Sometimes when you're getting sick or feeling uncomfortable pains due to pregnancy, it can be hard to remember how much of a blessing the little bundle of joy that you're carrying will be to your life! Some ways I have found to start having fun with the idea of having a real little human around, is to create projects that integrate him into my life! I don't mean deep cleaning the house, making room for the baby, and just shopping for all the essentials (although, those things can be fun too if you really think about what it's all for!). I mean doing arts and crafts! I decided on kind of a storybook theme for my child's things. "Oh, the places you'll go!" is one of the storybook quotes I wanted to centralize a lot of the decor around, because this allows me to tie in storybooks, inspiration and travel, as well as some more boyish ideas like planes, trains, automobiles, and other modes of transportation. So I decided to make my own mobile of hot air balloons and clouds to hang over the crib! I found a tutorial for this here. I also painted a canvas with some hot air balloons, and the quote I decided on (pictured below). Another fun craft was a night light made with a canvas and whatever words you decide on! I found that tutorial here, but chose to change the words to go with my inspirational theme, so my version is pictured below. Quilting is one of the next projects I will be taking on with a cute, unique tutorial found here, but again I will be changing it up a little bit with different colors and patterns since I know I am having a boy. This particular project I think will be fun to do for each child I have, to have a personalized gift to keep for later on! It's also always possible to add on to quilts which could be fun for years to come, even if that means just adding a border later on to grow the quilt and integrate it to a larger bed spread!
If crafting isn't your thing, one other thing I have enjoyed is prenatal yoga. Yoga in general is great for preparing you for childbirth as far as opening up your joints, hips, keeping you flexible, and teaching you to breath through different positions. However prenatal yoga, specifically, is catered more towards pregnant and postpartum bodies, and includes connecting spiritually with your baby. You can become more aware of the positioning and feelings of the baby in your womb, making him or her more real to you, even though you can't quite see him or her yet!
These are the activities I have enjoyed so far to stay in touch with my baby, but please comment below with your ideas and experiences you have to share with other moms!
I'm a first time mom at 20--trying to get through life being a mom, wife, student, and employee--here to share my journey and some tips with you!