When I was expecting my first baby, I read as many parenting books as I could, to try to prepare myself.
But too many were either too clinical or they made the issues that can come up seem like they’d be no big deal and they’d pass quickly.
According to the baby books, having a baby is all sweetness and light with a few easily overcome challenges.
And that’s not reality.
While having a newborn is rather magical and life-changing and amazing and all that good stuff… it’s also hard. But, since the books don’t talk about it like that, new moms are left to wonder if they are doing something wrong.
In her book, Secrets of the Mommyhood, Heather Alexander offers up “Everything I wish someone had told me about pregnancy, childbirth, and having a baby.”
Reading it is like having your best girlfriend give you the real scoop on joining the mommyhood… but maybe you are first time mom who is the first to have babies so you don’t have that experienced mom friend to tell you these things. So, that’s where this book comes in.
Realistic, practical, and funny(but not scary): it’s an easy read and will help expectant and new moms know that their feelings and worries are completely normal.
Some of my favorite tidbits from Secrets of the Mommyhood:
- “Sleep deprivation combined with learning to be a parent leads to bickering. Every once in a while I would wake up with a vague memory of calling my husband an asshole sometime during our sleepless night.”
- “Okay, when your baby cries they are trying to tell you something. No, it’s not ‘Mommy, you suck!’”
- “Having a new baby can be trying. There is a lot of societal pressure to act like you are having fun when you are not. So focus on the positive, but don’t feel like you have to act like it’s all roses all the time. Most of it is great; but some of it just sucks.”
It would be a great gift for an expectant or new mom on your holiday shopping list! I’m in Amazon-shopping mode and you can find Secrets of the Mommyhood there or you can check out a sneak peek of the book on Heather’s blog The Mommyhood.
I was sent a copy of Secrets of the Mommyhood to review. All opinions are my own.