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Chicken soup for the expectant mother's soul : 101 stories to inspire and warm the hearts of soon-to-be mothers
Canfield, Jack, 1944-
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Deerfield Beach, Fla. : Health Communications, 2000.
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xix, 366 pages ; 22 cm
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Every year, millions of women wait with anticipation as they watch their test strip change from white to pink, thus beginning the awesome adventure of becoming a mother. This latest Chicken Soup book will find a place in the loving hearts and anxious minds of expectant mothers (and some fathers, too!).

Written by expectant mothers, veteran moms and fathers-to-be, these stories relate the physical, emotional and spiritual joys and challenges of each stage of motherhood, from "barely showing" to the awkward last months, from labor and delivery to watching and caring for Baby.

Some stories offer hope when the pregnancy isn't medically perfect; others offer light-hearted humor to cope with weight gain, morning sickness and other pregnancy woes; and still others offer words of wisdom for the seemingly daunting responsibilities of choosing a name, going through labor and bringing a new life into the world.

By relaying the insecurities and triumphs of a variety of moms and moms-to-be-including multiple births, premature births, adoptions, and single-parent families-this book will tug at the heartstrings and ease the fears of any expectant mother, regardless of her situation. Chapters include: Special Moments, Delivery Day, Challenges, On Adoption, Advice from Others, For Expectant Fathers and The First Few Years.

Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother's Soul will be a must-have on every baby-shower gift list, and an essential requirement for every birthing bag.

Author Notes

Jack Canfield earned his Bachelor's of Arts from Harvard and a Master's degree from the University of Massachusetts. he also has an honorary doctorate from the University of Santa Monica. Canfield has been a high school and university teacher, a workshop facilitator, a psychotherapist and a leading authority in the area of self esteem and personal development for approximately 30 years.

Canfield is the founder and co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, which has over 36 titles, 53 million copies in print and is translated into over 32 languages. He is the founder of Self Esteem Seminars in Santa Barbara, California, which trains entrepreneurs, educators, corporate leaders and employees in how to accelerate achievement. Canfield is also the founder of the Foundation for Self Esteem which provides self esteem resources and training for social workers, welfare recipients and Human Resource professionals. Some of his clients include Virgin Records, Sony Pictures, Merrill Lynch, Caldwell Banker, Federal Express, Bergen Brunswig Pharmaceuticals and the American Alzheimers Association.

In 1987, Canfield was appointed by the California Legislature to the California Task Force to Promote Self Esteem and Personal and Social Responsibility. He is the co-founder of the National Association for Self Esteem, and a member of the association for Holistic Education, as well as the National Association for for Self Esteem, where he was also a past member of the Board of Trustees and the recipient of the 1993 National Leadership Award. He is also a member of the National Staff Development Council and the National Speakers Association. In 1989, Canfield was awarded the Certified Speaking Professional designation, an honor that is held by less than 5% of NSA's membership. In 1997, he was nominated by three of NSA's past presidents for the coveted CPAE designation.

Canfield has appeared on such television shows as Oprah, The Today Show, 20/20, Eye to Eye, the NBC Nightly News and the BBC.

(Bowker Author Biography)



I'm ReadyI stared at the stick in disbelief. Two straight, pink lines. No doubt about it--pregnant. Oh my God! A mix of excitement and sheer terror washed over me. Sure, my husband and I had talked about having a baby. I just didn't think it would happen so fast. It seemed like one minute we were talking and the next, I was standing in front of the drugstore's home-pregnancy section debating whether I should buy the single- or the two-test pack. I had a feeling--early mother's intuition maybe? And bought just a single test. That was all I needed. We were having a baby. And I'd never even changed a diaper. What were we thinking? My husband, Joe, developed the baby pangs a year ago. I, on the other hand, was seized by fear. I wasn't ready. I'd look at a baby and mentally count the bottles of Pepto-Bismol the parents would consume once that bundle of joy hit those turbulent teens, or I'd calculate how much five years of college would cost. Then the baby bug bit me--and not a second too soon. Now my body's on this wild, hormonal ride, and I have to say, sometimes I want to get off. I'm this close to thirty years old, but my complexion is sixteen. Nausea is my constant companion. My friends even ask for upchuck updates. I never drive anywhere without an air sickness bag by my side, and I've thrown up in so many restaurant parking lots that I've thought about asking if I could just rent my dinners instead of buying them. My bladder has shrunk to the size of a lima bean, requiring me to pee exactly every thirteen minutes. And I'm so acutely tuned in to pain--yeah, that bodes well for an easy labor and delivery--that I swear early on, I could feel each and every cell dividing. Hypochondriacs are not good pregnant women. More proof. When two barf-free weeks passed, I panicked. I felt so normal. I figured something had to be wrong. Maybe I wasn't having a baby after all. Maybe it was a hysterical pregnancy. Joe assured me the only thing hysterical about this pregnancy is me. And my maternity underwear. I'm not sure which is scarier--having my body feel so out of control or those enormous, one-size-fits-all panties. At four months, my belly's still at that awkward is she-pregnant-or-is-that-a-beer-gut stage. My little Buddha belly is enough to keep me out of my stylish silk undies, but it's still too small for the maternity briefs. I can pull those things up over my chest. I think I just invented combination bra and underwear. I'll call it the brunder. If I can sell that idea to Victoria's Secret, no more worries about our kiddo's college tuition. But I have to say, the most amazing transformation of all&3151even more than filling out that maternity underwear some day--is how neurotic I've become about this little person who isn't even born yet. It all hit when I saw the first sonogram of our baby on the monitor. That's when I really and truly realized this was our baby. Our baby. The nausea and frequent urination, all the inconveniences, Excerpted from Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother's Soul: 101 Stories to Inspire and Warm the Hearts of Soon-to-Be Mothers by Jack L. Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Aubery, Nancy Mitchell Autio, Jack Canfield All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Colleen M. StoryDale Hanson BourkeKristen CookStephen HarriganJim WardaAmi McKayPatricia K. CameransiHeather BlackHelen ColellaLiane Kupferberg CarterAnna WightNicole SmithJohn ConklinMelanie L. HuberGil GoodwinScott CramerPatricia FranklinBecky WalkerJan ButschSusan EverettElizabeth ButeraBarbara WarnerGary ThompsonHugh O'NeilT. Brian KellyRobin SilvermanKen SwarnerNancy M. SurellaRobert FulghumDavid E. MittmanJames A. NelsonKelli S. JonesElisa Kayser KleinPhyllis DeMarcoHeather JamesDel DoughtyBarbara HoffmanBonnie J. MansellBill HoltonAmi Fox and Dianne GillSusan M. LangHeather BlackRay RecchiLeAnn ThiemanMary Jane StrongAllan Zullo and John McGranCarol McAdoo RehmeJeanne Marie LaskasClaire Simon LaisserElisabeth SartoriusJudy RyanKate AndrusSusanna Burkett ChenowethSharon CrismonRobin CliftonAntoinette BoscoDebbie GrazianoBarbara MackeyCindy AndersonSherrie Page NajarianTucker Viccellio and Susan Alexander Yates and Allison Yates GaskinsEileen DavisRuth M. HenshawDebra Ayers BrownAudrie LaVigneLynne MurphyJennifer ReedCynthia HummelBrenda Ford MillerCindy BarksdaleMary OstynMarsha PriesmeyerCaroline Castle HicksJim WardaLynn Noelle MossburgGayle Sorensen StringerJackie FlemingFrancoise InmanPatsy HughesAntionette IshmaelCarol McAdoo RehmeMartine EhrenclouCrystal KirgissMichelle MariottiDeborah ShouseLynn PlourdeKyle Louise JossiAnn MainseLori Elmore-MoonJohn DrescherMeiji StewartJan ButschJoanna SlanJacqueline D. CarricoErma BombeckMarion Bond WestErma BombeckLiane Kupferberg CarterMartha BeckJudith HayesSharon Linnea
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
Share with Usp. xix
Baby's Choicep. xx
1. We're Pregnant
It Will Change Your Lifep. 2
I'm Readyp. 5
It's a ... Father!p. 8
The Journey Beginsp. 14
Inner Sightp. 16
Delayed Gratificationp. 20
Enjoy Your Babyp. 24
Breaking the Newsp. 29
Great Expectationsp. 32
2. Nine Months and Counting
Did You Just Eat a Watermelon?p. 39
Flyingp. 41
My Baby Brotherp. 44
The Eleventh Hourp. 45
Garbage Dayp. 48
Notes of an Expectant Fatherp. 49
My Herop. 55
I Know What You've Been Doing!p. 58
A State of Blissp. 59
Hair Raisingp. 63
A Mother's Journeyp. 65
Expectant-nessp. 66
3. For Expectant Fathers
A Crash Course in Epidurals and Diapersp. 72
Father Hensp. 77
Deep in Dadlandp. 83
Love Lettersp. 87
The Mercedesp. 90
Daddy's Girlp. 92
This Is My Sonp. 95
I've Never Been So Scaredp. 99
4. Challenges Along the Way
The Baby's Stashp. 104
A Precious Giftp. 107
My Unborn Baby Saved My Lifep. 110
A Gift of Lovep. 116
To My Childp. 120
How Bubba Lukey Got His Namep. 122
The Mouth That Roaredp. 125
Tearsp. 128
Miracle Babyp. 133
Lesson in Couragep. 140
Dads Will Be Dadsp. 144
A Life or Death Decisionp. 148
Cute, Cuddly and Calls All the Shotsp. 153
5. Special Delivery
A Trusting Lovep. 158
Why Our Son Is Named Foxp. 163
Baby on Boardp. 168
Baby Mallp. 172
Pre-Parenthoodp. 173
The Labors of Lovep. 176
Two for Onep. 180
Our Storyp. 184
Letting Gop. 188
6. Small Miracles
Blessed Laughterp. 192
Grandpa's Precious Giftp. 195
My Father's Tearsp. 197
Miracle of Lifep. 199
Love, Friendship and Miraclesp. 203
Book of Dreamsp. 206
Sickest Baby in the ICUp. 210
7. Memorable Moments
Generationsp. 218
I Was Chosenp. 221
Keeping the High Watchp. 224
Grandpa's Surprisep. 226
Love Notesp. 228
To Our Baby Girlp. 231
Baby Toysp. 233
A Friendly Facep. 234
Unexpected Blessingsp. 238
Man in Laborp. 240
The Decisionp. 242
Fingerprintsp. 246
Baby for Salep. 250
For Nowp. 251
Love in the Rearview Mirrorp. 253
Breathep. 255
8. On Motherhood
My Previous Lifep. 258
Good to Be Homep. 260
Everything Old Is New Againp. 263
They'll Be Finep. 266
Rhymes and Reasonsp. 269
The Beholder's Eyep. 271
The Hugp. 273
Alone Time for Momp. 276
Let Mep. 279
Happy Birthing Day to Mep. 281
Seems Like Yesterdayp. 285
A Perfect Gift for a Not So Perfect Motherp. 290
That Dayp. 293
I Wonder Now, What Momentp. 296
9. Expectant Wisdom
If I Were Starting My Family Againp. 300
Children Arep. 304
Fantasy and Reality Clash with Birth of New Babyp. 306
United States of Motherhoodp. 309
Surviving the Early Years of Momhoodp. 312
Who Are Harder to Raise ... Boys or Girls?p. 316
On Being the Mother of Twinsp. 319
So You Want to Be a Mother?p. 325
Growing Up Painsp. 329
Loving Adamp. 332
Love Letters to My Daughterp. 336
Guilt-Free Parentingp. 339
More Chicken Soup?p. 345
Passing It On!p. 346
Who Is Jack Canfield?p. 347
Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?p. 348
Who Is Patty Aubery?p. 349
Who Is Nancy Mitchell?p. 350
Contributorsp. 351
Permissions (continued)p. 362