I used patterned paper, leftover scraps, textured ribbon secured with brads, a vellum quote, rhinestones and stickers.
Journaling: As with most first pregnancies, my time carrying Claire was definitely sweet. It was just Martin and me experiencing all those firsts together - first sonogram, first kicks, first day in maternity clothing, etc. The magic was in the unexpected.
Now, I'm finding that this second pregnancy brings about its own magic and it's all because of Claire. Even though we are just as excited, Martin and I are "old hands" at this pregnancy business since we've been here before. That's not the case with Claire, though. To her, all of this is simply fascinating. The magic of this pregnancy is her unconditional love and pride in her little sister as we watch my belly grow bigger and bigger each week. She's become my little belly buddy. Nearly every night, she asks if she can rub lotion on my back or feet - a total blessing! She also is quick to ask if I need anything. Water? A snack? A pillow?
She also loves to ask randomly throughout the day "Is the baby kicking, Mom?" and if the answer is yes, she drops whatever she's doing to run over and put her hands on the belly to feel. Claire's been to nearly every medical appointment and she's well-versed in the mechanics of my womb thanks to books we read about babies. ("You know that blue cord, Mom? That feeds the baby. And it'll be her belly button.")
Most of all, though, it warms my heart to witness the love rooted deep in Claire's heart for the baby. Whether it's her singing to my belly button or offering me two grapes ("One for you, one for the baby.") or overhearing Claire talk about the baby to her friends or teachers, it's clear Claire will be a very loving and protective big sister.