As the end of my pregnancy approaches I’ve been starting to appreciate my bump a bit more because I know that I will miss it when it’s gone. Especially as I’m not sure whether or not we will be having any more children.
There is something so special about carrying a baby and although I haven’t enjoyed this pregnancy as much as I could have, there is no denying that my body has done something incredible.
I only have a couple of photos of me when I was pregnant with Iyla and I really regret not taking more so this time I have been taking photos fortnightly. I want to do as much as I can to remember how my body looked when pregnant.
There is also something else that can be done as a reminder and that’s belly casting, you can even then have your cast turned into a ceramic belly sculpture.
It is something which seems to divide opinions. Some people totally get it and others don’t ever want to look at a reminder of their pregnant body again. Dad2BabyInsomniac doesn’t get it, he actually compared it to him getting a cast made of his balls! I am however determined to change his mind and luckily I have been given the opportunity because this week I went to have a cast made of my bump. The first step in the process of having it made into a ceramic sculpture.
I had heard of belly casting before but apparently the casts don’t last for that long so having it turned into stoneware means that it will last forever, as long as it isn’t dropped. It also means you can keep it in the garden if you have no room in the house.
This is done by a lovely lady called Caroline Harris who is based in Glastonbury, Somerset. You can either go to her house to have the casting done or she will travel to you if you are based in the South-West.
As I only live a couple of miles away I went to her house, along with Iyla who was found it very amusing to watch!
Caroline made me feel very comfortable and we had a little chat about what kind of sculpture I would like. I wanted mine to just focus on the shape of my tummy, without any detail and I had a picture in my head of it being black with a glossy finish. She said that this would be possible and ran through a few different options.
There are all kinds of lovely things you can have added into the sculpture such as spirals and patterns, and there is also a choice of colour and the type of material it is made of, depending on where you will keep it.
Then the casting started. It didn’t actually take very long at all as the plaster dries really quickly so by the time Caroline had finished applying it, it was already starting to warm up and set. Within about 5 to 10 minutes it had started to fall away from my body.
The process was a bit messy but the plaster washed off really easily in the shower so it wasn’t a problem at all. You do have to wear old knickers though, not that this was a problem as nine months into your pregnancy you don’t tend to ever be wearing nice underwear!
Now my cast will go through a six stage procedure and when I get it back in around six weeks it will be a ceramic piece of art, how amazing is that?! I will be writing another post and sharing photos of the finished piece as soon as it is complete. Caroline also makes casts of new babies feet which I will write more about in the next post too.
If you live in the South-West and would be interested in having this done, or if you would like to know more about the process then you can read all about it here – www.earth-rising.co.uk
Disclaimer – I had the casting done, free of charge, for the purpose of this review but all of the opinions are, as always, my own.