Monday, July 30, 2012

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

Thursday, July 12, 2012

When I think about summer reading, I think about laying out on the beach with a book or lounging on my back deck with an iced coffee and a book or even sitting by a campfire straining to read by fire light or flashlight.  Here are some of the books I’m looking forward to this month.

Release: July 10
The long awaited sequel to A Discovery of Witches in the All Souls Trilogy, Shadow of Night picks up by plunging Diana (Oxford scholar and reluctant witch) and Matthew (geneticist and vampire) into Elizabethan London.  A world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh.  Here Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens.


Release: July 24
Evie’s paranormal past keeps coming back to haunt her in the third installment of Kiersten White’s  Paranormalcy Series.  A new director at the International Paranormal Containment Agency wants to drag her back to headquarters.  The Dark Faerie Queen is torturing humans in her poisonous realm and supernatural creatures keep insisting that Evie is the only one who can save themn from a mysterious, perilous fate.  The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world and its fate rests solely in Evie’s hands.  So much for normal.

Release: July 17
In the third House of Night novella, the secret history we've all been waiting for is finally revealed... Neferet, the Tulsa House of Night's darkly seductive High Priestess, wasn't always a powerful vampyre, but she has always been beautiful. Raised in turn-of-the-century Chicago in a motherless home, her beauty makes her the prey of unwanted attention and abuse, leaving her with scars that will never heal – and a Darkness that will eventually need to find its way out. But when she is Marked and gains strength, both physical and magickal, she turns her anger into power and looks for a way to regain what was stolen from her. From victim to High Priestess, beautiful young woman to powerful seductress, Neferet's journey begins...


Release: July 10
An all-new Mac & Barrons story by Karen Marie Moning, marvelously adapted into a full-color graphic novel by writer David Lawrence and illustrator Al Rio.
In Fever Moon, we meet the most ancient and deadly Unseelie ever created, the Fear Dorcha. For eons, he’s traveled worlds with the Unseelie king, leaving behind him a path of mutilation and destruction. Now he’s hunting Dublin, and no one Mac loves is safe.  Dublin is a war zone. The walls between humans and Fae are down. A third of the world’s population is dead and chaos reigns. Imprisoned over half a million years ago, the Unseelie are free and each one Mac meets is worse than the last. Human weapons don’t stand a chance against them.  With a blood moon hanging low over the city, something dark and sinister begins to hunt the streets of Temple Bar, choosing its victims by targeting those closest to Mac. Armed only with the Spear of Destiny and Jericho Barrons, she must face her most terrifying enemy yet.

Release: July 1
New series by Gena Showalter begins with the Leader of the most powerful army in the heavens, Zacharel has been deemed nearly too dangerous, too ruthless--and if he isn't careful, he'll lose his wings. But this warrior with a heart of ice will not be deterred from his missions at any cost...until a vulnerable human tempts him with a carnal pleasure he's never known before.  Accused of a crime she did not commit, Annabelle Miller has spent four years in an institution for the criminally insane. Demons track her every move, and their king will stop at nothing to have her. Zacharel is her only hope for survival, but is the brutal angel with a touch as hot as hell her salvation--or her ultimate damnation?


Of course this is not a complete listing of all July releases, only the ones I'm looking forward to.  What will you be reading this month?
Take Care, D

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