A New Reader in the Rebecca Reads Family! (February in Review)

I’m pleased to announce that the Rebecca Reads family has grown by one! My second child, a little girl, was born February 22 at 6:25 in the morning. She was 7 lbs 7 oz and is doing well at being a newborn baby. I feel fantastic. This pregnancy was a lot more uncomfortable than my first, so I’m delighted that baby Strawberry Shortcake is here to cuddle and that I am no longer pregnant!

I have a personal policy to not post pictures of my children on this site, since it is public, so I apologize that I cannot share with you a picture of my beautiful little girl! I will tell you that she has red hair like I do, like my husband does, and like my son does. And given the fact that she’s half a pound larger than my son was, she looks positively chunky to me! Very squishy and adorable.

I had intended to name her Monkey as a nickname on this site, but it just didn’t seem to fit her. Strawberry Shortcake, on the other hand, is just perfect. So…Raisin and Strawberry it is for my kids here…he he he.

My son, Raisin
My daughter, Strawberry Shortcake

As can be expected, I haven’t felt much like reading the last two weeks since Strawberry made her appearance. But I did get a few things read and reviewed in the first half of the month! Everything I list below was finished before February 22. I even had the reviews started for the last two, I just didn’t get to posting them.

Reviewed in February/Read in January

Read and/or Reviewed in February

My March will mostly be spent cuddling my newborn and cherishing these first days. I am reading her The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett during some of our many feeding times. I’m also reading a Boxcar Children book aloud to Raisin.

Yesterday, I finished Charles and Mary Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare (brief plot summaries written in 1807 for children), about which I have mixed thoughts. I may read another Harlem Renaissance novel this month (Cane by Jean Toomer). I’d also like to read a Victorian novel: I’m aiming for something short with Erewhon by Samuel Butler. If I’m up to it, I’m starting Vanity Fair next month. My classics book group is reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame this month, which I read in preparation a few months ago. I may start reading The Great Arab Conquests for my “learn about Islamic history” project, and I have a few review books that I may begin on my nook. I may read some African short stories (I have Adichie’s stories, as well as a slim volume with four stories by both Bessie Head and Ngugi Wa Thiong’o).

I’m really trying hard not to make too many “goals” here. I’m sure the urge to cuddle my baby and nap are going to override everything else. But it’s nice to have options in case I do feel like reading. That’s what I intend this post to be: a list of reading options for me if I do feel like reading when I happen to be awake in the middle of the night with my baby.

What’s new in your home this month?

What books have you read and/or posted about that I may have missed? Obviously, I’m a bit behind on reading blogs. Let me know if I missed something fantastic from your blog!

About the author 

Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

  1. Congratulations! I can’t think of a better first book to read to your daughter than “The Secret Garden.” She’s already well on her way to being well-read. Enjoy these first weeks and best of luck!

  2. Hello! And congrats on the new little Rebeccalette! So nice tohear that you’re reading her The Secret Garden. πŸ™‚

  3. Congrats Rebecca! I love that you are starting her on the right path with a classic. πŸ˜‰ I’m looking forward to seeing your posts again!

  4. Oh, Rebecca, congratulations! That’s so wonderful! Strawberry is an adorable nickname and I’m sure the baby is as cute as her name. Many many many congratulations to you, your husband, and Raisin.

  5. Congratulations on your new little one! I have two girls, so I naturally think having girls is wonderful! We will all be impressed by any reading/blogging time you have with a newborn, so don’t feel too much pressure. Just enjoy her!

  6. Congratulations! So glad to hear that your little girl is here safe and sound and that the two of you are doing well. The fact that you’re getting any reading done with a newborn around is truly remarkable!

  7. Oh, I’m so glad to hear about your new little girl and that you are doing well! Strawberry sure is a lucky baby to have a mama who loves books and reads to her.

  8. Congratulations and it’s lovely that she has red hair too. The first thing the midwife said about me was – ‘It’s a strawberry blonde.’ I had two blond boys though.

  9. Congrats Rebecca! I hope Strawberry will grow up to be a reader like the rest of the family! And that you manage to keep reading while juggling two kids!

  10. So exciting! It’s incredible isn’t having a little one in the house. I had mine on the 23rd of February! A week early and he was born 7lbs 11oz. I love him but its hard – I don’t how you do it with another one already! I suppose ill find out soon enough. Congratulations.

  11. Congratulations, Rebecca, on your new baby girl! She’s born on my younger sister’s birthday, and our cousin, so tell her it’s a good day. My sister is sweet and lots of fun, so I hope – expect! – your daughter will be too. And a love of books, if you are reading to her already! lol I admire you for setting reading goals, my reading dropped badly after the birth of my third child, until I counted up what I read the year after his birth and it was 37 books. I think you’ve already passed that total this year! I wish you many cuddles and smiles from your new one, and hugs from your Raisin.

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