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Secrets of The Mommyhood (plus Giveaway!)

When we had our first child, I thought it was kind of funny that I had to keep track of pees and poops in the hospital. I mean, I totally understood that the nurses needed to make sure everything was working properly. But every time they asked how many times our son had gone to the bathroom, I just guessed. I’d always say, “oh, 5 or 6 times.”

The same thing happend with our second son. The nurses would ask and I would guess.

It was only after our second-born was six month old that I found out the diapers available at the hospital had a strip on the front that changed colors when wet. It took me almost THREE YEARS to find out that little trick.

If only someone had told me….

Secrets of The Mommyhood

Secrets of the Mommyhood

In a perfect world, an experienced mom would have sat me down and told this first-time mom everything I needed to know. But the reality is, most moms are just too busy.

When I found out my hilarious friend Heather from The Mommyhood was writing a book with all kinds of tips and tricks about motherhood, I had to read it! When it arrived in the mail, I knew from the title alone that I would love it…Secrets of the Mommyhood: Everything I wish someone had told me about pregnancy, childbirth and having a baby.

There are sooo many things I needed to know…and still need to know!

She mixes practical advice about all things related to baby with a twist of her Heather humor.

  • What should you expect at your first ultrasound appointment?
  • What actually happens during childbirth?
  • How much of that baby gear will I actually use?
  • How can I save money on all that baby equipment?
  • Will I really be a supermom like that girl?
  • Why do they cry all the time?
  • What goes in the diaper bag?
  • What do I feed my baby?
  • Should I stay or should I go (back to work)?
  • How will I make new mom friends?
  • How do I track all those pictures I’m going to take?

I know Heather is my friend but I think Secrets of the Mommyhood is a pregnancy book every first-time mom should read to learn about pregnancy, childbirth and having a baby.

Where to Get the Book

Secrets of The Mommyhood is available in paperback from Amazon and Barnes & Noble and in ebook from Kindle and Nook. This is one of the funniest and most informative books you could give a new mom…add it to your baby shower gift list!

Giveaway!

Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away, so why don’t you surprise one of your expecting friends with one Secrets of The Mommyhood? Pick it up at one of the retailers mentioned above OR try to win was here!

Just leave a comment letting me know the one thing you wished someone would have told you about pregnancy, childbirth, or having a baby. If you’re not yet a mom, what’s the one thing you would want to know? 

Comments will be closed at 11:59PM EST on Sunday May 5, 2013 and I will use Random.org to select a winner.

  • Bobbiann May 1, 2013, 9:13 am

    Oops! “Mother’s Day is less than two weeks ago” made me chuckle.

    I guess I would have liked to have been told how exhausting it would be, and that it’s okay to relax and only do what you can manage.

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  • Lisa May 1, 2013, 9:18 am

    Love your blog! Thanks for all of the great info and posts. I look forward to learning new things each time I visit. I’m not yet a mom and there are many things that I want to know. I guess if I had to pick one, I’d want to know more about what to expect at child birth. What a great giveaway, thanks!

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    • Heather May 1, 2013, 6:58 pm

      Lisa,
      ME TOO! A lot of stuff I read covered pregnancy but not childbirth. So, it’s totally in this book.
      Heather
      PS – I love Christine’s blog, too. It gets me inspired to tackle different projects around the house.

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  • Samantha May 1, 2013, 9:30 am

    I wish someone would have told me that it is perfectly normal for your child to not match the age on the clothes. I was so worried that my child wasn’t growing right cause he didn’t fit the months that they used for sizes. And since he was early I was worried something was wrong.

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  • Christena May 1, 2013, 10:01 am

    I wish someone had warned me that sometimes a tiny baby poops so loud that you can hear it from the next room! Funny when you hear it from the other room, but it can startle you to where you almost drop the baby if it happens while holding the sweetly quiet baby!

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  • Orchidia May 1, 2013, 10:18 am

    I wish someone would have told me that babies can be have a milk intolerence from day one and that soy formula is avaiable for that same reason. Maybe then my Ava would have not had to go to the emergency room at 3 months due to major projectile vomiting, extreme heart rate, and trouble breathing. As first time parents that was one experience we never wish for again and never wish for any parents. Thankfully she is a strong baby girl and our faith got us through it. :) Happy Early Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there, especially the first time mom’s. :)

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  • Jessica L May 1, 2013, 10:43 am

    I totally didn’t know about the pee strip thing either…I felt like a total idiot when I finally figured that one out! The main piece of advice I would give to new moms is don’t buy a stroller, bouncer, or swing before your baby is born. If someone gives you one that’s great but wait to spend your own hard earned money until you find out what you really need. I waited to buy a stroller until my 1st was three months old. 2 kids later I’ve never owned a baby bath tub, swing, bouncer or any of the fancy activity gym things. I will probably get a bouncer seat for baby #3, but the point is you probably need a lot less stuff than you think. Concentrate on the big stuff, car seat, crib, clothes, diapers, bottles, something like a boppy pillow if you are breastfeeding and a good carrier like an Ergo or Boba. You’ll figure out as you go if you really need that other stuff.

