Saturday, January 30, 2010

When should I start wondering what to expect after the expecting part is all over and there is a baby on my lap? (10 Days Left)

Since the day I discovered I was pregnant, I started reading What to Expect When You're Expecting. Hungry for more information about my rapidly changing body, I hit up the blogs and signed up for newsletters from both the American Pregnancy Association and Penn Medicine. I hungered for my weekly fix of pregnancy tips, advice and knowledge. I read about delivery and hospital protocol, I attended childbirth classes. I participated in on-line forums that debated the best way to bring your child into the world. I pumped my family members for their delivery stories. Rolling into 39 weeks, I think I’m as prepared as one can possibly be prepared for childbirth. But when should I start wondering what to expect after the expecting part is all over and there is a baby on my lap?

Up until now, every story has ended in birth. The last nine months have been about crossing that finish line when you hear your baby cry, Daddy cuts the cord, you deliver the placenta and then you lay back on the hospital bed sweaty and exhausted. Mission accomplished, right?

But then what?

With only ten days remaining in my baby countdown, I am anxious to switch gears and find out. I’m on a quest to learn what I can about the upcoming year and below is a list of the books, blogs and sources I have been using to investigate. I've never done this before and I have no idea where to start. So please leave your suggestions in my comment box.

For Daddy
The Guy's Guide to Surviving Pregnancy, Childbirth and the First Year of Fatherhood
by Michael Crider
Smonk You Blog

To Establish a Routine in the First Six Weeks
The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems: Sleeping, Feeding, and Behavior--Beyond the Basics from Infancy Through Toddlerhood
by Tracy Hogg

For Crying
The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer
by Harvey Karp

For Sleep Training
The Baby Sleep Solution: A Proven Program to Teach Your Baby to Sleep Twelve Hours a Night
by Suzy Giordano and Lisa Abidin

For Toddler Training
Supernanny: How to Get the Best From Your Children
by Jo Frost

For Warm Fuzzies
Dear Baby Blog

For Decor
Spearmint Baby Blog
ohdeedoh Blog
Design Dazzle Blog


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kenny said...

Thanks so much for including my blog (smonk you) on your list of reads.


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