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It's been a tough road, but Claire Grant is determined to put her past behind her and build a secure future for her teenage son. Her new life plan doesn't include a relationship with Dr. Ty Slattery, the handsome resident who's trying his best to change her mind. Until one unforgettable night turns her world upside down. . . Becoming pregnant again also wasn't part of Claire's plan! And the wary single mother isn't ready to let down her guard. Can Ty convince her to take a chance on love--and on him? That, together, they have what it takes to become a real family?
This endearing book captures the sweetness and fun of mother and child interaction with a clever, funny text and illustrations that are right on the mark. J. D. Lester' s funny nicknames come to life with Hiroe Nakata's endearing, colorful artwork, resulting in a board book that is sweet, adorable, and fun--perfect for all new mommies and their babies to share.
As a working mom who looks hotter than ever after two pregnancies, Alison Sweeney knows what it takes to look and feel great during pregnancy and how to get back in shape post-baby. (Yes, it's possible!) In The Mommy Diet, she shares tons of straightforward tips, personal anecdotes, easy-to-follow exercises, fashion insight, nutrition advice, and even a few of her favorite quick, easy recipes. The Mommy Diet helps moms-to-be stay fit, positive, and pampered during pregnancy and then steers new moms to a healthy recovery and body confidence after the baby is born. It's a warm, accessible, funny guide to everything from prepregnancy through the first nine months postpartum--an especially crucial time for new moms who want to shed their baby weight safely and establish a fitness routine--and beyond. Sweeney, who is busy taking care of two children and juggling two jobs, breaks pregnancy down trimester by trimester, addressing everything from morning sickness and food cravings to sexy maternity style, all the while reminding readers to keep up with exercise as long as their doctors approve. After the baby arrives, she details the perils and pitfalls of carrying around postpregnancy weight and how to navigate the sleep deprivation, not to mention the shell-shocked stress of all the changes to daily life.You can eat healthfully, be physically fit, look great, and find time to take care of yourself while you learn to be a terrific new mom. The realistic, affordable, and doable advice in The Mommy Diet will show you how.
And Jen Klein knows motherhood. She's survived changing a soiled diaper in a truck-stop bathroom while suspending a baby in mid-air. She's witnessed the judgment of the so-called "Mommy Mafia. " She's found dried applesauce on her shirt. And in her hair. And the baby's hair. And the dog's fur. Here she reveals secrets she's learned along the way about mastering the art of motherhood, from how to handle strangers who ask how much weight you've gained to (finally!) getting them on the big yellow bus--on time and with clean underwear. InsideSheKnows. com Presents: The Mommy Filesyou'll find: Your mom didn't know what she was doing either A pediatrician is your partner, not your adversary Playgroups are for moms more than they are for kids Just because they can talk doesn't mean they can reason Being a supermom is all about asking for help Disclosed here in a friendly, wry look at motherhood, Jen Klein takes you through each lovable (and less than enjoyable) step toward that coveted title that will be screamed at you so many times in the years to come: "Mommy!"
The last thing Lauren McNabb wanted was another child to care for--not after she'd raised her six siblings. The last thing Jack Mason wanted was another woman to come into his daughter's life, then leave. But when Jack showed up to renovate her Yellow Rose Lane apartment with his three-year-old in tow, Lauren fell for little Ally-- and the handsome carpenter. But he didn't want The Shark, as she was known in legal circles, around his child. Lauren was certainly beautiful, and after years of being alone, he thought kissing her felt like heaven. But could the workaholic attorney go back to her busy career and still be a mother. . . as well as a wife?
Next-door neighbors and fellow single parents Travis Carson and Holly Baxter don't know what they'd do without each other. Besides being good friends, they're each other's backup in times of domestic chaos, which, with four preschoolers between them, is most of the time!They have just one unwritten rule: they have to stay friends. But after sharing a knock-your-socks-off kiss, friendship no longer seems like enough.To top it off, Travis's little girls have decided they want a mommy for Christmas. And they want the whole town, including Holly, to help them find the perfect mate. Can Holly watch the man she's come to depend on date other women? Can Travis sit back and watch Holly's ex reenter her life?Could it be that the perfect holiday solution lies right next door--for both of them?
