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Mama Mia’s Maternity Book

When I found out I was pregnant, I wanted to document it in a cute way. I didn’t want to just do the weekly pictures of the belly growth standing in the same spot wearing the same thing. I wanted to capture everything that goes along with being pregnant too (minus the gross stuff of course). My main goal though was to create a keepsake that my child would have fun reading when she’s older. I’m always asking my mom about how her pregnancy was with my brother and I and she can’t remember it all. So, if Mia is anything like her mommy (which I’m sure she will be), she will really appreciate having this to look back on.

As the belly grows, the book will grow, so check back to follow my journey into bellyhood 🙂

To purchase a template for this book click HERE.


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It turns out that our gender mix up ended up being a fun part of Mia’s story. Something we will always remember for sure.




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Inspiration for my book comes from Ryan Marshall’s documentation of his wife’s pregnancy. You can view it on his blog here: pacingthepanicroom

  • anna - That is going to be the best “Belly Book” ever!!! Mia is going to Love it.

  • Holly Hannan - Love it, love it, love it! So clever, as always! (And just a side note, there’s nothing wrong with taking weekly pictures along with all of this! I’m so glad I did!) Mia’s mama is too cute 🙂

  • johanna - This is true Holly. I probably will be doing that too on the side 🙂 Every week Matt is amazed at how big the belly is getting.

  • mal - so freaking cute!!! she will love it!

  • Blair - your belly would grow faster if you ate more than one cookie per week! hahaha

  • johanna - Hahaha! Blair that has definitely changed since I wrote that one! 🙂 Im up to about 3 cookies + ice cream once a week. Stayed tuned for a page containing: ice cream, cookies, popsicles, lollipops, cheesecake, should I stop?

  • Blair - That sounds good. Throw a brownie or two in there as well. I’m cooked on these huge brownies from my grocery store bakery. I buy them for all 3 of us but guess who ends up eating them all!!!

  • Blair - cooked = hooked

  • Summer - Absolutely adorable book – and Holly is right, you will want those photos. They are so interesting to look back on. It’s hard to believe how fast and large bellies get and then how quickly they disappear and you forget how big they really were!

  • johanna - You talked me into it!

  • The Bueide's - So absolutely adorable, amazing, and awesome!

  • Kelley Hardin - I absolutely LOVE this girly!!! What a precious idea. (I couldn’t really picture what you were talking about when you told me) Way better than a typical baby book!!! I love the pictures that go along with the little notes. Wish I had done that…def next time 😀 You are adorable and the bump…totally suits you! 😉 YOu are Matt are going to be such great, loving parents. I can’t wait to see ya’ll grow as a family! BIG HUGS to all 3!

  • Jill Shuey - Johanna,
    you are sooo very creative! This has always been the case. I’m so very sure that Mia will appreciate this so much one day. It’s so darn cute. Made me cry! You are toooooo adorable! Best wishes! xoxo

  • Heather - LOVE IT! Excited to see the ending result 😉

  • Kristi - By far the CUTEST lil baby book/pregnancy memories I have EVER seen. There you go again with that creative mind of yours! I LoVe LoVe your baby bump. Wishing you, Matt and Mia ONLY the best! 🙂

  • christenL - Would you mind sharing what fonts you used and also what program you used to have the books made? It is beautiful!! My hubs and I are adopting, but I’d love to document his journey home in a similar way.

  • johanna - Christen: Congrats on your adoption! That is amazing! It will be so fun for him to learn about his journey.

    I made the page layouts in photoshop. I haven’t made the book yet. I just photoshopped the pages onto a picture I took of one of my albums I already had made. When I do order the book, I will use the Finao One Album from My fonts are “sketch block” and “print clearly”. You can just google them to find where to download them. I would tell you but I don’t remember.

    Good luck with your adoption. 🙂

  • Helen - This is such a great looking baby book! I’m in awe and totally inspired!
    I checked out Finao’s website. I gotta say, it looks somewhat complex for photobook ideas. More for professionals? I’ve used but my photobooks look nothing like this! 🙂

  • johanna - Helen I’m glad you brought that up. I did forget about the fact that Finao is mainly used by professional photographers. Sorry I did not mention that Christen. I wish I could recommend a middle grade album company that is better than Snapfish, Shutterfly, etc and less expensive than Finao, but I am having trouble finding one.

