Easter Reminded Me of the Miracles That Are My Children

Greetings from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! Things have been busy. I am still a working mom of three, working full time who is trying to make a difference. I do a lot of things and try to be present so that I can learn from them. I share them on this blog so that we can learn together. Below are some thoughts, hacks, and/or lessons that I have learned from navigating my world. Below is a tale of my road to becoming the mother of three. It was a road filled with joys and disappointments. However, I wouldn't giving nothing for my journey now. Here's to embracing every step of the journey, even the painful ones, and embracing the lessons learned along the way.

Pregnancy & Childbirth Resources

Listed below are books and websites that offer information about pregnancy and childbirth.  The websites offer information to educate you on your pregnancy journey, as well as information on childbirth, infant care, and common questions. 

You may purchase these at http://www.amazon.com. You may also be able to find them at your library.

We often forget about the library, but it is a great community resource and the books are free. You will soon learn that the baby will suck up all of your available money. So, save your dollars while you can! The library may also have programs like prenatal yoga to help you interact with other expecting moms. Building a sense of community can be very reassuring. 

To access the information, please click on the links below.

Great Pregnancy and Childbirth Resources 

Pregnancy and Childbirth Websites:

Pregnancy Facts by Drug Watch.Com: http://www.drugwatch.com/women/pregnancy/

Pregnancy: http://www.pregnancy.org/

WebMd Pregnancy Center: http://www.webmd.com/baby/default.htm

Baby Center: Pregnancy: http://www.babycenter.com/pregnancy

American Pregnancy: http://www.americanpregnancy.org/

What to Expect When You're Expecting: http://www.whattoexpect.com/

MedLine Plus: Infant and Newborn Care: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/infantandnewborncare.html

Parent Time: Infant Care: http://www.parenttime.com/babytips.html

MayoClinic: Infant and Toddler Health: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/newborn/FL00107

iVillage: Newborn Care: http://parenting.ivillage.com/newborn/ncare/topics/0,,4rph,00.html

Baby Center: Feeding and Care Basics: http://www.babycenter.com/newborn-baby-feeding-care-basics

Newborn Infant Development: http://www.whattoexpect.com/first-year/month-by-month.aspx

Baby Development Stage for the First Six Months: http://baby.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Baby_Development_Stage_for_the_First_Six_Months

Becoming a Parent: http://www.comeunity.com/parenting/0parenting-newbaby.html

Baby Care: http://pregnancy.about.com/cs/newbornbabies/a/newbabycare.htm

You and Your Newborn: http://www.childdevelopmentinfo.com/parenting/newborn_baby.shtml

Newborn Baby Care: http://www.parents.com/baby/care

Postpartum Depression: How to Recognize and Reduce the Risk of Postpartum Depression

Smoking Cessation Tips: How to Quit Smoking

Books with Tips about Pregnancy and Childbirth:

What to Expect When You're Expecting: 4th Edition (Paperback) by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel (Required Reading for the pregnant woman)

Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth by Jenny McCarthy

The Pregnancy Countdown Book: Nine Months of Practical Tips, Useful Advice, and Uncensored Truths by Susan Magee and Dr. Kara Nakisbendi

40 Weeks +: The Essential Pregnancy Organizer (The Essential Organizers) by Dani Rasmussen and Antoinette Perez

The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy by Vicki Iovine (LOVED this one!)

The Pregnancy Bible: Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Early Parenthood by Joanne Stone, MD and Keith Eddleman, MD

The Joy of Pregnancy: The Complete, Candid, and Reassuring Companion for Parents-to-Be by Tori Kropp

Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality by Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP and Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP

Your Baby's First Year (Second Edition) by American Academy of Pediatrics

The Essential Baby Organizer: Birth to One Year (The Essential Organizers) by Dani Rasmussen and Antoinette Perez

Gentle Baby Care: No-cry, No-fuss, No-worry--Essential Tips for Raising Your Baby by Elizabeth Pantley and Harvey Karp

Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care: 8th Edition by Benjamin Spock and Robert Needlman

Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, 5th Edition: Birth to Age 5 (Shelov, Caring for your Baby and Young Child, Birth to Age 5) by American Academy of Pediatrics

What to Expect the First Year (What to Expect (Workman Publishing)) by Heidi Murkoff

YOU Having a Baby by Mehmet Oz, MD and Michael Roizen, MD (I listened to this book on CD over and over during my pregnancy and highly recommend it to expecting moms. It explains why your body changes and answers the age old question, "Why did my nipples get so big and dark?")