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"What a lovely and lyrical way to usher in a baby and celebrate the unfolding stages of parenting. " --Janet Chan, editorial director, the Parenting Group. Baby Blessings highlights the wonders of babyhood with classic and new poems, lullabies, and blessings for every stage of baby's life, from pregnancy to infanthood to the toddler years. Featuring contributions from such well-known names as Dr. Spock, Brahms, and Rami Shapiro, Baby Blessings also includes special sections for baby-naming ceremonies, christenings, and other precious moments. Baby Blessings provides inspiration and joyful reflections for the new mother just beginning to explore the miraculous experience of birth and motherhood, as well as the seasoned mom who wants to recapture the priceless emotions of those early days. Parents will treasure this collection for years to come. Our Wish for You May you always see beauty in the world And hear music every day. May you know the touch of gentle hands And walk the peaceful way. May the words you speak be loving, May laughter see you through. May you be blessed with hope and joy-- These gifts we wish for you. --Theresa Mary Grass
Shipping tycoon Jackson Champion hadn't become a Texas billionaire by crumbling under pressure. So when his sexy assistant, Ysabel Sanchez, decided to walk away from him and his megasuccessful corporation, he wasn't taking no for an answer. After all, memories of their recent one-night stand had consumed him, and now Ysabel's inability to meet his eye made him wonder what she wasn't telling him. But exploring their feelings had to wait. An unknown enemy intended to bring down Champion Shipping, and Jackson was an expert at protecting what was his. But could he also lay claim to Ysabel and the secrets she had yet to reveal?
His motto was Don't Get Involved. So why had rancher Jack Sheridan helped a stranger deliver her baby during the worst blizzard in history? Now the newborn had him wrapped around her little finger. And her beautiful, willful mama was trying to sweet-talk him into sharing more than just his home. Single and desperate Tess Danielson was thankful Jack had taken her in from the storm, even though he was just waiting for the chance to dump her on someone else's doorstep. But after weeks of heated glances and steamy kisses Tess was no longer fooled by his off-putting demeanor. She just had to make him realize that good lovin' could go a long way to thaw his cold, hard heart.
We sat at the kitchen table, across from each other. In the same spots we sat for dinner up till a month ago. The shadows on the table looked like prison bars again. This time it was Star being caged. Star, who thought leaving made her free. That life would be all hunky-dory shampooing heads and sweeping floors while Mama got slapped around -- far enough away so she wouldn't have to hear the screams. That's when I knew for sure -- I couldn't leave Mama. And Star couldn't make me any more than I could make her stay. A painfully beautiful novel that exposes the haunting world of spousal abuse, as Blue's family comes apart at the seams. After Pa drowned in the river, Mama up and married Jinx, whom Blue and Star know is big trouble. And now Star has run away, leaving Blue behind. It was hard enough to watch Mama get knocked around when Jinx was in one of his "moods," but now, with Star gone, Jinx has spun out of control. It's up to Blue to find Star and get help for Mama, to piece the family back together again. But Blue is running out of time. With biting realism and poignancy, this compelling young-adult novel explores Blue's struggle to protect her family and stand up against what she knows is wrong.
The authors of "Body Signs" return with an indispensable guide that will help parents detect signs of ill health in their children, but will also soothe their concerns when there is no need to worry. Illustrations.
Meticulously researched and warmly presented, the most authoritative and persuasive guide to attachment parenting. When it comes to early parenting, scientific evidence points time and again to the bond between parent and child as a critical factor in a baby's health and well-being. Backed by more than 1,200 trusted sources, this breakthrough guide reveals the many little-known advantages that only a responsive, nurturing parenting style can provide: Surprising evidence on the benefits of breastfeeding; How attentiveness and touch impacts permanent brain development in infants; Under-reported facts about how to reduce colic, food allergies, and illness; Why sharing sleep is both safe and natural; How to reduce future teen-year stress by bonding with your young child early. At the forefront of a passionate, growing movement called "attachment parenting," this warmly presented guide is a rare overview of information too often missing from parenting circles, pediatric offices, and financially motivated product promotions. Why Attachment Parenting? Cultures around the world that practice more natural forms of parenting have healthier infants who cry much less, toddlers who do not exhibit "terrible twos," generally respectful teenagers, and independent adults who participate in family matters. A well-controlled study found sleeping outside of the parents' room brought 10. 5 times the risk of SIDS as sleeping in the parents' room. Studies have shown that infants who receive frequent physical affection have lower overall levels of stress. In the United States and other industrialized countries, the infant death rate for formula-fed infants is twice that of exclusively breastfed babies. Excerpt from The Baby Bond Most would agree that children probably do not consciously remember the way they were treated during early infancy. Many recount this observation as support or comfort for their ideas about ignoring babies' cries for attention and providing minimal stimulation. Yet, it can be shown that while the specifics may be lost, unconscious memories are developed on the neurological and biochemical level from birth a baby's brain develops from day one according to its environment. Childhood, adolescence, and adulthood are all affected by this early programming. And, as far as the coveted independence goes, it has been shown that those who receive the most affection early on display the highest levels of independence as adults.
