Best Books For Baby? My Favorites…

As far back as I can remember, I have loved books… and there’s something especially magical about the good ones when you’re a kid.

Now, with a first baby on the way, I’m looking forward to sharing my love of books with my own little girl… and working to make sure she doesn’t miss out on any of the classics!

When a good friend offered to throw me a baby shower, my first thought was to do one of those cool celebrity-inspired “book” showers. What a wonderful way to start a baby’s library! Then I realized that we had absolutely nothing in the house for baby in a practical sense… so that idea was tossed. lol.

Instead, I’ve been adding some baby books to our registry… and digging through old boxes to find some of the best from my own first years. Here are five of my favorites…

1. The Jolly Postman


Technically, this book is for older children. It’s so much fun though… and it’s a standout from my childhood. I loved it so much I saved it and kept it with me all these years to give to my own little one. The central story? A postman is delivering various letters to people… and each page has a real letter that you can pull out and read for yourself! It’s wonderfully interactive. You can still find some copies online via eBay and Amazon.

2. My Little Golden Book About God


I think this might be the first book I ever owned. It’s so sweet and has such endearing pictures. It’s also a great “starter” book about faith… I know it stuck with me.

3. B is for Bear


Such a cute one. As an added bonus, it teaches the alphabet and develops vocabulary too! It’s also good for even very young babies… so it’s a great starter. One of the first I put on my registry.

4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar


I think I checked this book out of the library more than one-hundred times. I just loved the “peep holes” in the book and how you could watch the caterpillar snack his way to becoming butterfly! They now have several incarnations of this book available, including a board book and a mini-version. There’s even a stuffed caterpillar!

5. The Cat in the Hat


Every kid should have some exposure to the wacky world of Dr. Suess, right? The illustrations, in my opinion are what really make this book – in addition to the rhyming. I remember being totally enthralled with the quirky drawings, as much as the story.

So… there you have it. Five of my favorites. What were your favorite books from childhood? Are there any you made sure to have your little one read? What books are their favorites? Share below!


Gaining Weight On Television

One of the more stressful things about working in this industry is the natural focus on appearance. The hard realities of television (High Definition, added weight and fullness just from cameras) make staying fit and healthy essential for anyone looking to have a long career.

On top of that, we anchors spend ages searching for clothing with the right color and fit – since not all designs/cuts flatter all body types equally on camera. We’re also always striving for the right haircut (flattering, easy to style, yet modern) and the right makeup (including proper application techniques for various face shapes.)

In pre-pregnancy days...

In pre-pregnancy days…

Unlike the mega-star anchors at the big networks, those of us working in local news have to try to master this “imaging” all on our own. It isn’t easy. Most of us have several “What was she thinking?” moments that stand out with hair and wardrobe. If we’re really lucky we get some support and guidance from consultants and news managers – as we do here at WHNT News 19.

All of those pressures considered, you can see why one of my first thoughts after the initial joy of finding out I was pregnant was, “Oh my gosh. I’m going to gain weight on TV.” Then a moment of panic set in.

Unlike a lot of people working on-air in television news, I don’t have the super skinny model build. I’m just sort of… average, with a more athletic build, fluctuating between sizes 4-8 over the years depending on my commitment to healthy food and fitness. On television though, even a size 8 can look well – round. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve met someone in person and their reaction is, “Wow, you’re actually pretty slim. You look so much rounder on television.” lol.

Thankfully my employers at WHNT News 19 have been wonderfully gracious and supportive throughout my pregnancy. I have some horror stories from friends in the industry who were treated in, shall we say, a less than appropriate way during pregnancy. I know a woman whose boss told her (she is short and carried high) she looked like “a whale” on television. Talk about a crushing blow in an already image-obsessed industry.

At 25 weeks, I’ve gained about 18 pounds. I think that’s pretty good. I’m trying hard to walk as much as possible and not go crazy with the cravings. Ladies, how much weight did you all gain during pregnancy? Did you try to manage your diet and exercise? How did you feel about your changing body? Were people around you supportive?

Share your thoughts here. Can’t wait to hear from you all!