"I Need A Mommy For My Daughter And I'm Willing To Marry To Get One. " Texas developer Grady McCabe is in the market for a wife--in name only. Alexis Graham's job is to find him the ideal candidate. But only one woman seems to fit the sexy single dad's conditions. And she's not available. That doesn't stop Grady from popping the question to the widowed matchmaker. And the take-charge scion of the legendary McCabe clan isn't used to taking no for an answer. Impossible as father and daughter are to resist, Alexis has her own rules for dating. Marrying for love is at the top of her list. So it looks as if she won't be getting her secret wish to be part of Grady's family. Unless she can change a certain Texan's mind and heart. . .
Universally, mothers tend to feel they are not good enough at parenting and fear they are harming their children by not being perfect. InMommy Grace: Erasing Mommy Guilt, Sheila Schuller Coleman offers overwhelmed moms short but emotive stories of authentic motherhood from her own and others' experiences-foibles and all-and offers comfort by showing how God makes up for human weakness with His own strength. Because Sheila shares lessons learned the hard way by real moms rather than giving difficult instructions for better mothering, readers will leave the book feeling encouraged rather than lectured. For every mom who feels she's not quite up to the colossal job of parenting, MOMMY GRACE is full of hope and compassion.
Toto, I Don't Think I Want to Be in Kansas Anymore...Stranded without her credit cards, heiress-on-the-run Cori Peyton had nothing to depend on but her wits-and Dr. Benjamin Cooper. When the feisty blond beauty fainted in the car repair shop in a backwater Kansas town, she woke up to the sexy doctor's bombshell: she was pregnant.Ben was perfectly happy mending the bodies and breaking the hearts of the women in his small town. And he delivered babies all the time. Why did this woman and this pregnancy affect him so much? And when the rumor hit town that her baby was his, why did that sound so good?
Count from one to ten as Mommy and baby count their hugs throughout the day. From one nuzzle-wuzzle wake-up hug, to four "I'll always catch you!" sliding hugs, all the way to ten "I love you!" good-night hugs, this book captures some of the special moments mother and child share. In the style of Karen Katz's COUNTING KISSES, this is a simple, fun, bright book that mommies will love to read with their little ones.
To: Pilar From: Ramon Re: A mommy for Lucia But which one? When I offered to help little Lucia's biological mother reclaim her baby, I never dreamed it would bring aspiring single mother Lori Sumner into my life. But from the moment we met, my heart went out to this hard-working reporter who's been Lucia's foster parent for nearly three months and now wants to officially adopt her. Personally, I think she'd make a great mom. Which is why this lawyer is eager to start negotiating his own family 'settlement' with Lori. Mum's the word, sis -- until the day I pop the question!
Matt Madigan's back in town. . . And Minnie Clark's furious. Not only does she have her hands full being a new mother to her young niece, she has to face her high school crush again. . . and he's building a megastore that could put her struggling gift shop out of business!Ten years ago Minnie was head over heels for Matt Madigan. Of course, the star football player never noticed. Minnie had to sit on the sidelines and watch as he dated her more popular, prettier sister. Now she has a constant reminder of those painful days--he's her new neighbor! But she's not going to let him waltz back into their Texas hometown full of big plans, just to break her heart all over again. . . .
Everyone loves a home-cooked meal--even babies and toddlers! Experts agree that homemade baby food is the healthiest way to feed young children. By making their own baby food, parents can drastically reduce the sugar, salt, artificial colors, fillers, additives, and preservatives in their child's diet. And now making baby food from scratch has never been easier--with this practical, user-friendly cookbook by Martha and David Kimmel, founders of the phenomenally successfulMommy Made*line of baby and toddler food. Updated for a special 10th anniversary edition,Mommy Made*is filled with 140 easy-to-make recipes that are perfect for introducing your baby to wholesome solid foods. These delicious, kid-tested dishes--which include finger foods, shakes and smoothies, snacks on the go, spoonable treats, and a variety of table dishes--were created with your baby's special nutritional needs in mind, and will help your child establish healthful eating habits that will last a lifetime. Mommy Made*also includes: Nutrition advice from birth to three years--incorporating guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics A blueprint for when and how to get your baby started on solid food Answers to parents' most frequently asked questions: from milk and protein needs to determining portion size, preventing "hunger strikes," and detecting food allergies Tips on pureeing, straining, and mashing, as well as storage, thawing and reheating, and using the microwave A handy nutrition glossary, food pyramid, and list of helpful websites And much more!
