So I think I mentioned a little herniated disc issue I had a while back that enabled me to actually do nothing but read for a few days? It was absolutely heavenly to slowly make my way through the stack on my bedside table!
Except for the agonizing lower back pain, that is.
Nevertheless, one of the lovely little books that was waiting patiently for me to finally pick it up was Expecting: Praying for Your Child’s Development–Body and Soul by the delightful Marla Taviano.
Can I just say? This book is a gem. An absolute delight. I fear I cannot say enough things about how sweet it is.
For starters, it’s a really nice size. I have a silly fondness for cute little hand-sized books, and this one is just so. It’s perfect for the bedside table, not obscenely large and demanding lots of attention (unlike the pregnant women it has been written for). It is demure and polite as it waits for you to pick it up.
And you will want to pick it up, and frequently! Because EPFYCDBAS, as I shall refer to it from here-on, is so much more than a book. It is a personal journal through every stage of pregnancy, including the days before you’re even certain that a baby is on the horizon.
Each week of pregnancy has some suggested prayers, information about what’s going on in both the baby and the mother’s development, and a place to record thoughts, hopes, and dreams for the future. Each week has gentle advice from Marla, herself a mama to three precious little girls, about how to prepare for the arrival of the wee one.
Scattered throughout EPFYCDBAS are perfectly timed Bible verses and quotes ranging from humorous to profound. As an unapologetic quote-hound, I was consistently delighted by this touch!
At the end of 40 weeks, the expectant mommy goes from expectant to gratified and has not only a beautiful little baby to snuggle, but a keepsake journal to give the snugglee at some point in his/her future, perhaps when parenthood becomes a reality for them as well. I only wish I’d had a stash of copies some 22 years ago!
This book would be so perfect for anyone who is pregnant, plans to be pregnant, knows anyone who is pregnant, or is otherwise a member of the human race. Seriously, it would be an excellent gift for that special woman who has just gotten the elusive two pink lines on the pee stick. Is that lady you? Then I offer my congratulations. AND a chance to win this little jewel.
Just leave me a comment letting me know what brand of pregnancy test you believe is the best, and you’ll be entered to win. Do you prefer EPT’s? Generic? Killing a bunny? I’ll pick a winner via Random.org on Sunday and get a copy on its way to you. Not my copy, however. I’m still hoping to use it someday myself.
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