Tuesday, March 26, 2013

From Pea to Pumpkin: A Pregnancy Journal

There's nothing quite so magical as growing a baby inside you.  I know it may sound like an odd thing to say, but I'm sure many moms (and expectant moms) agree.

When I was pregnant with Little One, I was in constant awe of everything. I could not believe that there was a tiny being inside me, growing, being nurtured by me and who would eventually give me the gift of being her mother.

I was in awe of how my body was changing to accommodate this new life inside me. I was in awe of how my emotions could change in a moment's notice. Oh, my husband will tell you how my pregnancy hormones kept him on his feet for my pregnancy! I'd cry at the drop of a hat. "I wanted black cherry yogurt! Not strawberry!" Yes, little things like Hubby not getting the right yogurt from the grocery store would make me cry!

Oh, and you can forget about watching TV with me. Even commercials made me cry!

Though I could not contain my excitement and feelings of amazement and love, I also remember the not so glamorous parts of being pregnant. Though I absolutely loved being pregnant, I had all day sickness for my entire pregnancy. Not morning sickness. ALL DAY sickness.

I also worried excessively about my baby. I was already 32 when I got pregnant. This was my first child. I was on complete bed rest and this was a high risk pregnancy. To be honest, I was scared.  Scared something bad was going to to happen to our baby.

Then she decided to propel herself into the world at 28 weeks gestation.

Though I did chronicle my pregnancy on my blog and in a journal/diary, I wish I had an actual pregnancy journal like From Pea to Pumpkin.

I'm getting all emotional just thinking about pregnancy journals! I've got a handful of friends who are expecting babies, so From Pea to Pumpkin is on my list of items to get for the moms-to-be.

About From Pea to Pumpkin

"Pea to Pumpkin is a place where moms are nurtured – so they can help nurture their little ones into the next generation of lovers and leaders, scientists and artists, healers and storytellers. Pea to Pumpkin is a kind place to come together, where motherhood is well-known as an occasionally bumpy, sticky, uphill journey – but one that’s funny and lovely, too.
It’s OK to not know if you’re doing it right, here; Pea to Pumpkin is where you – in all your maternal and human imperfection – are exactly perfect. Here, you are simply one of us."

From Pea to Pumpkin is beautifully illustrated. Author/Illustrator, Geralyn Broder Murray's hand-drawn, like-sized fruit and veggie images represent and help chart the size and growth of baby week by week.

I love that this journal is a place to record the memories and thoughts that are most important to expectant moms. There are fill-in-the-blank prompts, spots to put photos and ultrasound pics, and more. It's just the perfect place for all the important memories and great to keep for posterity.  It really does make a great keepsake.

Sure, pregnancy may not always be as romantic and idyllic as some of us make it to be. I couldn't even go to the grocery store without getting nauseous! The meat section was off limits for me. Despite being sick all the time and being a blubbering mess with all the weepy moments, I can still say that my journey can be looked back on with smiles and fondness.

I highly recommend moms (both first time moms and veterans) chronicle their amazing journeys.

Every great journey deserves a great journal.

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Disclosure - I received a copy of From Pea to Pumpkin to facilitate this honest review. All the thoughts and opinions on this blog are honest and my own.


Eve said...

This is so great! I wish someone got me this for my baby shower. What a nice way to remember and keep all the details from my pregnancy.

Christine McN said...

I love, love, love this book! It's so beautifully illustrated and such a great keepsake for posterity!

Samantha Nickerson said...

For a second I thought you were pregnant again! LOL There are certainly so many things to worry about during pregnancy and an even better idea to be writing it all down. Cool book!

Randa Derkson said...

I love the title of this book, it sounds so sweet. This would be an excellent gift for all expectant mothers.

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

What a great idea! I so wish that I would have had these journals for both of my pregnancies. It would be so fun to look back and read about everything now! Thank you so much for sharing! Have a wonderful weekend & Happy Easter! Angie xo

Christine McN said...

:) Ha! I hadn't even thought of that when I posted this! I guess from the beginning of the post it would sound like I was expecting! LOL! But, alas...no. Although, my 4 year old has been telling EVERYONE that she is expecting a baby sister! She even name her sister and her Junior Kindergarten friends are now talking about Little One's baby sister! Oy!

Monica said...

This sound like an awesome book and what a great gift baby shower gift this would be!

Mom vs. the boys said...

what a great idea to keep track of all the moments and memories

Geralyn Murray said...

Thanks so much for the sweet review!


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