what to expect [giveaway]

Let’s start the week after a holiday off on a good note!  How about a giveaway?!  And do I have a good one for all the new + expecting moms!  (And anyone else who might be expecting to expect or who loves a new or expecting mama…)

A few weeks ago, I received an email in my inbox from the amazing people at What To Expect.  My jaw dropped to the floor when I saw who it was from.  I started reading their books before Matt + I even started trying to get pregnant.  Way back then, I wanted to learn everything I could about what I should expect and what I should be doing in order to (1) get pregnant and (2) have a healthy pregnancy.  At that time, I wanted a baby more than anything else and I wanted to assure that I was doing everything in my power to make that happen.


Enter the What To Expect books.  The first book I picked up was What to Expect Before You’re Expecting.  I secretly read that book cover to cover, trying to hide the fact that we were “trying” but as giddy as ever that we were “trying”!  That book helped me learn about ovulation, my cycle, the early changes I should expect to happen, etc.  I think What to Expect Before You’re Expecting was part of the reason I knew I was pregnant before I even tested.  I knew what changes were supposed to happen and I could tell when they started happening to me.

During my pregnancy, I read a lot of books, but they mostly were about health + nutrition during pregnancy, as well as the Bradley Method books to help me become knowledgeable and prepared for my ideal childbirth.  I actually didn’t read the classic What to Expect When You’re Expecting.  I don’t regret not reading it, but I think I will probably read it during my (hopefully) next pregnancy (a looooong way down the road).  I think maybe it would’ve eased my mind of some of the fears I had during my pregnancy, although my pregnancy was pretty easy.


Once MacKenna was born, What to Expect The First Year became my baby bible.  I never realized how little I knew about the first year of life!  Like, how to give a baby a bath (I missed learning when she was born due to my C-section – I was still recovering when they gave her a bath), the safety precautions you need to take, when babies reach each and every milestone, etc. etc. etc.  Every time I’ve had a little question about whether or not MacKenna was developing appropriately or if I should call the doctor, I’ve turned to What to Expect The First Year.  It’s helped me keep my sanity – a little.  


You better believe I’ll be reading What to Expect The Second Year after MacKenna turns 1 in October.  As little as I knew about the first year, I know even less about the toddler years. I’m scared.  Thank goodness for these books!


Not only did the people at What To Expect send me a copy of their books to read (lifesavers!), they wanted to giveaway their books to TWO (2) of my lucky readers!  If you are chosen as one of the winners, you will receive What to Expect When You’re Expecting, What to Expect The First Year, AND What to Expect The Second Year!  Yes, all THREE books!  It’s a pretty sweet deal if I do say so myself!

All you have to do to enter is comment on this post (please include your email address so I am able to contact you) – as simple as that!  But, if you would like an additional entry, you can tweet about this giveaway and leave a separate comment telling me that you did.

“I want to win a set of @whattoexpect books from @concrete_runner! http://theconcreterunner.com/what-to-expect-giveaway #giveaway #newmoms”

This giveaway will be open until Thursday, July 12th at 7 PM CST.  I will announce the winners sometime on Friday!  Good luck!

WhattoExpect.com sent me copies of the books to giveaway and review.  All opinions are my own.

  • Sarah

    My hubby and I are just starting to try so these books will come in handy!

  • Sarah

    I am 8 weeks pregnant and would LOVE a copy of these books!!!!

  • Ashley Currie

    My husband and I just had our first baby boy 10 days ago and the 1st year and toddler years would be extremely helpful. I read the What To Expect When Your Expecting cover to cover and it helped me tremendously! I would hopefully be able to pass that one to another expecting mother. ashleyncurrie@hotmail.com. Just wanted to also say I love your blog and it helped a lot through my pregnancy! A mutual friend told me about your blog and I had remembered your face from high school even though we didn’t really talk; I graduated in 2005 from St. Charles West. Just wanted to say hi and let you know your daughter is so adorable and how much your blog has helped me.

  • Kerris

    I would love copies of these books! They look very informative.

  • Beth B.

    Would love to have these books! I have heard so many great things about them!

