Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Olivia Turns 1 month !

Olivia is one month old today. Wow, where did the time go. Okay, I don't really mean that. I feel like I had her 2 years ago. My days are short and my nights are long. I am not complaining, just telling you like it is.

Doctor's Visit: Olivia now weighs 8 pounds 9 oz. She gained a whole pound and an oz. That's great progress, she also grew 1 inch. Dr. said that Olivia looks great, and is doing well. (but I already knew this)

Sleep: We're getting better with the night sleeping. Once in a while , she has really bad gripe/gas and cries her life out for hours and hours until she feels better. Usually between the hours of 12am - 3am. There is nothing we can do but to comfort her, We asked the doc about mylicon and gripe water, he suggested Gripe water, or a teaspoon of fennel tea or chamomile tea, NO mylicon.

Eats: We're currently doing the breast milk exclusively. She feeds about 10 times a day, no less than that, only more at times. I get no break unless I pump and store (something that I am lazy about doing) but its okay, I love our bonding time.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My Mother and My Daughter

I gave birth to Olivia 1 day after my sister's 40th birthday.
That means a lot to me because this means that my mother was in labor with her first child and experienced that same feelings as I did just 40 years ago, on the same day.

As you may already know, Olivia was born at home, yes on purpose. (I'll do a nice long post about the wonderful home birth experience real soon.) My mom flew into town just a few days before Olivia's birth and made it very clear that she didnt want to be there for the birth because she didnt want to see me in pain. I can totally understand that. But she ended up being there anyway.

Athough she wasnt in the bedroom as I birthed my daughter, she was just a few feet away in another room, crying and praying for a healthy delivery. Even though she wasnt in the same room, I truly felt the love and support from my mom, and was very happy that she was present. I was so happy to yell out "Mommy, come and see your grand daughter" just moments after I delivered Olivia (and the placenta).
My mom came peeking into the room, she walked over, looked at Olivia, then she looked at me. She held Olivia for a few seconds, and left the room again. I think mom was still a bit nervous, but she said she just didnt want to get in the way.
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Saturday, November 7, 2009

2 Weeks Old!

Length: I don't know, when we wen to the doctor when she 10 days old, they measure Olivia to be 20 inches. I guess I can just measure her myself right ? Yeah, I'll do that.

Weight: 7 pounds 11 ounces! Thats great, her weight went back up, she was 7.08 at birth, then 7.03 after 3 days and now she's back up and gaining. She is already growing out of her newborn onsies and newborn diapers.

Feeding Schedule: Olivia gets breastfed about 10 times a day and 1 bottle of formula a day. She feeds about every 2-3 hours in the day and about every 3-4 hours at night, and through the night. I watched a DVD that I borrowed on netflix about breastfeeding, it was pretty helpful, as far as setting a feeding schedule for Olivia. I feed her every 3 hours from 6am - Midnight. Then from midnight to 6am, I feed her only when she wakes.

Sleeping Schedule: Olivia sleeps for about 3 hours at a time. Sometimes a bit longer, but I always wake her if she hits the fourth hour. I wake her and feed her, and keep her up for a little bit before she goes back to sleep. She is sleeping pretty well through the night, waking about twice and thats it.

Milestones: Olivia holds her head up all on her own, nice and strong. This week I read an article that said that if I stick my tongue out at her, she will do the same in response, and guess what, she did it. But I am convinced that babies her age just randomly stick their tongues out from time to time

Best Moment This Week: Every moment is the best moment, I love Olivia.

Parenting Wisdom: You know how they say sleep when baby sleeps, well I find that when she goes to sleep, I use the next 5 - 8 minutes to do something around the house. Whether its to wash the dishes or just make the bed, it just makes me feel better. And if you do it enough through out the day, you will have a semi clean home that wont drive you crazy.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Olivia turns 1 Week old today !

Olivia turns one week old today, and its been a wonderful, emotional, stressful, & joyful week.
Rakiem and I have spent most of our nights adjusting to our new schedule. Olivia sleeps all day long and wakes up in the late hours of night for her feedings and play time.

On Sunday, we had our 24 hour check up with Sakina (our midwife). She came to our home and checked on Olivia and I. Just making sure that mommy and baby are doing fine. I really enjoyed the one on one home visit. Rakiem and I were able to ask Sakina all of the questions of concerns from our first night with our baby girl.

