Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Celebrating Big Siblings...Welcoming Daly #4...and a GIVEAWAY!

So.....We've welcomed Daly Baby #4 into our family, due in September!

After much debate and ambivalence, I once again went in for a mid-pregnancy anatomy scan. Thankfully the techs are very helpful and supportive of my non-hospital needs, scanning the baby, placenta, cord and uterus in about 5 minutes. I've always felt if the child is showing off, I don't mind finding out the sex either.....

So I'm excited to announce we are welcoming a baby boy. :) Jokes about Merida (from Disney's Brave movie) are popular right now in our family and Purple Sister even gifted a Merida costume to Zon. Speaking of which, Zon was shocked to find out she's got another brother, but any fears I had about her sister craze are gone. She's already wanting to buy him clothes, paint him pictures and constantly talks about him. Phew!

Daly #4 sporting the eerily repeated Daly features.

Throughout the early part of pregnancy, I casually talked about the new baby to the kids here and there, but was really looking for a way to make it special. I wanted to gift something to them that would emphasize their sibling status. Well, I found just the right thing: a book written for natural parents about welcoming a new baby! 


Mama, Talk About Our New Baby is 20 beautifully illustrated pages showing all that is sweet and wonderful about respectful, natural parenting. In it are images my children haven't even seen outside our family, such as tandem nursing and a family bed. I'm ecstatic to find a book they can relate to during this transition.

I couldn't help the preggo tears as I started reading the book to my children. They excitedly pointed to the daddy babywearing, to the tandem nursing, to the walk in the park with the puppy and more. It made sense to them and gave us a great foundation to discuss the impending arrival of our newest baby. Everything in this book is detailed and well thought out yet simple and accessible to even the youngest big siblings. 


Two Big Siblings excited and proud!
If you're looking for a big sibling book with gentle parenting and natural parenting elements, this is the one! I know we're going to be reading it very frequently for a long time. 

This book is actually the second one of two natural parenting books by baby-love books, developed by a team: author Toni Olson and illustrator S. Marie Carlson. Toni is a work at home mother who had natural home births and is passionate about empowered birth and breastfeeding. S. Marie Carlson combines her love of art with her love of pregnancy and birth. You can learn more about their books here.

BUY IT

To purchase this book or the homebirth book, visit: http://www.talkaboutmax.com/

WIN IT
Yup, seriously! I love this book so much that I am doing a giveaway on it. I have not been paid or pressed to do this...this is literally how enamored I am by the book! THREE (3) lucky readers will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter to win one hardcover edition. To enter, follow the directions on the Rafflecopter widget below.




a Rafflecopter giveaway

Related blog posts:

Big Siblings at birth:
http://guggiedaly.blogspot.com/2012/04/older-siblings-at-birth.html

Big Sibling Bonding with Breastfeeding:
http://guggiedaly.blogspot.com/2012/05/triandem-nursing-three-is-happy-crowd.html

40 comments:

  1. Yay! Would love to win this book. So happy to see more natural birth / natural parenting books starting to appear on the scene. :)

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  2. Would LOVE to read that book to my kiddos as we welcome our baby girl into our family in August!! Why not try to get it free, lol! Congrats on your 3rd son, Guggie!!

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  3. I only have one, so I don't know what it will be like to teach my little one about a younger sibling (yet), but I definitely think books will play a part.

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  4. When I was expecting my youngest I read books about new babies and we watched peaceful home birth videos on you tube. Then when the time came we had him help inflate the birthing tub and fill it up. He was also one of the first people besides my husband and I to hold the baby. They have always had a good relationship and I think including my older son in the birth is what helped that. gll3335 at yahoo dot com

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  5. Awww this is super cute I may need to get it for Izzy!

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  6. Awww I've gotta get this for Izzy. Too cute! She watched lots of birth vids as well.

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  7. we do not have a new baby coming yet, but my kiddos wouldlove to see a book where our normal life is depicted. we have always spoken to our kids about the upcoming birth of their siblings. we let them know how things may go, sounds, etv. they held with baby soon after birth.

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  8. When I was pregnant with Eden, we talked a lot about her to big sister. Even though Eden isn't still with us, B still talks about her sister. <3 When we get pregnant again, I think a book like this would be amazing to read to her.

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  9. I try to get the older siblings involved as much as possible, picking out names, clothes, going to ultra sounds, and when baby is born, getting baby diapers, tandem feeding the new baby and a baby doll (by request LOL) and then me and my little ones used to breastfeed side by side. (them sitting beside me with a doll.)

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  10. I bought my niece and nephew big sibling gifts when they became big sibs, but when my own toddler became a big sister, I was super busy preparing for my home birth that we never got around to getting her something. She watched a lot of birth videos with me though. Joafairy at hotmail dot com

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  11. We are pregnant with #3 and also due in September!! We've been having fun talking about my growing belly and trying to feel baby move. My kiddos are 3 and 2, so still young too fully understand. But my eldest loves getting ready for baby to come by baby wearing her dollies and nursing them. So sweet!! This book would be fantastic resource for sharing with our kids. We are planning our first home birth and I think I'll be tandem nursing again. :)
    Just in case: the dot elstros at gmail dot com

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  12. Oh, this looks lovely! I still have yet to get the home birth book. We never found out the sex and gave the eldest the job of announcing it when baby was born. Be sure to reign in overexcited friends, in case they yell it out before the kids get a chance! She was nearly 8 and called the relatives to let them know.

