Wednesday

Book Review and Giveaway - Oh, Baby! 7 Ways a Baby Will Change Your Life The First Year


Are you really prepared for your baby's arrival? No matter if it's your first, second, third or more each and every baby will change your life in a way you never thought it could. Oh, Baby! 7 Ways a Baby Will Change Your Life The First Year is a wonderful book that will provide you with the "real story" about how a new baby will change your life. These changes—which occur in 7 key areas of life—may surprise you:

Love: A new baby will introduce you to the deepest, purest love you’ll ever know, but how can this also be a painful love?

Self: Having a child “completes you” and makes you a better person, but in what ways will it also challenge your sense of “self”?

Marriage: Baby’s first year of life exerts many pressures on a marriage. How can you and your partner work toward moving the pendulum from confinement, confusion and chaos back to fun, reward and growth?

Career: There are so many decisions to be made. Will you be able to balance all of the responsibilities that go along with making a living and raising a child—and do them both successfully?

Spiritual Life: The miracle of new life can be spiritually awakening, but in what ways can it also test your faith?

Friends: Friendships come and go throughout your life—but especially when a new baby arrives. How does having a baby attract—but also alienate!—friends?

Extended Family: Having a baby is a “family affair” that impacts—both positively and negatively—your relationships with parents, in-laws and siblings. Is family harmony possible?

This book offers you practical advice through narratives, questions and experienced advice that is easily relatable to our everyday lives. I know reading this book I thought to myself several times, "I've done that..." "I should try that..." or "that happened to me!" Each narrative gives you a brief background of each couple, their lives together and how they got to the point that they are at now. There are questions throughout that make you stop and think about your own life. You find yourself saying "OMG we're Anna and Steve!"

After having my son, my life drastically changed. He's the most amazing person I've ever met. It's true I found a new sense of the word love. Now that I'm pregnant with number 2, my life has already changed and she's not even here yet. You can prepare the nursery and buy the diapers but does that make you ready to be a mom? Or a mom again?

Oh, Baby! 7 Ways a Baby Will Change Your Life The First Year is a proud winner of the 2006 Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Award, the only award program to ever be honored by Disney.com as well as the winner of an iParenting Media Award and a Moms' Choice Award! This is a great gift for any new or expecting parent.

Now is your chance to win your own copy of Oh, Baby! One of the authors Susan Heim, has been kind enough to donate an autographed copy of her book to be given away to one of Oh My Baby's lucky blog readers.

To enter simply leave a comment below by Friday September 5th telling us one way a baby has or you think will change your life. One lucky winner will be chosen at random. Winner will have 72 to hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck!

58 comments:

Rockin' Mama said...

My son is the most wonderful blessing...and of course he has totally changed my life. I don't sleep like I used to but that's ok because I have a sweet baby that we cuddle up to at night. We laugh more and have relaxed a lot because with a baby, things just aren't going to always go as planned. We've learned to be more patient and more flexible!

jasonncaryn at yahoo dot com

sphinx63 said...

I know I won't get enough sleep, but that's okay! Worth it!

Little Piddles said...

I have a double baby shower coming up so if I win one of them will be very happy:) Thanks for a great giveaway!

Haasiegirl said...

You have no idea how I need this! My 18 year old cousin, who just moved in with me so she could get her life together, found out she is PG. I am trying to explain to her the realities of a child...but i think its inexplainable. Its not diapers and formula. Its not just kisses at bedtime. Its more. I stupidly cannot find any of my pregnancy books..this would really help.

trisha
www.momdot.com

Ivan Girl said...

I used to live a fast, carefree life before but when I got pregnant and gave birth last year to my first baby, I didn't know that life will change dramatically.

Although a lot of things have to be considered to accommodate the arrival of this heavenly present, I knew then that my son would give me endless joy and smiles and laughter each day. He's growing fast, well and smart. I adore him more than ever. As I see him growing and discovering new things about him, I see the things I need to change in myself and right now, I am starting to do that. I hope to be a good mom to him and provide him all the love and care a mom can give. :)

Kara said...

