The Trifecta of Baby Books + 1

So technically I’m reviewing 4 books today instead of just three because before you realize it, that little baby of yours will be getting ready to try solid foods! And that 4th book will be a helpful resource later on when you are wondering what the heck to feed her and in what combinations.

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As you can probably guess by my selection of books is that I tend toward the scientific books. Who better to write a book than multiple pediatricians or even a developmental molecular biologist?!

The Trifecta

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1) The book “The Mayo Clinic Guide to Pregnancy: From Doctors Who Are Parents Too!” is such a great read! It’s organized and well written with so much information. It touches on every aspect of pregnancy, including exercise, the different types of births, breast feeding, diapering, etc. And because it’s written by actual doctors, it gave me an extra piece of mind that the information was accurate. I always did, however, run the information by my own ob/gyn before G’s birth or pediatrician after she was born. It’s advisable check with your doctor before implementing something new for your baby!

2) The book “Brain Rules for Baby: How to raise a smart and happy child from Zero to Five” was written by that biologist, John Medina. This book talks about the science behind children’s behavior: studies on how to praise your child to promote a “growth mindset” based on effort, not the child’s actual intelligence; what attachment theory really is and what to do when everyone’s emotions are running high. The chapter on dealing with temper tantrums is genius as well;-)  One of my favorite excerpts from this book is the following: “Write this across your heart before your child comes into the world: ‘Parenting is not a race. Kids are not proxies for adult success.’ Competition can be inspiring, but brands of it can wire your child’s brain in a toxic way. Comparing your kids with your friends’ kids will not get them, or you, where you want to go.”  Go with what you know for YOUR child. It’s a natural mindset for all of us to compare what our child does to little Johnny down the street. But each child in this world is different and progresses at their own rate…we need to let them do that.

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3) The next book I wanted to mention is titled: “Caring For Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5 by the American Academy of Pediatrics“.  I received this book after signing up for the Baby Club at our local grocery store. They sent this book to me for FREE. Check the local grocery store near you, they may have a similar program! We also get a monthly news letter and coupons for the store.  This book has every detail you can possibly imagine. I refer to it multiple times per week; it’s more like an encyclopedia of baby knowledge really. It even has sections on infant and baby CPR as well.

The “Plus 1”

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The 4th book is “The Amazing Make-Ahead Baby Food Book” by Dr. Lisa Barrangou. She is a food scientist and expert when it comes to mixing flavors! This books provides step by step program for how what fruits/veg to buy and how to prepare them in three 1-hour sessions, so you’re not spending 3 full hours at the counter at one time. You can do it over a few days. Throughout the book you’ll find instructions for pureeing each food, how to freeze it, thaw and serve to baby. Some people may think this book it ‘too simple’ for them, but let me tell you, once your little one arrives, you need simple. At least I did! My brain was mush there for a while! There is also a chapter on combining puree recipes and even one on finger foods, which is great for when baby starts feeding herself.

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When I bought the book, I also stopped by my local Bed Bath & Beyond store to buy the silicon trays. They come in a 2 pack for $6-7.99. When removing the frozen cubes from the trays though, you will need to let them set on the counter for a minute or so to loosen up. Expect to have cold fingers by the time you’re done transferring them to the ziplock bags!

All 4 books were good reads before, during & after baby arrived!  What are some of you favorites?!

Our IVF Journey to G

So hubby and I began trying to conceive the old fashioned way in 2013-2014. However, with his travel schedule (he works in the oil industry for 4 weeks at a time) and (what we found out later was) a low supply of eggs on my part, we just weren’t getting pregnant. I was 40 in 2014 and things still weren’t happening. I talked to my ob/gyn and got some recommendations for local IVF doctors. I vetted a few out and eventually went with Dr. Moshe Peress in Boca Raton. He and his staff are so friendly, helpful and professional.

Dr. Peress felt that due to my age and low supply of eggs that we forgo the usual drugs (Clomid, etc.) and IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) and go directly to the IVF (InVitro Fertilization) process. Thankfully my insurance through work covered all but the deductible for this entire process, otherwise the out of pocket costs would be around $18,000. This was a true blessing as my husband’s insurance does not cover any infertility treatments.

So Feb 2, 2015, we started the process. I met with a nurse at Dr. Peress’ office and she walked me through the process of home injections with the hormones I would need to “plump” up my eggs for retrieval. Two shots in the morning and 1 shot in the evening. For someone who hates needles, I still do NOT know how I gave them to myself for a week prior to the retrieval. The egg retrieval was completed under anesthesia the following week and 4 eggs were taken out. Three of the eggs were mature enough to attempt to fertilize. Two of the embryos made it to day 4 of 5 and only 1 embryo made it to day 5. That one was the winner! She was already coming out looking for something to attach to (aka my uterus). On 2/17/15, that embryo was inserted back in to my uterus. The embryologist at Dr. Peress’ office (and I cannot remember his name to save my life!) truly loves his job. We sat in his office for about 30 minutes prior to the procedure to talk about the embryo and procedure itself. He even gave me a photo of Baby G from under the microscope prior to her implantation. What a loving, talented man. Heaven-sent for sure.

On Friday 2/27/15, I went in to the doctor’s office that morning at 8am for my blood test to see if we were pregnant. I didn’t do the pee test as I was cautiously optimistic and didn’t want to get my hopes up at all. I’ve never done anything like this before, so who knows if it’s going to work!  Around lunchtime, Amy from Dr. Peress’ office called to let me know that the procedure was a success and we were expecting! I couldn’t believe it. We were going to have a baby! I shared the news with hubby via email unfortunately because he was out of the country and I couldn’t call him. He was over the moon! I shared the news with a few select friends and family, but not everyone. The official announcement would come later.  Our story is precious to me. To think that there are men and women on this earth so talented and skilled to be able to make this happen for us, is truly amazing. They are a Godsend to us and to all of the people they help.

I love telling people this story and in the shortened version, we technically got pregnant in the span of a month, without hubby even being in the country and in a petri dish before my body was!

First photo of Baby G already “breaking out of her shell”.

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