When I met Hubby, he was already a single Dad and I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to evaluate his parenting skills as we were dating. Hubby is an amazing and involved parent. His enthusiasm and ideals for parenting was one of the qualities that attracted me to him. After we were married, we decided that we wanted another child. I was excited about the prospect of having a baby, it’s what I’ve wanted my entire life, but moving forward without a plan or knowing what to expect made me quite nervous. Hubby was fine, he’s done this before, but knowing the kind of person I am, he recommended that I buy “What To Expect When You’re Expecting”. He’d read this book when C was expected and knew that this book was exactly what I needed. He was right.
The book begins with pre-conception. I thought that if you want to get pregnant, you stop birth control and voila, pregnancy…if you’re lucky enough to conceive quickly. Did you know you should see your doctor for tests before conception? Don’t worry, if you didn’t do this, there are many un-planned pregnancies that turned out fine, but if you’re planning, why not start from the beginning. By seeing my doctor I found out that I have Hypothyroidism which means my Thyroid gland runs a little slow. Left untreated, this could cause developmental delays in the baby, so I was placed on medication along with some maternity vitamins for a month before we started trying to conceive.
Being the worry-wart queen, I would read each chapter a month before it would occur so I would know how my baby was developing as well as what I could expect at each check-up. My pregnancy was fairly straight-forward and enjoyable without the worry of what’s coming up. The scariest part of it all was when I was in the hospital, holding a new baby boy thinking – oh crap, what do I do now?
Now there’s this separate little person to care for who can’t tell me what he needs. After a little struggling, stress and driving Hubby crazy with questions, I finally found “What to Expect The First Year”. I highly recommend reading this before baby is born as it can prepare you for some of the questions and decisions that need to be made right away. This book was actually more valuable to me than the first. Developmentally, it was nice to know what should be surfacing but these things are different for every child so although, nice, it wasn’t crucial. It was things like coping with motherhood, breast feeding, milk storage, cracking the crying code, sleeping, baby outings, myths, and so much more that really made parenthood a little easier. This book was a sanity saver for sure.
The fine people over at What To Expect, have generously made two copies of each of the books in the series available for a giveaway on this blog. That’s right, two lucky readers will receive a copy of What To Expect When You’re Expecting, What to Expect the First Year, and What to Expect The Second Year. You will have until midnight September 1st, 2012 (EST) to enter. To enter, simply fill out this Rafflecopter form:
For more information about the books along with other fantastic information about pregnancy, birth, infants and toddlers check out What To Expect.com
Take Care, D