As someone who once thought I would never have children, I never really educated myself on babies and childbirth. Sure, I had plenty of babysitting experience. I'm the oldest of five, how could I not? And caring for three of the sweetest boys in the world was my first real job when Todd and I moved to Nashville, but they were all over a year old when they were entrusted to me. It's infants that I know nothing about. Being the oldest girl in my family, I have always felt that it's my responsibility to share with my sisters all the ins and outs of pregnancy, but being the oldest also means I really never had a formal "baby" education. It's a good thing I like to learn. I'm soaking in every piece of wisdom I can get. I'm a bit of a control freak, so I like to know what I'm up against!
I've stockpiled books the last couple of weeks. For those of you with babies, I would love to hear your thoughts on my list. I haven't made it through all of them just yet, but I'm getting there slowly. I would also be thrilled to hear your recommendations. This girl can't get enough info!
Books I have purchased or borrowed:
Simple and light hearted, this book was an easy read. It's definitely funny and somewhat informative, but Jenny doesn't go into a lot of depth. She mainly skims the surface of each topic. I loved her humor, but I was left with more questions than answers.
I'll take recommendations from anyone. I came across this book when I saw a picture of Selma Blair holding a copy in US Magazine. Inspiring, huh? It just arrived a few days ago and I haven't been able to put it down. Warning: do not read if you are easily offended. Teresa Strasser does not go out of her way to be modest, so if the F-Bomb bothers you, I would steer clear of this one. While it's definitely rough around the edges, Strasser is brutally honest and transparent. Two things that are important to me when I want real answers. She's also hilarious. I lost count of the times I laughed out loud, and that was before the third chapter.
I skimmed this one at Barnes & Noble and it seemed interesting enough. It hasn't arrived yet, so I can't really give any opinions. Has anyone else read this?
A co-worker loaned this one to me. It's a fun read. A lot of the names are overused, but our pick for a boy's name was listed twice. I guess that makes us pretty cool?
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Great for obtaining all of the info you would get from a medical professional. Not nearly as fun to read, but absolutely informative.
These next two I haven't read yet. I'm going to wait a little longer so that I don't forget anything! The first was loaned to me from a close friend and new mom who said this book taught her everything she needed to know. The second I bought because I need a little comic relief with this subject!
I'm constantly on the lookout for more baby reading material. I'll take any and all suggestions!
Baby bump pictures coming soon!