My mom hasn't had it easy the past few years. She's spent so much time taking care of me, and now I want to take care of her. When she mentioned that she was out of shape, I decided to get her a personal trainer. Kieran O'Brien's supposed to be the best, and he's even been helping me with my softball!I think my mom likes him, and Kieran can't stop smiling when she's around. They seem like a perfect pair. I just want my mom to be happy-and I wouldn't mind a daddy, either. Who knows? Kieran might just be the guy we'vebothbeen searching for....
Mommy Mantras are phrases you can say in your head, or out loud if you need to, during those trying moments of mothering. They act to empower you, revive you, and remind you that there is always another way to see your situation. Buddhist-inspired and psychologically grounded, these snippets of wisdom come through entertaining and universal stories of unpredictable life with children.Here are a few examples of how a mantra can help you control your reactions to those mothering circumstances largely out of your control:When it seems like everyone else's children are better behaved (and doesn't it always feel that way?), you can remind yourself to narrow your focus, or stop comparing your children to others, which is only bound to make you miserable.When the monotony of caring for a toddler gets to you, remembering to surrender to the goat, as one mother did when her son insisted on feeding the same goat at the petting zoo every day, for hours, will help you recognize the importance of being in the moment, and will help you endure and even enjoy the sometimes tedious routines.When you begin to resent that you do more housework than your spouse, despite your best intentions and all the nagging in the world, you can learn to ignore the score, or let go of keeping track, which can become an unhealthy (and unhelpful) obsession.When your mantras seem to fail you, you can always remind yourself that I am not Buddha. Motherhood is not something we can master. We can only try to be more mindful. Even so, some days are harder than others. Mantras are the deceptively simple words we can use to diffuse stress and choose appropriate, constructive behavior so we can recognize ourselves, find our center and be more mindful and compassionate mothers.From the Hardcover edition.
Staying several moves ahead has kept Troy Weathers alive in the world's most explosive hot spots. So when this marine learns that Olivia Laughton is being stalked, he immediately takes her and their unborn child on the run. His instincts tell him it will require more than skill to keep them safe-and to prove just how much he wants to stay in their lives.Olivia has no problem trusting Troy to keep her safe, or following his orders. It's believing their one night together was more than just a passionate fling that seems riskiest of all. Still, with time running out and an unsuspected enemy closing in, Olivia knows Troy is her best chance at survival...and their baby's only shot at a promising future.
Back to...normal? If only Jodie Palmer could figure out what that was. Because for most of the last year-after a horrific car crash-she'd been in a coma. Now she's out, back in the arms of her overprotective family. And strangely, someone else's arms, as well-the devastatingly handsome attorney Devlin Browne, whom she'd just started dating before the accident. But what did Devlin want with her? Why wouldn't her family let her be alone with him? And as Jodie stormed Devlin's home and rang his bell looking for answers, she had one more question-who was that tiny baby in his arms?
Susan Douglas first took on the media's misrepresentation of women in her funny, scathing social commentary Where the Girls Are. Now, she and Meredith Michaels, have turned a sardonic (but never jaundiced) eye toward the cult of the new momism: a trend in American culture that is causing women to feel that only through the perfection of motherhood can true contentment be found. This vision of motherhood is highly romanticized and yet its standards for success remain forever out of reach, no matter how hard women may try to "have it all." The Mommy Myth takes a provocative tour through the past thirty years of media images about mothers: the superficial achievements of the celebrity mom, the news media's sensational coverage of dangerous day care, the staging of the "mommy wars" between working mothers and stay-at-home moms, and the onslaught of values-based marketing that raises mothering standards to impossible levels, just to name a few. In concert with this messaging, the authors contend, is a conservative backwater of talking heads propagating the myth of the modern mom. This nimble assessment of how motherhood has been shaped by out-of-date mores is not about whether women should have children or not, or about whether once they have kids mothers should work or stay at home. It is about how no matter what they do or how hard they try, women will never achieve the promised nirvana of idealized mothering. Douglas and Michaels skillfully map the distance traveled from the days when The Feminine Mystique demanded more for women than the unpaid labor of keeping house and raising children, to today's not-so-subtle pressure to reverse this thirty-year trend. A must-read for every woman.
