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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition edition (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416915060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416915065
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

When Los Angeles comedian and television writer and producer Wilder-Taylor got pregnant, she feared undergoing this process: "a perfectly sane woman who swigs Jack Daniel's, never goes to sleep before eight a.m., and has had at least one STD gives birth and suddenly becomes a different person... [who] subscribes to three dozen parenting magazines, thinks a wild night is tossing back two O'Doul's, and never hits the hay after eight p.m." Of course, now that the author has a daughter, she's smitten; the child "grew on me every day, and by six months I was definitely her bitch." Hoping to be the voice of reason amid a cacophony of parenting advice (in the form of books, mothers-in-law and others), Wilder-Taylor dishes on sharing the parenting responsibilities with your husband ("I felt like saying, 'Didn't you get the memo? WE'RE PARENTS NOW! LOOK ALIVE!' "), breast feeding ("it hurts like a rhesus monkey biting your nipples"), meeting other new mothers (only they can answer questions like "How the f*** does this Diaper Genie work?") and other aspects of new parenthood. Crass but reassuring, Wilder-Taylor succeeds in putting fears at rest. (Apr.)
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"Crass but reassuring, Wilder-Taylor succeeds in putting fears at rest." ---Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

Customer Reviews

This book made me laugh out loud.
C. Brewer
For those that slam it - it's not intended to be advice, just a light read to make you feel like someone else is in the trenches with you.
4th grade teacher
Stefanie Wilder-Taylor is a great new voice in parenting that is honest, funny, & refreshing.
Robert Wilder

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87 of 95 people found the following review helpful By California Mom on June 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
I truly enjoyed and relate to this book. Being a mother, although wonderful, is much more challenging than I ever imagined. Those who have left negative reviews need to respect that the author is sharing her experiences as a mother, from her perspective. Nowhere does she suggest that HER way of doing things is the "best" way, or the only way. In fact, I don't hear her advocating ANYTHING in this book other than being respectful and supportive of one another as mothers. She is making the all too important and often overlooked point that there are MANY different "good" ways of parenting, and we as mothers should respect one another's choices, discard competitive subtexts, and be supportive of one another. Refering to one another as "sissies" as a previous reviewer did and believing (or perceiving) that because you have had success with a particular parenting style or choice that you can make presumptions and judgments about another mother who is struggling or made a less "popular" choice in that area is both ignorant and overly simplistic, and is most likely indicative of one's own insecurities as a parent. I applaud Stefanie for her honesty and candor. I will be sharing this book with many friends.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By gumtrucker on June 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you are a super-mom skip this book. If you are like the rest of us and struggling day-to-day this is a must read. I laughed out loud many times. For those of us that had an "active social life" pre-baby and hope to have one in the next 20 years-you will totally relate to this book. I too,will also include this as my new baby shower gift must haves!!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By RFN on March 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book as a baby shower gift for a new mom who was having her second child in 14 months. It was the hit of the party and everyone there, especially Grandma and older "been there, done that" moms, had a huge laugh over the suggestions contained within.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heather LaRee VINE VOICE on January 21, 2009
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I read some of the one-star reviews and hey, everyone has a right to their opinion and thanks amazon for giving us the venue to vent and to applaud.

I ordered this book for research on a writing project since my kids are now in their twenties and I needed updating.

While it may not help a new mom who is SERIOUS (about being serious about being an educated and informed wonderfully loving mother)...this book is a FABULOUS companion piece that will help her NOT BE SO SERIOUS.

It is irreverent (like Annie Lamott's "Operating Instructions", it makes fun of stuff I've done and stuff I've watched others do and wondered, "are they right and I'm wrong...or I'm right and they're wrong". I completely get Wilder-Taylor's love and devotion for her daughter (just like Lamott's for her Sam). They just know how to also be FUNNY!

I wish I had both of these books when my boys were babies!

I have been laughing out loud -- so much so that my husband hunts me down to make sure I'm okay. Bravo Stefanie Wilder-Taylor!

You have offered A LOT of really practical, relevant, honest and thoughtful information here. AND YOU'RE FUNNY.

I don't see that you're being judgmental at all. If anything, I'm getting over and over again that your bottom line is: there is no ONE way and we all find our own way in this new mom adventure. (and we're still learning)

I'm ordering a copy right now for a new mom of a one-month old because you share the truth and you make us laugh. And she will feel relieved that she can pick up your book - randomly open to any page - and receive HELP along with LAUGHTER. Both count!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Harris on September 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
The book world is so full of authors and doctors telling new moms what to expect. After being given a few of these types of books, I was thrilled to receive this book from a friend. It is hilarious and refreshing. I don't think that she "makes fun" of post-partum depression or any other subject, as another reviewer wrote. I felt that she made light of certain subjects in a way that is a total breath of fresh air to those of us who are just tired. of. being. told. what. to. expect. I don't feel it was disrespectful; the book is written in a comical tone, so I took her jabs as funny and comical instead of mean or hurtful. I've heard so much advice and so many stupid pregnancy myths that I could just rip my hair out. When I feel I'm at wit's end, I pull out this book to have a laugh.

It did bother me that other reviewers have said that the author makes light of post-partum depression, which she most certainly does not. I'm not sure if maybe they just assumed that, since it is a "funny" book and the subject of PPD is addressed, she must have been disrespectful. To the contrary, in the small portion in which she mentions beyond-baby-blues, she says that if you have these feelings RUN, don't walk, to your doctor and get help. There is no joke about harming yourself or your baby, as there shouldn't be.

I take this book with me when I hit the salon for a pedicure and I swear I've been asked ten times what I'm reading that makes me laugh so hard. Warning: There IS cursing, which I find well-placed and funny, but others may find offensive. She also DOES make light of certain subjects, which some people obviously find offensive or hurtful. I thought it was hilarious and a light, easy read for us new moms who would like to read about babies or pregnancy but are tired of hearing the same things from well-meaning strangers. Five stars.
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More About the Author

Stefanie Wilder-Taylor is the author of Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay: And Other Things I Had to Learn as a New Mom (Simon & Schuster 2006) and Naptime Is the New Happy Hour: And Other Ways Toddlers Turn Your Life Upside Down (Simon & Schuster 2008) which were based on her prominent blog "Baby on Bored" that has been entertaining thousands of mothers since 2005.
On television she acts as the go-to parenting expert for NBC's "The Today Show" where she has appeared numerous times giving practical humorous advice. She's also been featured on Dr. Phil, Your World with Neil Cavuto and even Oprah (via taped interview but she's still hoping to one day sit on the couch!). As a comedian she has performed on Make Me Laugh, Evening at the Improv, Comedy Central. Her third book, It's Not Me, It's You: Subjective Recollections of a Terminally Optimistic, Chronically Sarcastic and Occasionally Inebriated Woman is out July 2009. Stefanie keeps herself very busy with twin toddler girls, a preschool age daughter and an active online poker addiction.
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