40 Weeks


There have been countless times I will be sitting in the living room and all of a sudden hear a strange noise. I sit for a minute and listen to it wondering what is going on.

Then I remember. Oh. That’s the water boiling for the potatoes.

Every pregnancy makes me more and more forgetful, earlier and earlier.

While I feel I was pretty good at documenting my pregnancies here on the old blog, with many details and belly bump pictures, there are definitely some details that I would have liked to look back on.

2 days before B was born

{My last bump picture with B. Just two days before she was born accidentally at home!}

I wish I would have done more video; video with me, with sisters, with the husband and family and even some at the doctor’s office capturing heartbeats and ultrasounds. I wish I had videos and pictures from their births, too. Mr. Serious thinks I am crazy, but I want to have those.


This post is brought to you by the 40 Weeks movie and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Where I didn’t capture all of those emotions, feelings, and nervousness, the movie 40 Weeks did. And, the forgetfulness. At one point, a lady is sitting on her couch and thinks there is bee in the house. Nope. It’s dinner cooking!

The movie, designed to empower, educate and create a sense of community for expectant moms (and current moms) follows over 10 families along on their life-changing journey. It is filled with candid self-filmed videos as well as interviews throughout their 40 weeks of pregnancy. The movie captures all of the joy, anxiety and fear that follow the families and their pregnancy. Each family is in a different place, too from a single mom, recently broken-up mom, starting a new family with step-children, post-pregnancy loss, mixed race couples, a same-sex couple and an older couple.

I really enjoyed watching each couple/mom along on her journey. I smiled when they were happy, I laughed when they were silly and excited and I cried right along with them when they were scared and emotional. In fact, Mr. Serious watched it with me as it’s made for both moms and dads, presenting a beautiful palette of families’ experiences on their journey into parenthood.

Big Belli LLC and thus 40 Weeks was conceived by husband and wife team Christopher Henze and Dominique Debroux to produce the 40 Weeks movie, designed to empower, educate and create a sense of community for expectant moms.

We both really enjoyed watching the movie and following along with all of the expectant parents. We connected with all of them on many different levels, whether it was their morning sickness, their exhaustion, their forgetfulness, their excitement or their nervousness. We appreciated that there were some medicated and unmedicated hospital births, planned and emergency c-sections and even some water births and birth centers.

Newborn Baby B after our unplanned unassited homebirth

{Just seconds old…maybe minutes.}

If you’d like to bring a screening to your area, go to Gathr’s Theatrical On Demand® and sign up to hold a screening or be notified if on is coming to your area. These screening willJoin the 40 Weeks Movie Community on Facebook.

Check out the official trailer:

#40WeeksMovie Twitter Chat Details

What: We are honored to share with you the first-of-its-kind movie on pregnancy! 40 Weeks, a documentary from Big Belli, follows the entire journey of the pregnancy experience, celebrating one of the most powerful things women do. This beautiful, touching and informative film combines personal experiences from expectant mothers with accurate and current information from experts. 40 Weeks helps women educate themselves and feel empowered, supported and connected to each other.

Join this Twitter chat to share your own pregnancy experiences with other moms as we learn more about Big Belli’s movie 40 Weeks, including where to find a screening and how to host your own screenings around the country!

When: Tuesday, November 18 at 2 p.m. ET

Where: Twitter – follow the #40WeeksMovie hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Vite: http://vite.io/themotherhood

Hashtag: #40WeeksMovie

Prizes: We will be giving away five prizes to randomly selected participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Each prize includes a $50 gift card and some special products that moms will love! Prizes are limited to U.S. participants only.

Hosts: @TheMotherhood, @TheMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann

Co-hosts: @somethewiser, @brettbmartin, @LittleUsBlog, @simplybeingmom, @TaterTwins, @JennsRAQ, @bkeepsushonest, @CoconutRobot, @kaylaaimee, @OurOrdinaryLife, @SeriousKrystyn, @intheknowmom

What is your favorite part or do you think will be your favorite part of pregnancy?

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  1. Baby brain is the WORST! Mom brain is nearly as bad. I couldn’t remember why I walked into a room. It was ROUGH. The backaches are awful, but little kicks on the inside are JOY!

    1. Oh the kicks and the rolls! My timehop just showed me a video of B rolling around and I might have gotten a little emotional!

  2. Thanks for sharing this! I really want to see iy. Going to see if there’s an Atlanta screening! And you know I thought this was an announcement post. 🙂

    1. Oh, no! Yikes! That would be some seriously close kiddos!!!

  3. I was terrible at documenting pretty much everything throughout my last two pregnancies and everything after. I’m also terrible at looking at old pictures and stuff like that, so it’s not the end of the world 🙂 That does look like a great movie, though.

    1. You’re right..it’s totally not the end of the world. I guess I just like going back and looking..and the girls, do, too!

  4. Three babies later and I wonder how many brain cells I have left! Thanks for letting me know about this movie. I definitely want to watch it!

