Bellycasting. Something I originally thought was super cheesy and unnecessary became one of my fondest memories during this pregnancy.
My artist sister had tried to talk me into creating a belly cast during my first pregnancy but by the time my belly was big enough, I was just an irritable, lazy mess and I just didn’t feel like it. I knew I’d be pregnant again (and thankfully I am now).
This time I was game and at 34 weeks I kind of had a “let’s just get this over with” attitude. After that experience, I know I would have regretted not commemorating this pregnancy with a belly cast. Find out why after the jump.
On a Sunday after a fabulous 90 minute prenatal massage and armed with belly cast instructions, I went to the craft store and Dollar Tree to gather up supplies before heading to my sister’s art studio to create it.
We laid out the drop cloths, I stripped down, and applied gobs of petroleum jelly to the parts that would be eternally documented. Here’s what happened next….
The big brother-to-be and “Auntie” created the cast. 1 of 4I had no intention of letting my 3 year old help with the belly cast but I was delighted that he was so interested. The fact that he took part in the bellycasting made it that much more special to me.
I’m a piece of art! 2 of 4It was nice to just chill out and enjoy my little "spa treatment". It was a neat feeling and didn't take nearly as long as I thought it would.
The cast comes off. 3 of 4It's sort of surreal to see what other people see and my whole family took turns pretending like they were pregnant as well (minus all the "fun" symptoms).
What the finished cast will look like (I hope). 4 of 4I searched all over the internet for decorating inspiration. There are so many beautiful ideas out there but when I saw this on flickr, I fell in love and couldn't wait to recreate it. I'll add the baby's footprints and my son's handprints on the inside.
I still have no clue where I’ll put the darn thing but it was a very special day and I can’t wait to show it to the little person who “on the inside” while it was being done.
Did you (or are you) planning to create a cast of your pregnant belly? There are so many cool bellycasting ideas online.