Oh, Baby!
7 Ways a Baby Will Change Your Life The First Year

by Bettie B. Youngs, Ph.D, Ed.D, Susan M. Heim, Jennifer L. Youngs

Hampton Roads Publishing Company, 2006. ISBN 1-57174-503-3.
Reviewed by Kara Flathouse
Posted on 02/07/2008

Nonfiction: Life Lessons; Nonfiction: Faith/Spirituality/Inspiration; Nonfiction: Relationships

One might think I know all there is to know about a baby's first year, just having my third child. Wrong! Reading through Oh, Baby, I found myself agreeing with others as they described the various feelings you experience during this first year. I also found myself remembering the first years of my first two children and some of the hurdles my husband and I faced, and I realized that many other couples face the same things.

The authors do a wonderful job addressing the emotional and physical demands of having a child under the age of one in your house. They break the book up into seven chapters, discussing not only the challenges, but the ways a baby will enhance your life and your relationships with others. One chapter deals with how a baby will cause you to examine your beliefs and question your faith, while another addresses how to survive and thrive as a couple.

Scattered through the book are wonderful quotes on parenthood, marriage, and babies. Each section ends with wonderful discussion questions to help you examine your thoughts and feelings. The "Take Action" boxes sprinkled throughout provide great ways in which you may apply what you have read to your life.

Oh, Baby was an easy read, and I enjoyed all the anecdotes collected from various couples. I could identify with so many of their stories. Whether sharing the first year of life with your first child or your third, you will appreciate this delightful book. It offers something for all parents.

Bettie Youngs is the Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of thirty-two books. Susan Heim is a writer and editor, specializing in parenting, women's and Christian issues. Jennifer L. Youngs is the author of many self-help books. For more details, visit their website.

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