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9 Months In, 9 Months OutA Scientist's Tale of Pregnancy and Parenthood$
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Vanessa LoBue

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190863388

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190863388.001.0001

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9 Months In, 9 Months Out

Vanessa LoBue

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers an epilogue to the book, written more than a year later. Pregnant again, the author reflects on what she has learned about pregnancy and parenting. She describes her son’s rapid acquisition of language skills, an expanded vocabulary, and their consequent better communication. She also discusses her son’s developing personality and his clear preference for gender-stereotyped toys. The author emphasizes that letting go of some of the worries of parenthood has made her a better parent, more able to allow her son to explore his world and learn from his experiences, always with his secure attachment to his mom to reassure him.

Keywords:   pregnancy, parenthood, language, food preferences, infancy

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