On Tuesday, Olivia and I left the house for the first time since her birth, She had her first doctor's visit with Pediatrician Dr.Zatz in Nyack. The routine check up went well. Dr.Zatz gave us ample time to ask all about all of our concerns. Dr.Zatz gave Olivia a clean bill of health, and sent us on our merry way.

The remainder of the week, we spent lots of time adjusting and taking turns around Olivia's sleeping and eating schedule which isn't so easy to do. I spend a lot of time pumping milk in the day , so that Rakiem can feed her at night and allow me to sleep, but still, there is something about a mothers touch that Olivia requires to get her to go to sleep.

Well, its time for me to wrap this up and get some sleep, I am starving and tired. Before you go, take a look at who learned how to put their tiny little fingers into their tiny little mouth:

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Olivia Elaine Jones is Here!

Photo taken seconds after birth.

Name: Olivia Elaine Jones

Birthday: October 24th 2009

Time: 4:50 AM

Place of Birth : At Home

By land or water: Born on our bed, never made it to the pool for birthing.

Labor: 5 hours of active labor

Weight: 7lbs 8oz

Length: 20 inches

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Maternity Leave

So now that I am on maternity leave, you would think that I would have at least 1 blog post a day, because I am home doing nothing right ? Wrong! I have found myself to be busier than ever. Well as busy as i can be as I waddle through out my home. I have tackled each room , rearranged furniture, scrubbed floors, must I go on ?

After all that, you can find me pooped on the couch for at least 4 hours, and then I am preparing dinner. I must say, as tired as I get, I really enjoy this. being at home, cooking cleaning, photo editing, letting my creative juices flow. It's relaxing, and nothing makes me feel better than getting my mind focused and my life organized, especially before baby arrives.

I am now 39 weeks pregnant, and 5 days away from my due date. I've been feeling contractions off and on. The feeling is similar to light menstrual cramps, they last about 1 minute, and happens every 10 minutes. The contractions never get any stronger, they just die down.

Well I'm off to look for a pancake recipe, preferably one that mimics IHOP pancakes, topped with strawberries.


Monday, September 28, 2009

Birth Education : "Bringing Forth the Beauty of Birth"

Rakiem and I completed a weekend intense birth education session this weekend and must I say it was nothing like I would have ever expected.

I had the most fulfilled weekend of my life! it was amazing. It wasn't just about birth and what to expect, but more about going deeper within and finding out who you are, and why you chose the paths that you chose, why you chose your spouse, what he/she means to you, how you view him etc. At least this is what I received from it, and so glad that I did.

The first day was sorta like couples counseling in a sense, and a few good things came out that made us view each other in better light, with better understanding. Things that we just never spoke about in the past, just ignored and hoped that we would get through it. It was great I loved it, and because of it, our bond will be forever stronger. This weekend I learned a few thing about my husband, that I never took the time out to question or understand, and for the most part, I think he can say the same. I think we broke down a few barriers that we didn't even know were there.

The second day was all about preparing for the birth, the exercises, the breathing techniques, the birth positions, what to do, what not to do, how to do deep breathing and meditation, swaying the hips and dancing. Techniques that have helped many women manage the contractions, search for the strength within, and bring forth their child. We loved every part of it.

It was worth every penny.
I would do it again and again and again

I think EVERY woman who is planning to have a baby should do a Birth Preparation Course with Karma Cloud. I feel like a whole new person, with much more meaning in my life. I'm more connected within.

Karma Cloud is a certified Expressive Arts Creativity Mentor/Facilitator, Birthing Coach and Art teacher.

Her work focuses on teaching clients to learn from their life experiences through creative self discovery.

Her services include: Birth Support Services, Expressive Arts workshops for children and adults, Personal & Professional Coaching & Consulting, & Creative Rites of Passage Event Planning

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Birthday Cake Anyone ? Groaning Cake

The tradition of the groaning cake, or kimbly at (or following) a birth is an ancient one. Wives' tales say that the scent of a groaning cake being baked in the birth house helps to ease the mother's pain. Some say if a mother breaks the eggs while she's aching, her labour won't last as long. Others say that if a family wants prosperity and fertility, the father must pass pieces of the cake to friends and family the first time the mother and baby are "churched" (or the first time they go to a public gathering) after a birth. Many cultures share similar traditions…a special dish, bread, or drink, spiced with cinnamon, all spice, and/or ginger. At one time there was even a "groaning ale" made to go with it…

I made groaning cake the day of my son's home birth and my neighbour brought me "health bread" the day after the birth. This recipe is a combination of the two. It has apple, molasses, orange juice and spices and can really help to see a woman through a long labour, or give her strength after the birth!

