When You Lived in My Belly

I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus. I became a foster parent last year, and almost immediately got pregnant as well. Our little guy just turned one, and the last year has been a whirlwind of baby learning (we’ve had two foster babies come through our home as well!). I haven’t had much time to review all the requests that come through my inbox, but I just couldn’t pass this one up.

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.


Sweet, charming and creative. I like the combination of bright and soft colors as well as the mixed media design. It’s quite cleverly done actually, and almost looks like a scrapbook of the baby’s first nine months.  The title treatment is very nice as well. Overall, an excellent, appealing cover design.


See above. I really enjoyed the scrapbook style combining cutout pictures, watercolor and pastel artwork. The growing baby is also beautifully represented at each stage of development. My 8 year old loves looking at each stage and seeing how the baby develops.


This is a beautiful month-to-month explanation of a baby’s growth and development in utero. It’s geared to a young age group, and the vocabulary is appropriate for the target audience. It’s a cute, sweet telling of the nine months leading up to delivery. My one issue is (once again) rhyming. Rhyme is a go-to for children’s books, and it’s SO hard to get it right. This is the one area where this book stumbles. The cadence is off at times, which is a big pet-peeve when I’m reading aloud. Some of the word choices are forced as well to make the rhyme fit.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It’s one that I look forward to reading with my son in a year or two. The rhyming/rhythm issues aside, I enjoyed the book and my kids enjoy it too – so that’s a win.


 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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