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Motherhood: 6 Things I’ve Learned The First 6 Months – Part 2/6

Motherhood.  I have discovered that this new role in my life is full of love, anxiety and lack of sleep! Yet, it has been a life changing and completely rewarding experience.  This month I’ll be highlighting 6 things I learned my first 6 months in, as a new mommy. These are merely a collection of my experiences and advice for soon-to-be moms.

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For those of you that may not know me, I am a bit of a bookworm.  I love to read and I read A LOT when I was pregnant because I felt this deep need to be VERY prepared.  Some books were great reads, others were just “meh”. Which leads me to part 2 of this 6 part series:

☀️2: Trust me when I say that you really only need to read these 4 books and I even got 1 for the Fathers-to-be out there. These are the best in my opinion and I still reference these today!

At the top of my list, I’d highly recommend getting both of the What to Expect books.  These two books were gifted to me and they were fabulously full of great information.

  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting –This is a great book to read while you’re pregnant. I frequently referenced it!
  • What to Expect the First Year — This is a great book to read once baby has arrived and gives you a play-by-play of what you can expect from your baby the first year. It has been a great reference for me!  Trust me when I say, you will find that you ask yourself the “is this normal?” question A LOT and this book has a lot of those answered already.

Next on my list:

On Becoming BabyWise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep — This book continues to be a wonderful reference for me. If you are someone that likes flexibility but also giving your baby a routine or schedule then you should read this book. My daughter sleeps through the night and is such a happy baby! I am all for this method and process. It’s worth it! They also have a second book once your baby hits 5 months that goes in a little more depth on what to expect with the schedule once you start introducing solid foods.

And lastly…


Like a Mother, By Angela Garbes — This book was a candid and personal deep dive into the science and culture of pregnancy and motherhood. It was such a fast read, “laugh-out-loud funny” to “OMG seriously?!” I learned a lot and it was nice to get another perspective on pregnancy and motherhood and “why things are the way they are now”. It was very eye opening.  I’d highly recommend reading it towards the end of your pregnancy.  It is a good read to save towards the end when you can’t move anywhere!

For the Dads:

Dude: You’re Gonna Be a Dad! How to Get {Both of You} Through the Next 9 Months, by John Pfeiffer — Ladies, don’t expect much from Dads when it comes to reading and preparing, that is something that naturally happens within us and we can’t expect them to be like us!  However, if there is ANY book that you can give your Dad-to-be, it’s this one.  Not only is it laugh out loud funny, but it is great advice for what Dad-to-be can do to prepare for the big day and what to expect from Mom-to-be.

If you’re not a book person, there are so many apps and even YouTube videos out there too!

One app that I frequently reference is the BabyCenter App. It tracks your pregnancy as well as once baby is born and what you can expect each week. I enjoyed it a lot when I was pregnant – all the informational videos were neat. I also enjoy it now and how it tells me what I can expect developmentally with our baby girl. Again, a great app.

In terms of YouTube, there are so many mommy vlogs out there. Some popular channels include: Britneyandbaby, Jesssfam, and Itsjudyslife. I also enjoyed the ones done by professional nurses and doctors – but beware, you can get lost in those YouTube videos and stumble on something you really didn’t want to know about!

If you have any resources that you love or use often, please share below! I’d love to hear from you!

2 thoughts on “Motherhood: 6 Things I’ve Learned The First 6 Months – Part 2/6”

  1. One of my favorite apps after my kids were born is the Wonder Weeks. It talks about different developmental milestones that happen at very predictable ages (indicated by week). Such a great tool to understand why my kids were being fussy or clingy!!

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