We were gifted with this book in Dec 2008 after the arrival of our first baby. Thank you thank you Ms. Masterson! I strongly recommend DC Baby (DC Baby, Revised Second Edition
) as a shower gift for anyone you know expecting in the Washington, DC area. They will find this book far more useful than a cute outfit (especially an outfit sized 0-3 mo).
After spending hours fruitlessly mining the web and searching through listserv archives for local information prior to our little one's arrival, I was thrilled to find what lay beneath the DC Baby cover. The book is thoughtfully organized, well written and extremely thorough. So thorough that as a busy new mother, I have found myself wondering how the author, a mom herself, found the time to aggregate so much detail on so many baby related things.
Further, it is not just a book of lists but also contains reviews of different programs, schools, stores, etc. This book has helped me - with ease, find so many things e.g. a bilingual Montessori school program, great consignment stores, etc. that I had not located online.
I am sorry that the author appears to be leaving the area and returning to Austin, TX, but I am hopeful she will write a similar book for the Austin metro area as my husband and I are likely to end up there w/in the next few years. We will be first in line to buy such a book.