Freebie Friday: Milk Band Breastfeeding Bracelet

Next week’s Freebie Friday Giveaway will be a Milk Band. It’s a usefully little bracelet you can wear to track how long your baby has breastfed throughout the day. You can also track which breast to start on during the next feeding. I wore one of these for the first couple of months and found it invaluable.

If you would like to enter in the drawing, just leave a comment saying if you plan to breastfeed, if you did breastfeed or what you think of breastfeeding and why.

If you want some more info on Milk Bands, check out their site: http://www.milkbands.com/

And to end today’s post, a little peek into the lives of Isa and me. This is a shot of us as we read blogs in the morning. Pardon my locks, I had not yet showered (or brushed my teeth for that matter).

At the computer.

BUENAS NOTICIAS – MIL watched Isa tonight so Mi.Vida and I could grab dinner. It was really nice to spend time together just the two of us and get home in time to put Isa to bed.

And the winner of the Big Book Giveaway is…

(drumroll please) … Al from Mission Motherhood!

Luckily for Al, this news isn’t 1/100th as exciting as finding out today that her third pregnancy is not ectopic. Being a fellow ectopic survivor I know just how amazing that feels. I cried when I commented on her blog today, telling her how happy I was for her, and now I’m pleased as punch to tell her that she’s won the Big Book Giveaway! YAY!

Thank you everyone who entered. Books have always been a really important part of my life and have helped me through some difficult and wonderful times. I’m very excited to share one of four very special books, that pulled me through four very important parts of my live, with a fellow blogger.

C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S   A*L!!!!

Freebie Fridays: Big Book Giveaway

I’m sad to post this so late (it’s barely Friday anymore!) but it’s the best I can do…

For my first official freebie Friday I want to announce the Big Book Giveaway! Next Friday I will be giving away one of my favorite books from my journey into motherhood. During each phase of my journey (TTC, pregnancy loss, pregnancy and motherhood) I’ve found one book that really spoke to me, that really helped me get through. Whoever wins the Big Book Giveaway can choose the book that she wants, be it for this phase in her life, or the next.

The four books are (drum roll please…..)

TTC

The Way of the Fertile Soul: Ten Ancient Chinese Secrets to Tap into a Woman’s Creative Potential by Dr. Randine Lewis

This was one of the first books I bought as I started to explore alternative paths through TTC. While this book is written to help women preserve and enhance fertility, it’s also about fostering creativity and cultivating passion in your life. I really felt like this book spoke to me and helped me see how my overall health and happiness could affect my chances at conception. It was a message that governed a lot decisions I made while trying to conceive.

Pregnancy Loss

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron

This book touched me, during a time when I my heart felt unreachable . A friend gave me this book in the aftermath of my ectopic; each chapter helped me to accept the suffering in my life and learn to have faith in the peace of the present moment. I can’t explain how this book brought me such comfort, but I’ve given it to others in times of loss and they’ve all agreed it was invaluable. This book helped me pick up the pieces and gave me the courage to move forward.

Pregnancy

The Pregnant Woman’s Companion: Nine Strategies That Work to Keep Your Peace of Mind Through Pregnancy and Into Parenthood by Christine D’Amico

There are so many books written about pregnancy for pregnant woman, and I read most of them, but this was by far the most essencial. Unlike most books, which chronicle the physical changes of both mother and child, the Pregnant Woman’s Companion offers a guidebook for the emotional and social changes of pregnancy. This book helped me navigate the challenges of altered friendships, road bumps in my relationship and panic about my ability to maneuver through the immense transition into motherhood. It also helped me honor of the grief of my ectopic pregnancy while celebrating the joy of my second. The nine strategies really allowed me to enjoy my pregnancy more, and for that I’ve forever grateful.

Motherhood

Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood by Karen Maezen Miller

This is an essential book for all new mothers who feel overwhelmed in their new role (and I would bet that ALL new mothers apply). Momma Zen is a wonderfully honest look at the challenges of being a mother, and the opportunity motherhood affords those who are willing to experience it without judgment. This book taught me that my daughter can be my greatest teacher, if only I  don the role of student. Momma Zen doesn’t sugar coat motherhood but it has transformed many everyday “mom” moments into something altogether sweeter.

If you would like to participate in the Big Book Giveaway, all you have to do is comment on my blog! Any day this week (until, and including, next Friday) leave a comment telling me about a book that has helped you at any time in your life. If you’d like to enter more than once, leave a second or third comment (each on a different day, please) sharing more books that have made a difference in your life. You don’t have to write much, a simple sentence or two will do. On Friday, at 9pm Pacific, I will announce the winner (chosen at random) of the Big Book Giveaway. That person will get to choose which of the four books above they would like to receive and that book will be in the mail immediately.

I look forward to hearing about the special books in your lives and sharing a special book from mine!