The Book Of Baby Love: Rememberances on Becoming a Parent from Madonna, JacquelineKennedy Onasis, Bill Cosby, Rosieo'Donnell, Celine Dion, and More Than 100 Others

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The first real smile. The first laugh. The indescribable warmth of holding your daughter as she falls asleep in your arms. The special joy in hearing your son say "Mama" for the first time. But parenthood is not only full of moments you'll never forget, it's one of the most important journeys you'll ever take. What does it mean to create a whole new life? What will you teach your children -- and what will you learn from them? Throughout time, parents who were everything from poets to politicians have reflected on...
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The first real smile. The first laugh. The indescribable warmth of holding your daughter as she falls asleep in your arms. The special joy in hearing your son say "Mama" for the first time. But parenthood is not only full of moments you'll never forget, it's one of the most important journeys you'll ever take. What does it mean to create a whole new life? What will you teach your children -- and what will you learn from them? Throughout time, parents who were everything from poets to politicians have reflected on the ways their children changed their lives and the powerful feelings their children inspired. Presented here are more than one hundred of their thoughts on everything from changing diapers to the empty nest, from people like Barbra Streisand, J.K. Rowling, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lucille Ball, Jerry Seinfeld, Sigmund Freud, and Mark Twain. Elegant, moving, and very often amusing, these are words from people just like you -- parents who fell in love the moment they heard their newborn's first unmistakable cry.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780806523880
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.64 (w) x 6.66 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Preface xv
Acquiring Maternal Wisdom
Sally Field 1
Admiring Your Baby
3
4
5
All Babies Are Unique
7
9
10
Allowing Toddlers to Decide
13
Announcing a Baby's Birth
15
Announcing Fatherhood
16
17
18
19
Announcing Motherhood
21
Attending Childbirth Class
23
Attentive Mothering
25
Babies Are a Tourist Attraction
27
Babies Are Wise
29
Becoming a Father
31
32
34
Becoming a Grandfather
37
Becoming a Grandmother
38
40
41
Becoming a Teenage Mother
43
Becoming an Adoptive Parent
46
47
49
51
53
56
Being a Celebrity Dad
58
Being a Celebrity Mom
60
61
Building Your Child's Character
63
64
Choosing Parenthood
66
Congratulating a New Father
68
Coping with a Prolonged Pregnancy
70
Coping with Medical Circumcision
73
Coping with Stubborn Tots
76
Cutting the Umbilical Cord
78
Deciding to Be a Mother
80
81
Displaying Fatherly Affection
83
Enjoying Fatherhood
85
86
87
89
Enjoying Motherhood
92
93
95
Enjoying Pregnancy
98
99
100
102
Experiencing Labor
104
105
108
109
111
112
114
Expressing Fatherly Affection
116
Expressing Fatherly Pride
118
Fatherhood Is a Sacred Bond
120
Fostering Creativity
122
Gaining Identical Twins
124
Gaining Inspiration from Your Baby
127
Getting Grandmotherly Help
129
Getting to Know Your Newborn
131
Getting Toys for Your Child
134
Giving Birth to Twins
136
138
140
142
Help from the Baby's Siblings
145
Honoring your Roots
147
Journaling Your Baby's Birth
149
150
Keeping Memories Alive
151
Learning the Importance of Faith
153
Learning to Be a Mother
155
Marveling at Your Baby
157
Meeting Your Newborn
159
161
Motherhood Is a Sacred Bond
163
Motherhood Makes You Grow
165
166
168
169
170
171
Nurturing a Baby with Disabilities
173
175
Nurturing a Sick Baby
177
Opening to Parenthood
179
Planning for the Birth
181
Praying to Have a Child
183
184
Preparing a Toddler's Birthday Party
188
Raising a Community Baby
190
Recalling a Pensive Baby
192
Recalling a Sister's Birth
194
Recalling a Stressful Birth
197
Receiving News of Fatherhood
199
Rejoicing After the Birth
201
Reminiscing About Childhood
203
Respecting Children's Imagination
205
Respecting Your Child's Growth
207
208
Seeing a Stressful Birth
210
Seeing Babies Mystically
212
Seeing Children's Joy
213
Sharing News About Your Baby
216
Showing Sensitivity to Your Child
218
Surprised by Your Newborn
221
Talking with Your Child
223
224
Teaching Love for Reading
227
Thinking About Fatherhood
229
230
232
233
Thinking About Motherhood
235
236
237
239
240
242
243
245
246
Witnessing the Birth
249
251
253
255
257
259
260
262
Working During Pregnancy
264
Writing to a Baby Nephew
266
Writing to Your Baby
268
269
Sources 271
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