    1. Brain cells are totally over rated, right.

      I’m fairly certain between yesterday and today I threw away a $50 gift card. One day, I’ll forgive myself!

  5. i worked so hard to get pregnant. I wish I had thought to do more videos/photos when I was pregnant.my favorite part was when there was only a few days left, I could still feel the baby move but also got the excitement of just a few days left.

    1. I don’t know that I can say those last few days were my favorite. It was so hard moving and getting around:)

  6. Ok- so I had no idea that B was born at home! I am gonna hop over and have to read that one! I better do it now before the mommy brain takes over and I totally forget!

    1. HaHa!

      Yep…wasn’t planned that way, but it sure makes for a good story!

  7. My favorite part of pregnancy has been when I first began to feel baby kick.

    1. Oh, that is the best. Little and sweet before the full on bladder and cervix punches!

  8. I wish “birth photography” was a thing when my girls were born. I was super good about documenting my pregnancies on my private blogs but I really wish I had professional birth photography. I look at people’s photos and think they are beautiful!!

    1. I so wish I would have hired somebody. Although this last time, I don’t know how it would have worked out, or if anybody would have made it! We might have left the photographer to watch our older kids to get to the hospital!

      Those pictures really are beautiful!

  9. Pregnancy was always hard on me. I loved feeling the baby kick though. If I could have just that and not the other stuff, I’d be happy. ha

    1. That’s a bummer it was hard on you, but glad you have those memories of the sweet baby kicks to hopefully erase the not so fun stuff!

  10. Favorite part was definitely feeling the kicks. You know there is a baby growing inside you, but that first flutter is just so moving!!

  11. Thank you for sharing. I definitely want to send this link to my daughter. This is her first baby. I am sure she will love to read this too.

  12. I definitely want to see this. Good thing it’s hunting season so I can watch it without hearing my husband balk! 😉

  13. I’m obsessed with movies like this. Maybe it’s because I know I’m done having kids, maybe it speaks to my maternal instinct. Babies are so magical.

  14. The baby brain drain is the worst! I feel like they sucked out half of my intelligence at times. LOL. Love your photos.

  15. 40 weeks sounds like a great movie. I can’t join the chat at that time but I’ll certainly check out the notes and tweets later in the day. I didn’t document enough. 🙁


  16. I wish I had taken more photos of my second child. WIth two little ones, I didn’t break out the camera as often as I should have.

  17. Stephanie Keeping says:

    I loved feeling them move!

  18. What a beautiful idea for a movie! I actually loved being pregnant. Maybe not those very last few weeks, but everything else. Not that I’m really aching to do it again, though. 3 is enough.

  19. This looks like an amazing movie for the likes of Annie Stow! We video taped the first birth and then made some great videos of hospital stuff/labor/baby of the other 3….Some doctors just aren’t too keen on that video stuff – I guess I can see why. But what a treat to be able to look back and see those amazing moments on video! Thanks for sharing! I’ll definitely be checking it out!

  20. Crystal Rose says:

    I actually liked feeling my baby move a bit before she was born.

  21. That sounds so nice! It must bring back such memories. While it has been 10 years for me, whenever I talk to a new or expecting mom I remember exactly how I felt at that stage. The strollers may change but the process we all go through doesn’t and it is good to remember that while we all may make different choices we are tied together by motherhood.

  22. I just adored all the movements from the babies and I always laughed when they got hiccups. I loved being pregnant!

  23. I loved feeling my babies move. It was especially fun when I was pregnant with my twin girls. They were always wrestling for position! 🙂

  24. amazing! I’ve never made it to 40 weeks because I was always go before then, I can’t imagine carrying a baby that long!!! kudos to you!

  25. I love hearing pregnancy stories. Everyone has a different experience to share! The movie sounds awesome!

  26. This sounds like a great movie, especially for new moms! I’ll have to see if it’s playing in my area.

  27. This sounds interesting! I was so sick when I was pregnant and gained SO MUCH WEIGHT that pregnancy was not necessarily my favorite experience. It had its moments, but I wish I had been able to plan better for some of the things I experienced. This movie sounds like it might help future moms!

  28. You are too cute! Eddy called it Mom-esia and yes I still have it. Especially after several days of not sleeping. I will have to check out the movie.

  29. I loved being pregnant and sometimes wish we could have one more! My favorite part was watching my belly grow and feeling my girls move inside me. It was so amazing and while I didn’t always feel very good during pregnancy, I still enjoyed carrying them.

  30. My youngest is 6 and I am still forgetful! I swear they suck brain matter from you through the umbilical cord. Five pregnancies and I’m a goner! I’d love to see this movie. I don’t think I could get the hubster to watch it though, it’s soooo over babies lol.

  31. I still haven’t quite recovered from my forgetfulness after my second pregnancy. I have had a few kitchen incidents similar to that.

  32. Kristen Osborne says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!!

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