2 ½ Cups Flour
3 eggs
2 tsp. Baking powder
½ Cup oil
1 tsp. Baking soda
½ Cup orange juice
2 tsp. Cinnamon
¼ Cup molasses
½ tsp. Ground cloves
1 1/3 Cups sugar
1 ½ cups apple (grated, no skin)
1 tsp. Almond extract

Sift dry ingredients together. Add apple. Beat eggs. Add oil, orange juice, molasses and sugar. Add to dry ingredients. Mix well. Add almond extract. Bake at 350 F. for 35-40 minutes. Makes two 9 X 5 loaves or about 18 muffins.
Additions: raisins, dates, dried fruits, or nuts.
from The Birth House of Ami McKay

Additions: raisins, dates, dried fruits, or nuts.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Week 37

So my body feels as if I was in a serious fight last night and I lost. My arms are soar, my hips are soar, my eyes are dark and puffy, I'm telling you, this isnt getting pretty.

Getting up in the morning for work becomes a huge task, and most mornings I just really want to pull the sheets over my head when the sun breaks through and pretend that it's a weekday.

I never thought I'd start to feel this way, because my belly bump came on very slowly. I thought that I'd be popping up outta bed and hitting the road like the energizer bunny, but this isn’t the case. After week 35, you can find me in the couch most evening after work, just sleeping off into another world. It's not the most comfy place to rest, but at this point it's too hard to be comfortable anywhere, so the couch is just as good as the bed.

Although I feel this way now, still, I can’t complain. Every part of this pregnancy has been normal up to date, and I must be thankful. So far it’s been a pleasant journey and the best has yet to come. All the discomfort, and the changes that my body has been through, doesn’t even add up to the amount of happiness and joy that we’ll cherish and receive when we welcome our first child into this world.

On to the Questions:

How far along?: 37 weeks on Friday.

Total weight gain: 15lbs

How big is baby?: I don’t know, and when I asked my midwife, she said she doesn’t know either. She doesn’t do sonograms (like my previous MW did) She feels around on my tummy to get an idea of the babies weight and to find the position.

Maternity clothes?: You mean the clothes that I am starting to grow out of now ? Yeah I got tons of those , some of which are so stylish, I plan to alter them into normal wear.

Stretch marks?: That’s a FUNNY question, because up until last week Friday in the women’s bathroom at work, I had no clue about these stretch marks that lived on the underside of my belly. Infect I revealed my tummy to a few co-workers in the bathroom, just to show them the few little ones that popped up along the side, but there was a surprise waiting under there for me. There’s a whole gang of em down under.

Sleep?: I love to sleep, be I cant never seem to achieve a good nights sleep. Its very hard to get comfortable.

Best moment this week?:
Friday, got a very nice surprise from my co-workers. They threw a wonderful baby shower for me, and showered me with a great amount of gifts, good foos, and a srcumptious cake..Yummy!

Saturday, slept the entire day and then went to watch the boxing at a friends house. Its always nice to meet up with every and hang out.

Food cravings?: Passed that stage. Now focusing on my herbal teas, prenatal vitamins, and evening primrose oil..

Labor signs?:
Just that one time, never happened again.

Belly button in or out?: The left half is out the right side is in.

What I'm looking forward to: This week, being my last week at work. I can now rest and await her arrival.


Do we have time for a Babymoon ?

A babymoon is a period of time that parents spend bonding with a recently-born baby.

More recently the term has come to be used to describe a vacation taken by a couple that is expecting a baby in order to allow the couple to enjoy a final trip together before the many sleepless nights that usually accompany a newborn baby. Babymoons usually take place at a resort that offers appropriate services like prenatal massage.

The term babymoon comes from the more traditional term honeymoon, which is a vacation taken by a newlywed couple after their wedding ceremony.
With just approximately 25 days to go, I badly have the urge to GET OUTTA TOWN. Even if it's for a weekend, a friday after work, and returning on sunday. I can really use that right now. I have a never ending To Do List that seems to grow instead of shrink, and at times I feel like getting away just for a bit so that I can regroup, and return with a clear head.

