If you are expecting or have recently had a baby, there’s a brand new app from Tommee Tippee that’s totally free and worth checking out.
The Day Baby Was Born is a simple but elegant application for recording the journey from thin pink line to the birth event.
You’ll never forget the intimate moments of your little one’s arrival, but this app does all the hard work of clearing through that new mum fog afterwards.
It automatically captures data including the day’s top news stories, sites you visit, and well wishes from friends and family on Facebook.
The app transforms your memories into a personalised storybook that you can print out and flick through later (with tissues at the ready).
I wish I’d had this app when my two boys were born, but there’s nothing to stop you from going back and making one for older kids.
In fact, this could become a fun cross-generational project – I’d love to sit with my mum and create an online storybook from my first day on earth!
Today I became the mother of a 6 year old, and reviewing this app made me reflect on my own experience.
The Day that Ezra was Born
Six years on, where has the time flown?
Looking back, so much fades to black, even the memory of labour pain dulls with time.
What I recall seems random: watching some movie on my laptop, while the first wave of induced contractions kicked in. The midwife telling me to ‘walk around more’ to get things going, because I didn’t seem to be ‘in enough agony’ yet to be transferred to the delivery ward.
The shock of water breaking, ruining my husband’s slippers. OH sucking on the gas and air while I watched Ezra’s heartbeat zig and zag on the monitor.
Feeling desolate when told I’d have to be cut open after all. The overwhelming, almost laugh-out-loud relief of epidural.
Dose after dose of anaesthetic. ‘Yes, I can still feel…’
‘Oh well, we’ve given you as much as we can give you. Let’s just proceed and see how it goes.’ Excuse me?!
Writing makes things clearer but, truth is, it’s all a trick of the light except this: Ezra in my arms, coming sharply into focus. Six years on, I can still smell his baby skin, feel his 9 pounds of solid against my chest.
The first text I sent out to friends and family said we were thrilled to bits with our ‘chilled-out little star’.
That’s Ezra to this day – not always chilled but naturally cool.
Happy Birthday, gorgeous boy.
Visit The Day Baby Was Born to see a sample or start your own digital storybook