Our Baby Bump Chalkboard Story

When I found out we were pregnant, I was all over Pinterest finding fun things to do to track our journey.  One thing that we did that was a lot of fun, was taking pictures by a chalkboard to watch my bump grow!  (My husband might disagree, as getting a good angle on a growing pregnant girl can be difficult!) He survived and we got really good at getting the picture done in only a few snaps by the time it was all said and done with!

The first thing I had to do was find a chalkboard to track the week number and size of the baby.  This was actually a lot harder than I had imagined.  Originally, I planned on up-cycling an old large picture frame into a chalkboard, like I did when I distressed this old picture frame.  After several trips to various thrift shops, this just wasn’t going to happen.  I couldn’t find anything that was just the right frame size or style, so I decided to just find a chalkboard.  I went to Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Gordmans, and finally settled on one from Jo-Anns. This hunt was almost as bad as trying to find one to make.  They were either too big, too small, or too EXPENSIVE!  I ended up getting one that was going to work for our needs.  I think it was $49.99, but I had a 50% off coupon, so that worked for me!

The expensive part was actually figuring out the chalk for the chalkboard.  After researching how to do good chalkboards, I found everyone said that chalk markers were the way to go.  They were almost $10 for 4 markers and I wish I wouldn’t have bought them.  In fact, below is my first picture with the chalkboard and I wasn’t happy at all with how the chalk markers turned out.  I was even more upset when I went to take it off to do the next week and the markers had stained the chalkboard!  As a very hormonal pregnant woman, I was very upset and in tears due to the fact that these expensive markers ruined my board!  I ended up having to buy chalkboard paint and repainting the chalkboard.  I then decided to get colored chalk and do it the old fashioned way!  I was much more happy with the result, but this is why Week 15 is missing.  I just ended up starting at Week 16 instead.

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Do yourself a favor and skip the expensive chalk markers!

Ok, so now that I got through my rant about how much I hated those chalk markers, it is time to show you the final pictures!  I must say, looking at these, I am glad I switched to the old school chalk, as it looks much better!  Though some weeks it seemed like such a chore, I actually enjoyed spending time making these boards.  It was fun to pick which colors and lettering I was going to do.

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We actually didn't get my last picture taken before heading to the hospital.  I was bummed, but I kind of had other things on my mind!  So I thought it would be funny to photoshop it in the last one from when Alex had to wear the pregnancy belly!

We actually didn’t get my last picture taken before heading to the hospital. I was bummed, but I kind of had other things on my mind! So I thought it would be funny to photoshop it in the last one from when Alex had to wear the pregnancy belly!

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