Friday, March 2, 2012

Pregnancy Series: What To Expect The First Year plus Giveaway!!

UPDATED: This giveaway has now ended!

I can't believe it's been over a month since I've posted, but it has truly taken that long for us to find our groove with our new school routines, especially with two kids at two different schools half and hour apart! So this next issue in our Friday Pregnancy Series is long overdue, but, like the saying says, all good things come to those who wait. The wonderful folk at What To Expect saw my review on their original book, and not only sent me some more of their books to review, but have also offered my readers the chance to win a set of the original What To Expect When You Are Expecting, What To Expect The First Year, and What To Expect The Second Year.  All you need to do is leave a comment letting me know which book you would like to win! Entries close Friday 9 March 2012.

Today I am going to review What To Expect The First Year, which I already had (an older edition) and used constantly when Stephen was a baby.  I would love to say I used it constantly when Irini was a baby, but as any mother with two (or more) kids can tell you, all that kind of stuff (including the obsessive memory keeping and millions of photos) just kind of falls away with the second child! 

My favourite thing about this book is that while it's organised month by month (like a lot of baby books), making it easy to find what you want for a particular stage, it also has separate sections for more specific information that are not age specific (for example, issues that come up in different seasons, illnesses, special needs babies) and may be needed or not depending on your situation.  It means that when your baby born in the middle of summer develops a heat rash, you can go right to the season section, instead of having to wade through the whole book.

The other part I loved and found really useful was the section devoted to mum. It covers all sorts of things, from the commonly discussed, such as postnatal depression, through to things you may not see covered so often, such as sex, birth control, how to cope with a young baby in your life, as well as diet and fitness. It really was one of the most useful sections of the book for me.

So, if you are expecting a baby, or have a new born, make sure you run, don't walk, to get a copy of this book! Or, even better, enter my giveaway!!

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Disclaimer: What To Expect provided the books for the giveaway, as well as this book for review consideration. I have received no other compensation. All opinions are my own, and have not been influenced in any way.


rachwinga said...

I have a 5 month old so i'd love to win the "what to expect the first year" thanks for the opportunity!

Sammie said...

I have just been recommended your blog!
I'm wanting to be a SAHM for as long as possible, and I hear you have great tips etc... for all of that!
I'll be adding you to my list of blogs to follow NOW!

Olso, I'd love to win wither What to expect in the first year or even the second year!

I have a 6 month old, and my sister is currently pregnant with her first!
I passed on my copies of 'before you're expecting' and 'while you're expecting' to her and I could do the same with these too!

I currently have Robyn Barkers book, but I miss the 'what to expect' books. The best baby books out there IMO!

Heather said...

I would really love to win a copy of this book! Baby #3 is due in July and I haven't had a book like this to read about during my children's first year! Every child is different!

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Mikki said...

I haven't had a baby yet, but we will be trying soon. I would like "What to Expect When You're Expecting."

GoodnessGraces said...

I would love what to expect the first year. I have one, but that seems like so long ago and we are trying for number 2 now.

I loved my What to expect when you are expecting book.

Mercedes said...

Though I'm expecting now, I'd like to win the What to Expect the first year

kschmidt said...

My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for a few months. No luck yet, but hopefully soon! So I'd love a copy of What to expect when your expecting!

Deal Bunny said...

i would LOVE 'what to expect when you're expecting' !!! (

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