Every new year I get the itch to read, learn something and grow in a new way. Looking ahead at this year, I feel more pressure to soak in all the mama knowledge I can to better prepare myself for the arrival of baby Konrad. So, I’ve been on the hunt for the best books about motherhood to ease my mind a little about being a first time mama.
In my search, I ran across an Instagram story about a new book club hosted by Lauren McBride. Through the course of the year she will be guiding us through a discussion on a list of books she’s selected to read – 1 per month. I thought this would be a great way to not only absorb, but also connect with other mamas out there who are in the same stage as myself.
First up on her list is Breathe, Mama, Breathe by Shonda Moralis MSW, LCSW.
After reading through the sample book on my iPad, I immediate downloaded. I haven’t read all of this book yet, but it discusses the importance of being mindful and taking time to find calmness in our chaotic lives (about to be more chaotic) and connecting to ourselves for the greater benefit of our family.
I love the idea of finding calmness in the midst of challenging times and to be honest, I could really use some soul soothing about right now. I know there are going to be hurdles ahead as our lives change and adapt to a little one. If I can find balance within myself to respond and deal with the stress in better, more nurturing ways, I’m all for that.
If you are looking for a book to read to better prepare yourself for motherhood, or if you are already a mama and just need a little encouragement and balance, I encourage you to jump on this little mama book train with me and follow along with the Lauren McBride discussions.
Breathe, Mama, Breathe can be found on iBooks, Amazon and most likely your local bookstore.
You can find more information about this book club and the list of books we plan to cover this year over on her blog here. In addition, she has setup a private Instagram handle for our discussions at @mamasunplugged . See you there!
If you have a favorite motherhood book that isn’t on the list, I’d love for you to share with me down in the comments section below.