There are literally thousands, upon thousands of books on pregnancy and babies. I have friends that made the decision to read ZERO books and then there are friends that are reading every book they can get their hands on. I’m trying to fall somewhere in the middle and I have decided to read six books related to pregnancy and how to adapt to life once baby arrives. I did some research before biting the bullet and buying any books (well, there’s one exception) and feel that these books will best prepare me (but then again, I don’t think anything really prepares you).
What to Expect When You’re Expecting
This is the one book that I bought IMMEDIATELY upon finding out I was pregnant. I think it’s just one of those books that almost every pregnant woman (93% to be exact) has bought or borrowed. I reference it weekly for regular updates but I’ve also referenced it for moments when I was unsure or feeling a little uneasy. I must say that I have been so lucky and have not experienced half of what is in the book but it’s a good reference book. Another reason I like this book is because it doesn’t try to scare you (I know my life is about to change, thankyouverymuch) and it doesn’t make assumptions that end up making you feel like a failure. This is not a book that I’m making Big Guy read, by the way.
Real Food for Mother and Baby
This is a great book if you’re pregnant but it’s also a great book if you’re trying to get pregnant. Y’all – so many people want to tell you what to eat and what not to eat and what’s going to happen if you don’t listen to them. And it drives me nuts. This book breaks down what nutrients your body needs during each trimester of pregnancy (and for fertility). I actually typed up a list of the foods/food groups that are most important for each trimester and it’s hanging on the fridge. Again, this is not a book I wanted Big Guy to read.
Bringing Up Bébe
This book is written by an American woman living in Paris who wants to understand why French children are more well behaved than American children and how French women got their children to sleep through the night within several weeks after birth. I loved this book and read it in a matter of days. This book basically makes me want to pack my bags and move to France. I definitely plan on trying some of the techniques mentioned in the book, like “the pause.” This book will make you question has you view children and I will say that this is a book I wanted Chris to read. I went through and highlighted the important pages and parts in hopes that he’ll read them.
The Happiest Baby on the Block
I picked up this book last week after hearing that it’s full of tips and techniques on calming your baby. I also know that I’ll be asking Big Guy to memorize the five S’s that are found in the book (apparently the most important part of the book). I’ll be honest and say that the only thing I don’t like about this book is that they recommend a baby bassinet that costs close to a thousand dollars. Clearly we are not going that route but I’m hopeful to learn a thing or two from the book.
On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep
I bought this week last week after hearing multiple new moms talk about how this book taught them to put their baby on a schedule. Ya’ll know I thrive on having a schedule and I’m praying this book helps. I started reading this book yesterday and I’m halfway done already – with lots of underlining. Apparently if you are able to get your baby on a daytime schedule, the nighttime schedules follows naturally. Once again, I know all babies are different and I 100% expect sleepless nights. However, if this book makes me more comfortable going into motherhood, then I’m going to give it a try. And yes, Big Guy will be reading parts of this book.
How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids.
Last but not least, a fun yet informative book. Once again, I’ve heard multiple new moms share how much they loved this book and I think it’ll be entertaining. I’ve yet to buy the book but it’s sitting in my cart online. I have no doubt that our marriage will change from where it is now once Baby Girl Watson enters our world. But I also have no doubt that it’s going to be some of the most amazing changes. Over and over again I stress to Big Guy the importance of putting our marriage before our baby because if our marriage is in a good place, our parenting will be a thousand times better. I don’t plan on asking Big Guy to read this one but I’m sure I’ll be sharing what I learn with him.