I had no idea what to expect when I got pregnant. I read books, watched movies, talked to other people who had been pregnant before. People told me that my life would change once I had a baby – but no one told me that I would change.
None of the prior research I did prepared me for the transformation that would happen inside my own heart. As I went on a journey through 42 weeks of pregnancy and the first year of my daughter’s life, I discovered I had changed. Significantly.
As I compiled these essays, I remember how scared I was when I saw the positive test. I remember how lonely I felt – as if no one in my life could help guide me through the journey I was about to embark on. And I realize, as I look back on it, that God provided for me in ways I didn’t even know at the time. God held my hand with every step I took.
Most of these essays were originally published at Soul Munchies, but there are several that you won’t find anywhere else. There’s also an Appendix that has my favorite cloth diapering tips as well as my top five books for new parents.
This is my story. The story of one woman – of one family. As you’ll discover, I am an avid supporter of breastfeeding, babywearing, co-sleeping and cloth diapering. But, most importantly, I’m a proponent of finding what works for you. For your baby. For your family.
A dear friend of mine once told me that it’s most important for my baby to have a happy and healthy mama. Whether you breastfeed or bottle feed, whether you wear your baby or push her in a stroller, whether you sleep with him next to you or in the other room – my prayer, as you read this book, is that you see a glimpse of God in the journey I traveled.
Your story may be similar in some ways, but it will also be different. No matter what, it will be your story. As you travel along your own journey, may you know you are never alone – that God is with you every step of the way.