I am planning on making our own baby book with scrapbook supplies. One of the major reasons (*salute* "Maj. Reasons"... yay pop culture!) for this is so I can customize it to our child and our family... and maybe avoid some of those empty pages! :-)
Also, not a lot of baby books come with "Conceiving Baby" sections (for obvious reasons, I guess), and I feel like that is going to be a HUGE part of our baby's story, and one that we want him or her to know. Several months ago, I pinned an item on etsy that was a baby book/pregnancy book for "alternative" families, including those using fertility treatments and/or adoption to build their families. It was neat, it was customizable, and I wanted it... but that seller has totally disappeared from etsy. And the whole rest of the internet. Dagnabbit. So, back to making my own, which is shaping up to be a funny hybrid of vacation scrapbook and diary of medical procedures :-)
So, help me out here, wise IVF veterans... what are some things I need to plan on photographing/journaling? What are the things about this process that we will truly want to remember and want our children to know? So far, I can think of:
- Pictures of us the clinic staff
- Snapshots of ultrasound screens during monitoring/whenever else one of us can reach our iPhone camera ;-)
- Microscope picture of embryo/s pre-transfer, if possible
- Pictures of meds - unused shipment, injecting myself/Ethan injecting me, full sharps container, any gnarly bruises ;-)
- Maybe some pics of the rooms we do our massage/acupuncture/etc in?
- Obviously, vacation stuff like pics in the airports, flight info, save our boarding passes... hotel, beach, any outings we feel up to taking...
- Daily journaling (blogging should help with that!)
Am I forgetting anything? Where we haven't been through a cycle yet, I'm paranoid that I'm not going to think to photograph/journal/save something that I'll regret down the road!
PS: Our phone consult with Dr. Skinner is tomorrow morning! Please pray it goes as well as we expect it will :-)
PPS: My glass class was this afternoon, and I am SO HOOKED!! I made three beads, but I can't pick them up for a week... but here's a picture of me, a bead in progress, and a 3000 degree flame :-)