I've held true to my vow to not read any books about pregnancy. My doctor, friends, and Google have been more than sufficient to answer any questions I've had.
But since I finished The Count of Monte Cristo a few weeks ago (Side note: Brad still has 400 pages to go... will we survive this married reading challenge, Gentle Readers?) and Brad has been asking me an increasing number of baby-care-related questions--he's searching for the instruction manual--I have checked out a few parenting resources that friends have recommended. I thumbed through Baby Bargains as I set up my registries (all online, so quick and easy and I didn't have to troll through baby stores!). Brad and I spent a Friday night watching the DVD of The Happiest Baby on the Block and were amazed when we successfully soothed a few fussy infants at church during childcare based on Dr. Karp's tips--it was like magic! I just finished reading On Becoming Babywise, and the authors' approach to feeding and sleeping makes so much sense to me that it's hard to believe that it doesn't work for all babies. I just received the newest edition of Baby 411, which seemed to be the best instruction-manual-type book on the market to answer Brad's questions.
It's easy to focus solely on the baby's practical needs, but Brad and I need much more guidance in parenting biblically, which is most important anyway. One of our pastors is conveniently offering a first-time parenting workshop in a few weeks that we plan to attend. Later this year, Brad and I will take our church's 13-week core seminar on parenting. In the meantime, I have two books on my must-read list: Shepherding a Child's Heart and Loving the Little Years. Christian moms, any other recommendations?