When You Lived in My Belly

When You Lived in My Belly

by Jodi Meltzer Darter


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As a mom, Jodi Meltzer Darter answers, on average, one million questions per minute. One day, her son interrupted his endless “Why?” barrage to inquire about their innate bond: What was it like when I lived in your belly?
A delightful month-by-month storytelling of pregnancy from the perspective of both baby and mom, When You Lived in My Belly gives children a glimpse into a past they can’t remember, and takes moms back to a time they will never forget. It features kid-friendly descriptions of the developmental milestones babies reach in utero, coupled with the corresponding physical and emotional changes experienced by moms. This book also includes a page for moms to pen a personal note to their children about their individual pregnancy journey.
Jodi Meltzer Darter’s lyrical text alongside enchanting illustrations by Caryn King and Jody King Camarra create a memorable keepsake that both moms and children will cherish for generations to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781543960310
Publisher: Mascot Books
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Pages: 38
Sales rank: 215,730
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

JodI Meltzer Darter is a writer, Mommy Dish blogger, and pizzaholic based in a Boston suburb you’ve never heard of.
Her writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Scary Mommy, and many other publications. Before momhood, she was an award-winning television anchor/reporter who got to interview some pretty cool people.
Jodi enjoys ‘80s music/movie binges with her adored husband and kids by her side, and her rescue dog curled up on her lap.

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When You Lived in My Belly 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JoannaG 14 days ago
This book is phenomenal!! It is my new favorite gift to give new moms or moms with a second baby on the way. First and foremost, I couldn't get past how beautiful the illustrations on each and every page were in this book; THEN I read the content and I was even MORE in love with the special messages conveyed on each page. I imagined a mom sitting there reading this to their little one with such affection and emotion, remembering how they felt every month they carried their little blessing before they entered this world. It just warmed my heart. Great job Jodi Meltzer Darter, Caryn King and Jody King Camarra, you created a work of art for moms to share with their children and for the rest of the literary world to enjoy. Thank you!
connywithay 15 days ago
“When you lived in my belly during month one, I thought being pregnant would be so much fun,” Jody Meltzer Darter begins her children’s book, When You Lived in My Belly. ~ What ~ This unnumbered thirty-eight-page oversized hardbound targets ages two to eight years old, especially those who are fascinated with being born or have a sibling on the way. With no scary or violent scenes, it does contain complicated words that beginner readers will need help understanding or pronouncing. After the story, there is a lined page for the parent to write to their child, along with acknowledgments and extra blank but colored pages. The short rhyming tale is written from a mother’s standpoint as a baby grows within her. Starting with the first month, she tells of morning sickness, craving food, the child’s development, movement, and activities, gaining weight, and the anticipation of birth. The colorful illustrations have small but noticeable black and white drawings of the fetus growing inside the womb throughout the nine months. ~ Why ~ The book contains not only what the mother and child go through during pregnancy, but it also has the visual month-to-month aspect of the baby’s growth. I like the clever rhyming and the different artistic viewpoints of the birth journey. I greatly appreciate the author’s stance that the baby is a human being while in the uterus. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not prefer to show young children about their growth while in their mother’s body may not want to share this book. Others may find it too complex for those under four years old. The two and three-letter words may be too frustrating for beginner readers. ~ Wish ~ It would be thoughtful if the book included in the blank pages at the back the suggestion to add ultrasound photographs, interesting information, or memories from the pregnancy. ~ Want ~ If you are looking for a book that briefly explains to a child what happens during pregnancy, this is a well-done book geared toward young ones. I plan to give it to our three-year-old smart grandson who is expecting a sibling soon so he can better understand what is happening to Mommy and her enlarging tummy. Thanks to Bookpleasures, Pace Public Relations, and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.