Being a parent can be tough...Even for those of us who are seasoned veterans! There is so much to learn, and it seems that must-have information is ever-changing. When I was pregnant with my oldest, I was young and basically clueless. I didn't know what to do when I felt weird, pregnancy pains, and I certainly didn't know what to do with a real life baby! Kyle is 13 now, and he is an honor roll student and a happy, healthy kid. So obviously I did something right!
Fast forward several years. I remarried, this time to a wonderful man, and we decided to expand our family. We tried to conceive for years and suffered a few devastating losses before we finally welcomed our daughter, Sophie, into the world. Shortly after she was born, we got the shock of a lifetime when we found out we were pregnant AGAIN, this time with our son, Xander.
Even though I already had Kyle, my last 2 pregnancies felt new and almost foreign to me...After all, there are 10 years between my oldest child and the next. During that time, information had changed, as well as doctor recommendations. Instead of panicking, I decided to learn as much as I could about how to have a healthy pregnancy and care for a baby again.
Naturally, I relied on the What to Expect series. I picked up What to Expect When You're Expecting, What to Expect the First Year, as well as What to Expect the Second Year. (Can't be too prepared, right?) I was amazed at how much I had forgotten over the years, as well as how many things were different.
These books definitely helped keep me off of Google and semi-sane during my pregnancies, and they also helped me keep my cool when illnesses, finicky eating, and even emergencies happened. They also helped me stay on top of normal developmental milestones at different ages, and allowed me to have more open dialogue with our pediatrician.
Other great things found in the What to Expect series are great recipes, games and activities to do with your child, and even a breakdown of what purchases you'll actually need to make before baby arrives. It's a wealth of knowledge that every parent should have even before they conceive! (And yes, there's a book for that, too! I wish I had known that when Dan and I were trying to conceive!)
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You can check out these awesome books on the What to Expect website.
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud mama of two munchkins and a teen. You can read more about me HERE. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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