Rory expected Angel to look after his orphaned nephew. Under other circumstances, Angel would have liked nothing better--she adored babies. But the baby was her ex-husband's love-child, and Rory was the brother-in-law who she knew had always been secretly attracted to her. One look at the tiny baby and Angel was lost. She bonded instantly with him. She couldn't say no to becoming his stand-in mom--even if it did mean having to move in with Rory. His baby--he's sexy, he's successful...and he's facing up to fatherhood!
Firefighter Nic Carano relishes his bachelor lifestyle. Then he loses his heart to a rescued baby. And when he meets the infant's lovely aunt-suddenly a mother-Nic starts considering love, marriage...and a baby carriage. Yet Cassidy Willis isn't convinced. Nic's been a lifesaver with all that he has done, along with his big-hearted family and fellow firefighters, to help the new mom. But after all she's been through, could she really be happy with someone whose life is always in danger? Now it's up to Nic to show Cassidy that his bond with her and the baby is forever.
Bundles of Joy A DOUBLE BUNDLE OF JOY! Surrogate mother Julie Gregory was suddenly the only mother for the beloved baby she was carrying. And the baby's handsome father wasn't even aware she or the baby existed! Yet millionaire businessman Tom Callahan didn't intend to give up parental rights to his sudden heir. He insisted on an ice-cold marriage of convenience.... But the red-hot love Julie felt for her new husband wasn't the biggest surprise of all. They were expecting two bundles of joy--twins! Still, the pregnant bride knew her heart would always be empty without the most precious gift of all...Tom's love. Sometimes small packages can lead to the biggest surprises!
Surgeon Sam Gregory is the last person midwife Molly Hammond expects to see at Audley hospital. She'd once carried a child for him and his wife-it had led to a special, and unspoken, bond between Molly and Sam. Now a single father, Sam feels his son, Jack, should know his "tummy mummy." Sam and Molly's bond grows ever stronger and their sizzling attraction begins to emerge. But Molly fears a relationship-if it all went wrong, she might lose them both. And how can she tell Sam that, despite being a mother, she's never made love to a man in her life?
The classic guide of the post-Dr. Spock generation has been revised to include the latest information on virtually every aspect of infant and baby care. THE BABY BOOK is unrivaled in its scope and authority, and presents a practical, contemporary approach to parenting that reflects the way we live today. Focusing on the essential needs of babies--eating, sleeping, development, health, and comfort--it addresses the questions of greatest concern to parents. The Searses acknowledge that there is no one way to parent a baby, and they offer the basic guidance and inspiration you need to develop the parenting style that best suits you and your child. THE BABY BOOK is a rich and invaluable resource that will help you get the most out of parenting--for your child, for yourself, and for your entire family.
Hope Springs Hope Springs. A place where you can leave your doors and your hearts open. A town where you know your neighbors. The only things you don't know is what they're going to do next... Faith, hope and love... Faith O'Dare is an optimist--and one of Hope Spring's three mothers-to-be. The only trouble is that the baby's city-slicker father is already married! His partner, Sean Davenport, comes to town to break the news to Faith. All Faith realizes is that here is another man who can break her heart. Sean falls in love with Faith's fiery nature and her...well, faith in humankind. He only wishes she'd place a little faith in him. With the help of the townspeople, he woos and almost wins her, but Faith remains obstinate. How can he convince her nothing could mean more to him than becoming the father of her baby?
Join Craig "Mister Silver Age" Shutt for a hip look back at what made the wild and wacky comic books of the 1960s so special! Baby Boomer Comics takes you on a wild, strange trip to a world of peace, love, and comics - and gets into the heads of the cats who really made the '60s comic scene so fab! You'll be able to rap with some of the big brains in funnybooks after trying the hundreds of trivia tidbits inside. It's the most, man! With a complete Silver Age price guide, so you'll know where it's at - and what it's worth! If it was really out there - it's in here! Face it, pal - you've hit the nostalgia jackpot!
