I’ve already gone deep into the rabbit hole of Project Life scrapbooking, so it should come as no surprise to you that I’ve already started a baby book for my soon-to-arrive bundle of joy. (I’m a nerd.) Kail got me the Baby Boy Edition Core Kit and a new 12×12 binder for my
birthday birthweek (among other gifts — I’m spoiled).I was so excited to start the baby book. I also purchased additional “Baby Boy” themed speciality cards, 4×4 cards, and photo overlays, along with a couple new variety packs of photo pocket pages. Let’s just say I’m set on scrapbooking supplies for the next … oh, several years.I somehow managed to exercise restraint and focus on other, more important things first in the just-under three months I have in Amman between returning from home leave and departing for the U.S. on Medevac. You know: unpack; reorganize and clean all of our closets and storage spaces to make room for baby; and transform our my home office into the nursery. In other words: Nesting like crazy.Kail and I also enrolled in a six-week childbirth education course at a center called Birth and Beyond that covered everything from pain-management techniques to postpartum and newborn care. Most of the other mothers-to-be had much earlier due dates, but since I’m leaving for the States and Kail won’t be joining me until later, we wanted the opportunity to take a course together.Before I turned to my Project Life Baby Book, I wanted to at least complete my first Project Life: Jordan scrapbook, if not start the second one as well. I also worked on updating my blog, and I’m somewhat caught up, although I still have home leave and this latter part of 2017 to write about.I had been taking weekly “bumpies” every week since week seven (except week nine — I forgot), and monitoring and documenting my pregnancy and baby’s developmental progress through a couple different apps, Ovuline’s Ovia Pregnancy and Baby Center’s My Pregnancy & Baby Today. Combined with ultrasound printouts, app updates, and baby shower and other photos, I already had several pages of scrapbook material ready to go.Kail and I haven’t settled on a final name for our son yet, but while he’s been in utero, we’ve been referring to him by a nickname, Piopio. The center card in the above picture explains its origin (it doesn’t really make sense, but inside jokes rarely do):
Your mom & dad dreamed about you for a long time. On a trip to New Zealand’s Milford Sound, or Piopiotahi in Maori, we joked we’d call you “Piopiotahi.” The name means “a single piopio,” a now-extinct thrush native to the South Island. We used this nickname until you were born. It even inspired your nursery theme. You are our Piopio, our love.
I didn’t really have a noticeable bump until around week 24 — much later than I expected!You can input a baby nickname into the Ovia Pregnancy app, so it will refer to the baby by its nickname in all updates. For example, from week 24: Piopio is now about the size of a garden eggplant, but without such thick skin.I love this baby book — and baby! — so much already, and he hasn’t even entered the world yet. It’s meant to be a book about the first year of his life. I can’t wait to document other memories and experiences with him.Did you keep a baby book for your children (or did your parents have one for you as a kid)?