Is there a reason you are reading BabyWise?

No. No. and, No. I have been asked that question many, many times over the last month--or whenever it was that I posted I was reading BabyWise. So, I thought I had better explain myself! I am doing a "Year of Reading". Over the last several months, I have been given many wonderful recommendations for parental reading. I decided that I don't want to wait until I am pregnant, stressed out, hormonally-unsteady;) etc... to start reading about pregnancy & child training. My mom, who is like the reader of all time, is very excited about this. So, if any of you moms have any suggestions, feel free to add them to my list! I highly recommend this year of reading!!! And speaking of reading, I am greatly enjoying my current, unrelated to pregnancy, read: "Shopping for TIME: How to Do It All and NOT Be Overwhelmed" by girltalk. (Carolyn Mahaney & her daughters) We'll see if I join the 5 AM Club!!!!! Here is my current list of pregnancy-related books. . .I know I've been told a few more, I just can't remember them at the moment!!!!

1) On Becoming Baby Wise
2) What to Expect When You're Expecting
3) The Mission of Motherhood

by the way, WHERE has the summer gone??? Happy August 1st!

25 comments:

  1. I saw one that looked interesting and Adrianne read it as well . . . The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy. Adrianne said it was funny and an easy fun read. I found it on half.com really cheap and added it to my own pregnancy read section of the library although I don't have any news of expecting either. =) In fact, I think your reading to prepare for those days in your life is wise and admirable!

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  2. Hi...you don't know me, but our husbands worked together at Northland Camp and we are friends of the Hines. I found your blog through them, I think! (??) I couldn't help but comment on this topic! I thought "What to Expect" was just ok - a little too alarmist for me, though. I didn't really want to read about all the things that could go wrong as if they WOULD go wrong! I really like a book called "Great Expectations" and I also recommend watching a video called "The Happiest Baby on the Block" in the few days before or after you have a baby in the future! It has some GREAT tips on how to soothe a crying/unhappy baby that proved invaluable to our santity as we were just getting used to having Aaron in our house. Our hospital had it, and we watched it while we were still there. Also, you might want to pick up a copy of "What your Doctor May Not Tell You About Childhood Vaccinations" which is one of the more balanced sources for research on immunizations. Happy Reading! (and great job thinking ahead!!)

    Jenny

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  3. You are so smart to read before! The other book you are reading sounds good; I'm going to look at it. How is your summer going? We need to get together with you and Steve. What days are best for you? Are you ever available Mondays?

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  4. Hey Sakes!:) That book from girl talk about time, sound like something I need to read:) Do you have a copy, or where can I purchase one? Thanks! Love ya! Barb

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  5. Sarah- I applaud you for starting early! Babywise will probably make more 'sense' once you have a baby, although, it may still be confusing. :) At least it was for me. There's lots of good things in there that helped us. I'll try not to overwhelm you with baby books. Here's some I've benefited from:
    Don't Make Me Count To Three-Plowman
    A Mom After God's Own Heart-George
    Shepherding A Child's Heart-Tripp
    To Train Up A Child - Pearl (we don't agree with everything- but he has some good ideas)
    The Mommy Survival Guide - Curtis
    Succesful Christian Parenting-MacArthur
    and..my favorite Treasuring God in your Traditions- Piper

    If you want to borrow any, I have all but the one by E. George- I checked it out from the Library

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  6. Anonymous6:07 PM

    good for you! What a great idea. I read the Babywise---don't use it like a Bible. The general principle is great though. It helped Seth sleep through the night early and he is great at going to sleep at night--no sleep issues. That could be luck though--who knows? Anyway- "The Heart of Anger" is a book we did in our mommy Bible study. It is really good but so overwhelming. Great advice on getting to the heart--and speaking of the heart---"Shepherding your Child's heart" I hear is good. My MIL highly recommends that one. I hear it is also overwhelming. hehe...

    Gina

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  7. Okay, I just read another good "mom" book. It's "Treasuring God in your Traditions" by Noel Piper. She has alot of great suggestions and really made me think about the traditions we want to carry into our family. It's an easy-read too. :-)

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  8. well, ladies, thanks so much for the ideas! I'm excited to add these to my list!!!!

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  10. Great idea to start reading some of those books ahead of time. I love the music that you now have on your blog. What a great new feature.

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  11. Just got caught up on your blog....sorry to hear about your dog...and glad that she is back!!! Before we had the girls...our dog Timber was our BABY too! :)

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  12. Glad to hear about the reading you are doing. I will tell you from experience to mark spots in the book that spark your interest because once you have a little person your whole outlook changes and it is so nice to be able to go back and reference stuff quickly (during nap time or before bed) Lorie Newcomer gave me an excellent book called Teach them diligently by Lou Priolo. It is a phenomenal resource that has a wonderful appendix full of scripture to use while correcting your child...even while still an infant. The book Jenny Muth recommended about vax. would be a great read as well...there is so much information out there and just feeling like you have info from both sides will help so much. I also agree with her on the What to expect...book. There were some helpful things in there, but there was nothing in that book that I didn't read in other sources or learn from my midwife. My Dr./midwife gave me an excellent book about pregnancy and you are more than willing to take a look at it.
    Babywise was great, but I highly recommend watching the videos after reading the book. They are so much more flexible than the book makes the scheduling thing out to be and really helped me out during the first few weeks while I trained Titus to sleep through the night. Kathleen Tubbs from church has the series and loans them out...she also has the toddler series. Mark watched some of the videos and he agreed that they seemed way more practical than the Babywise book...but I still reference the book occasionally. Happy reading:)

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  13. p.s. one more Katie Bruno recommended and I didn't check out the book, but watched the video from the library :) . It's called the Baby Whisperer. They have some similar ideas to Babywise but in a different vain. It had some interesting perspectives I gained from having a fussy baby at first. :) (you appreciate all the help you can get!)

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  14. Shannon-thanks for all of the tips!! It is such a small world!!!--I know Katie from working with her at Camp Chetek!! Tell her I said hello--she'll probably remember me more as Sarah Mincy;)

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  15. read all you want but the first time that baby cries all nite you,ll walk the floor with it and cry along with it and the grand mom will fix a warm bottle of water with a few drops of wiskey in it

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  16. Grandma Gigi--
    well, now we all know that you won't catch my mother doing the whiskey thing;) ...so I guess you'll have to be here for my babies when they cry;)
    thanks so much for your comment--I'm so excited that I got a comment from you!!! Love you,
    Sarah

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  17. It's such a good idea that you are reading it now. I started out on To Train Up a Child and now I'm frantically trying to read Baby Wise because that info is going to come into play sooner than the disciplining. :) You'll probably want to read them all again, but you can skim the 2nd time through. Happy Reading!

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