JoLyn, one of my La Leche League Leaders is also doula and childbirth educator. She mentioned to me that if I was interested in making a pregnancy belly cast, she'd be happy to come over and make one. I have seen several belly casts online, but never attempted one with my boys' pregnancies. So we decided to make a fun evening of it and invited another Leader, Leanna, to help.
Doug was kind enough to occupy the boys while we made a big mess and chatted. Aidan was very curious about the whole thing. He knocked on the dry cast before we removed it and said "Baby Ella! Are you trapped in there?"
The cast is still drying, but once it is completely dry I can paint it and will have the boys put their handprints on it. When Eleanor is born, we can add her feet prints to it. What makes me the most excited about it, is photos I have seen of the baby nestled down inside the cast after birth. I can't wait to try that!
Edited to add pics of the drying form.
My belly view: