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When I first found out I was pregnant I made the conscious decision to try (keyword) to not overwhelm myself. If you’re a mom or currently pregnant, you’re probably laughing out loud right now, but I was trying to do damage control before it even started. I’m a planner…an over-thinker…maybe a bit neurotic at times. I can go with the flow on vacations, when flights get delayed, even when home projects go wrong…I try to roll with the punches, but if I know I can better prepare myself for a situation ahead of time, I always try to.
Pregnancy can be a big time of stress and feeling overwhelmed. There’s so much to learn about, read about and prep for. There’s a ton of websites, pregnancy apps, and aisles of baby books for expecting parents. We only bought two books during this pregnancy and a third by accident well before we were even planning on getting pregnant. Here’s what we’ve both been enjoying together…
BRINGING UP BÉBÉ
Let’s start with my favorite, Bringing Up Bébé. We both downloaded this on Audible when we first found out I was pregnant, but since then have ordered the paperback for easy reference. I listened to this on a flight and took SO many notes on my phone. Rob and I have always both admired how there are so many different approaches to parenting, and each time we would travel to Paris we smiled ear to ear watching kids run in the parks and make new friends by the water fountains. This book gave us a look at how you can raise your children to be free spirited individuals with great big personalities, while still maintaining a level of respect for meal time, household rules, and the parent-child dynamic. This book was such a useful tool, while still being entertaining and enjoyable.
THE HAPPIEST BABY ON THE BLOCK
One of the biggest things we have been talking about lately is a potential sleep schedule and how to find a good routine for our future babe. Rob purchased this one after reading a little about Dr. Harvey Karp online. You might have heard of him if you’ve come across that fancy smart bassinet, the SNOO. (We’re slightly obsessed, but still haven’t pulled the trigger on purchasing it yet.) Dr. Harvey Karp focuses on self soothing, sleep cycles and how to better identify what babies want and need when crying or fussing…all about the 5 S’s. I know you can’t plan for everything, and we have no idea what type of baby our baby will be, but it’s been a fun book to read together while we begin to plan for the arrival of our little one and definitely has sparked many conversations.
THE FIRST 40 DAYS
Okay, this book still makes me chuckle, not because of the content, but because Rob ordered it by accident wayyy before we were even serious about having a baby. He placed an order on amazon for a few cookbooks and somehow this ended up in the cart. It always was a joke when friends came over, but now we’re happy it’s part of our bookshelf. I haven’t immersed myself in this one too much just yet, as it’s all about a woman’s first 40 days after giving birth. It goes through how you should nourish your bodies after birth, how to give yourself time to recover, and bond with baby while still making sure you’re making yourself a priority.
I know this list is brief, but (again) we’re definitely on the less is more train this time around. We’ve been more than happy to listen to mama friends who have given us first-hand advice, but Google has been quieter than usual as we try to go into this with a relaxed, open mind. What books or tools were most helpful to you guys during pregnancy/early parenting? We’d love to hear what worked and what advice was most helpful in your experience.
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