First Halloween costume: Is/did your bump "make" the costume? What did you end up creating? What are you planning?
• Photo idea: You and baby handing out treats or at a party with admiring friends and family
• Journal idea: How did people react to your costume? Did you manage to get pictures for scrapbooking? How did this activity make you feel?
• More ideas: Baby's first swim lesson, shopping at the farmer's market, "we" tour the birth center, and snuggling with soon-to-be brother or sister.
Show of strength! Show off your biceps and the bump peeking over the top of your yoga pants. The pregnant body is beautiful!
• Photo idea: You and baby doing yoga or Pilates or other safe activity.
• Journal idea: Jot down your baby's response to exercise. Note if your stretches, walking or yoga makes you feel great and more energetic. Perhaps mention what's your favorite activity!
Your baby's growing in leaps and bounds. Each week -- each day actually -- brings new milestones! First thump of the heart, first kick, first breath. Our Fetal Development pages showcase your baby's weekly accomplishments. Follow along and plan an "age-appropriate" activity.
Baby has a nose! Tiny nostrils form during week six. You can focus on the "feature" or the "function." Here's an idea for both!
• Activity ideas: Visit the elephant at the zoo, focus on your breathing in yoga, or swing by a botanical garden and smell the outdoors.
• Photo idea: You (and baby) at the zoo or standing by flowers. Perhaps take pictures of lots of kinds of noses for the next idea!
• Journal idea: Your journal doens't have to be just for writing. Make a collage of family noses. Do you think your baby will have one of these or a unique and never seen before nose?
Boy or girl? By week 16 your ultrasound might tell you if you're having a boy or a girl!
• Activity ideas: Go on a shopping trip for baby clothes! Create an announcement that let's family know the news.
• Photo idea: Pictures of baby (and you) with those adorable and irresistible newborn outfits.
• Journal idea: Write down what you think you and your new boy or girl will do together! You could be braiding each other's hair or playing soccer together. How about mani, pedis and the mall, or even a heavy Wii tournament?
Baby can hear! By week 22, your baby hears sounds from outside your womb.
• Activity ideas: Play your favorite music. It doesn't matter what gadget you use. Allow your budding musician to feel the bass or read a favorite book out loud. It's fun to add sound effects!
• Photo idea: Headphones on belly? Catch that! Reading to the belly. These are all great photo opportunities!
• Journal idea: How does your baby respond to sounds? Jot down a few experiments you put together and see if it changes day-to-day.
What's up with "the bump"? The changes in your belly region can go from turtle-slow to overnight "OMG! WHAT HAPPENED?!?" How are you carrying your wee one-to-be compared to last week? Ever feel that you're waiting to have that "pop-up timer" (aka belly button) push out? Record your changes and look how far you've come!