As a mom of 4â€¦well, soon to be 5, you might think that, by now, this whole pregnancy thing would be getting old and boring. Oh no! I still fill my phone with a variety of apps that entertain me with daily facts about my childâ€™s size and developmental milestones. I still look at each grainy 8 week ultrasound picture with the same amazement I did with my first. I am still in awe of the changes that take place in the few short weeks between those early ultrasounds, and the much more detailed, clear, 4D images at my 20 week scans. I stare at those earliest pictures, and memorize every feature of those sweet facesâ€¦and excitedly show them to their big siblings. And each of the older siblings seemed to be equally fascinated by their newest brother or sister.
My oldest was 6 when I was pregnant with her brother, and she had been praying for a baby brother or sister for years. So, she was full of questions right awayâ€¦ How big is he? Is it dark in there? Can he hear me? What does he eat? How did he get in there?
I answered (or avoided) these to the best of my ability.
That baby boy is now a big brother himself. He was only 20 months old when his first little sister was born, and not extremely verbal. But, by the time his second little sister was on the way, he had come up with all sorts of questions of his ownâ€¦.Does she have any toys? Where does she go potty? (All boy, that one.) Can she smell this? Can she see this? Will she get wet? (Asked during a run to the car in the rain.)
I love seeing my childrenâ€™s early interest in, and love for their younger, pre-bornÂ siblings. But, I didnâ€™t always have the answers to all of their questions. And, as I quickly discovered, some apps arenâ€™t always what I consider age-appropriate for little eyes and ears. And, finding good, age-appropriate, biblical resources for children on the topic of conception, and development can be very difficult. I found that many of the books were either way too mature, or way too evolutionary for my liking and conviction.
Wonderfully Made: Godâ€™s Story of Life from Conception to Birth is different. Danika has written a book that truly does tell Godâ€™s story.
The book beginsâ€¦at the beginning. With Godâ€™s design for marriage, the relationship between a husband and wife, and how that special love and commitment leads to the creation of a child. I thought this section was exceptionally well done. I realize that all parents will have their own opinions on how and when to address the question of where babies come from. But, in my opinion, this book offers a clear, but not explicit, explanation that is simple, andÂ entirely appropriate for little ears.
Throughout the book, DanikaÂ weaves together the scientific facts of a babyâ€™s weekly development with the beautiful truths of Scripture. As I read this book with my own children (ages 11, 4, 2, and 1), they loved the comparisons of the babyâ€™s size to familiar, everyday objects. We read the book together shortly after discovering that we were expecting baby number 5 to join our family. I was 6 weeks along, and we read that at that point, our baby was about the size of a nail head. My 4-year-old son was especially fascinated by that little fact! My oldest (11) loved the most recent size comparison to a pencil sharpener, at 8 weeks!
While we read the whole book in one sitting, I like that I can also read one page with them each week, and tell them â€œThis week (week 9!) your brother or sister can already make faces at you!â€ Or, â€œIn a few weeks (week 14), your baby brother or sister will be able to burp and hiccup!â€ (This is specifically for my boy.)
The book is wholly wonderful, but my favorite part was the ending. (Yes, I am going to give away the ending!) Just as clearly as she shared about the beginnings of our physical life, Danika shares about the beginning of our spiritual life, when we are born againÂ â€“ in Christ. She ends where life trulyÂ begins -Â with a beautifully simple presentation of the gospel!
This book was designed for children from ages 5 to 11. But, it easily held the attention of my 2, 4, and 11 year olds. I also think this would make a perfect baby shower gift for a new mommy (and daddy!).
I am so thankful to have such a wonderful, biblical resource to share with my children each week as we anticipate the arrival of their newest sibling. And, I would highly recommend this book to any parent â€“ expecting or not.