As I’m nearing the end of the wait for baby number three (at the time of writing, anyway), I’m working on becoming prepared and noticing how much things have changed since we were awaiting baby number one. For one thing, I started to become stronger in my faith. I realized that if she were going to be strong in the faith, I had to be that example –and I wasn’t much of an example.
Over the years I have found several resources for Catholic moms that I wish I had at the beginning of my journey:
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A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism
I was lucky enough to be part of the blog tour for this book and really enjoyed it. When we were pregnant with our first, the first thing I did was buy a handful of modern what to expect when you are pregnant type books. Hated all of them. Especially once I decided to go natural, these books were no help.
I love that the Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy hits the high points of baby development and how you are feeling and combines that with Rosary meditations, something practical to do at this stage of the game and also a little piece that takes you deeper into the faith.
I love that it’s practical and REAL, not shying away from hard topics like miscarriage, stillbirth and even the idea that pregnancy is not always fun or desired at first. It speaks with love and faith and goes into planning for labor and baptism as well as addressing the pregnancy itself. You can read my whole review of A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy at my blog.
Prayerfully Expecting: A Nine-Month Novena for Mothers to Be
While I wish I were more devout (don’t we all?), I have found that I’ve really liked Prayerfully Expecting. It turns your entire pregnancy into one giant Novena. While I am not the greatest at remembering to get to it daily, I do use it several times a week.
It’s a beautiful book with a super quick summary of what to expect during this month (like a paragraph) and then has a series of prayers related to praising God, motherhood, pregnancy & the family. In addition, there is usually some small portion on the value of family or motherhood, quotes from holy people, meditations on the rosary and then a Novena prayer to a St. Anne or St. Gerard Majella or someone like that. It gives me a good place to start my prayer for the day and even if I never get back to it, it’s properly ordered.
The Catholic Baby Name Book
The second in a series of books from CatholicMom.com (where I also occasionally contribute), The Catholic Baby Name Book is an awesome resource for people like my husband and I. We want a Catholic name, but we don’t necessarily want a common name either.
This book is fun to look through because we like all the super old Latin & Italian names. It also has most popular name charts in the back, as well as recently canonized saints. Unfortunately, the girl section seems to be smaller than the boy section. We have trouble picking out girls names, and that’s all we seem to have.
A Mother’s Rule of Life: How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to Your Soul
The last book I want to recommend is A Mother’s Rule of Life. On one hand, I think it has the potential to make someone completely schedule oriented to the death of all joy and life for someone who has a tendency to blindly follow everything someone says to the T. I think, though, that for the rest of us, this is an excellent book about where our priorities should lie.
It’s so easy to get sucked into the urgent of the needs of the children and let everything else suffer – especially with the first one. There are lots of protestant books about homemaking, but this is the only Catholic one I’ve found. It was so instrumental to my life that I even did a book study on it and also created my Household Notebook based on the principles in A Mother’s Rule of Life. In fact, if you look at my blog or Pinterest boards, all my posts & pins are arranged in this way as well.
Do you have a favorite book that you like to recommend to new Catholic mothers?
Jen is a Catholic wife and mother to two little girls whose nose can usually be found buried in a book, learning once all the work is done. Or sometimes, even when it’s not! You can always find Jen blogging about the big 5 — God & Catholicism, taking care of yourself, serving your spouse and children and managing the home. She can be found blogging at Happy Little Homemaker and on most of the social media sites including Google+.