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Jewish World Review
July 30, 2010
/ 19 Menachem-Av, 5770
Preserving memories and your belly, too
An expectant mother can now purchase a belly mold kit, make a casting of her tummy during pregnancy, and turn it into wall art for a special keepsake. Personally, if I wanted a reminder of what I looked like during pregnancy, I'd hang a picture of a giant pear on the wall.
"There it is kids. This is what your momma did for you."
"Became a giant fruit?"
Of course, the belly mold kit is nice for those with an arts and crafts bent. The belly mold kit states that your mold will one day become a treasured family heirloom. I have tried to picture our three kids sitting around the kitchen table arguing over a belly mold from my third trimester of pregnancy. The winners would be the ones who left the table empty handed.
Most mothers already have heirloom keepsakes to remind them of their pregnant bellies. They're called stretch marks.
The instructions in the belly mold kit say that the first step in the process is to have the expectant mother empty her bladder as the casting can take up to 45 minutes. No matter what you are doing in the last trimester of pregnancy, that is always a good first step.
In an instructional video, a man is shown smiling and patiently cutting gauze into long strips, wetting them and, still smiling, placing them across his wife's belly and smiling some more. The man is doing this because the man is scared. He is scared to say he'd rather be watching sports or even mowing the lawn, because he knows his extremely pregnant wife can sometimes become volatile and could potentially roll over him like a giant pear.
By the time the belly mold in the demonstration is dry, the pregnant woman looks overheated and green around the gills. The man lifts the mold from her greased belly and the woman vanishes from camera, presumably running to once again repeat Step 1.
At this stage, the belly mold can now be turned into a work of art suitable for hanging through paint, embellishment, a glaze or decoupage.
One belly mold was painted to look like a giant ladybug. It was the first time I ever saw a ladybug that carried low.
Another belly mold had a snowscape of a log cabin nestled in the pines painted on it. The question is no longer, "Do I look like a barn?" but "Do I look like a log cabin?"
The real question is, what do you do with a belly mold once everyone has grown tired of it and it is no longer considered a family heirloom?
You could put it on the patio and fill it with ice and cool beverages. You could drill eye holes in it and let one of the kids wear it for a Halloween costume. Or you could use it for a small laundry basket, a bed for the cat or even a large snack bowl.
The possibilities are endless when the miracle of life meets the miracle of plaster.
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