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baby bump diary!

It’s become a little tradition for us to document my growing baby bump every month. We did it with Bunny, we did it with Buddy, and again this time. I’m really glad we’ve done it – because though we started it for ourselves, just so we would remember and could show family – it’s become something our kids really love looking at. I really want to get my act together and print out a full collage for each kiddo to put in their baby books. It’s amazing to me how much my body has changed each pregnancy and then gone back to normal again – I feel like every part of baby’s journey is such an amazing miracle.

So the last two times i’ve done this diary i just used super stretchy tops – but this time i decided to make my own top using my Ruched maternity top sewing pattern. I’m really glad i did because it worked sooooo much better! The last times it was kinda hard to fit the tops over my full term belly, but this time it was a breeze. I don’t know why i didn’t think of using my own design before – so silly!

The other reason i’m really glad we did it this way is because now when people ask me how this top fits at each stage of pregnancy i have a really good example to point to! I love happy accidents.

The last two times we tried to take photos weekly, and only succeeded with every few weeks – but this time we decided to just do once a month and i think it was a much better idea. Plus it makes for a nicer collage :) My one regret is that we missed month 3, but honestly, i was so horrendously sick that there was no way i could drag myself in front of a camera. I was upset at the time, but now i see that it’s just not a big deal.

Meanwhile, today is actually my due date! HA! I’m being induced on Thursday this coming week if i haven’t gone into labour spontaneously before then – so excited that we’ll be meeting our little girl soon!

So did any of you do baby bump diaries for your pregnancies? Or have a favourite? My favourite is still Miranda’s project baby I just love it so much, it’s perfection :)

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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10 years ago

oh what a smart idea! i did weekly with my first pregnancy, missed a bunch with my second, and mainly took mirror selfies with my third. very smart idea to do them monthly! i wish you a speedy and easy delivery with this babe, hope you don’t have to go through the whole induction thing!

I loved Cole’s maternity series on Pacing the Panic Room. It was so casual and cool but not overly sweet.

10 years ago

I love this! It’s just so sweet! Wishing you a smooth and easy delivery!

10 years ago

Nice collage. I love how chillaxed you seem to be about the whole thing “yeah, today is my due date”. Like “a human is coming out of me today”. I guess that’s what three pregnancies do to you. :-) Kidding aside, I’m also finding the whole process insanely miraculous — Thanks for sharing it with us.

10 years ago

That’s so adorable! I think monthly is better than weekly, too… much more manageable. The first thing I though when I saw these pics was that blouse is the perfect maternity blouse. Whenever I get pregnant (which hopefully will be awhile), I will definitely want a top like that!

10 years ago

You’re just the most adorable ever! I’m sending good labor vibes across the ocean to you!