What to Expect When You’re Expecting – 3 Book GIVEAWAY

19 May

Having a baby is joyous, scary, exciting and tiring.  When I was pregnant with my daughter my husband and I were scared to death but there was one piece of mind that helped.  This book never left my bedside, can you guess what it was?  Yes, What to Expect was my bible; even my husband got into the information book had to offer. I would read it to him, skipping the graphic details (he’s squeamish) I also remember reading excerpts over the phone to other pregnant friends, “hey did you read this, it’s crazy, can you believe what we are in for?” Squelching our fears and supporting each other, was important for us new moms. I think this book really helped us stay calm and rational, for a while anyway!  The baby came and it all worked out.

By 3 months I found myself flipping through the book desperately searching for new information. I must have been hormonal because I read that book cover to cover many times and there was no new information appearing on the page. I must have thought that some magical ink was going to appear or some new pages would materialize!

The good news was that there was another book…What to Expect the First Year, the bad news, I was way to tired to read it! It’s true people, babies make you tired! I did manage to read it and again we made it through.

Once the baby turned two I found myself again looking for the magical ink to morph into new tips on two-year olds! Unfortunately the What to Expect The Second Year had not been written yet so we just muddled through on our own.

The best part of having the two guides was that I started to think about how to feed our picky toddler and all our toddler friend’s kids. That is how my book Toddler Cafe was born, I was inspired by these baby guides and created my own book.  So, use these books for  peace of mind, and to start dialog with other moms and dads who are  going through the ups and downs of parenting. You can even use them for inspiration, once you get rid of your “mommy brain” and all your brain cells are firing again!

Visit the What To Expect site to get more information on all kid related tips! They have a Facebook page too!

I am so excited to be able to give away all three of these books to one luck winner, so if you are pregnant or know someone who is, make sure and enter enter to win!

Requirements to enter the What to Expect When You are Expecting Book GIVEAWAY:

This giveaway ends on Monday, May 28th, 9am PST. The winner will be generated with Random.org

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By the way…my baby is NINE!

2nd birthday


A 9 year old “showing daddy her band aid!”

One winner will be chosen at random. Winner will be chosen in Novato California on November 9th 2011 at 10 am. The winner will be notified via email within one week after the draw. The winner will be required to provide an address to ship the two prizes to the address only be used for shipping purposes.

DISCLAIMERS: All federal, state, and/or local rules and regulations apply; void where prohibited by law. Jennifer Carden is not responsible for late, misdirected or illegible entries. Winners are responsible for any and all taxes associated with their acceptance of any prize. Jennifer Carden is not responsible for technical, hardware, software, telephone or Internet access failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed or incomplete, garbled or deleted computer or network transmissions which may limit the ability to participate in this sweepstakes. Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel or suspend this sweepstakes or any part thereof should virus, bugs, unauthorized human intervention or other causes beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, fairness or proper conduct of this sweepstakes, including terminating just one phase or portion of the promotion.

2 Responses to “What to Expect When You’re Expecting – 3 Book GIVEAWAY”

  1. Gabrielle McDaniel-Pritt May 25, 2012 at 1:09 PM #

    I’ve signed up for your email updates 🙂 This is my 6th pregnancy and I only have 2 living children. So far I have a good feeling about this one even though I’m only 5wks 4days along. I’m scared of losing yet another child. I’m only 24 I feel like I shouldn’t have had to go through so much already.

    • playfulpantry May 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM #

      Hi, what is your name you signed up with me as?

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