As most of y'all know, I'm in the middle of a pregnancy that's not my first. As a result, I've flipped through more than my share of "what to expect while pregnant" websites and books and even tip-toed into the "what you're baby should do" sections. This isn't my first child, so you'd think I'd be more than prepared for anything that could come my way.
While I may be, I well remember the excitement and angst while expecting Abigail. I was thrilled out of my mind to know I'd soon hold a baby that was mine. At the same time, even though I'm the oldest of four children and an involved aunt, I knew I had no clue about what was coming.
That's where Trish Berg's latest book Rattled: Surviving Your Baby's First Year Without Losing Your Cool comes in. Released by Multnomah, it is a wealth of information for first-time moms and their families. Read to the end to learn how you can win a copy of this book!
The book begins with a quick survey of pregnancy and what to expect at the hospital then saunters into four additional areas:
- Changing Seasons: Survival Mode, Blazing New Trails, and Covering New Ground
- Living Simply: Setting Up Base Camp, Coordinated Efforts, and Exploring New Territory
- Choosing Joy: Reaching the Summit, Camouflaging Your Imperfections, and Discovering Camp Palooza
- Nourishing Mom: Renewing Your Faith, Restoring Your Health, and Reviving Your Friendships.
My sister and I have decided that this book will become a routine part of our baby shower gifts. It's a book every new mom should own -- it won't take long before it is dog-eared from use.
Finally, in the Additional Resources section, she has a chapter on Discovering the Footprints of Heaven. This chapter is the book that I searched for as I experienced a miscarriage and in the aftermath of the pain and questions. I cried cleansing tears as I read it and whispered, "she understands. She gets it." It probably didn't help that I received the book the week after the first anniversary of my miscarriage. But I urge you -- as strongly as I can -- to get this book and read that chapter if you've had a miscarriage or if someone you love has and you can't understand the depths of the pain. That chapter is one I would write and probably will write when I get further from the pain.
Bottomline, this book is a keeper. And it makes a great gift for expectant and new moms!
If you would like a chance to win a copy of this book, leave a comment either with a question that's burning in your mom about parenting or leave a tip for someone who's going to be a mom for the first time. Let's see those comments! The contest will close February 23rd.