Back in January, I revealed that last year we had a bit of a secret blog going on behind the Bowdenisms scenes. Sure we shared some pregnancy updates here (like our maternity photoshoot, baby shower recaps, and our Wishes for Baby) but that was just the tip of the iceberg. For over nine months, I kept a pregnancy journal, full of photos, memories, fears and joys. Each week Dustin took my "belly pic", and I typed a note to our baby-in-progress. And every month I filled in a template with pregnancy stats, like weight gain, cravings, and little fetus milestones. But in addition to that, I tried to write whenever I could about all the day to day details of Baby Bowden. By the time Piper made her grand entrance into the world, I had hundreds of entries, and a hard drive full of pics, just waiting to be assembled into a scrapbook.
But who has time for that once there is a baby around?
That my friends, is where technology gets involved. Because not only had I been typing and snapping away, I had also been funneling all those memories right into an online photobook on Blurb, before she was born (the same service we use to print our yearly blog books). That way, once Piper actually arrived, I just had to add her birth story, and hit print. (and trust me, with a newborn in the house, even getting that amount done was no small task, so I'm immensely grateful I got so much done ahead of time, or poor Piper would have a big stack of nothin'.) When all was said and done, we ended up with 118 pages of Baby Bowden goodness, in a professional looking, hardcover bound book.
I absolutely adore how it turned out. Dustin may have teased me a few times about how overboard I go with documenting memories (or how overboard I go with everything...) but I'm not the least bit sorry for even one minute that I spent putting this together. I only hope our little bug treasures it one-tenth as much as I do...you know, once she can read.
And now...it's on to the next one! Ugh...Piper's baby book is in progress, but something tells me corralling the thousands (or hundreds of thousands??) of photos from her first year is going to make this pregnancy book look like a cake walk. How do you moms do it? I worry I'm going to give up and start throwing things in a shoebox. Or more likely a digital shoebox called Facebook. Stay tuned I guess...
If you want to see more, check out some snippets of our book here.