How ministry leaders can help older adults be a vital part of Christian communityWith the explosion of the older adult population, this important book explores the opportunities and challenges that this presents for the Christian community. Amy Hanson challenges us to let go of many old stereotypes regarding aging and embrace a new paradigm that sees older adults as active, healthy and capable of making significant contributions.Debunks the myths of aging that keep us from fully embracing the potential of people in life's second halfOffers suggestions on how to re-invent ministry with older adultsFocuses on unleashing older adults to serve and make an impact on churches and congregationsA volume in the Leadership Network seriesThe author shows church leaders how they can unleash the power of the baby boomer population to strengthen their congregations.
War vet Matteo Soarez's assignment is simple: watch and listen. An undercover agent for Corps Security and Investigations, Matt learned patience the hard way on a dusty desert battleground. So sitting in a Texas café waiting for information is a piece of cake-make that a piece of pie. Faith Scott's cherry pie, that is. The young café owner and mother-to-be could light up a room with her smile, and send a jaded ex-soldier's heart racing like a stallion with just a touch. But Matt's job involves saving the governor's life, and protecting vulnerable single mothers isn't his priority. Yet when Faith's café becomes the epicenter of danger, Matt knows he cannot let Faith and her baby become collateral damage. Even if it means compromising the mission....
Baby Bowl is the new baby food bible! Mealtime is a fairly simple process during the first four to six months of a baby's life. But making the transition from breast milk or formula to solid food can be a challenge for everyone, especially Mom and Dad! When do I introduce solid food to my baby? Which foods are the most appropriate for what age? How much food should I make for my baby? What do I feed to a sick child? Which foods are safe enough for my baby to eat in the car? Baby Bowl answers all these questions and offers parents a collection of healthy recipes designed to happily fill little bellies. With three young boys of her own, bestselling cookbook author Kim McCosker has ensured that the home-tested recipes in Baby Bowl provide the love and nourishment needed for a lifetime of good eating habits. Readers will find fast, easy-to-prepare recipes, organized by age; superfoods to try and when to try them; essential advice on nutritional value; tips on how long to cook, how to serve, and whether to freeze; menu planners; and gluten-free and dairy-free recipes. Covering a smorgasbord of delicious meals and snacks for babies from four months to a year, all the recipes in Baby Bowl are easy to follow and use only the freshest ingredients. So throw out those jars of goop and start cooking from scratch--with this book as your guide, it will be easier than you think!
HE FELT LIKE A THIEF Little Georgie was his son and he had every right to claim him. But in the year Colin Garrett had been searching for the boy, lovely Lauren Cole had been caring for his child...and loving him. And this exhilarating, warmhearted woman had been prepared to do the same for Colin, too...until she discovered his real reason for coming to her. Now, though she'd agreed to marry Colin to keep Georgie, Lauren wasn't about to let him back into her heart. How would Colin ever convince Lauren that he loved her every bit as much as his blessed baby boy? THAT'S MY BABY! Sometimes, bringing up baby can bring surprises...and showers of love!
from the book A Practical Guide to Raising a Happy and Healthy Son, from Birth to Eighteen Months Baby Boys is the first book of its kind-a guide specifically for parents of new bundles of joy wrapped in blue. Written by a seasoned parenting author who has collected up-to-the-minute information from leading experts, this indispensable resource offers advice and information tailored specifically for baby boys, spanning from birth to eighteen months. Complete with tips, suggestions, checklists, and more, the book covers topics that include: Selecting your son's doctor ¥ hygiene and common health questions ¥ breast-feeding and bottle-feeding ¥ sleep, crying, and other daily challenges ¥ social, cognitive, and emotional development ¥ great toys and other tools for fun and learning ¥ baby-proofing the house and other safety concerns ¥ discipline and setting limits ¥ shepherding your son's developing sense of who he is and how he relates to others ¥ and more Any parent with a new infant son will turn to this practical and lively book for trusted information, invaluable suggestions, and an expert dose of good common sense from those who've been through the exciting, exhausting, enriching, and endlessly fun experience of raising a baby boy.
