Thursday, February 16, 2012

Belly And Baby Book Review

Right after I found out I was pregnant I purchased The Belly Book and My Baby Book, both by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

I found out about these books from a mommy vlogger on YouTube. Throughout my pregnancy I had so much fun filling out The Belly Book every week and I now love filling out My Baby Book for Harry.

The Belly Book is divided in to three sections: first, second and third trimesters. Each trimester has sections for doctors appointments, cravings and aversions, ultrasounds and of course weekly belly pictures. There are also trimester-specific sections like how you found out you were pregnant, maternity clothes, finding out the sex of the baby, fetal movement, baby names and baby's arrival.

While I was pregnant I kept The Belly Book close to me at all times in case I thought of something I wanted to remember. We brought it with us to the hospital and I filled out the birth section in my postpartum room while Harry was in the NICU. When I was done filling it out I literally cried because it meant my pregnancy was really over. Why do you guys think I haven't posted my entire birth story yet? (I'm still debating on whether or not to ever post it because it's so personal.)

I started filling out My Baby Book before Harry was even born. Like The Belly Book, it's divided in to three sections: My Arrival, My First Year and My Gallery of Firsts.

My Arrival is obviously about Harry's birth. The section also includes information about mom and dad, the birth announcement (which I'll be posting about shortly), our house and the first few weeks as new parents. The My First Year section is pretty straight forward, a new page for each month. And the Gallery of Firsts has places to record when certain milestones happen like STTN, smiling, eating solids, crawling, etc.

I really like these books and would recommend them to all moms-to-be. They're kind of tongue-in-cheek which makes them a lot of fun to fill out. They also cover a wide range of topics and have plenty of room for pictures. If you're not into scrapbooking but still want to preserve your memories in a book these are a great alternative.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own. I was not compensated in any way and just wanted to share my love of these books with all of you!

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