Blinkbuggy – the easy peasy way to document your pregnancy

You know what I loved to do as a kid? Pull my baby book off the shelf, and flip through the pages of my baby book, with photos and notes about our first words, etc. In the beginning of my book there was even a photo of my mom standing by the front door wearing a blazing red maternity top, hugging her belly with me inside.

Now that I’m a mom I wish she had thought to jot down some commentary about that particular photo. How was she feeling? What was she thinking? Was she considering any other names for me?* Was she having any weird cravings? Was she sweating her ass off? Did she have cankles under those hideous maternity pants?!

The funny thing is, you think you’re going to remember all these precious little details about your pregnancy because it is so magical and blahblah. Except that real life happens. You bicker with your spouse about names. You can’t sausage your way into your maternity jeans because baby grew again. For three nights in a row you dream you are driving a pickle to work.

But isn’t that the great stuff your future kid is going to find hilarious? Pregnancy journaling is something I vaguely heard about when I was pregnant and my reaction was, “Ha! Fat fucking chance. I can barely remember to put pants on right now.” But guess what? It’s 2014 and we have smart phones and this genius Mom invented an amazing app called Blinkbuggy. It’s essentially an online baby book and so super easy to use I think I could have even done it in the haze of pregnancy brain. (That’s saying a lot…)

Click on the image to see the sample collection.

You start an account and can immediately start chronicling your pregnancy (and later baby’s life) by uploading photos or writing little memos, thoughts, and feelings down in the app. Everything can go there—anything you think your future kid might find fascinating or anything you want to remember. You simply click an “add memory” button and you are given three options: add a quote, a note, or a photo. So it’s all covered--photos from your shower, a note with a list of potential baby names, a quote from a stranger about how huge you look, and a photo of the police report from after you kicked him in the nads. It’s so simple and easy and fast that it makes keeping a journal seem like a piece of cake.

 
 

Even cooler is that you can use it as a controlled social sharing tool. For each memory uploaded, you can make it public so anyone with the link can see it, or you can make it so no one can so it’s totally private. Or, if you want your mom to see the weekly progress of your baby bump then you can share it with just her. It’s up to you.

And you guys? The best part is that a few years from now you can print the whole thing out as a book! So someday your wee babe can sneak into your bedroom, pull the book off a shelf, and giggle about your crazy maternity dress, cankles, and all the other memories you’ve saved for him.

You can check out the site here, and download the free app here!

Ready to create a book? Just hit 'print' in the upper left hand corner of your Blinkbuggy page. Annnnd, one lucky winner could win a personalized Blinkbuggy book. Simply enter in the widget below (I've tried to include as many options as I could think of so you have lots of chances to win.)

It's open to everyone so get in on it!


* For the record, I know that I’m named ‘Amy’ because my mother had painstakingly gone through a baby-naming book and underlined all the names she liked. She handed it to my father who flipped to the first page and said, “Amy is fine. If it’s a girl we’ll name her Amy. I don’t want any name you can shorten” and handed the book back to her. He’s also the only one that calls me “Aim”.



This post is a sponsored by Blinkbuggy but I think it's great and you know I wouldn't tell you about shit I think is stupid.

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Round Up – Issue 15 April 2014

Hello, Spring? Where have you been hiding you, sassy bitch? (Still hiding by the looks of Toronto today.)

Okay, let’s get down to business here. Here are some of my faves this month:

Hank Azaria did this interesting video series called, Fatherhood. I haven't watched them all but I really liked the 'Screen Time' episode. He speaks to a bunch of his celeb buddies who all weigh in on how they dole out the technology at their house. I thought it was a nice conversation starter without getting judgey.


 

I love this video, From Bump to Buzz. Not only do I love the tune, but I love the people in it. My favourtie part is when she just pops out of the room to give birth – because it’s always like that.

(Check out his wedding speech on YouTube as well. No one is topping that shit. Ever.)

