12 June 2012

Hello June!

Well that's swell. It is already June! Time flies.

Although my post have been slacking, this blog is not fading away. I have taken some much need rest and relaxation over the last few weeks. I am ready for more writing!

Aside from brief, but still dreadful morning sickness, my pregnancy is going wonderfully. We were able to see our little bundle of joy moving around in an ultrasound two weeks ago. We also know the sex of the baby, in case you are interested: It's a BOY! A beautiful baby boy. He is precious, has all the correct body parts in the correct places and even gave us a good show of the family jewels  I love him already. And he will always be my baby.

Can't you tell I am EXCITED?! 5  months seems like a LONG time to wait to meet him. I can't imagine how much pain or long nights might lie ahead, but it will all be worth it.  Being pregnant is a great joy and I am sure having children is an even bigger joy.

Only because I want to brag ever so slightly, we almost have his room put together. My husband found a dinosaur mobile and crib sheet (on clearance for that matter! because he is awesome and the best and the coolest and the greatest and shiz-niz- and stupendous and the cat's pajamas and the bees knees, and smart and funny and handsome, and wonderful and a chick magnet and awesome again (note to the note: my husband hijacked my blog and wrote that I swear!)) which has made the room look even more put together. We have a crib, a dresser and even a changing table. Half way there, now all we need is a baby!

Lately my reading list looks more like the how to section at the bookstore. I have several books for expecting and already mothers a like. I wanted to share some of the reading material I find help and others that just didn't cut it for me. As buyer of "motherly things" I like to have some extra advice into uncharted territory.

What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff: Probably the Dr. Spock of our generation. Almost every mother I know whom has had children in the past 10 years has read this book (or at least has it lying around somewhere). I picked up a copy at a local used book store when I first found out I was expecting. I breezed through a few sections (i.e.-eat super healthy just increase your healthy food quantities and frequency) and found some alarming facts. Before I reached the point of no return with our fetus, it got a little scary. I started reading about a lot of conditions that are one in a million while I found myself asking my medical student husband some strange questions. I think I made him nervous. I decided this book is a great reference tool for specific questions or issues. Perhaps I have first time mom jitters but this book was not my favorite.

The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy by Vicki Iovine: By far one of my favorite books so far. This book was a real pick me up as I started to feel run down, moody and huge. I was really glad to have a good laugh about pregnancy and feel like my best girlfriend was giving advice. I would rate this as a must read. Although it is not all informational in regards to you and your baby's health, it does make you realize how fun and exciting pregnancy is (and should be!). Highly recommended.

The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating During Pregnancy by Allan Walker: Ok, I sound like a huge "health freak" when I say I read this kind of stuff, but I thought it would be helpful to have some idea of how much I should eat. Turns out no matter what, I eat what I want pretty much when I want (for instance I had a rice krispy bar at 9 am today). I am hungry ALL THE TIME. That is no exaggeration. My husband recently asked if I was hungry every hour, why yes I am! This book is a great reference for the kinds of foods you "should" be eating for your health and the baby's. There are some pretty simple and yummy recipes along with reasons for why you should be eating more of some foods, less of others. I read this shortly after my first trimester only to realize all hell breaks loose your second trimester when you want to eat EVERYTHING in sight. Overall a good book, just not the bible on pregnancy diet for me. 

You Having a Baby by Dr Mehmet/Roizen, Michael F Oz:I have seen the "You" series of books before (Thank you midday talk shows) and was curious when I saw this one at the library. I thought it was ok. Filled with a lot of science and technical information, a lot of the "why" to pregnancy, it had lot of information. Too much information for my liking. I know the general process of pregnancy (thank you student doctor husband) and the specifics are not something I need to know in detail. I have a great doctor, a knowledgeable husband and intuition to help me stay healthy. The book has some great drawings and charts that might be really helpful if you would like to see what is happening each day. I am glad I read it (most of it any how) but again, not my trusty companion. 

The Pregnancy Calendar at Alphamom.com: Hilarious. I love visiting this website for a quick peak at what is in store for me. Although it is just one woman's account and no two pregnancies are alike, it does make you feel like you aren't alone (good, I am not the only one who feels like a house!). I like that is done week by week so you don't have to read every single page in order to enjoy the calendar. I love the author's attitude and personality so this is a must read for me.  Highly recommended.

There are hundreds of books out there for pregnant mothers. What kinds do you (or did you) find that worked? Any faves? Any dislikes? 

Always. EAA

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