  • Marie-Sophie

    I would love to become pregnant within the next year and have already bought “making babies” as I love the way of preparing the body and getting to know my body better! So those three books would be the perfect next steps πŸ™‚

    But, Kristen, I totally why “the first year” was your bible. When you’re pregnant, everything kind of … just happens. But once the baby is there, suddenly you have this MASSIVE life-long responsibility and then there are all these little things that no one kind of ever told you about! When my best friends came home with their baby, they sat there for a couple of hours in complete awe and slight shock and slowly realized “oh man, we are not babysitting … this is our baby and now we have to wing it!” πŸ™‚

  • Abby

    I am currently expecting – due 12/12/12 – and would love to have these books in my arsenal!

  • Jen

    Fun! I’ve read the first one but didn’t know about the next two! Thanks for the giveaway, Kristen πŸ™‚
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  • Kris

    My Husband and I have started “trying” and I would LOVE to have these books! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Alex Shaw

    Love these books! Great giveaway!

  • Alex Shaw

    I tweeted too πŸ™‚

  • Amelia is 7.5 months old but I am still learning! Pick me! πŸ™‚
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  • Kimberly

    It would be awesome to win these books!

  • Jill

    I’m due exactly 2 weeks from today! I’ve read a lot about pregnancy but have no Idea what to do when sweet baby girl decides to show up!

  • All my girlfriends who have had babies LOVE these books! I’d love to win them!! πŸ™‚
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  • Katie G

    With twins on the way, I can use all the help I can get come October! πŸ˜‰

  • JenP

    What a generous giveaway!

  • Kristen

    I would love a chance to win these books! I enjoy reading anything health related and I haven’t read any of these!

  • deb

    we are 3.5 months in to year 1 and i would love these books!!

  • Been reading your blog for a while, but this is my first comment! Can I say first how much I am enjoying reading about your gorgeous little girl, and also your running – very inspiring for me πŸ™‚ I’m excited to find out that there’s a book about “before you’re expecting” – I’m going to have to check that out pronto! Would also, of course, love to win the other three, which (hopefully) will be useful in the future πŸ™‚
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  • Okay, I’m not married/attached or pregnant, but I am fascinated by pregnancy and babies. I’d love to read these books. πŸ™‚
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  • Angie

    I would love to win. I’m due at the end of September and they all seem helpful!

  • The 1st & 2nd year ones would be so helpful- I’m always googling age-related baby stuff and I have a feeling I’m in WAY over my head for that 2nd year… πŸ˜‰
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  • sarah

    Wow this would be so great to win. My husband and I are going to start to try soon and I need all the help/advice I can get!

  • KatieTX

    We are still a couple years from having a baby but I have severe baby fever. I would love these books!

  • Amber

    I would love to have these books. Though I do have the What to Expect when you are expecting. But, we are due at the beginning of September and am beginning to panic that I don’t have a clue what to do with the baby!!

  • Maggie

    Would love copies of the first and second years!

  • Nicole

    I’m currently five months pregnant with our first. I love ‘Expecting.’ Receiving the other books would be great! Thank you!

  • Kassie

    I have read the pregnancy version cover to cover, but since we had our little girl last week, I could really use the first and second year!

  • jill

    I have the first book but would love the 1st and second year books! definitely can use all the help and guidance I can get with my 6month old!

  • we aren’t expecting now or in the super near future but i would love to have these books on hand to prepare πŸ™‚

  • Katie O

    I would love to have these books, I hear they are the best reference!

  • Katie O
  • Sarah

    I read “What to Expect” cover to cover when I was pregnant. I’d love the the other two books now because we have a beautiful four month old baby girl and I am sure they would come in handy!!

  • Sameera

    I m expecting right now, due in sept. these books would be very handy for me.
    Thanks, sam

  • Tara

    My husband and I are currently trying, so these books would be great for us!

  • Jessica

    Would love these copies! Thanks for writing such a great blog Kristen! MacKenna is so precious!

  • Emily

    I literally just found out I’m pregnant this morning! And I could really use these books! Thanks for the awesome giveaway and the awesome blog πŸ™‚

  • Emily

    I tweeted too! thanks again! I love your blog!

  • Julia

    What a great giveaway! I confess that I used to read some of the old versions while babysitting in college!

  • Awesome giveaway! I have heard great things about these books and honestly can’t believe I have never read any of them, yet πŸ˜‰
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  • alicia

    We just finished year one and I could use a manual for year two!

  • Great giveaway! I’d love to read these books!
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