week 10 // so week 10 started off with a bang when i went into labor unexpectedly early! i document my weeks in project life from sunday through saturday and since i went into labor around midnight on a sunday night (with mila arriving by 4 a.m.), this week is all about her.
the photos // i gave birth on the floor of our smallest bathroom, totally naked, with my midwife crouched over a toilet and scott practically in the shower in order to assist her. so obviously there was nobody to take photos of the birth itself and the few from after the birth are not album- or blog-friendly! since we had a home birth, we got to cuddle with mila in our bed in the hours following her birth and then the cutting of the cord, the newborn exam and all of that was done right there in our bed. the two images on the bottom of the left side are her getting checked out by our midwife, in our bed.
in mila's first week of life we took hundreds of photos of her. i tried to pick out those that make this week different than the ones that follow, like the first time she really opened her eyes and her in the arms of all my family members. if i really want more of her, then i'll go back and add an insert to hold a bunch of images.
the journaling // i'm currently working on writing up my birth story, both to share on this blog and to include in my album. once it's ready, i'll go back and add it to my album in its own page protector between this spread. for now i used two of the 3x4" spaces to record the facts. (the blur is our address.)
i included a list of the visitors that mila had this week and you'll see in future posts that it's something i continued to document throughout the first month of her life. i also recorded some of the nicknames we've been calling her.
one of my favorite pieces of the spread are the fill-in-the-blank journaling cards. i have totally accepted that while this album is the story of scott and i, it is told through me and therefore so much more a reflection of me than him. but this week, with the focus being on mila which scott is such a part of, it would be crazy to not have him contribute more. for the record, obviously loving up on mila is the easiest part of having a newborn! for some reason when i wrote my answers in, i was thinking the easiest of the so called "hard" parts, thus my answer.
the stuff // a home birth means there were no medical bracelets, no paperwork, medical memorabilia to include here, so i created a piece of my own: the print of mila's foot. my mom and i made the footprint on mila's third day of life. i just smeared acrylic paint on with my fingers and pressed her foot onto cardstock. i suppose ink would make a clearer print but i didn't want her foot to be dyed from it and the paint wiped right off with a damp paper towel.
this is another week wherein i'm so thankful for project life. in my new mama haze i would have never, ever sat down to make a "real" scrapbook layout. yet there was project life, beckoning and, let's be honest, guilting me with its 16 empty slots and now i have these little details captured forever.
/// project life is a simplified method of scrapbooking created by becky higgins. in 2013, i'm planning to create a spread for every week of the year. click here to see all my project life posts. ///