Monday, September 10, 2012

What to Expect? A Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed.

I am excited to partner with the What To Expect website and family of books for this giveaway. 

Not long after Headless Dad and I got married, we started trying to have more children. I was already a mom to Headless Girl and we figured that since we weren't getting 'alone couple time' we might as well have the other children that we had planned for. I didn't get pregnant right away; I think it took 6 months to a year. I devoured pregnancy books during that time, including What to Expect When You're Expecting.

What to Expect is the bible of pregnancy-for women before me, my generation, and every generation of moms since. Originally published in 1984, and with 17 million copies in print, it has practical advice and answers to the questions that every first-time mom has. A friend gave me a copy when she knew that I was trying to get pregnant and I referred to it through both of my pregnancies. Dog-eared and well-loved, I passed mine on to a friend that got pregnant for the first time shortly after I delivered HB#2.

Seeking advice doesn't stop at delivery, though. There are so many changes during that first few years of your baby's life. Diapering and swaddling? Nursing, milk supply, or formula? Sleeping? (Babies sleep? Who knew. Certainly not my HB#1.) With WTE The First Year and WTE The Second Year moms can expect to find answers to these questions, and more. Even with each new child a family has, you'll find something new, so it's great to have these around to reference again and again. And? They make perfect gifts!

The WTE family has grown- more books, the comprehensive What To Expect website, and even apps for your mobile phone. All are dedicated to helping the pregnant woman and new mothers with information from what to eat when you have morning sickness, to diaper rash, to when to take a child to the doctor vs. when to wait it out. While not expected to take the advice of your own doctor, these trusted resources give moms a piece of mind and the camaraderie of knowing that she's not alone. There is always healthy discussion going on over at the What To Expect Facebook Page, and you'll get links to great articles and fun activities when you follow @WhatToExpect on Twitter.

Did you read the WTE books? What did you learn from them?  What is the #1 piece of advice that you would give to new moms? What would you like to learn from these books?

The Giveaway:

I am giving away 2 copies each of the 3 above pictured books. Yes, there will be 6 winners! Please follow the guidelines below to enter:

  • Anyone can enter this giveaway. There are no restrictions on shipping.
  • You must leave a comment on this post for an entry. Answer one of the above questions, leave the name of the book that you wish to win, and your email address. Your comment will look something like this: "I loved all of the WTE books and couldn't pick a favorite. I'd like to win What to Expect the First Year for my sister-in-law who is due in December with her first baby. My email is name @"
  • For a second entry you may tweet about this giveaway, then leave me a link to the specific tweet in the comments with the name of the book you wish to win and your email address.
Example Tweet: Win a What To Expect book from @HeadlessMom and @WhatToExpect details here:
Comment on this post: "I tweeted! insert your tweet url here I'd like to win WTE the Second year. name @"
  • Only 2 entries per person please. Any more than that will be disqualified.
  • This giveaway will run from Monday, September 10- Sunday, September 30 at 5 pm pacific. Winners will be chosen by and contacted by email no later than October 1, 2012. You will need to respond to my email with your mailing address within 48 hours or a new winner for that book will be chosen.
Note about email addresses: If you have your email address attached to your google/blogger id or in your other commenter id, you do not need to leave your email address in the comments. For an explanation of this please read Sew Many Ways post about No Reply settings. If you'd like me to delete your comment with your email address after the contest period is over, I'll be happy to do that. I only need it to contact you if you are a winner and it will not be used for any other purposes. If you have further questions please contact me at

Headless Mom


Trina said...

Hi! I would love to win WTE the first year. Most of the pregnancy stuff I've been using the internet for, but swaddling, feeding etc? No idea. lol My email is trinasc@gmail dot com. Thank you for the giveaway!

Rocks In The Wash said...

You don't have to put me in for this contest, but I just wanted to make a comment. These are FANTASTIC books to have!! Every mother should have one.

Now I just wish they'd come out with one that's "What to expect when you have a boy" or "What to expect when you have teenagers."

Diana said...

Ooo, I'll play. I want WTE The Second Year, because I never read it but that doesn't mean my sister has to raise my one year-old nephew to be a heathen like my kids. I bet she'd love it! ;)

You have my email addy. Does that count?

kyooty said...

I never read any of the WTE books. I had read enough on usenet (ah remember that?) reviews that I didn't need to read the book. LOL I do not want to win it. I'm at the end of the WTE demographic. (unless there's a surprise)
also did the reply work?

Mary @ Let's Play OC! said...

I love WTE books and even get email newsletters. I'd like to win What to Expect the First Year for my sister who just had her baby in August and my sister-in-law who just got pregnant!!

Mary @ Let's Play OC! said...

I tweeted!

Karen said...

The WTE was my bible when I was pregnant, I would love to give the books as gifts. In fact I try to give them at each baby shower I attend.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

My children were born in 1979 and 1981 so we missed out on these great books which originally came out it 1984. I linked you on FB.
I would like to enter for the First Year Book so I get all prepared for my future grandchildren! My advice is to sleep when they sleep, the housework can wait because time is fleeting.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I tweeted about this giveaway.
(First Year)

Iwona Reed said...

I enjoyed the first book in the series, What to expect when you're expecting. I'd like to win What to Expect the First Year for myself as we are in the first year with our first baby. My email is

Anonymous said...

I loved the WTE When You're Expecting book and read it when I was preggo with the twins. I'd like to win What to Expect the Second Year now that my girls just turned one! My email is

Anonymous said...

I tweeted! I'd like to win WTE the Second Year.