I thought I would share some books that have been particularly helpful to me within the past 2 years:
-"The Fertility Book" by Dr. Richard Marr. While we were "trying" (I hate that term but what else can you call it?) I read this book. It helped me to understand everything I needed to know about fertility. I found this book very empowering. It was informative and helped me to know what I needed to be concerned about and what would be considered normal. It helped me to ask all of the right questions. This book has A LOT of information. I overheard a part of one of Sam's lectures on reproduction the other day and told Sam I could probably ace that section on the boards (I was completely joking, but partially wondering how I would do). One side effect, for better or worse, when I have friends who are "trying" (:-/) I all of the sudden cannot help myself and I become very nosy. Only because I want to help them figure out if there is anything to be concerned about so they can fix it if necessary. I have to give myself a mental face slap to snap myself out of it. If I have done this to you, sorry, know it was out of love.
-"The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" by La Leche League International. I use it more as a reference book rather than a cover to cover read but it taught me so much about nursing and I love the way they really encourage nursing if at all possible. As mother's know, nursing can be very difficult and it was nice reading this book and feeling like I had enough information to do it.
-"Caring for your Baby and Young Child" by Steve P Shelov (among others). For first time mommy's this book is a must!! It helps you to know everything about caring for a new baby. It makes for an amazing gift as well. Ambyr gave me mine and I use it almost daily. It tells you all of the different milestones. What to expect. What different symptoms could be. Example. James had a rash. I went to my little book and it had photos of various rashes. James had a heat rash so I knew it wasn't anything serious and not worth taking to the pediatrician. Side note: I took him anyway :-/ I mean I am still a first time mom and wanted to be 100% sure.
-"The Read~Aloud Handbook" by Jim Trelease. If you like to read, you should read this book. If you do not like to read I insist that you read this book. It discusses the importance of reading to your children, reading yourself so your children see you reading, and how reading will improve your child's test scores and help them to become a life time reader. Simply put, Reading= Smart. People do not get this and I don't know why. If you read, you will know stuff. Certain people I know pretend to know stuff, but the secret is you can actually know stuff! Just read about it. Getting information from friends, relatives and acquaintances is good and can certainly be helpful but reading about the subject and getting information from various authors and subject matter experts is very informative and will make you smarter. It will also help to improve your grammer and your vocabulary.
-"Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand. This is a political book by a Russian woman who calls her political philosophy Objectivism. I learned a lot from this book and I have to say, it is my favorite book. What I liked about this book is it shows the importance of learning, working, thinking and action.
James wants his recommendations included as well:
"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" By Eric Carle
"Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Henry Holt
Anything by Sandra Boyton
"Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown
(Yes, he is wearing Halloween PJs, don't judge me).