I imagine it to be just like our honeymoon, just to 2 of us, on the island of bermuda, waking up at 12 noon and having breakfast at 2pm. Although the weather wasn't so kind to us, we were well rested and enjoyed every moment together.

From Our honeymoon - Bermuda

From Our honeymoon - Bermuda

From Our honeymoon - Bermuda

From Our honeymoon - Bermuda

From Our honeymoon - Bermuda

From Our honeymoon - Bermuda

From Our honeymoon - Bermuda

From Our honeymoon - Bermuda

From Our honeymoon - Bermuda

A Mini Maternity Shoot

Both Rakiem and I are professional photographers. We spend many of our weekends shooting weddings together as a team. We have a great time together shooting other people, but when its time for either one of us to come before the camera, we can never seem to make the time. Either I'm too lazy or he's too busy.

One weekend, hours before a wedding shoot. I was laying out on the couch, as I usually do, and Rakiem decided to grab the camera and capture a few shots. He took about 3 or 4 shots, adjusting his settings each time, and then simply put the camera back down. That's it, and we're done, photo shoot complete. A few days later, I started to upload images off my flash cards and came across the 4 images Rakiem took of me. And this is the best shot. I love it!
We promise, one weekend, we'll take some time out to shoot our maternity pics.
We have a bit of time, I hope.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Adorn the Belly

With the plans for our maternity photoshoot coming up, I wanted to do something very special besides showing off the belly bump. I've always been a fan of the Eastern Mediterranean culture, and part of that includes temporary body art such as henna tattoos.

Henna is used to adorn a young women's body in celebration of marriage and fertility. Since we are celebration fertility and life, I think it only makes it appropriate to seek out an artist and adorn the skin that protects the life within.

Some mixtures of henna, although natural, can create allergic reactions. So be safe and let your artist know before hand that you are expecting.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Planning Her First Photo Shoot

Ummm...seriously, did you think she wouldn't have a full session photoshoot a few days after her birth ?

Oh yes she will!! Photog-Mom is on it!! I am gearing up for her very first photoshoot, I've got tons of items to buy for my little princess.

I used to browse through Etsy some time ago, in search of unique items to buy for our wedding, which was just a year and 5 months ago. Never really found anything that caught my eye, but tonight......ha...tonight I have found an entire slue of adorable baby items that has me sitting here with credit card in hand, forgetting about my budget plan. Oh Lord!!

Even if you don't have a baby, can you resist ? Can you ?

Bassinet vs. Bassinet/Play yard combo

So we scratched the crib for now. Why ? For a few reasons: mobility & compact ! We really thought about the bassinet idea, I never second guessed myself on that, "Of course we need a bassinet". Before every purchase we make, I tend to ask a few mom friends of mine a some questions before making that final decision. So the questions I asked about the bassinet were:

Was is helpful?
Was it inexpensive?
How long did you use it?
Would you buy it again ?

Thats it, thats all I need to know, and with the results of that questionnaire, most moms would scratch the bassinet and skip directly to a bassinet/playpin combo and then the crib.

Why? Because survey says that most babies grow out of the bassinet stage in a matter of 3 months!! Why would I spend $150 (the average price for a bassinet) for 3 months of convenience ? Just doesn't add up to me.

So the next best thing, which is fairly new on the market: the bassinet/play yard combo.
Which means after she grows out of the bassinet stage, we still have a play yard with a few years of usage for the same price!! YAY!!

$139.99 well spent ? I think so. What do you think ?

Monday, September 14, 2009

36 Weeks! Yay, we're almost there!!

How far along?: 36 weeks baby, where did the time go.

Total weight gain: 14lbs, I guess I will gain the majority of my weight within the next 4 weeks. I like it that way ;)

How big is baby?: You know, I have no clue, my midwife says that she thinks that she'll be a healthy 7lbs at birth. Hmm.. When I went in for my check up on friday, she did say that baby jones is a good size, so I am happy to hear that.

Maternity clothes?: Of course, but so tempted to go out and buy fall clothes. It is getting cold and I feel like all my pre-pregnancy clothes have disappeared.

Stretch marks?:
Yeah, I got still got them, they're not going anywhere.

I get it when I can, thats the rule! On the couch after work, In the car on my lunch breaks, etc

Best moment this week?: i dont have a specific moment. My visits with the midwife are always exciting moments for me and Rakiem.

Food cravings?: Not anymore.