  • christenL - Thanks so much for the help! I’m looking forward to putting something together.

  • Linnie - I love this book! It’s such an adorable take on your pregnancy. Great idea!

  • Joy - this has to be the most adorable book I’ve ever seen 🙂 you make me want to be pregnant!!
    just awesome 🙂

  • bridget - looooooooooooove this.

  • Jen D - This is absolutely gorgeous! I just love every part of it- I wish I had thought to do something like this – you’re right, you forget all the little things for sure! Your daughter will be so happy to have this when she’s older. (They thought my daughter was a boy too- and we didn’t know she was a girl until she was born! too funny. luckily you got a heads up before the big day :))
    Good luck!

  • ezgi - hi! İ’m from Turkey and i found your blog a few minutes ago.
    it is perfect and lovely,i like it so much.i think your baby is very lucky because she will read this blog in the future and she will enjoy.i will follow you every day 😉

  • johanna - Thanks again everyone. Ezgi I’m so pleased you will be following all the way from Turkey 🙂 Thats so cool.

  • Abbie - I love this book! I wish I had done something like this because I’ve definitely been lax about taking belly shots. I’m at 31 weeks now and am regretting not doing something to document the whole “process”. This is so cute… and she’ll love looking at this down the road!

  • Jessica - Hey there belly beauty!!!

    I LOVE this book. I am a graphic designer and I would love to use “style” for a children’s nursery rhyme book. I’ve printed with Fiano before. Which book is this? Can you add pages to this??? You are super talented and you look amazing!!!

  • johanna - Thanks Jessica. This is the Finao One book with the creased print pages in standard thickness.

  • Donna - this is such a cute idea! when I have kids, I definitely have to do this 🙂

  • Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife - Ahh..I wish I had thought to do something this ridiculously cute with my first pregnancy.

    Well, there is always this time around!

  • Mish - this is so freakin cute! What a wonderful idea!

  • Momnivores Dilemma - This makes me want to go thru a third pregnancy. Visually, stunning, and memorable to boot.

  • amelia - you are so talented. i love this!!!!

  • Megan - This is amazing!!! What a beautiful idea. <3

  • renee - This is the COOLEST idea EVER! OH MY GOSH! My baby girl is 13 months and I SO wish I had done this. You’ve helped me decide if I want another one…I’ve been going back and forth and now my answer is YES so I can do this! HAHA! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this!! Pure awesomeness! Mia is going to love this! 🙂

  • Amber Fox - This is the best idea ever! I am so in love with this. I don’t even know you and I want to be your best friend.

  • Denise R. Contreras - Wow!! love it! What an original idea you are creating a beatiful memory to your daughter. I know she will even get teary.

  • Therese Rogan - What a cute and creative idea! I did something similar for my second child. Well…. I started something similar, lol! BTW, LOVE the chalkboard wall! We have been thinking about doing that for our 2 year old artist!!!

  • amber wright - i am so swooning over this idea! i took so many photos when i was pregnant with my daughter (shes 15 months now) and havent been as dedicated with this pregnancy (im 25 weeks)…so now im all inspired to put something together for my daughter and play catch up with what i have so far and do more for this pregnancy!!!

    are you at all interested in sharing your page layouts as templates? just an idea!! you can email me if you want to discuss…or maybe you just want to swap preggo stories since we are so close in our pregnancies! whats your due date? mines jan 3rd!

  • johanna - Amber: (a.k.a Rachel Leigh Cook). I clicked on your name and realized you look almost identical to her. 🙂

    Clover is adorable. 🙂 The pictures I saw on facebook would look great in an album. Currently I am not offering the template but may in the future. I just used photoshop for this. It is pretty simple. Are you familiar with photoshop at all? I’m due Jan 13. Maybe we’ll have our babies on the same day!!!!

  • jen howell - What a wonderful idea! I wish I had done something like that for my pregnancies. You are brilliant!

  • amber wright - HA!! lots of people i say i look like her…so strange to me 🙂 thanks for the compliments on clover…i think shes pretty precious myself 🙂 im decent in ps, but not as proficient as id like to be. how crazy if we did have the babes on the same day!

    well definitely let me now if you decided to share or sell this template…or if you want to give me a tutorial 🙂 i love the simplicity and clean lines! so my style 🙂

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