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  • Rita May 1, 2013, 11:49 am

    I am not a mom yet but I love finding every tip possible to help out! I definetely would want to know what to expect along every stage so I can be a little betfer prepared.

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  • Debbie DC May 1, 2013, 1:28 pm

    I’m glad that I was patient through the “terrible” 2’s and 3’s! I made up my mind that I was going to be patient and know that he was trying to communicate, but didn’t know how. He didn’t understand me and I didn’t understand him! I knew I just had to listen and try my best to respond. He was a wonderful 2-year old because I had set my mind set to get through it positive.

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  • Danelle May 1, 2013, 2:19 pm

    I would have loved to have more advice on potty-training. I was a little stressed about it, and of course, it stressed my toddlers out, too. By the 3rd one, I learned…just show them the way, and it mostly happens naturally. No need to add any stress.

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  • Audrey May 1, 2013, 2:35 pm

    I wish I’d known more about how awful morning sickness was going to be. Of course, I probably wouldn’t have believed it anyway. Also, had no idea how horrible colic was going to be and how long it would last!

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  • Jennifer Stark May 1, 2013, 3:06 pm

    I wish someone would have told me to get Daddy more involved with sleep routines and night wakings from the beginning. My husband tends to wait for me to ask for help; I tend to hope he’ll notice my exhaustion and just pitch in. Now, our little guy depends solely on me to stop crying, to get to sleep, etc., and I haven’t slept a full night in 17 mo. while hubby snores through screaming fits. Even though I’ve finally spoken up about needing more help, it’s hard for him because the baby just wants what he’s used to—me.

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  • Kristen L. May 1, 2013, 3:46 pm

    I wish I’d had this book when I was pregnant!! It’s just the thing I had been looking for.

    I wish somebody had told me that it really is important to never miss a breastfeeding. With just a few skips here and there, I dried up in a few days.

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  • carriem May 1, 2013, 6:17 pm

    To Jennifer Stark, above: If your 17mo old hasn’t slept through the night, I’d see a doctor, there may be an ENT or other issue that is causing you problems. If not, he may be able to recommend a course of action to get your life back. (Asking your husband for help is a worthy goal of course!)

    I wish I’d known what it was like to have a baby with older kids with scheduled activities. Truly tough to navigate!

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  • Amberly Williams May 3, 2013, 1:38 am

    I wish somebody told me what a mess a toddler can leave after eating. And the spills…….Oh the spills.

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  • hellokellee May 5, 2013, 9:57 am

    My daughter just found out yesterday that she’s expecting my first grandchild (WHAT???). They’ve been trying nearly a year, so we’re thrilled! And amazingly, her best friend found out that she’s pregnant just 3 weeks ago! (Total surprise :o) How cool is it that they’ll be able to share this awesome experience! I would love to win so I could bless them for their 1st soon-to-be Mommy’s Day!

    It’s hard to reach so far back for what I wish someone had told me…. (20 years!) but I guess I’d say “be intentional about remembering the everyday moments – of the pregnancy and the early years. Set up a system that will help you accomplish it so you won’t have the ‘wish I would have…'” I love how the girls these days ARE more informed and involved. Relish the moments — they truly are fleeting.

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  • jeanne May 5, 2013, 4:59 pm

    The days are long, the years are short.

    Remember to breathe and enjoy.

    And you are not in a competition!

    Your child WILL sleep through the night, cut his/her first tooth, speak, walk, get potty trained, stop hitting other kids, and go to kindergarten.

    Don’t worry about each destination. Enjoy every moment of the journey. Because it’s over really fast. Again – the days may feel long, but the years are very, very short.

    Savor every moment you can.

    And takes lots and lots of pictures and video. You can never have too many memories!

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  • Pam May 5, 2013, 5:12 pm

    My “babies” are 25, 23, and 16. One piece of advice I was given years ago is “the bigger the kid, the bigger the problem.” I certainly don’t want to downplay the stress that goes with breastfeeding and finding the right day care and potty training, but honestly I would trade the stresses of being a Mom today with what I had 20 years ago. I remember clearly the day my daughter cried when she came home from kindergarten because a kid on the bus teased her about her “Barney the Dinosaur” t-shirt. I also remember the day she said “my boyfriend and I are going to Daytona Beach for spring break.” The spring break caused more heartache and sleepless nights than the Barney t-shirt.

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  • Sherri Cawley May 5, 2013, 7:14 pm

    I wish someone would have told me once your water breaks it doesn’t mean you will necessarily have your baby in 4 hours or 6 or 9 or 12 or 15. 16 long hours later she made her appearance. I thought – water breaks it won’t be long. I was fooled.

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  • victoria finney September 15, 2013, 9:43 am

    I wish someone had told me that it’s okay to nap during the day (FOR ME!). I was always up struggling to stay on top of the housework (single mother) when I could have ignored the damn dust bunnies for a few hours and slept. the exhaustion really affected my time with my baby.

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