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One day, I woke up and realized I couldn’t see my toes anymore. When did that happen? I went to bed knowing what my feet looked like, and the next morning, they had disappeared. I had been skinny all of my life, and now I wasn’t. Maybe that’s when it hit me: I was pregnant, and I was going to have a son. I was actually going to be a mom.

Pregnancy Diaries

I have a special reason for offering pregnancy diaries: I am an adoptee. I can't think of anything more special to have than the story of the first 9 months of my life. I think that's true for anyone, however. Everyone deserves to know their story, and that goes beyond their birth.

We adopted you when you were eight months old. What were you doing before then? Don't worry, you were living with a good family. A doctor and his stay-at-home wife took care of you. The woman in particular was very fond of you and took pictures so that you would know what you looked like as a baby. After the adoption, she visited you in your new home several times to make sure you were doing well.

We were all very excited to get you. Family from all over Michigan and Ohio came to see you, and we were so glad that you became a part of our family.

What Can Go In Your Pregnancy Diary?

There's so much you will never want to forget:

- cravings

- hopes, fears, and dreams

- your first sonogram

-the moment you told your partner/husband he was going to be a father

- how your baby's name was chosen (or what the name almost was)

- the father's thoughts

- reactions and thoughts of grandparents, other family members, and friends

I doubt I will ever forget the day your mom and I finally finished putting together your nursery. The crib was the worst. It looked so easy in the directions, but there were some screws missing. I drove to Lowes a few times that day to get everything we needed, and then I sat down to assemble your crib while your mom decorated. The only thing that kept me sane was your mom: she sang Disney songs the whole afternoon. She's got a beautiful voice, and I was able to relax and focus on my project. In the end, we got everything together, and I was proud of the room we had created for you.

How Do We Work Together To Create Your Pregnancy Diary?

Step 1: You and I talk either in person or via the phone, Zoom, or FaceTime. We discuss how far into your pregnancy that you are and ways to start getting down memories so that we don't leave any out of your diary. We also talk about your schedule: when the birth will be as well as any big events, like baby showers.  We chat about what I do and what your vision is for the diary.

Step 2: You decide how much of the pregnancy you want me to cover. Would you like me to interview family members and friends so that their thoughts and experiences can be in your diary? Would you like me to attend any showers? Do you want me to write each day, week, or month? You have control over what I write about and how often.

Step 3: We finalize our contract together, and I begin covering your pregnancy per your instructions. You can also email me important photos as your pregnancy progresses, and I will ask you a few questions about each one. 

Step 4: I keep a Google document of the photos you give me and the narratives that I write about each one.

Step 5: You review what I have written, let me know in writing about any revisions you would like to make, and approve the final product.

Step 6: I print the photos and the narratives. You choose the photo album or the scrapbook. We work together to arrange the photos and narratives so that your vision for the project is achieved.

Step 7: I put the final product together and deliver it to you for you to enjoy.

Pricing

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One-page letter to the baby about

the mother's/parents' thoughts, feelings, and experiences during the pregnancy
(up to 500 words)

$85

(Does not include photos or delivery)

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Personal Pregnancy Diary

(up to 40 photos and narratives)

$813

(Does not include scrapbook, scrapbook decorations, or delivery)

Personal Pregnancy Diary

(up to 80 photos and narratives)

$1,588

(Does not include scrapbook, scrapbook decorations, or delivery)

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Deluxe Pregnancy Diary

(up to 40 photos and narratives,
plus 15 interviews with the people
of your choice at different stages of
the pregnancy. Each interview will result
in one narrative with 1 accompanying photo.)

$1,163

(Does not include scrapbook, scrapbook decorations, or delivery)

Deluxe Pregnancy Diary

(up to 80 photos and narratives,
plus 15 interviews with the people
of your choice at different stages of
the pregnancy. Each interview will result
in one narrative with 1 accompanying photo.)

$1,938

(Does not include scrapbook, scrapbook decorations, or delivery)

Are You Ready to Learn More?

J's Words

Dallas, Texas

Tel: 469-785-6857

jswords2@aol.com

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