of videos documenting everything you go through! Here are some of my favourites:
Something I missed out on but will definitely be purchasing for my next pregnancy are milestone cards. There are some amazingly designed cards out there making it easy for you to document everything from your baby’s first kicks to their first steps! Just take a snapshot with your camera every time you or your baby hit a milestone and print and keep in a beautiful photo album.
Here are some of my favourites: