Entertainment Updates

1.) Ok guys, I need some new books to read. I am looking for a couple of different things:

-A mindless beach read, the cheesier the better, but still has to be good. Smile

– Mamas, what are some good baby books I should be reading about life with a newborn? It will be here before I know it!

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Who doesn’t love reading at the beach?

2.) Also, who else is super sad about the loss of Cristina on Grey’s Anatomy? She is my favorite character, and I am so beyond sad to watch her go. The show just won’t be as awesomely sarcastic without her.

3.) Who is excited for the next Hunger Games movie coming out in November? Have you seen this? Julianne Moore is going to make a great President Coin in my opinion. I cannot wait!

4.) Any other good movies out or coming out I don’t know about? I feel SO behind in this sort of thing. I think I am getting old.

5.) Bachelor starts up on Monday! Who will be sucked into the drama with me? (I seriously can’t help it. I know it’s awful).

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  1. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (cheesy title, but amazing book with so much great information). You can also look into attending a la leche league meeting while you’re pregnant. They’ll be able to answer any questions and you can also meet other pregnant and new mommies in your area. The first few weeks are all about eating and sleeping, so it’s nice to have the support of women you’re comfortable with to help you and your baby if any nursing issues come up. (If you’re planning to nurse). A great book about rhythms versus schedules as your baby gets a little older is Simplicity Parenting. Another favorite of mine was the dr sears baby book. Ok, long comment! And that’s what I get for being a few episodes behind on Greys! I had no idea Christina was leaving the show. I agree, she will be missed. She and Meredith are what makes the show so great.

  2. If you haven’t read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, it’s a must. It’s a tear jerker, but also a little funny and very sweet. The movie also comes out on June 5th. Also Looking For Alaska by John Green is another great one. not sure if you have heard of her but books by Elin Hilderbrand are good beach reads (they all take place in Nantucket! She’s pretty popular with us New Englanders.) They are very cheesy, but entertaining.
    I will also be joining in the weekly Bachelorette drama. My teacher friends and I have a Fantasy bachelor pool and the winner gets a free lunch. 🙂

  3. I’m not really up to date on movies, but I know How to Train Your Dragon’s coming next month. After that, I just don’t know. I’m not a fan of the Hunger Games and I don’t think Pixar has a movie set for this summer.

  4. Jennifer says

    1. I’m currently trying to figure out some summer reading books for me too, so I don’t have an answer there. My favorite “books to read pre-baby” are “The Nursing Mother’s Companion” and Ina May’s “Guide to Childbirth”. For post-baby, most of my reading came from stuff my pediatrician’s office gave me or the giant book from Publix that they send when you sign up for the baby club. I also joined a messageboard dedicated to women due the same month/year as I was, and they were an AMAZING resource as well. I still have friends I met on there from four years ago.

    2. I’m so sad about Cristina leaving. I actually deleted Grey’s off of my dvr after last night’s episode. The show itself has kinda sucked (to me) lately, and that was the last straw.

    3. YES YES YES! I can’t wait!

    No opinion on 4 and 5. I haven’t seen a real movie in ages and don’t really get excited about them anymore (save for the Hunger Games).

  5. I really relied on the “What to Expect” Books. The What to Expect the First Year was very helpful! I LOVE The Bachelor! I will most likely be watching…if my hubby lets me lol! And yay for The Hunger Games! I can’t wait to see it! I’m still wanting to see Divergent too.

  6. SO sad about Christina! I’m gonna miss her, too. The Bachelorette…YES can’t wait!! 😀
    I just did a Kindle search on Bethany House books for free last night and found a bunch of new ones – but I like cheesy Christian fiction…lol

  7. If you like the hunger games try reading the divergent series (the first book was just released as a movie). It’s a super quick and easy read and is so good! Dare I say I might’ve liked these books more than hunger games!

    • I read them all last year and saw the movie right when it came out! Sadly I didn’t like the third book much 🙁

  8. I just read “notes from a blue bike”- it was an easy and fun read, and well worth your time! I can’t wait for the bachelor to start- I am embarrassed to admit how much I love the show.

  9. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child! I’d give you mine but I still refer to it all the time. Hands down the best of all the books. Don’t waste your time reading about breastfeeding now. It’s one of those things that you won’t “get” until you do it and you have no idea what your personal hurdles will be before then.

  10. Stephanie says

    I liked What to Expect The First Year like Mindy mentioned above.

  11. dawn @ running the dawn says

    my favorite book ended up being “on becoming babywise.” it was informational enough that i felt like i had a rough “plan” without being overly particular. some other books offer the same information, but in a much more prescribed way. i do better with a little flexibility 🙂

  12. My Baby Book recommendation- 12 hours sleep by 12 weeks. Good tips on how to transition to the 4hour feeding schedule that helps babies sleep through the night. It was so nice to know how to plan our days around nap and feeding times and made life much easier for us. I read it while pregnant and then again once the baby arrived and looked back to it frequently with both little ones 🙂 I think it worked well for us because I am a bit type A and am a planner.
    Just an FYI: Not sure where you are delivering, but Gulfport Memorial has a wonderful staff of lactation consultants (awesome free resource!) and I believe they may have the only NICU on the Coast.

  13. What to Expect When you Are Expecting and then there is also a “What to Expect” book for newborns and later I believe.

    YES, I am VERY sad to see Christina go on Greys! What did you think about the cliffhanger last night? I feel like Greys is starting to fade a bit, it is a bit up and down right now.

  14. I can not WAIT for Hunger Games!!

  15. I had the “What to Expect” app and it was all the same info as the book.
    “The Happiest Baby on the Block”
    -learn the 5s; you will use them all and often.
    “Ina Mays Guide to Childbirth”
    -This book has some really great tips on how to relax through L&D.

    If you take a class, take a BF class (if you plan to BF). Breastfeeding is the most unnatural natural thing you do in your life (at first, it DOES get easier) I feel like you can never get enough info about it.

  16. I WILL BE SUCKKKKEEDDDD into the Bachelor!!!! I really only like the 1st episode and the last 3 episodes, but we shall see if the dudes on the show are ENTERTAINING!! 🙂 We will need to have Bach. chats!

  17. I can only answer the first question. The What to Expect Book was really good but don’t “over-read”, it can get overwhelming and frustrating. It’s like looking up symptoms on the internet, it can freak you out if your baby isn’t doing what the book says it should.

    Who doesn’t like to read at the beach? That would be me. I hate to read and find it incredibly boring. Luckily my kids did not take after me in that way, they both like to read.

    Good luck and don’t get overwhelmed!

  18. Libby Syzdek says

    Babywise-Best book ever!!! I have three kids 6,5,2 and have the best sleepers ever and never really felt overwhelmed when they were newborns. It made the first year for all of my kids great!! I give it to all my friends who are pregnant!!!!!

  19. I liked The Happiest Baby on the Block and Baby 411. Baby 411 was informative without scaring you to death about all the things that could go wrong like What to Expect can do. Right now I’m reading The Raven Boys series by Maggie Steifvater. It’s fun, supernatural YA kind of stuff. The Fault in Our Stars was good too. Yes, sad in parts, but you expect that knowing what the book was about. My favorite guilty pleasure beach reads are the Heather Wells series (Size 12 is Not Fat) by Meg Cabot. Hilarious and just fun, fun, fun. Heather is my hero. 🙂

  20. I love Elin Hilderbrand! All of her books take place on Nantucket. Absolute great beach reads! If I lived near you I’d let you borrow mine-I have all of her books and have enjoyed them all!

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