 

Quick Reads:

  1. 45 Ultimate Tips for Men – clever guide for all men (and boys)
  2. Word from a Father to His Daughter – a letter to his daughter after visiting the makeup aisle
  3. Parents you are Being Lied To, by Jennifer Raff – In the light of the recent measles outbreak this is an interesting article on vaccines.
  4. The Invisible Moms Club by Lizzi Rogers – the miscarriage club that nobody wants to belong to.

I thought I’d covered everything in my Happily Ever After Giving Birth post, but this article from Pile of Babies, After-birth: 10 surprises from those first days after delivery, covered a whole bunch more. Man, birth really is a treat sometimes.

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This little angel seeing fireworks for the first time made me howl. Here are another 18 Babies Experiencing Things for the First Time – Buzzfeed

 

I love this kid:

And I love how Elmo and Craig Robinson recreated it:

 

I seriously think that people who don't find this series of Beau and Theo adorable need to seek counselling.

@mommasgonecity on instagram

@mommasgonecity on instagram

 

Love the matching look that this little guy and his ole dad have:

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Imgrur

 

Such a sweet shot from Kendall Price (look her up if you live in Reno)

Kendall Price

Kendall Price

Well, that was timed well.

(Let me know if you know the original ORIGINAL source)

(Let me know if you know the original ORIGINAL source)


The folks at Best Buy asked me if I wanted to come for a “personalized shopping experience to guide me in making the perfect mobile selection.” I didn’t need a phone for myself but my mom needed one so I thought I throw that challenge at them.

I went in on her behalf so I could “experience” it (and to see if they’d try to screw her over). I was really impressed with their knowledge and their honesty. They figured out the best phone, the best provider for the area she lives in, and the cheapest plan. Next time I upgrade I’ll use them because they aren’t limited to one provider (I hate my provider because they are a bunch rat-shit thieves that reside in Satan’s anus) so I’ll get the best deal with the best product…you know, like the Best Buy! You see what I did there? They can steal that for their tagline along with “We don’t reside in Satan’s anus.”

 

Two Pinterest boards that may be worth checking out are my Easter board and my Mother's Day board. I especially like the toddler basket ideas (candy-free options) and some of the personalized and/or quick gifts for you and your mom – may as well capitalize on the grandchild obsession while you can.

 


'Til next time!


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Do Kick Counts Count?

A kick count is something some OBs and midwives like pregnant ladies to do during their third trimester. There are a few different ways to do it but the most typical is to pick a time of day when your baby is usually active, sit or lie down and relax, and then time how long it takes to feel 10 fetal movements. Sometimes these movements are real, swift Rockette-style kicks to your rib cage (thanks, son) or sometimes they feel like sweeps or rolls as baby shifts around. All these movements count. It could take as long as two hours to feel 10 movements but it’s usually less than that. Babies develop clear patterns of movement starting around 28 weeks, and any deviations from that pattern can be an indication of distress.  Of course at the end they have less space, so the movements might feel different, but the frequency and timing should remain the same. Your care provider may want you to keep a journal or log each day of the time so you can see if it changes drastically one day from the next.

So what’s the purpose of doing the kick count anyway? Some care providers feel it is safe and simple way to monitor the well-being of your baby everyday. The idea is that a significant change in your baby’s day-to-day movement may be a clear signal of a potential problem with your pregnancy. It’s an easy way to detect if your baby is in any major danger because healthy fetuses move around a lot. However, a recent clinical, randomized study of 68,654 pregnant women found that monitoring fetal kicks did not decrease the rate of stillbirth in average-risk pregnancies. In this study, maternal perception of decreased movement was not statistically linked to fetal outcome. I should note that the validity of this study has been called into question because the participants were told what they were studying (hardly blind) and some feel that skewed the results.

So where does that leave you? Well, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists does not recommend for or against daily kick counting in normal, healthy pregnancies. If your OB or midwife suggests you do this, you can ask why he/she feels it’s necessary for you, especially if you think collecting this data will drive you batshit crazy with worry. But hey, at the end of the day, it might be nice to have reason to put your feet up. You can be all, “Sorry honey, I can’t cook dinner/feed the dog/discuss our taxes right now. I have to do my kick count!” And then hoist yourself onto the couch and bond with that little babe of your for an hour or so. 

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