DIY Growing Baby Bump & Art
I knew I wanted to track my bump and take pictures but I wanted to make something for my baby while I tracked his growth. I started with a blank canvas and added paint every week until he came and I really loved the process. I also tried to document a little of what I felt during that time which was mostly just throwing up at first!
The hardest part was actually timing the lighting right and getting Tripp to take a picture of me every week. Once a week doesn’t sound like a lot but it was way more of a commitment than I realized!
I picked out he colors for the painting based on how I was decorating Miles’ nursery however, I didn’t really have a plan for how this painting would look. I liked not knowing and just adding whatever I felt like every week. Sometimes it was a splash of paint, a scribble with an oil pastel, a paint streak across the canvas, or very specific shapes.
Miles measured big the last half of pregnancy so we were really nervous about how big he would be and if I would be able to deliver a giant baby for my first! Unfortunately, but kind of fortunately, I had dangerously high blood pressure week 36 and had to be induced. Miles was a whopping albs 9ounces at just 36 1/2 weeks. He would have been an 11lb baby at 40 weeks! So, that’s why my bump pictures stop a little early.
Looking back at these feels like such a blur which is another reason I am so glad that I have them. It was kind of like keeping a journal but I can show them to Miles one day and he will always have the painting.
I absolutely love that Jeff, our Golden Doodle, was in the last picture I took with the painting! I had no idea this would be our last week of pregnancy. My one regret was not grabbing a picture holding Miles in front of the painting the week we got home. We were busy trying to figure out what the heck we were doing!
Miles is 18 months now and we are figuring out where to put his painting in his new big boy room since his little sister will be taking over the nursery come November!
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Tips and tricks…
- Hang your canvas somewhere with good lighting (preferably somewhere you can leave it for 9 months while you document this process).
- Set an alarm on your calendar at a time every week when you are most likely to be able to add paint and take a picture.
- Decide the colors you want to use before you start. (You can add another color that is feminine or masculine when and if you find out what you are having!)
- Use the same outfit for every picture so you can really see how much your belly grows! You can find my dress here.
Leave a comment: I would love your thoughts on round two for this baby girl’s painting! I haven’t even started taking bump pics and I am 21 weeks!