You may have noticed that I’ve been a little inactive these last couple months. And while that’s partly because I’ve been busy (so insane), it’s also because I’ve spent a good portion of the last few months curled up in complete misery. Ah, the joys of the first trimester! But as that slowly is fading (knock on wood) we’re getting more and more excited. Bug is thrilled but has tons of questions about the baby. How does it breathe? What does it look like? Will it like peanut butter too? I, on the other hand, am more focused on how Bug is feeling about the baby (nicknamed Peanut). I’ve been trying to encourage discussing his feelings and ideas, while Bug’s more interested in the actual logistics of it all.
And so we’ve been reading two specific books quite a lot recently. Please check them out below:
Shelia Kitzinger & Lennart Nilsson
Bug’s enraptured by this one. I bought it right away when I found out I was pregnant. We had it when I was younger and I remember how I would pour over the pages while my little sisters were still waiting to be born. The pictures are actual photographs of babies developing in the womb and the information is actual information. There’s no cute names for anything and the baby is never in the mommy’s tummy. I like this for two reasons. First, I’m being honest with Bug. Second, I’m not trying to unteach him stuff later (oh, I just said all that stuff about storks…).
My only caution is that because there’s no beating around the bush with this book, be aware that they discuss intercourse (very well, in my opinion) and there are photographs of the baby nursing and actually being born. So if you don’t want your little one exposed to that, then I’d skip this book.
Ruby’s Baby Brother
Kathryn White & Miriam Latimer
I love the feelings that are displayed in this book and the way they’re described. Ruby makes me smile, laugh, and get a little teary eyed. She’s worried when her mom is on the way home with her new brother. That quickly shifts to fear as she’s worried he’ll turn her into a mouse with his magic baby powers. That morphs into annoyance at the amount of attention that the new baby is getting. And once she has a moment to herself with the baby it all transforms into love. She then begins plotting the number of amazing adventures on which the to of them will embark. The illustrations are full of bright and imaginative imagery. It’s a great combination.