Oh my goodness, I am feeling like a big ole baby mama to be! The heat! The humidity! The exploding belly!
And looking back on this ALC dress, from just over a year ago, wow, makes me kind of wistful for a waist to cinch again. But thank goodness this is one of those items I unearthed from my closet that pulls double duty, well triple, since I initially wore it here as a transitional summer to fall piece (originally posted here). You'd be surprised what you can make work- believe it or not this is a size 4, albeit a generously cut size 4. It's also a fabulously lightweight sheer fabric, perfect for these last two months of pregnancy.
I can't believe we are in the home stretch already- makes me nervous. And makes me realize I am way behind on my baby reading. I had a heavy binge session on my current baby book yesterday in an attempt to catch up-Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems: New, Revised, Edition, by Dr. Ferber. It's not what I'd call a page turner, but full of helpful advice on how to instill healthy sleep practices in your child, from infancy to teen years. I find myself worrying about this because, while I want to put the little one down to sleep early, I also want her to have time with daddy....who often works very long days. Put her to sleep too early and she misses time with dad. Put her to sleep to late and I worry it isn't setting a good model for years to come.
Other books I have read along the last 7 months:
The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy I would definitely recommend that new moms start with this light hearted read. It contains advice styled after gossip your friends would tell you. Very funny and a very nice way to ease into the pregnancy.
What to Expect When You're Expecting The baby bible, right? Well, learn from my mistake, I read this first and scared myself to no end. It's full of absolutely everything you might ever need to know about baby, prenatal issues, the birthing process, and all the bits in between, but it was a bit clinical and scary since it explained so many technical issues and possible outcomes. More helpful to read this month to month (as the chapters are set up) and as a resource to look things up as they arise.
Likewise, the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy, is more of a resource to look things up rather than read cover to cover. Which is what I have been using it for after my WTEWYE experience!
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting Knowing my obsession with all things French, you knew this was on the list right? Part tale of displaced American in Paris, part parenting guide, part entre into the the French style of parenting, it is in my opinion, full of useful advice. I particularly liked the sections on sleep and eating habits (how NOT to have a picky eater!!). As with all books, there is also some advice I would leave by the wayside, but that is why it helps to read a lot of options.
Baby Bargains: Secrets to Saving on baby furniture, gear, and more! This guide comes out anually and is a must buy before you start assembling your registry or buying anything. Chock full of reviews, ratings, resale value, and feedback, it is what guided me through most of the big purchases- car seats, strollers, etc. I also relied heavily on Amazon ratings and reviews!
Still on the reading list: The Happiest Baby on the Block, On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep, and French Kids Eat Everything. Phew! A lot to squeeze into two months!