books books books.... and happy iclw

As of five pm today I now have four pregnancy related books... oh wait make that five.  Did I mention I like to read and research the hell out of everything?  I am slightly obsessive when it comes to researching major life events.  It usually takes me a good two months of research to even decide on a resort for a trip, so thankfully I have another eight months to get the whole pregnancy research down.

And I am not an idiot... I realize that no matter how much reading and obsessing that I do... nothing will quite prepare me for the real event.  But I will try anyways.

So far I have acquired Bump It Up (which is perfect for the fashion inclined), What to Expect When You're Expecting (yes this is clinical advice but many of you have told me that it is still a must read), Does this Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat, Skinny Bitch Bun in the Oven (looking forward to this entertaining read), and Oh Baby the Places You'll Go (to be read in utero... very awesome).

I still plan on finding the perfect natural pregnancy book... it just has not happened yet.

If you are stopping by from ICLW... I am pregnant... newly pregnant... and am still in the I just found out I was pregnant honeymoon stage.  I more than understand if you want to click away from this blog immediately and will take no offense. 

We faced male factor infertility and were recently successful with IVF with ICSI.

It is quite strange for me to be participating in ICLW on the other side.  I hope you join me here very soon.

Happy ICLW!



  1. I only have one book that I got last year when pregnant with Blobby; it still has a bookmark in week 14. So I picked it up once but had to put it down. :-(

    'Bump It Up' looks perfect for you! :-)

  2. Some good natural childbirth books that I read are...
    Pregnancy, Childbirth, & the Newborn by Penny Simkin and The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer. I didn't get a chance to read it before things went wrong with our last pregnancy, but I've also heard that Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin is pretty much the Bible of natural childbirth!
    Happy reading & ICLW:)

  3. I confess, I've read absolutely nothing this time around. Couldn't bring myself to do it ... I needed to just experience whatever I was experiencing. But having some research material *is* useful! "Bump It Up" looks like all sorts of fun. :)

    Thanks for the muddy buddies recipe, too ... I bought a bag of that at a student bake sale on campus once, and have been intermittently craving it ever since!

    Hope you're feeling well ... happy ICLW!

  4. Wow, it's amazing that you are now looking at pregnancy books, so excited for you!!! Hoping you will give me a pointer or two in a week or so. :)

  5. I only have one - what to expect - and Diver Dude had to make me get it, I was too scared something would go wrong. Enjoy all your good reads :)

  6. Do you think you will get a pregnancy journal or just use your blog to document the process?

  7. I likely won't get a pregnancy journal. I have an empty journal that I purchased before I started the blog and haven't used it at all so I could always use that. I am still deciding how much I want this blog to be about pregnancy and how much to write about it.

  8. I love to read too and especially research! I'm almost obsessive about finding out information! I have heard that "Belly Laughs" by Jenny McCartney is really a funny read and "Inna Maye's Guide" is supposed to be really good to read if you want resources on natural child birth. I'm so excited for you!!

  9. Congratulations. I am also a success story having got a healthy little boy, and am now back doing IVF and PGD again trying to get a second. Doing PGD as I have muscular dystrophy and didn't want my baby to be disabled.

    Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy.

  10. So glad to hear about your happy ending!

    ~Jem (ICLW #5)

  11. Congrats!

    In terms of books, I didn't read much when I was pregnant.... but I read a ton when my daughter was first born. And, looking back, I wish I read less. Sometimes all the things the books tell you are a) conflicting and b) overwhelming and c) make you think about all sorts of things you think you 'should' do, when really you need to do what your gut tells you. Just my opinion. :)

    ICLW #28


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