I spend a lot of time researching and playing with all kinds of baby gear and baby products but there is one area that I don’t often pay too much attention and that is pregnancy journals and baby books. The reason I never spent much time in that category is that they all felt the same and I typically recommend to my moms that they just find one they enjoy looking through. I remember when I was pregnant with my first child and I was given a journal where I was meant to write him a letter each week. Sadly, when I look back at that now there is little to learn about my pregnancy other than my horrible nausea because I stopped writing letters before my first trimester ended. Even as someone who loves to write, I just ran out of ideas!
I am excited to say that I was recently introduced to an easy to use, idea generating, beautifully illustrated, whimsical pregnancy journal, From Pea to Pumpkin! This journal provides watercolors of everyone’s favorite fruit and veggie examples of how your baby is growing! But for me, the best part of this journal are the questions that it asks each week to prompt you to think about new things. One of my favorites comes at week 37 – “When I lay awake at night I think about____”. There are so many amazing things that happen on a pregnancy journey but there are also so many changes and this journal gives you a chance to capture it all. And I am super excited that the author Geralyn Broder Murray was kind enough to sit down with us and tell us a little more about From Pea to Pumpkin!
- What was your inspiration to write the From Pea to Pumpkin pregnancy journal?
I really wish I remembered more about my pregnancies with my now six and nine year olds. I thought it would be lovely to create something special for those nine (ten?!) months.
- Tell us about the beautiful artwork…did you really only learn to draw at 40?
Yes! Well, still learning. I’ve got produce somewhat down though.
- Beyond the pregnancy journal can you describe the great community that surrounds Pea to Pumpkin?
I’ve loved growing with the online Facebook community of moms – such a nurturing lovely group over at http://www.facebook.com/PeatoPumpkin
- What does your daily schedule look like? How do you divide your time and priorities between your children, your husband, your home and Pea to Pumpkin?
Oh dear, I don’t really. Some days are less crazy than others, but it’s mostly a nutty, not so balanced act helped out by a wonderfully sweet husband and two pretty terrific kids. I’m often stressed, thinking that I’m messing up most of it. Normal, right?
- Is there one piece of advice you would give to an expecting or new Mom?
Be patient/kind with/to yourself. Just getting up and caring for you and your baby is huge – you are doing great.
- Is there one piece of gear that you would tell a new Mom that she needs to have (besides the journal of course)?
A baby swing – or a permanent extra pair of helping hands, whichever you happen have access to most frequently.
- Here are a few tips from Geralyn on ways to use the journal:
-Carry the pregnancy journal in your purse – this way you can jot down a few notes very quickly while waiting at a doctor’s appointment/car wash/check-out line.
-Be candid. This journal is for you and you alone. Don’t be afraid to share what’s really happening with you and your baby; you don’t want to look back on simply a good pregnancy story – you want to look back on your pregnancy story.
Thanks Geralyn for giving us a peak into From Pea to Pumpkin! The journal is available now at Amazon, Babies ‘R Us, and Barnes&Noble. One lucky BabyNav reader will win a From Pea to Pumpkin pregnancy journal! To enter leave a comment below and tell us one thing you would make sure to include in the journal about your pregnancy story.
We will have a random drawing on Monday, March 18th! Good luck!
Happy Writing! xoxo, Julie