A friend gave me On the Day You Were Born ($11) when I was pregnant.
I thought it was sweet so I packed it in my hospital bag to read to my new babe when she joined us on her birthday.
And coincidentally, my in–laws also showed up with a family signed copy to welcome the newest family addition. To see why I love this book so much, read more.
My husband pulled the book from my bag that evening and we read the beautiful book to her. It wasn't until I read it aloud and turned the pages that I realized just how lovely the gift had been. The illustrations were simple — made from paper collages, but the words were profound.
With my tiny newborn in my lap, I couldn't fight tears when I read this passage to her:
While you waited in darkness, tiny knees curled to chin, the Earth and her creatures with the Sun and the Moon all moved in their places, each ready to greet you the very first moment of the very first day you arrived.
A perfect gift for an expectant mother that she and the baby can cherish. For a nice touch, do as my family did and inscribe it with a message to welcome baby.