It's me, Malia Rose, just hanging out, waiting to be born. Mommy says I don't need a daddy, and that we'll be just fine on our own...but I'd sure like to have one. Hey, I know! How about that cute radiol'gist, who keeps looking in at me with his funny machine?When Nancy Malone was asked to be the "model mom" to publicize Riverview Hospital's new birthing rooms, she couldn't resist the cache of baby gifts that came with the title. Only problem was, she needed a husband...one she quickly invented...and then sent off to sea! Who knew her radiologist would turn out to be Jave Nicholas-a sexy single dad in need of a wife? Seven months into her pregnancy, could she possibly win the heart of a man who knew her as Mrs. Malone?
Has he found her?Life has never been easy for Tim. Abandoned and left to fend for himself, he's finally found a home with Dean Luchetti. But something's missing. Tim's convinced that what he needs is a mother and what Dean needs is a wife. And he thinks he's got the perfect candidate in Stella O'Connell, his school's principal.The last person Stella expects to encounter at her new school is Dean Luchetti, the man who broke her heart as a teenager. Dean and Stella may have a difficult past, but they feel the same strong attraction they always did-and if they're not careful, history could repeat itself. Breaking each other's hearts is one thing, but breaking Tim's is an altogether different matter.
What would you think if one day your wife disappeared, and everyone believed you were responsible?How would you feel if the only thing that kept you from being arrested was your child's insistence that his mommy told him she was leaving?and what would you do if you suspected your son was lying?One day Craig Lofgren came home to discover that his wife was gone. He and his kids have been living in a nightmare ever since. The police think he killed her; the neighbors do, too. The only bright spot is Robin McKinnon, The one person who believes in Craig. But until his wife is found he has nothing to offer her. Welcome to purgatory.
RISING STARHe was the perfect man!Janet Resnick could juggle an appointment book with the best of Wall Street, but two days of caring for her sister's three kids stopped her cold. They'd already eaten her out of house and home-including Vaseline, houseplants and ballpoint pen ink. And now Janet had run out of staples for closing diapers and was on a first-name basis with those folks at Poison Control. There was only one thing to do: Call Mom. Or rather, The Mommy School.But then "Mom" turned out to be a hunky guy in jeans, with a seen-it-all smile and a know-it-all attitude...."Valerie Taylor has the rare and enviable ability to make you laugh out loud while she touches your heart. She's the brightest new star on the romance horizon."-Jennifer Cruise, RITA Award-winning author
Agent Tessa Abbot: This take-no-prisoners, tough-as-nails operative of a top secret U. S. security agency was prepared for anything. . . except a surprise pregnancy. Agent Riley McDade: His sexy yet deadly smile had seen him through dangerous missions around the world. . . except the one that mattered most-and cost him his heart. Mission: Posing as man and wife, apprehend Dr. Barton Fletcher, aka the Baby Maker. He has killed before and won't hesitate to do so again-see memo on Agent McDade's past broken heart. Avoid complications at all costs-such as an unexpected pregnancy or falling in love with your partner.
A Mother's Hope Three years ago, Kate Wydell made a big mistake: she ran away, leaving her baby daughter behind. Now Kate's back in the small Alabama town, desperate to make amends. But she's afraid to reveal who she is. Especially since her new boss, a widowed father of young girls, is the kind of parent, the kind of person, Kate hopes to be. Mitch Gillespie sings lullabies and teaches his daughters how to be their best. With every passing day, Kate falls harder for him. But once Mitch knows her secret, will she lose him-and her deepest wish-forever?
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