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  13. Thanks for this opportunity to win this book! We usually just had the older kids help with the baby as much as they could/wanted to.

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  14. Tried to comment but it's not showing.. anyway, thanks for this opportunity to win this book! We usually just let the older kids help out as much as they could/wanted to. The first few weeks were always hard but after that things always fell into place nicely. :)

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  15. I only have one child but I plan to have more. I want to have my next baby while my first is still nursing as I believe tandem will help a lot and I also plan to get a "baby" for the oldest to take care of. Luckily I care for babies in my home already to make extra money so she is accustomed to having a newborn around. I can't remember which email is linked to the Rafflecopter account so here are two: cassiek.1021@gmail.com and mamacass1221@yahoo.com

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  16. We just added baby #2 to our family this past winter. To make Big Brother feel special, our midwives were awesome and helped him to participate at the appointments. He was able to help push the button to hear her heartbeat. Almost 5 mos. after her birth, he still talks about this and how much he loves the midwives at our birth center. On the Big Day, we had a Big Brother bag ready-to-go, with all sorts of fun new toys and books for him. This helped to keep him busy while we were at the center, as we figured he'd get bored (we were only there for 4 hrs after her arrival, and she almost came in their driveway!). But a big bonus was that it also entertained him during those few first days of transition.

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  17. I told my oldest that I wanted all the kids in the pool with me and that he gets to look and see if babe is a boy or girl! =)

    Christy clarkin0209@gmail.com

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  18. I would love to start reading this book to my two little ones before we start working on having our third. I wish I had done more to prepare my daughter for the arrival of her brother!

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    1. This was my post. I was at work and was in such a hurry that I didn't realize I posted anonymously until too late!

      And to expand on the above: my daughter, at 1.5 yrs old, was present for the birth of her brother. The three of us are still going strong with tandem nursing, Scarlet at 3 yrs old and Cillian at 16 months. Hubby and I will eventually try for baby #3, but even though I love tandem nursing most of the time, I don't think I could handle a trio so we will wait until at least one self-weans.

      cmackechney at gmail dot com

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  19. This book would be lovely to share with my son. He is expecting his first sibling (our baby #2) this fall!

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  20. Since we are expecting number 2, we discuss with our son just about everyday that we have a baby coming. He sits and listens to the baby kick, he loves to come up and rub/pat/love on my belly and is excited every time he talks about the baby coming out. We also discuss how the baby will come and that he will have to share his "nini" with the baby (he has delegated which breast belongs to whom :)). It also helps that our midwife is very encouraging in including him in our appointments and discussions. She even makes sure that he gets to use the fetoscope to hear the baby.
    Forgot to leave my email, erikka@handcraftedbyerikka.com

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  21. Great giveaway!! I'd love to win!

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  22. My son got a lot of special responsibilities related to being a big brother.

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  23. This book looks amazing!!! I must get it either buying or winning it!!! :)

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  24. Ohhhh this book looks wonderful!

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  25. baby number 2 on the way - our, first, 3yo now, helps go through hand me down clothes and baby items and has already created a little nest in her bed for her little brother or sister. I think this book would be great to read to her!

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  26. I would love to win this book for my 2 little ones, who are expecting a little brother/sister in January! For my dd, we made sure she was included in all appointments, and that she was at the birth when she wanted to be. (she was not even 2 yet, so she was in and out throughout it all) I would love to have this book to prepare both kids, being that they are both older and will appreciate it!

    my email is Nmkoye@yahoo.com

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  27. would love to win this book! kansas.06 at hotmail dot com

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  28. not sure if my comment went through so doing it again just in case. Would love to win - kansas.06 at hotmail dot com

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  29. This is great - happy to see natural parenting being represented.

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  30. Great book idea! I'm glad to see natural parenting getting some good representation.

    stephaniesgmaelemael "at" gmail "dot" com

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  31. This book is perfect for my children. My last baby was a home water birth, and our next (December 2013) baby will be too! My almost 4 year old is hoping to help deliver this baby and holds her own "water births" in her play room each week. She wants to "help mommies have babies" someday. <3 melt my heart. This book would be WONDERFUL in our home!!!

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  32. We spent a lot of time preppin for the birth, planning for them to be there. Didn't work out either time but I think it helped. With our second I wanted to give our oldest a doll too, but one of my uncles gave her one a few weeks before and everyone made a big deal about it and said she didn't need another... oh well lol.

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  33. Did my reply disappear? I can reanswer if it did... eter way this book looks amazin!

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  34. We're expecting in December, and after many losses trying to get here, there will be a big gap in ages, so I've been looking for good books to help pave the way to introducing a new little one to our family.

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  35. I am expecting my 4th in October! This one, like my 2 youngest, will be welcomed into the world unassisted, at home with his/her siblings and Daddy present. What a great looking book for my 2 year old! Entering this contest was almost enough incentive to re-open my FB account ;-) freebirthmama at gmail dot com

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  36. This looks like something my son would love. For us, the transition to 2 children was much harder than we expected. My son's behavior went south fast, and it manifested in really odd ways. He does love his little sister a lot, though, so he doesn't direct it toward her. Luckily, he's very verbal and explains his feelings well. Our main goal right now is to make sure he sees his grandparents often by himself, like he did before, and that we exercise as much patience as humanly possible.

    wendykate99 at yahoo dot com

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