(Our own with baby #5!)
Today our doula came (busy day – midwife in morning, doula in afternoon) and helped us make our belly cast. We bought the Rigid Wrap (plaster bandages) at Michael’s and for two rolls it was $10.
Step one – everyone get gobs of vaseline and rub it all over Mommy. They love it already.
Step two – cut the rolls to size, dip each strip in warm water and wipe off excess, then lay it on Mommy and smooth it out.
Step three – wait about 20 minutes until it dries and starts to pull away, pull it off!
Step four – after it dries (takes a couple days) we’ll let the kids put their handprints on it with paint and when the baby comes we’ll add the baby’s footprint.
It was fun, less mess than I imagined, and really cute. (Less mess – I realize I am covered in the plaster all over my pants but that was because B was “helping” and using me as a washcloth.) We’re not sure what we’ll do with it, probably just display it until the kids destroy it.
That last shot of Kit taking the cast off was Cs photo – he’s getting really good! I’m excited to see what pictures he’ll capture of the birth since he and Mo will both have cameras.