Friday, October 26, 2007

Thinking about babies...

I know a few people who are expecting babies from December through April right now. I also received a box of unexpected products from a company called Tinkering Ink a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to put some of their stuff to good use. So I got to thinking about back to my own pregnancies and what I wish I had from them, and this is what I came up with...a fun, inspiration journal.
I covered a basic composition notebook with papers and stickers and cut-outs and titled it, "A Journey 2{to} You". My thoughts are that the expecting mother {or ideally, both parents!} could journal daily thoughts or make little notes about what was happening at life at that time as it pertains to the food cravings, emotional highs and lows {cause goodness knows I had those!!}, fun quotes or nursery rhymes and all sorts of things that go through a mom's mind as she gets closer to the due date each day.
In addition to journaling, I thought it would be a great place to glue down pictures or cards or tear things out of magazines and catalogs and add bits of memorabilia- even stapling fabric samples or clothing tags and receipts inside as well. Whatever is meaningful throughout the 9 months would be something worth keeping in this little book.
I have more of this album- the covers and embellished pages- in my SIS gallery if you click here. I have to say it is always fun for me to work on little projects like this, but I don't think I am up for having to go through another pregnancy at this point in my life. Just last night Chip and I got to bed by 9:30 and didn't get up til 6:45am. It felt good to get a long, uninterrupted night of sleep. I could use more of those...but normally it's my own fault for staying up too late. Still, I was thinking how nice it's been to not have those newborn baby nights in our lives for awhile now- I remember them all too well. I find I function much better on a full night sleep vs. the 2 hour stretches if-you're-lucky nights. =)
But I am wishing all our expecting friends (and bloggers if you're one of them!) all the best as you approach those sleepless nights. I have no doubt you are in for a special blessing in your life. =)


SingerMamaMelody said...

Hi Jody! I LOVED the pictures of Wyndham on the couch - Thanks for sharing in that sweet victory with us! She looks entirely happy and cute and proud in those pictures. Adorable. :)

Great idea too with the little journal for expecting sweet!

Oh, and I must tell you that every time I use whipped cream from a can, I think of you! I bought some recently and tried your little trick of squirting it into my Kristi's mouth...she didn't quite know what to think of it, but she has completely fallen in love with whipped cream.


Ang said...

I love my new book....I mean, OUR new book :)
It will be filled with treasured scraps, photos, thoughts, dreams, and ideas as we await baby 2 and a few more sleepless 'newborn' nights.

Thank you for your constant shower of creativity, encouragement, and generosity :)


Jody said...

You're welcome. It was a fun project for me. I hope it's even more fun for you to 'fill up'! =)

Kate said...

You amaze me again Jody! Can I steal this idea??? From April to June there are 6 (including me!) amazing girls in my life who are bringing new life to the world. This would make a FAB gift! You rock girlie!

Mackenzie said...

wow jody, you do some tremendous things! you really inspire me, and i hope someday i can be just like you... an amazing mother and scrapbooker! :)


Anonymous said...

What a GREAT idea Jody!!! I LOVE to journal for special things like my mission trips so WHEN the day for a baby comes along I will definitely snatch your idea and run with it! Absolutely love that idea! Thanks for sharing it!
Our house is almost finished (hoping to move in over Thanksgiving) and when we get settled in good we want to discuss the baby topic! ;O)
Much love,
Christy :O)

patterns of ink said...

Sitting here after school waiting for my daughter's volleyball practice to end and I popped in on Nitty Gritty.

You remember a few weeks ago when you thought it was a little unusual that my siblings and my parents used to sit around and talk about “married-type things”? It’s just the way it was in our house—once we were old enough to have such talks. The trick is writing about it without being offensive. I hope I achieved that with the chapter I posted late last night. [There is a reason I'm including these details in the story, but it may take a while to see it.]
Our weekend posts are on the same BABY topic… sort of. =)

By the way… Wednesday’s Wyndham post was a real blessing. She’s doing so well!

Coco said...

Wow! I am finalllly joing the blogging ranks ( PLEASE... anyone stop by... and leave ANY comment;) I will do the same -AND- attempting to learn to scrap. I feel pretty overwhelmed by both, but it is the scraping I seem to be so critical about!

This is such a great idea! I am going to make one for someone I have just found out was expecting and send it as a secret surpirse gift and I amd going to make a journal for a new friend that mentioned that she loves to journal the last time I spoke with her.

And suggestions for the journal... to make it She is married, no children yet, a runner and a believer.

Thanks for the inspiration!