CONTENTS

From Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother's Soul

Contents

Introduction

Baby’s Choice Colleen M. Story

1. WE’RE PREGNANT

It Will Change Your Life Dale Hanson Bourke

I’m Ready Kristen Cook

The Journey Begins Jim Warda

Inner Sight Ami McKay

Delayed Gratification Patricia K. Cameransi

Enjoy Your Baby Heather Black

Breaking the News Helen Colella

Great Expectations Liane Kupferberg Carter

2. NINE MONTHS AND COUNTING

Did You Just Eat a Watermelon? Anna Wight

Flying Nicole Smith

My Baby Brother John Conklin

The Eleventh Hour Melanie L. Huber

Garbage Day Gil Goodwin

Notes of an Expectant Father Scott Cramer

My Hero Patricia Franklin

I Know What You’ve Been Doing! Becky Walker

A State of Bliss Jan Butsch

Hair Raising Susan Everett

A Mother’s Journey Elizabeth Butera

Expectant-ness Barbara Warner

3. FOR EXPECTANT FATHERS

Father Hens Hugh O’Neil

Deep in Dadland T. Brian Kelly

Love Letters Robin Silverman

The Mercedes Ken Swarner

Daddy’s Girl Nancy M. Surella

I’ve Never Been So Scared David E. Mittman

4. CHALLENGES ALONG THE WAY

The Baby’s Stash James A. Nelson

A Precious Gift Kelli S. Jones

My Unborn Baby Saved My Life Elisa Kayser Klein

A Gift of Love Phyllis DeMarco

To My Child Heather James

How Bubba Lukey Got His Name Del Doughty

The Mouth That Roared Barbara Hoffman

Tears Bonnie J. Mansell

Miracle Baby Bill Holton

Lesson in Courage Ami Fox as told to Dianne Gill

Dads Will Be Dads Susan M. Lang

A Life or Death Decision Heather Black

Cute, Cuddly and Calls All the Shots Ray Recchi

5. SPECIAL DELIVERY

A Trusting Love LeAnn Thieman

Why Our Son Is Named Fox Mary Jane Strong

Baby on Board Allan Zullo and John McGran

Baby Mall Carol McAdoo Rehme

Pre-Parenthood Jeanne Marie Laskas

The Labors of Love Claire Simon Laisser

Two for One Elisabeth Sartorius

Our Story Judy Ryan

Letting Go Kate Andrus

6. SMALL MIRACLES

Blessed Laughter Susanna Burkett Chenoweth

Grandpa’s Precious Gift Sharon Crismon

My Father’s Tears Robin Clifton

Miracle of Life Antoinette Bosco

Love, Friendship and Miracles Debbie Graziano

Book of Dreams Barbara Mackey

Sickest Baby in the ICU Cindy Anderson

7. MEMORABLE MOMENTS

Generations Sherrie Page Najarian

I Was Chosen Tucker Viccellio as told to Susan Alexander Yates and Allison Yates Gaskins

Keeping the High Watch Eileen Davis

Grandpa’s Surprise Ruth M. Henshaw

Love Notes Debra Ayers Brown

To Our Baby Girl Audrie LaVigne

Baby Toys Lynne Murphy

A Friendly Face Jennifer Reed

Unexpected Blessings Cynthia Hummel

Man in Labor Brenda Ford Miller

The Decision Cindy Barksdale

Fingerprints Mary Ostyn

Baby for Sale Marsha Priesmeyer

For Now Caroline Castle Hicks

Love in the Rearview Mirror Jim Warda

Breathe Lynn Noelle Mossburg

8. ON MOTHERHOOD

My Previous Life Gayle Sorensen Stringer

Good to Be Home Jackie Fleming

Everything Old Is New Again Francoise Inman

They’ll Be Fine Patsy Hughes

Rhymes and Reasons Antionette Ishmael

The Beholder’s Eye Carol McAdoo Rehme

The Hug Martine Ehrenclou

Alone Time for Mom Crystal Kirgiss

Let Me Michelle Mariotti

Happy Birthing Day to Me Deborah Shouse

Seems Like Yesterday Lynn Plourde

A Perfect Gift for a Not So Perfect Mother Kyle Louise Jossi

That Day Ann Mainse

I Wonder Now, What Moment Lori Elmore-Moon

9. EXPECTANT WISDOM

If I Were Starting My Family Again John Drescher

Children Are . . . Meiji Stewart

Fantasy and Reality Clash with Birth of New Baby Jan Butsch

United States of Motherhood Joanna Slan

Surviving the Early Years of Momhood Jacqueline D. Carrico

Who Are Harder to Raise . . . Boys or Girls? Erma Bombeck

On Being the Mother of Twins Marion Bond West

So You Want to Be a Mother? Erma Bombeck

Growing Up Pains Liane Kupferberg Carter

Love Letters to My Daughter Judith Hayes

Guilt-Free Parenting Sharon Linnéa

Who Is Jack Canfield?

Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?

Who Is Patty Aubery?

Who Is Nancy Mitchell?

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