I went to visit our new town today to get a bit more familiar with it, and as I pottered around, a comfortable reassurance of this being ‘just the right place’ swept over me. I try not to be too feelings-driven generally, because feelings can be rather fickle, but when it comes to decisions like where to live I think those feelings can be quite helpful. We had been looking at quite a few fairly urban places to live and I knew that they weren’t very ‘me’ and they never felt quite right. Then Danny suggested the town that we eventually chose, and it is a lot more rural and surrounded by beautiful villages, old pubs and rolling countryside which is much more up my street. I am really grateful for our new home!
I also noticed whilst wandering around that I was suddenly seeing the world through a completely new ‘parent’ lens, which took me rather by surprise. I walked past a large pet shop that has an Aquatic and Reptile section and thought: “Oh that will be a good place to take the baby on a rainy afternoon”. Then I spent a while exploring the kids section of the library and looking for the nearest park with swings and thinking about how difficult it would be to manoeuvre a buggy in certain shops. I have got baby on the brain, that’s for sure. I have been trying to treat these final few months before March as my opportunity to prepare as much as I can for motherhood and I have read a ton of parenting books in the past few weeks (pregnancy insomnia has suddenly kicked in!). These are a few I have enjoyed:
Jo Frost’s Confident Babycare – A great no-nonsense guide to caring for a newborn from the UK’s beloved Supernanny. The book is nicely laid out, easy to navigate and fills you with confidence that you can handle being a parent. I will be reaching for this hundreds of times in the first few months I imagine!
Read for the Heart by Sarah Clarkson – I am really passionate about my child being exposed to lots of great books from the start of their life. Sarah Clarkson sifted through masses of children’s literature to find the most worthwhile books for them to read, and then wrote them all down for you as a handy guide. These are some of the very best books to give to your children. Note: the author is American so there is a greater emphasis on books set in America (which I happen to love!) though you may want more of a British slant.
Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic – This is a short book of wisdom and insight from a mother of five little ones under five. How she even managed to write a book is beyond me but I enjoyed her sense of humour and desire to encourage parents facing the challenges of raising little people.
A Mother’s Heart by Jean Fleming – I absolutely loved this book. I found the author very inspiring and it really challenged me to think about how I want to raise my child. It is also practical which I find helpful and Fleming gives helpful tips on how to pray effectively for your children and how to identify and develop their strengths.
First- Time Parent by Lucy Atkins – This book was fairly basic but gives good solid advice about the early months of parenthood. There is a great section on “16 things to try if your baby won’t stop crying” which I will be bookmarking!
Don’t Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman – I have only just started this book but I thought it was worth a mention because I have often heard it recommended. This book focuses mainly on how to lovingly discipline your child – which can definitely be a bit of a minefield.
If you have read any good parenting books I’d love to know about them. After all this insomnia doesn’t look like its about to suddenly pass…