One of my quirks: I usually dislike lined journals. I especially dislike the kind that have “prompts” for you to fill out, such as most of the pregnancy journals and baby books on the market.
So, I decided to make my own.
I used a coupon to get a nice discount on an expensive Italian leather journal and started writing, leaving room for photos that I’m getting developed (of the pregnancy test, for example). Below is an outline of what I’ve done so far, and I also posted a few photos of some of the spreads.
Page 1: Space for pregnancy test photo.
Pages 2-3: A few “journal entries” about finding out and telling people, and a quick “life snapshot” of what our lives were like at that moment. I printed out my announcement blog post (from my private friends/family blog) and stuck it on page 3. There is a small watercolor and ink drawing of the sparkling grape juice, nausea bands, and chips that our friends brought over to celebrate with us.
Pages 4-5: A printout of the comments from the blog post and more watercolors of gifts from our good friends — a Veggie Tales Christmas ornament where they wrote “Steve,” “Corrie,” and “Baby Haffly” on the three peas, and our first item of baby clothing. The next page has the first ultrasound printout and a journal entry about the appointment.
Pages 6-7: Two page spread reserved for a list of “trips to the hospital.” So far I have gone five time for various appointments and lab tests.
Pages 8-9: I listed other various events from August and September, then filled a page with a journal entry about impaired glucose tolerance, hearing the baby’s heartbeat, and a sample menu.
Page 10: First trimester summary: Beginning and ending weight, symptoms, and journaling about my emotions during the first three months.
Other ideas I have for additional pages that I can be working on:
- Family tree with photos
- Photos and descriptions of our house
- Photos of our current circle of good friends
- “Life in Davis” – photos from around town, a printout of a map with locations marked
- Biographical info/background info on me, Steve, and how we got together
- Current events, prices of basic things like gas, milk, etc., and other things like that
- Letters/notes from family members to the baby (I’m thinking of doing this Jolly Postman style with envelopes stuck onto the pages and letters that can be taken out of the envelopes!)
- Name ideas
And of course, the typical “baby book” pages such as:
- Baby shower attendees, gifts, summary
- Birth stats
- Hand and foot prints
- Monthly summaries, milestones
Can you think of anything else that would be cool to include? Leave a comment!