Olivia and the babies book
Q&A with author Olivia Gordon | BlissOlivia is a write-at-home-mom to an eight-year-old boy, a five-year-old girl, and a busy two-year-old boy. She loves covering children's publishing, because discovering books her kids will love is an amazing perk. She will also happily talk about new parenthood, birth, and mental health. Along with parenting and book articles, she writes kids' books. She's also written for Mothering and the Washington Post.
Bliss speaks with author Olivia Gordon, whose new book The First Breath documents the history of neonatal care. Journalist Olivia Gordon was 29 weeks pregnant when a scan revealed that her baby boy was critically ill, his lymphatic system failing. Despite in utero surgery, her son still arrived prematurely and spent five months in neonatal care. A: I'm a journalist and when my baby was born critically ill and spent his first five months in neonatal care. As the years went by, I started writing more and more about the experiences of sick children and their families and doctors. I wanted to understand how my son's life had been saved and how modern medicine had got him here.
As my month-old son tips over the tall orange tub, his vast collection of board books cascades across the carpet. He pushes them from atop one another so he can see all the covers to assess his options: two have owls, two Curious George, two Max and Ruby, two Sandra Boynton of course; big trucks, first words, baby animals. He pauses to gnaw on the spine of a small sparkly book unable to resist the allure of previously chewed, splayed out paper bits. My two older kids liked books fine, but were never this eager or interested at such a young age. And their popularity shows no sign of abating. Indeed, they have seen some of the largest growth of any book category: According to Nielsen, sales rose 7.
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My 4-year-old son is constantly on the move. She takes everything to the extreme. She changes her outfit 50 times before she gets dressed. She hates naps and frolics in her bedroom when she should be sleeping. Her family goes to the art museum, where she spots a Jackson Pollock and says she could paint something just like it in five minutes. Then, she goes home and paints all over her bedroom wall.