Labor signs?:
Yes !! I experienced a Braxton Hicks contraction. I only had one, but it was amazing to feel that one contraction. I sat there and smiled the entire 10 seconds it lasted.

Belly button in or out?:
Been out for a while now, not completely out, just half of it.

What I'm looking forward to:
my maternity leave. Oh yes, some rest and relaxation.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Summer Showers!

On 8/8/2009 we had our baby shower.Hosted by Lynne, one of my BFF's, the shower was painted with lilic and soft gold all over. It was an outdoor event at Kim's house, a old friend for over 16 years now. Kim was so kind to open up her home to all of my family and friends so that we celebrate & welcome our baby girl into the world.

I was so happy to have my mom, my 2 sister's and Mrs.Jones fly to NY to see us and celebrate with us. We had great food, tons of fun shower games hosted by Dionne (who's now expecting twins) and plenty of wonderful gifts. We are so thankful.

Thank You cards will go out soon, I promise. I'm bad when it comes to sending thank you cards on time.

Dionne reading directions to the name game

another game to see how fast Rakiem can change a diaper

35 Weeks

i will post a pic real soon.
How Far Along? 35 weeks Today !

Weight Gain: 12 lbs

Stretch Marks: Yup...I got them, they're light but I got them!

Movement: She has her crazy moments. At times I wanna look right in there.

Food Cravings: Not really..I have them once in a blue moon, but not often

Belly Button: its out there, way out there.

Linea Nigra: Yup, its there. Someone told me recently that they "hate that line". But I personally think its beautiful. One of many beauty marks of pregnancy.

What I Miss: a drink, like a margarita or something!

What I'm Looking Forward To: the next 5 weeks +/-

Friday, August 28, 2009

Time is moving so fast, but so slow

Now that Rakiem and I have finally switched midwifes, we are so happy that we're finally able to get the care and the birth that we want. We are very excited about this.

This is a very important time in our lives, and we have been discussing our birth plan for a long time now. The way things were going before, we didn't have the control or the environment that we really wanted. So now that we are in the care of a new midwife who is willing to cater to our needs, we are completely satisfied. We can relax because now, we get exactly what we want and I just know everything will be amazing.

Monday, August 24, 2009

33 weeks!

My life has been so busy lately, to a point where people are asking me "Aren't you pregnant?"
But I must say, it feels so good to be this this active and this energetic so far along in the pregnancy. I just cant believe that I have approximately 7 weeks to go and my daughter will be here. Are we ready ?

One thing I try not to concern myself with is that everyone keeps telling me that I am carrying small. I am very pleased with the fact that I weighed myself this morning and I have only gained a total of 10 pounds, but at the same time I wonder if baby Jones is growing the way she should be. According to the visits with my midwife, baby Jones is doing just fine, so I'll just leave all the worries behind!

We had a fabulous baby shower on the 8th. We received so many great gifts from all of our family and friends. Rakiem and I are so appreciative of all the gifts we received. (Thank you cards will be in the mail shortly) Everything is still packed up in boxes, and I didn't even wash her clothes just yet, or buy those darn cloth diapers, that's a project on its own.. I will be taking a week or 2 off before my due date, and during that time, I will do all the last minute shopping, organizing and purchasing before baby Jones arrives.

Now that we are getting closer and closer to the due date, I am starting to feel a few changes in my body; like my hip joints are a bit achy, my lower back is tightening, and sleeping is becoming a bit more difficult. But hey, I'm rolling with the punches. Bring it on labor!!

Now for the questions

How far along?: 33 weeks

Total weight gain: 10 – 11 pounds

How big is baby?: about 3.5 lbs

Maternity clothes?: Yes, and may I add that I LOVE maternity pants..well not the part where they are constantly sliding off my butt!

Stretch marks?: Yes, got a few more, they’re very faint, lets hope they stay that way.

Sleep?: Cant wait to sleep on my belly again, I really miss those days.

Best moment this week?: Rakiem and I went to Argyle Park in Babylon, NY to shoot and engagement session with a fall bride & groom. I love getting out and meeting new people, especially my brides!

Movement?: So I guess she really isn’t a kicker, just a mover. I get a kick maybe once or twice a day, but she is always shifting & moving & stretching.

Food cravings?: Sweet Tea from McDonalds, gonna go get one after this blog post.

Labor signs?: No.

Belly button in or out?: Still half out, half in.

What I miss: besides sleeping on my tummy, nothing. I’m really enjoying my pregnancy.

