I remember like it was yesterday when my first child was born! Of course it wasn't yesterday, it was 14 yrs ago now and I really can't believe that!
I had a very difficult pregnancy and birth! I ended up with an emergency c-section but had the most beautiful baby boy I had ever seen. But then I actually had to take him home and care for him. This new life that I already loved more then life itself needed to be fed, changed, cuddled and loved. I had NO experience in child rearing, I knew nothing about children and had never even babysat! I had so many questions and doubted myself too often. I had a baby that cried all day and night with a bad case of colic and at times (more often then I like to admit) I was clueless in what I was doing.
The Baby Companion : A Faith Filled Guide for your Journey Through the First Year is a book to help you through your child's first years. I wish I would have had this book. Some of the elements include baby stats, development checker, baby care, common questions, mommy care, truth for the journey, and more. Organized into chapters that follow baby's monthly progress, the reader will have everything she needs to be informed and peaceful during her baby's first year.
This book should be on every new moms shelf! It contains some wonderful knowledge and encouragment (every mom of a newborn needs plenty of that) on a baby's first year. The book offers practical wisdom we need in caring for our babies but my favorite part is that it also offers spiritual guidance as well. Although doctors, family, good meaning friends and more can offer us advice it is God we need to seek regulary on parenting our baby.
This is my favorite line of the book.
"My Holy Spirit is the perfect guide to understand what I am calling you to do as her mother."
Now that I am an "older mother" close to 40 and have all tweens and teens I can tell you hands down this is the best parenting advice you will get! There is not always a right/wrong, black/white way to parent. You can not wrap it all up and say this fits all because every family is unique and called to lead different lives. This book keeps that in mind and it is filled with truth,reflection, and scripture to guide you and encourage you along the way.
The authors of this book want you think of it as a un-book of baby books! This is not a how to but a book that gives important medical information to help you with your PERSONAL journey in parenting and tips on allowing God to be the leader of all of that.
You can buy the Baby Companion HERE!
About the authors:
After working 13+ years in marketing, JESSICA WOLSTENHOLM is now a stay-at-home mom to her two small children. Although the transition from the corporate world to the playground has been an adjustment, she is learning more every day about accessing the grace available to us through Christ as she navigates the full time job of motherhood. Jessica lives on the edge of the Tennessee countryside with her husband, Dave, and two children.
ANDREA JOHNSTON is Board Certified with the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She completed her pediatrics residency from Indiana University at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Dr. Johnston has a passion for primary care and after completing her medical training moved back to her hometown to practice. She is a partner at Owensboro Pediatrics. She lives with her husband, Mark, and son, Cooper.
HEATHER RUPE, DO is Board Certified with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has been an OB/GYN for 6 years and has delivered over 1000 babies. Dr. Rupe is a partner at Women's Group of Franklin located in Franklin, TN where she resides with her husband and two sons.
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