214 – Yeah…I Suck

It has been months.  I haven’t read anything since my last post.  I’m finally getting into a book now and will be able to share about it once I’m finished.  (Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor has been awesome!!)

I was due with our son 11 days ago…but he doesn’t seem interested in joining us in the outside world.  So, unless he shows up before then, I’ll be induced tomorrow evening.  All we care about is that he’s healthy!  It’s been such a long journey and we can’t wait to meet our little guy.

Other than that…nothing is going on.  Life has been pretty boring.  We’ve just been prepping for this massive life change that we’re just waiting to happen.  I have several books lined up to read while nursing and five audio books I can put on while cleaning/cooking/doing laundry while out on maternity leave.  Hopefully this blog will get back to what it once was!

Until then!!

212 – Husband-Coached Childbirth by Robert A. Bradley M.D.

Husband-Coached ChildbirthDon and I already went through our Childbirth Prep classes earlier this month.  Because I plan to have a natural/med-free labor and delivery, I also planned on reading a couple books on the whole childbirth thing.  🙂  This book came highly recommended as it was written by the creator of The Bradley Method of childbirth.  Here’s the Goodreads summary:

“Now completely revised and updated for today’s parents-to-be…

The book that started a revolution in the birthing experience and helped millions of women and their partners to a safe and natural childbirth.

The Bradley Method has changed the way men and women—and the medical establishment—think about childbirth today. Now this new, updated edition of the groundbreaking work by Robert A. Bradley, M.D., has all the information you need to approach a natural childbirth safely, confidently, and wisely. From the reasons to choose the Bradley Method to the steps you will take as your birth day approaches—and after the birth of your baby—this book is designed to help couples share completely in the birthing experience.

•Build better, deeper, and more trusting communication skills with your partner in preparation for a drug-free childbirth

•Learn the physical, emotional, and mental relaxation techniques essential to a natural childbirth

•Discover how you and your doctor can work together toward your natural delivery

•Monitor your weight, nutrition, and your overall well-being during pregnancy

•Use natural prevention methods for the most common pregnancy problems

•Get the most out of the bonding experience you will share with your baby and your partner

With its time-tested wisdom, medical soundness, and reassuring first-person accounts of natural childbirth, this book is the “gold standard” of childbirth books. The Bradley Method is an essential guide for anyone considering childbirth without unnecessary medications or medical intervention and to share fully in your child’s arrival into the world.”

I found this book to be greatly beneficial to the childbirth classes I’ve already taken. I was glad to see much of what my husband and I learned in our class was within this book.

I was also encouraged by what this book offered as ways to prepare and handle labor. While some of the examples weren’t updated from past editions, much of the book definitely still applies to childbirth.

I’d absolutely recommend this book to any woman going through pregnancy.
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197 – Apologies…and A Happy Update

It has been two months since I’ve posted anything.  For that, I am very sorry.  Needless to say, I haven’t picked up a book since finishing my last reviewed book.  That’s not exactly true.  There are three books I’ve picked up frequently.  They are:

What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Your Pregnancy: Week by Week
Baby Bargains

Yeah...five tests.

Yeah…five tests.

Yep!  After 22 long months filled with frustration, longing, tears, heartbreak, treatments, tons of blood work and tests, and many many prayers we are finally expecting our first child.  August 1st was the most amazing day.  Seeing that second line show up on the five (yes, five) tests I took that day was the best thing I’ve ever seen.  Waking Don up in tears to say, “They’re all positive” is a moment I will never forget.

We are so very excited and terrified at the same time for this new journey that we are on!  I’m currently 15 weeks and 4 days into my pregnancy and am due on April 5, 2014.  We plan to find out if we’re having a boy or girl and have an ultrasound scheduled for November 4th.  How amazing that on the 5th anniversary of the day that Don and I met, we will get to find out the sex of our first child.  Beautiful.

All of this time I’ve had it on my goal list to have our first child by the time I’m 30.  Well…I’ll have this baby when I’m 30…and that’s very much OK!  We couldn’t be more excited!

For your viewing pleasure…….Here is Baby Hack.
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