I think a baby would make me a lot more selfless. I think I would become a better person because not only would my decisions impact myself, but they would also impact my child.

Kama said...

That sounds like a great book! Our baby is due 5 weeks from today!!! Our life is about to change in so many ways... We close on a house this Friday and plan to move over the weekend. How much of it will get settled before the baby arrives? That depends on who comes to help me and how long this baby stays inside! I also am no longer teaching, so we're learning to live on one income so I can stay home with the baby. The baby will change our lives by giving us less sleep, teaching us how to love unconditionally and so many other things we don't even know right now. We are so looking forward to meeting our baby and finding out if we have a son or daughter (since we decided to keep it a surprise). I can't even hold back my emotions as I write this!! :)

Chris and Julie said...

With a baby on the way...I am excited but nervous for all of the changes that lie ahead. I would love to read this book:)

Heather and Clay said...

I didn't realize before my son was born that leisurely meals out would be a thing of the past!

Teresa said...

I have a four month old and am realizing just how much our lives have changed. He's absolutely amazing.

The Saunders Family said...

well, I am more patient and compassionate.

shaditree33 said...

I can't wait to find how my life will change...I've wanted a baby for so long. I can only speculate the changes... more patience, more gratitude, more giving lifestyle. I welcome all the changes!

MrsAdams06 said...

Our daughter just turned one. I think it's helped me take a closer look at some of my habits- like my tendency to have a short temper, or snack on junk food too much. I look at those things in myself more in order to ask if that's the example I want to set for her.

MamaMia said...

I have a 15 year old stepson and a 4 year old daughter. I am 39 and expecting another. Sometimes I don't know how I am going to do it. It makes me feel older than I am! Claw121803@yahoo.com

~Steffie~ said...

I'm not actually expecting a baby (and hopefully not for awhile) but one of my good friends is and I would love to be able to give this too her. Thanks for the opportunity!

Walt and Sarah. said...

I think a baby will re-open my eyes to the simple things in life as they discover sights, sounds, and touch of so many things we don't think twice about.

waltandsarah [at] yahoo [dot] com

LeeAnn said...

I know we'll have to keep the lines of communication open as a couple instead of using each other to "vent" about the difficult times due to lack of sleep, etc.

shiloh said...

I am much more patient and flexible!

Storm said...

I no longer buy things for me - it's all for her! LOL ;)

Jennifer B said...

This will make number 3. I can't wait for this baby to come and shed the light that a new baby does.

flmom said...

My children are my life and my world revolves around them. I always have company, stay busy 24/7, lack in the sleep department...BUT would not change it for anything. They are my blessings and I find it amazing to watch them grow & develop everyday.

Michelle said...

the focus is no longer me, but their needs.

shelenec said...

I just found out I am pregnate with number 4 after 3 years of tring I gave up and gave everthing away and NOW I am due in April. So my life will change all over again with a 6 year gap. Starting all over again will be fun. Thanks

texanromaniac said...

My husband and I are just now starting to try for our first!! I'd LOVE to win this book...what a great contest!!

Sandy said...

kids turn you from being a selfish me to care about them or it should be that way..but you have lives depending on you for the next 20 years

zoe hunter said...

Oh my gosh, I will have to change my entire sleeping pattern once a little one comes along. For now, I will enjoy all of my friends and familie's babies.

reb said...

They have brought more joy to my life.

rebbi511 at peoplepc.com

vboackle said...

my grandchildre and babies have made my life glorious.

Erica G said...

Now that I have a baby I realized how much I always thought of myself first. That has certainly changed.

egreca (at) hotmail {dot} com

LBSGONE said...

My babies taught me to put others before myself.
cherylfrancisco@hotmail.com

naynays1 said...

Only the first year? Sounds like a great read. Thanks

dawnnut1 said...

Don't have one, yet, but I believe there will be no more sleeping in on the weekends!

bfox74 said...

