The Baby Planner
Today’s trend seems to be that long before a professional woman’s baby bump becomes obvious under her Armani suit, she turns to San Francisco’s premier baby planner, Maddie McFadden, whose job it is to make her clients’ pregnancies emotionally painless. Maddie may make her living consulting with new moms on the latest and greatest baby gadgets no parent should be without, or which mommy meet-ups are the most socially desirable, but the success of her marriage to husband Brady depends on controlling her own urges toward motherhood. He’s adamant that they stay childless, but Maddie suspects it’s only because he’s still too upset that his out-of-town ex-wife rarely lets him see their eight-year-old son. Living vicariously through her clueless clients and her twin sisters’ precocious toddlers only makes Maddie’s biological clock tick louder. As she helps her newest client—Tyler Halstead, a stockbroker who must raise his newborn alone after the tragic death of his wife in childbirth—she tries her best to get pregnant “accidentally.” If that should happen, Brady will have to live with it… right? But when the unexpected happens, Maddie learns the most important life lesson of all: How we nurture is the true nature of love.
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Having a child is surely the most beautifully
irrational act that two people in love can commit.
7:13 p.m., Saturday, 18 February
I SEE HAPPY BABIES.
They are all around me here in this restaurant, seducing me with sleepy winks and dimpled Mona Lisa smiles. Their gleeful squeals are the siren’s call that makes my heart go achy-breaky, like a seventh-grader who has been honored with a casual nod from the cutest boy in class.
Today is my thirty-seventh birthday. Forget the metronome metaphor. My biological clock drones louder than Big Ben... see more
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Reading Group Guide
Acting as a consultant for new moms on the latest baby gadgets, the best play groups, and the most socially desirable mommy meet-ups, professional baby planner, Katie Johnson, is finding it difficult to ignore the ticking of her own biological clock. However, the success of her marriage to husband Alex means squelching her own maternal urges and living vicariously through her sister’s and her clients’ pregnancies, until, as Alex puts it, “the timing is right.”
When she finally realizes that Alex will never budge from his stance to remain childless, Katie takes fate into her own hands and plots an “accidental” pregnancy. But things don’t turn out exactly as she’d hoped, and Katie is taught an important life lesson: how we nurture is the true nature of love.
TOPICS & QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
1. The author uses quotations to introduce each chapter of The Baby Planner. Which quote, if any, resonated with you? Discuss how these quotations reflect the events or emotional undertones of the ch see more