My Heart's First Steps: Writings that Celebrate the Gifts of Parenthood

My Heart's First Steps: Writings that Celebrate the Gifts of Parenthood

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by Jennifer Graf Groneberg
     
 
In this heartwarming, inspiring collection, mothers and fathers share their touching, occasionally bittersweet experiences as parents. From the miracle of birth to the wonder of baby's firsts to the highs and lows of a child asserting his or her independence, the poignant memories recounted in My Heart's First Steps will be cherished forever.

Overview

In this heartwarming, inspiring collection, mothers and fathers share their touching, occasionally bittersweet experiences as parents. From the miracle of birth to the wonder of baby's firsts to the highs and lows of a child asserting his or her independence, the poignant memories recounted in My Heart's First Steps will be cherished forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580629362
Publisher:
Adams Media Corporation
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.16(h) x 0.74(d)

Read an Excerpt

Naming the Baby

Joyce M. Fischer

Kate

When the test shows a clear, dark, unmistakably pink line, I still have trouble believing it. Yes, we fiddled and timed and even sent positive mental energy, but we are talking about a miracle here. I feel a slight pulling in my pelvis and I want to grab the bakery lady by the wrist and say, "I'm going to have a baby!"

T Then the first, dark cloud. What will we name her? (I simply know it's a girl like I know my hands are attached to my arms.) My mouth goes cold. I have to create the most integral fact of this child, the first word she will walk into a room with or be judged by, even before she shows her true eyes, her sturdy body.

Kate. She will be Kate. Sensible, practical, strong, capable, a friendly, open face. I try calling her Kate, and it is only after a few days that I realize Kate would be a great next door neighbor, but I am carrying a miracle between my hips, and there's just no way she is a Kate.

Willow

Small, quiet waves of metallic nausea follow my every move, but I am enchanted. Here is my chance for redeeming grace. To create a person of such quiet, calm beauty that my own bitten fingernails and short-waisted body are lifted into an easy, graceful peace. Tall and slender, with a long neck and upturned palms, eyes the silver-green of leaves in afternoon shade. The name drifts from the lips like the gentlest of breezes. Then I see the cruel trick that the name would be, if she were short and round and full of a snappy strength that gives her voice a rich shine. I can't carry a Willow in my body.

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My Heart's First Steps 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Heartwarming lessons and anecdotal stories that really will reach parents, parents to be, or uncles and aunts who have that special niece or nephew. From the start to the end, very consistently done, something often missing in books with multiple competitors. Well crafted and edited, you can leave this book on your table and let your friends enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lots of books are written about what you should do as a parent. This is the only book I've found that talks about what it feels like to be a parent. Plenty of 'been there, done that' moments and lots of encouragement and support. I wish I had this book with my first!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great introduction to parenthood for those of us new to parenting. I got this as a gift when my husband and I found out we were pregnant. It has been my constant companion. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The editor is to be commended for gathering this collection of poems and essays and shaping them into this wonderful book. I cried while reading these stories: from sadness and gladness and all of the things that go into being a parent. Reccommended for parents and grandparents and those about to become parents.