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The Most Important Book You Could Read This Year (If You Have Kids)

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How’s this for a big statement…this book should be required reading for all new parents. In fact, you should get it right after your first OB appointment. The “Wall Street Journal’s Financial Guidebook for New Parents,” covers virtually every financial planning issue you need to think about when you have kids.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the frenzy of feeding, sleeping, bonding and educating. It can be truly overwhelming at times. Especially when you’re sleep deprived. And of course, the most important thing is to love your kids with all your heart and soul. But at the end of the day, you can’t avoid confronting how you’re going to pay for everything… daily needs, housing, college tuitions and even your own retirement.
I know I faced a very steep learning curve with all of this when our kids were born. And it’s always a work in progress. So it’s nice to see everything you need to consider, organized in an easy to read book that is fine for those of us who freeze every time we have to calculate the tip in a restaurant.
Here’s what the publisher has to say about the WSJ book on Amazon:
“The average family will spend between $11,000 and $16,000 during a new baby’s first year, and more than $200,000 before a kid’s eighteenth birthday. Unfortunately, a second child only doubles your costs, with little economy of scale for each additional baby…
The Wall Street Journal Financial Guidebook for New Parents shows you the way, with information on how to:
• Safeguard your child’s well-being with wills, trusts, and life insurance
• Best weigh your child-care options and decide whether to go back to work
• Save on taxes with child-friendly tax credits and deductions plus tax-advantaged benefits at work
• Manage your family’s health-care costs
• Save for long-term costs by setting up a college fund
• Spend smart and save money at every stage of your child’s development
• Continue to contribute to your own retirement savings
There is certainly no shortage of financial advice books out there. I’ve recently read Rich Dad, Poor Dad and The Wealthy Barber. Both are excellent for learning how to think about assets versus liabilities, the beauty of compound interest and saving for retirement. But this WSJ book is by far the best thing I’ve come across. I’ve been dog-earring my own copy. You may want to too.
If you have other financial planning books or websites that you like, share them here.

Boob Nursing Top Contest

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And the winner is…. Blanca. Here’s her story:
Hello Everyone! I’m a mother of a 28 week preemie! Not being able to nurse him directly I used to pump and bring the milk back to the hospital! After just 2 days my tiny baby started to show interest on the breast! This moved my heart. He started actually nursing 3 days after. I have a couple of NIP stories… Here’s the first one… I was at the park with my 3 daughters and my newborn son, and it was meal time! I pull my breast out to feed him and as he was nursing a little boy came to me and started to stare at me! All of the sudden, his mother came to grap him and he seems upset!, the mother then told me it was the first day of weaning baby! He looked at me so sad! I started thinking if my son would be the same way… I’m also his pacifier! I have a hospital grade breast pump @ home but after a while it was impossible to pump and go shopping for example. Since I had to pump every 1.5-2.5 hours to keep my milk supply going while the baby was in NICU I went to Walmart and started shopping. Then I realize that I coulnt wait to pump so I decided to purchase an electic breast pump! I went to the parking lot and started pumping in the car. My husband came to the car and I could tell he was a lil embarrased so he asked me to cover up a little! Anyway I put the shirt down still pumping, we stopped at the red light (I’m still pumping, but I looked like the shirt Madonna had in that video with the pointed boobs!) A car stopped next to us and the guy gave me thumbs up! What I next realized there it was his wife doing the same thing!

Don’t you just love this logo? I think it’s hilarious. Better yet, Boob, a Swedish company, has a wide range of maternity and nursing clothes. Here’s a description of how the nursing tops function.
Now for the giveaway contest. For a chance to win this top, leave a comment answering this question: If you’re pregnant, tell me why you need this top. And if you’ve had a baby, tell me your favorite nursing in public story.
Deadline to enter the contest is August 1, the start of Breastfeeding Awareness Week. Contest limited to U.S. entrants. I’ll pick the winner based on the following criteria: a fun, clever or poignant story.

Two New Breastfeeding Books

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Two of my blogging friends have written new books for you to check out. It’s really exciting. I’ve known these women for the past few years, and it’s great to see their work come to fruition. One book is a memoir, and the other is a guide for breastfeeding educators who need to learn Spanish in order to help their clients.
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First off, we have Sinead of Breastfeedingmums who has written a memoir about her breastfeeding experiences. It’s called “Mama Milk: A Breastfeeding Mum’s Story.” Here’s her blog, and here’s a link to where you can buy the book on Lulu. It’s an e-book and costs only $5.27.
What I love about Sinead’s book is her realistic descriptions of the ups and downs of breastfeeding. She breastfeed three kids and she doesn’t sugar coat anything. She covers everything from buying a bra to weaning, mixing her personal experiences with practical tips. Sinead is from Ireland so at times her turns of phrase are truly charming. For example, she writes:

The very first night I spent with my new daughter was probably the first and only time she slept through for the next five years! I, on the other hand, missed out on that precious opportunity as I was simply too excited to sleep. I had waited for what seemed like forever to be her mummy and now that she was with me I quite literally couldn’t take my eyes off her. Even when I went to the bathroom I happily wheeled her along with me! The rooming-in policy adopted by our hospital suited me down to the ground. There was no way anyone was taking my baby to the nursery. I was her mummy and any mummy stuff would be carried out by me! Me and my baby together at last…

Now for the second book. Tanya of the Motherwear Blog has written a book called “Spanish For Breastfeeding Support” (Hale Publishing 2009). Tanya’s co-author is a former Medical Spanish instructor and translator. The book is intended for anyone who works in breastfeeding support: nurses, lactation consultants and counselors, La Leche League leaders, doulas, physicians, midwives, WIC nutritionists and peer counselors, and others. Lactation consultants can earn over 12 CERPs for completing the exercises in the book.
The book teaches you how to support nursing moms in Spanish using dialogues, vocabulary, listening comprehension exercises, grammar lessons, quick reference sheets, and great lists of Spanish breastfeeding resources. The book also comes with two CDs.
Tanya is doing a give-away of the book on her site right now. Click here to learn about the contest. The deadline is July 17th. And finally, there’s a website for the book, (Here’s the link for buying the book from Amazon or the publisher).