Activity #581: Create a WHILE WE WERE WAITING FOR YOU scrapbook

This idea for a “WHILE WE WERE WAITING FOR YOU” scrapbook was excerpted (with permission) from the new book, Postcards from the Bump: A Chick’s Guide to Getting to Know the Baby in Your Belly. We like a book that has ideas of fun things for moms to do!

Postcards from the BumpWho says birth is a prerequisite for a biography? Buck convention and record this exciting new chapter in your life with an original “bump biography” in the form of a scrapbook. It’s guaranteed to become an instant classic on your family bookshelf.

We know you think you’ll never forget every minute detail of that big day when you found out you were expecting—the date, where you were, your first reaction, whom you told first and how—but trust us, time and sleep deprivation have a funny way of glossing over the details. So capture the momentous occasion by writing it all down. You’ll be glad you did when your bump is a distant memory that’s been replaced with a little person who just loves to hear how it all began.

Keep little notes, ticket stubs, postcards, snapshots, and mementos of the trips, visits, and things you did while pregnant. Tuck in a menu from your favorite restaurant or even a candy wrapper from a must-have craving. Include cards and printed e-mails from family and friends or make little notes of conversations and reactions.

This is a great place to feature your ultrasound photos along with any fun notes or comments. “The doctor said you had big feet,” or “Look! You were waving at us.” Observations will be sweet ways to recall those anticipatory days when your little bump was so close yet seemed so far away. Be sure to include pictures of yourself and your belly at various stages. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll notice when you look back — that tie-dyed maternity top that seems so boho chic now will have you all in stitches years from now.

Keep a few pages blank in your scrapbook and take it with you to your baby showers or family gatherings so people can share good wishes and advice or even doodles. This is also a great place to save your baby shower invitations and photos.

Reserve the last page for the first photo of your sweet baby on his or her birth day when a whole new chapter — a whole new baby book — will begin.

From the book Postcards from the Bump by Ame Beanland and Emily Miles Terry. Reprinted by arrangement with Da Capo Lifelong, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Copyright © 2009

Disclosure: this book looks cute but I haven’t read it, beyond the excerpt Ame and Emily shared. Once the baby is born, check out our book, The Rookie Mom’s Handbook. You’ll love it!