The books, however, are not yet read....give me about a week or two. Scotty and I hit our local Borders today, and my cart screamed, "New mom, mid-life crisis, and just a little curious." It contained:
"Committed" by Elizabeth Gilbert, famed author of one of my favorite books of all time, "Eat, Pray, Love." I like to call it literary Xanax.
"Nuture Shock" by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. An in-depth look at cultural truths that may or may not be valid. Subjects covered: praise = higher self-esteem; aggressive kids, acquisition of language (a personal pet subject that I adore), and lying in children.
"The Tipping Point," by Malcolm Gladwell. Again, I am a curious looky-loo...I love a good book that delves into analysis of cultural phenomenons. (I read 'Outliers' in December 2008 and highly recommend it.) I don't really always care about the what...but I sure love a good story about the how.
And then I bought a bunch of board books for the Bear.
So, YAY! I am super excited about my purchases. I love good research sandwiched between a compelling story (thank you, Elizabeth Gilbert) and just some delicious, hearty research stats. If we lived in a more academic town, I would totally be one of those mothers that offered her child to Psychology experiments (not the scary ones, but the safe ones). Give me a two-way mirror any day and I'm happy as a clam.
And yes, I saw the Bachelor last night but am still mentally composing my review. I will say this: I was about to give up on the show after Jake turned into a complete and total baby during the bungee jump. Seriously, dude? My five-month old baby just did the same thing (crying, burying his head in my neck) when I tried to put him to bed. I really don't want to watch a 30-something pilot turn into a whimpering bag of jelly. But then he totally redeemed himself by calling Elizabeth out on her game playing (woot!) and then KICKING her off of the show (!!). You go, Jake! That took some major cajones. And thus, I am addicted again.
Reviews coming soon! So excited! Maybe I won't blather on about Motherhood for the rest of eternity and will regain some semblance of normalcy in the near future...
(and finally, not a post about breast milk!)