From Children's Literature written by Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz The timeless tale of the arrival of a new baby in the family is told with a different twist, as a young girl writes to her grandma. Her letter is filled with news of her cat, Stripe, who has developed "a big belly" and is no longer afraid of the neighbor's dog. Finally Stripe becomes restless, settles in the box made for her, and has five "very cute" little "stripes." As the brief text goes along the double pages following the activities of the cat, an additional visual story is being told as we see the mother, obviously pregnant as well, preparing a bassinet but ignored by the girl. Her final words to her grandma: "By the way, I also have a new baby brother" show her priorities. The spare text is accompanied by a minimal visual tale. Ink lines and transparent watercolors define only the main characters and a few props set against the white pages. The warm, happy scenes draw us into the girl's happy acceptance of the natural events. School Library Journal
STREET JUSTICE WASN'T HIS WAY. BUT FOR HIS OLDER BROTHERS, IT WAS THE ONLY WAY. The seven Davis brothers made a promise to their mother on her deathbed: they would each make something of their lives. And they vowed they would watch over eighteen-year-old Zabu Davis, their baby brother. Intelligent, driven, and charismatic, Baby Brother had resisted the lure of Brooklyn street life and was headed for Stanford University on a pre-med scholarship. But on the eve of his departure for California, in a split second of blinding violence, Baby Brother's life is thrown onto a tragic collision course. Soon, his devoted brothers follow a path of blood justice that will rock the city streets. Baby Brother was their pride and joy. Now, he's their reason to fight for vengeance.
When Regina Burns married Blue Hamilton, she knew he was no ordinary man. A charismatic R&B singer who gave up his career to assume responsibility for the safety of Atlanta's West End community, Blue had created an African American urban oasis where crime and violence were virtually nonexistent. In the beginning, Regina enjoyed a circle of engaging friends and her own work as a freelance communications consultant. Most of all, she relished the company of her husband, who never ceased to be a source of passion and delight. Then everything changed. More and more frightened women were showing up in West End, seeking Blue's protection from lovers who had suddenly become violent. When the worst offenders begin to disappear without a trace, the signs-all of them grim-seem to point toward Blue and his longtime associate, Joseph "General" Richardson. Now that Regina is pregnant, her fear for Blue's safety has become an obsession that threatens the very heart of their relationship. At the same time, Regina's friend Aretha Hargrove is desperately trying to redefine her own marriage. Aretha's husband, Kwame, is lobbying for them to leave West End and move to midtown. Aretha resists at first, but finally agrees in an effort to rekindle the flame that first brought them together. Regina and Aretha have no way of knowing that what they regard as their private struggles will soon become very public. When Baby Brother, a charming con man, insinuates himself into the community, it becomes clear that there is more to his handsome façade than meets the eye. He carries the seeds of change that will affect both women in profound and startling ways. Returning to the vividly rendered Atlanta district of her last two novels, New York Times bestselling author Pearl Cleage brilliantly weaves the threads of her characters' intersecting lives into a story of family, friendship and, of course, love. Baby Brother's Blues is full of wit and warmth, illumination the core of every woman's hopes and dreams. From the Hardcover edition.
Baby Brown Bear has a bellyache, can his friends in Golden Book Land help him?
The greatest thing Nicole Polizzi, aka "Snooki," ever did was by accident. But her son, Lorenzo, was never a mistake. When she and her boyfriend, Jionni, found out she was knocked up, they weren't married or engaged. She was only twenty-four and living with her parents-and she had zero baby experience. With a reckless, party girl TV persona to deal with, she had a lot to learn and discover in becoming a mother.In this funny and frank book, Nicole shares her experiences, everything from the first sonogram to the nipple-cracking shock of breastfeeding. In each chapter, she tells the unvarnished truth about pregnancy symptoms ("The High Price of Gas"), the ridiculousness of her baby registry ("Butt Paste and Boogie Wipes") and the lowdown on postpartum life ("Shit Happens"). There's a ton of useful information, including a list of must-have baby products, MILF style tips, how to keep "I'm a whale" preggers bad body image in check, and how she got into the best shape of her life within six months of giving birth. Although Nicole had to give up partying, she's embracing motherhood the only way she knows how: with a fun-loving attitude-and lots of leopard print!
She needs money, a lot of it, to pay for her daughter's operation. Macy McKinney will do anything for five-year-old Haley.Businessman Thad Winters, a widower, wants a child without the complications of a relationship. He's willing to pay for that. He interviews applicants--and hires Macy to have his baby.Once Macy's pregnant, they decide that a temporary marriage will simplify the situation--but it does exactly the opposite!
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