sho's been sleeping with a fan on in the background since last winter, in spite of my guilty feeling that probably having cold air blowing on you isn't the healthiest way to sleep. it never occurred to me to buy a sleep sound machine until a week or so ago, when it started getting too cold to sleep with the fan on. i used to nanny for a wealthy family who had a white noise machine in every room, and i think i just sort of subconsciously thought of them as a rich person's accessory or something? who knows. i peeped 'em out online, and ordered one with a projector on a whim. whoa! possibly the most fun twenty bucks i've ever spent? sho calls it her "glowy machine" and has eagerly gone to bed and slept with it in her arms every single nap and bedtime since it arrived in the mail a couple days ago. the projector is delightfully low-tech, with slowly circling images of jungle creatures or fish or sleepy planetary objects, and it also has the option of heartbeat (my favorite), ocean (sho's favorite), rain, white noise, and six lullabies. this is starting to sound like a sponsored post, which it sure as heck isn't, so i'll shut up now. but man, i do recommend this marvelous sleepytime accessory. sleep machines: not just for rich folks, y'all! you heard it here first.
speaking of books that are fun to read when you have a baby on the way, i thought i'd share a few of my favorites. reading has always been a huge part of my life, which is why it's strange i don't mention books here more often. anyway, i have given or recommended all of these books to more friends than i can count, preggo or not. and as a bonus, most can be found used on amazon for a few dollars! (it's pretty much my favorite pasttime to send cheap used books to friends who might like them.)
operating instructions by anne lamott. man, i love anne lamott, especially her fiction. this is raw and honest and so funny, it's the kind of book that makes you feel less alone in your craziness. she has a new book out, some assembly required, written with her son about the first year of his son's life. i can't wait to check it out.
spiritual midwifery by ina mae gaskin. probably the most famous book on natural childbirth, written in the 1970's and hippied out to the max. a lot of the ideas in this book about childbirth -- to view pain as something to work with, not fight against, for example -- have helped me in many areas of my life beyond giving birth.
whew! this was a long post. if you're still here, thanks for stickin' around. and if you have any books that were essential reading during your own baby days, please feel free to share in the comments! i pretty much love reading about babies, any day o' the week.