Friday, July 21, 2006

The "good news" you're all waiting to hear:

My younger (but taller) sister, Tonya, and her husband Nick are expecting their first child! They recently celebrated their second anniversary in June, and it is assumed that it was the celebration of said anniversary that led to the expectation of this child.

Anyway, since my sister is my only sibling, this will be my first niece or nephew by blood. My husband's siblings have children (well, all but one does, that is), but I never get to see them, and they're not blood relatives. Don't get me wrong, I still love them, but since they're all at least 1,000 miles away, it's difficult to see them.

So now, I'm taking suggestions as to what kinds of games and gifts to have for her baby shower, which will probably be in February. I've got a few ideas, but I'd love to hear yours.

By the way, my sister has worked in day care for a number of years, and is currently in a supervisory position at the child development center at the local Air Force base. She gets asked lots of parenting questions by parents who know that she has learned enough by day care experience and in her studies in college to know how to care for kids, but she is not so familiar with the whole pregnancy thing. So, any advice you would like me to send along to her would be great, too.

Congratulations, Sis!


Devona said...

Yes, congrats Sis!

And if she really wants to read a good book to prepare her for pregnancy (and she's ok with not doing exactly what her doctor tells her to do) I recommend she never ever pick up the "What to Expect" series of pregnancy books and instead read Henci Goers "The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Childbirth." And have her Hubby read "Husband Coached Childbirth" by Dr. Bradley and take one of the Bradley classes.

And if she wants to know anything in particular she can feel free to email me. :) I'm becoming an expert ;)

Nick said...
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Nick said...

It's too late. Too many people have convinced her to read (she is half way through), the "What to Expect When You're Expecting" book. I am not going to read it. I may read a pregnancy book for dads. We'll see. Right now I am drinking a beer and chemically preparing myself for her childbirth.

I have been told that any coaching I do is token at best. My presence is all that is required as anything I say will not be remembered. I am only there as an outlet for her stress and frustration. (That almost sounds like marriage). Seven months to B-day. Cheers.

Mrs. T. Swede said...

Nick, I think you'll find you have more of a role than you think in the pregnancy and childbirth. If I'm wrong, my husband will buy you a beer. He probably will anyway, just in celebration of the birth of your first child.

Tonya said...

Nick has a way of making it look like he doesn't have a clue, but honostly, he has been very loving and supportive. I couldn't ask for a better husband. I won't incriminate him by giving details except for him buying a book about expectant dads and when I don't feel well and need to rest, he is supportive of my rest. He also bought me flowers the other night, just because. (He did that once in a great while before too, but it just makes me feel so special!!)

Nick said...

Wife is correct. I have half a clue about how to deal with a woman. However, claiming full knowledge of the female species would be heresy. I can deal with a woman, but, I have no clue about how do deal with a pregnant woman. Time will tell.