3 Pregnancy Milestones Not to Miss
From tracking your growing bump to keeping tabs on those special (and surprising!) moments, Emma Weisberg, Founder and CEO of Blinkbuggy, shares tips on capturing your pregnancy milestones.
Some of us can’t wait to be done with the whole pregnancy thing and never look back, while others love every moment. That’s part of what makes it all so fascinating – we each have a unique experience even though it’s the one universal thing we share with every other mom. Here’s to documenting the uniqueness of our experiences so we can enjoy the little moments, or at least be able to laugh at them later. Below are my top three pregnancy milestones that I am so glad I documented.
#3: I see you!
Modern medicine has given us the ability to actually see the baby inside of us and snap a photo. We take it for granted these days that we’ll get to see the baby at least 2-3 times over the course of the pregnancy, so it never ceases to amaze me when I stop and think about how our moms never saw us, not one little glimpse, until the day we were born. The first sonogram is a must-document moment.
Along with the sonogram, a week-over-week belly shot is priceless. Even though it’s your own body that goes through this transformation, as soon as it’s over, some sort of revisionist-history synapse fires in your brain and, without photographic proof, you would never believe that was you!
A few quick tips for the week-over-week photos:
1. Take the photo on the same day of the week each week, stand in the same spot each week and wear the same exact outfit every time so the comparison is apples to apples.
2. When choosing that outfit, remember not to unfold the waist of your yoga pants in such a way that it covers your belly!
As you can see, I did not follow all of these rules but I wish that I had.
#2: First flutter
Do you remember where you were, which week you were in and what you were doing when you felt that tiny flutter inside of you for the first time? It’s an amazing moment whenever it happens, but most likely, if you felt flutters early on, you were sitting still. I was 18 weeks, sitting on a long car ride from Queensland to Fox Glacier in New Zealand. I felt a tiny, little butterfly and suddenly it all became so real. It was a real turning point for me. Note: This trip is also affectionately referred to by my husband and me as the last real vacation we will ever take, but that’s a different story.
And my all time favorite…
#1: You could have been…
The list of names you considered for your baby is my favorite memory to document because it’s the one that is sure to make you laugh later! It’s only been two and a half years since my son was born but I absolutely cannot believe some of the names we were considering when I look back at that list. Best of all, we didn’t just list, we had a whole scoring system.
I’m most intrigued to see what Micah (the winning name) thinks of this list in twenty years or when he’s trying to name his first child. Our parents must have had lists, probably scribbled down on a notepad next to the bed. How much would you love to see that now and know what you could have been?
Emma Weisberg is the Founder and CEO of Blinkbuggy, which has reinvented the “baby book” for today’s parents by taking the spirit of the traditional baby book and combining it with the power of the internet. At its core, Blinkbuggy is a technology that helps moms (and dads) by making it easy and fun to collect and connect all the most important moments and create meaningful stories, all in one place, that can be shared now as well as passed on to the next generation.
We’d love to hear your favorite pregnancy milestones that you documented, or wished you had … leave a comment!