Scrapbooking has become a major hobby over the last few years. Up and down the country there are ‘scrapbooking clubs’ being set up, with thousands of people carefully logging aspects of their lives on prettily decorated pages: a legacy of a time in their life which they wish to retain. And what better time of life to preserve than pregnancy?
When it comes to pregnancy, what you want to do is to create a memory for your child of the time that you were pregnant, so what you really want to create is a sense of perspective. What will your child ultimately want to know about your pregnancy?
It’s a good idea to start your scrapbook as soon as you find out you’re pregnant as this is the best way to show your child its development from the word go. You don’t need to take it all too seriously and document every time that you move, but if you include the important aspects of your pregnancy at regular intervals, it will give your child a fantastic memento of a very special time.
It might be a nice idea to begin the scrapbook with photos of yourself and your partner prior to the pregnancy. Search the internet for quotes and sayings about children and motherhood to ‘dot’ around the pages as embellishments.
Month by month: It’s a great idea to document on a monthly basis the growth of your tummy and how you were feeling. Why not make a two-page display of your bump at regular intervals? These could be weekly, monthly or sporadically. There’s no better way to display your child’s growth! From a display point of view, it’s a good idea to use neutral-coloured products for your layouts. If you don’t know the sex of your baby, then greens and yellows are very popular choices, but grey and beige can also work well.
Diary: Your handwritten notes on a regular basis will let your child know how you were feeling: your thoughts, your fears, your joy. You could include how you feel about the labour and delivery that lie ahead and also your ideas on the type of parent that you wish to be.
Older children: The scrapbook doesn’t have to be just about you. If you have older kids, then it would be lovely to include pages where they can describe their feelings about their new sibling’s arrival.
Include the family: The same idea applies to other relatives. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins could all submit a handwritten note and photo.
Memorabilia: You may already keep memory boxes of places that you’ve been and things that you’ve done, so you can apply the same ideas to your scrapbook. Include, for example, your appointment card for your prenatal visits, your scan images and receipts for the items that you purchased for your baby. If you include your 2D or 3D ultrasound scans, make sure that you indicate which week it was and make notes of anything that has changed from the previous one. Can you, for example, see clearly that your baby is a boy?
Healthcare providers: Don’t forget to include reminders of all of the people who help you during your pregnancy. Photos of the obstetrician, midwives and nurses at the hospital will be a lovely keepsake for your child.
Details: Make sure that you record the measurements taken at every prenatal visit, such as the heart rate of both yourself and your baby. Include brochures from your ante-natal classes and your handwritten notes. Take a photo of the hospital in which your baby is to be born.
Lastly, personalise your scrapbook with mementoes from events that took place during your pregnancy: holiday pics, cinema tickets, newspaper clippings of world events and poems that moved you. The internet will give you lots of ideas for poems about pregnancy and you can weave these in throughout the pages.
As you near the end of your pregnancy, you’ll end up with a beautiful memento of a special time and, once you’ve had your baby, you can start into your newborn scrapbook!