What I'm looking forward to: Organizing, washing, and preparing our humble abode for baby Jones.

Weekly Wisdom: Trust and Believe in yourself, if you don’t, then who will?

Friday, August 14, 2009

My 28th Birthday!

Having a bun in the oven is the best gift in the world, so there isn't anything that could have really topped that, but Rakiem came pretty damn close for my birthday celebration. I'm a simple girl that loves simple things, and I truly live by "it's the thought that counts". I'd rather spend quality with him, then for him to spend a single dollar on me.

Rarely does he ever listen to me when I say "Don't buy me anything for my birthday, I'm okay with that", I guess in fear of me flipping on him, if he were to ever listen to my suggestions.
Since both of our moms were in town on my birthday, Rakiem booked a lovely dinner for 6 at the Gyu Kaku Japanese Restaurant in NYC. The four of us drove into the city and met up with 2 close friends of ours, Sandy & Cam.

We had, what seemed like, a never ending meal, more than enough food to pleasure our palettes, but in small proportions. They serve you meats & foil wrapped veggies to grill or steam right there at your table.

We did the Prix Fixe Menu Dinner:

At dinner, Rakiem gave me a box, inside was a card & folded paper telling me that he booked reservations for me at the Edamame Maternity Spa.

Mrs.Jones handed me a gift bag with Mama Mio products that i love & use on my boobs & belly to keep the stretch marks away, which was perfect because I had just ran out.
On to the pictures.....

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I know..I know..I'm coming!

So much to talk about, and I promise i'll get it all up soon:

My 28th birthday was yesterday
31 weeks pregnant this week, and 9 more to go
Re-modeling for a comfy mommy & happy baby

Ofcourse i cant do a post without pictures, so I will post images and blog very soon.

How to Measure Your Uterus During Pregnancy | eHow.com

How to Measure Your Uterus During Pregnancy eHow.com

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Step 1. First you will want to lay down on your back somewhere comfortable, such as a bed.

Step 2. Now feel your tummy for your uterus. If you are about 20 weeks, your uterus should be about at the level of your belly button. If you are less than 20 weeks, it should be below your navel, and if you are more than 20 weeks, it should be above. It will feel slightly hard, smooth, and round. Once you have felt it, feel around for the top of your uterus. The top of your uterus is called your fundus. You should not try to measure your uterus until 20 weeks because before that, the measurements can be off.

Step 3. Now you need to know where your pubic bone is. This is down by your pubic hair. Push down right above your line of pubic hair until you feel the top of a bone. This is your pubic bone!

Step 4. Now take the tape measure and measure in centimeters how far it is from your pubic bone to your fundus (the very top of your uterus). Whatever number you got for your measurement should correlate with the number of weeks you are. If you are 27 weeks you should have measured 27 centimeters. You may be bigger or smaller than how far along you are and usually that is nothing to worry about. If you are DRASTICALLY larger or smaller then I would bring it up with your doctor.

Step 5. Congratulations! You now know how to measure your uterus during pregnancy.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Belly Casting Time!

Last night, Rakiem and I decided to break open that pregnancy belly casting kit that we bought a few months back. I thought the 7 month mark would be a good size. We wanna do one or two more, it was fun for the both of us. I honestly thought that I'd be cranky and tired, but it was team work! We had so much fun doing it. It takes about 1 week for the cast to completely dry, and when that time comes, we'll sit together and paint it. I think I'd like some swarovski crystals around it too.

Here's the set up, the contents of the box. Everything you need is inside the box, well except for the vaseline you need to rub on your belly so the cast doesnt stick.
You need to make you seat real comfy cause your gonna sit for about 30 - 45 minutes while the strips are applied. And protect your furniture & floors with the plastic drop sheets. Its VERY necessary! The next time we do that cast, I'll stand so that we get a more accurate shape.
I chose to do the cast with my bra on. I just feel like the mold itself was so revealing, no need for breast danglation and nipplage! Do what ever you're comfortable with.That's what I did!



And here it is, the end result. Pulling that cast off my skin was the hard part. It stuck to every little hair on my belly..LOL
But the end of the week, we'll sand it down to get a nice smooth surface and paint it to make it pretty. I also plan to bring it along to the baby shower so that all of our family and friends can write kind loving words on the inside.
Eventually, this piece will be added to the nursery as decor/art work with a sentimental value.
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