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What to Expect | The Unexpected Arrival.

Last week, I made a quick trip to the post office to claim this parcel.

This box was heaaaavy!
Turns out this box contains these.

Finally! They're here!
The What to Expect series, which I won from a giveaway way back in February! After almost three months, my prize finally found its way home, haha!

This was actually WTE's third attempt to ship out my prize. The first box didn't make it to the Philippines and was 'returned to sender'. The second box went to parts unknown. It didn't reach my doorstep, and neither did it came back to WTE headquarters. I wasn't expecting for this to come, but guess it's true when they say the third time's a charm. The third shipment finally made it to Philippine shores. Yay!

So exactly what is What to Expect?

What to Expect When You're Expecting is the brainchild of Heidi Murkoff; she originally came up with this guide book to help expectant moms sleep better at night. What started as a simple project has now become a phenomenal bestseller, with 17 million copies in print and read by almost 93% percent of pregnant women. The book has been heralded as the 'pregnancy bible', and is now in its fourth edition.

With the success of this first book, Heidi went on to write What to Expect The First Year and What to Expect the Second Year. The series is now a worldwide success, and is published in over 30 languages.

New babies on my bookshelf!

At this point, the What to Expect the Second Year is the most useful to me, as I have a toddler who needs a bit of work on the tantrums, anger management, and discipline department. In between taking care of the little man, doing the house chores, blogging and my freelance writing gigs, and watching my Kdramas, I try to spare an hour or two for this book. So far, I'm enjoying and learning a lot from every page of it.

Here's an excerpt from Chapter 7, Disciplining Your Toddler.

"So be the calm in the storm as much as you can. When your toddler has done something that makes you angry, take a few moments to cool down before you attempt a disciplinary action. Then, respond. Calmly explain the error of your toddler's ways and what you plan to do about it.

A little too late for that - already lost your cool? Don't worry if you can't always slam on the temper brakes. Again, you're only human, which is actually important for your only-human child to know. As long as the tirades are relatively few, far between, and short-lived, and aimed at your child's behavior, not your child, they won't interfere with effective parenting, or even with your overall discipline strategy. 

When you lose it, however, be sure to apologize for it: 'I'm sorry I yelled at you, but I was very angry'. Adding 'I love you' will let you know that sometimes we get angry at people we love, and that's okay."

The little rascal. :)
I'm glad to be the lucky winner of Mommytot's giveaway, and the recipient of these wonderful books. Thank you, Mommytots! And many, many thanks to Mr. Dan Weissbrodt and What to Expect for never giving up on sending the package to me. I truly appreciate all the effort!

Cheers to the crazy, beautiful world of parenting! :)
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15 replies:

Kim, USA said...

Great information in these books. Very shameful it takes three times for a package to arrive at your doorstep. Happy weekdays!


SmilingSally said...

I've heard of these helpful books. Thanks for sharing your blues.

Happy Blue Monday.

lina@happy family said...

Valuable books!

Chubskulit Rose said...

You're gonna busy!

Plenty of blues in Finding Nemo, come and see.

Unknown said...

Actually, when I was pregnant a friend suggested this book for me but never had a chance to have them even if I have searched in all National Bookstores that time. But what i didn't know is there are 2 more books that followed it.:)) I hope I will be able to get a chance to grab them.:))

tess said...

this is a great book to read for mom's and mom's to be. i used to buy boooks when I was pregnant with my kids and i still have them with me.

Animetric said...

I have all three books! I read and re-read What to Expect When You're Expecting from cover to cover when I was pregnant with my two kids. :)

Lhyzie said...

Too many useful books:)

Sumi Go said...

This is so timely. There's a movie of the same title coming out soon! haha.. Anyway, I'd love to have a set of these books in the future.. ^^

Life and Fever said...

I can't picture myself taking care of little kids. It seems like such a hard job! I feel like even with books to help me, I'd be lost. >_<

Kudos to all the moms in the world!

Badet | The Misis Chronicles said...

I don't have any of these books, I rely on the BabyCenter and mommy blogs/forum for some parenting help.

Lizzie Health and Home said...

Great books. I'm hoping to see some of your posts about them once you're done reading. :)

sigrid @ lifeandleisure said...

ganda ng books na yan! i had one. helped me talaga when i was expecting :D

green monday said...

i so love that book too, it's like my bible on pregnancy, thanks for sharing and have a green monday.

raya said...

Good on you! those books are really interesting. I wish I have read those while I was expecting. I had to just experiment on a lot of things! thanks for joining WW!