A friend of mine said it best when he said he'd never thought he'd jump off a cliff to save someone he'd just met until he had a baby...big change of thought process!

bonobo said...

double the changes for us with our twins! Getting enough sleep is our biggest battle. Our biggest joy is watching our two babies love each other more every day. How lucky are they? How lucky are we?

bagfashionista said...

I'm six months pregnant now, and my husband and I are trying to savor each precious moment left of just "being the two of us". The baby will be a wonderful addition to our little family unit, but from then on, it'll never be just the two of us anymore.

Anna said...

Having a child has made me much more sensitive to everything! Everything sad makes me cry now, whereas I used to be much thicker skinned.

Annie said...

Before any of my kids were born I didn't realize how well I could function on such little sleep!

Before my second was born, I was worried that I wouldn't love her enough, but the love came naturally and there was no reason to worry!

I'd love a copy of this book!

thanks

nancyrobster@gmail.com

Mary K said...

get very little sleep & coffee always cold before I can drink it

Ljublijana said...

I'm no longer organized

Robert said...

I love it!

mverno said...

my grandboy

gkstratos said...

I'm much more organized now.
gkstratos@yahoo.com

Sharon said...

I now know the meaning of unconditional love.

jryamada said...

no more time for myself....But loving every minute of it.

rgbchic said...

Watching my god son grow and being a part of his life have shown me how precious having a baby will be. Of course as the godmother I get to spoil him rotton.

Stephanie said...

My house is messier, I am more tired, and I have less time for myself but none of that matters. My little guy has changed the way I look at life and love!

Michelle said...

No more "me" time when I want it. These things need to be scheduled now.

Lena said...

I never thought I would have to schedule a shower at least 24hrs in advance! Kora has made me a better person. More tolerant, patient, strong, confident, and determined. Plus, I don't care if I look nerdy anymore. If my bright yellow cheap 80s sunglasses make her laugh, I'll wear them to church!

Timothy Sternberg said...

I don't sleep like I used to but that's ok.

Susanne said...

That your schedule now resolves around the baby!

kygirl said...

I have learned alot about unconditional love.

madangle said...

every errand is like preparing for an overnight trip

Melissa said...

I am a grandmother of a baby girl, now two and 1/2 months old. I got custoday of her at birth. My youngets is 15 years old so to say this was shocking and that I was unprepared would be totally understated. Intead of thinking wow, I will be raising kids forever I am thinking this is the biggest blessing to ever happen to me. She will give me a reason to decorate the house up big time at Christmas, bake cookies, go to some sporting events or whatever she decides to play, and most of all this will give me a reason to stay young and vibrant! I didn't know how much I needed this little girl until I looked into her eyes. And I was just plain hooked and in Love.

donna444444 said...

It really made me feel responsible.

Miranda said...

Everything goes from being all about you to be all about baby

purango said...

Your relationship with your wife will change. You give up being the object of all your wife's attention but you gain a relationship with another person. Your child will sometimes want to only talk to your wife and other times only you. garrettsambo@aol.com

Mutchkin21 said...

I realized that all my old friends and family changed once they had kids. Some I feel for the worse and others changed their lives for the best. Having a child changes people in different ways that I used to fear that change. Unilt recently, I don't fear it any longer knowing my husband will be such a great daddy. He is highly trying and really into the baby stage. Shopping for baby clothes, toys is his specialty and baby books is on his list to do. The thing is, I am not even expecting yet. I know that we grew away from people who had children as our interests and commonship changed; however, I realized now the reasons why we grew apart. I feel I matured now and will mature more as we have children of our own. We know everything won't go as planned but we will try to plan it as best as we can to benefit us and our new addition to the family. We can't wait til the delievery room where we hold our buddle of joy for the first time, to walk to the classroom on the first day of school, hold the very first break up or build a car to that day they fly away on their own. Not looking forward the mirror actions we did as children/teens, but that is part of life and recycled growth.

Kari said...

My kids are my life. I can't imagine my life without them. Everything I do, I do for them. Before I had kids, I was more carefree and didn't worry so much. Now, even crossing the street makes me think.

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