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Mid-Ohio Valley Parent Magazine, 2/16/09
“This mom’s memoir shows a different side to the new mom—the mom who is exhausted, has an extremely fussy baby, who wonders if she made a mistake…It’s that kind of frankness that makes this book such a compelling read.”


"Not since Anne Lamott's Operating Instructions has there been such an insightful, open account of a new mother's fears of inadequacy, with wicked humor along the way." --Sarasota Magazine

"A breath of fresh, raw, real, no kidding motherhood air. Vicki seems to have entered my brain and sucked out all of my feelings and put them down on paper for the world to read. I wish I could give her a big hug and tell her thank you." --Blogmommas

"It's really great to see someone have the courage to expose the insecurities we all feel at times and to detail so humorously those difficult experiences in the first few months. I would definitely recommend this book to mothers." --The New Parents Guide

Mid-Ohio Valley Parent Magazine, 2/16/09
“This mom’s memoir shows a different side to the new mom—the mom who is exhausted, has an extremely fussy baby, who wonders if she made a mistake…It’s that kind of frankness that makes this book such a compelling read.”

About the Author

Vicki Glembocki is a columnist for Women’s Health and a writer-at-large at Philadelphia Magazine. She, her husband, Thad, and her two daughters live in southern New Jersey.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738212555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738212555
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Elizabeth Dunn on March 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I LOVED this book. After being successful at nearly EVERYTHING I ever did hearing things like "It changes your life but in a good way" made me confident that not only would I love being a mother I would excel. How dead wrong I was. No one prepared me for the challenges of motherhood- not even my own mother or my closest friends. My child did not have colic and I was not post pardom- believe me I know I was in therapy. Having a child is culture shock and I wish I had an honest account of what motherhood was like. Being blessed with a "healthy" baby that I got to sleep within 8 weeks was not enough for me to "love" being a mother. It was a struggle. I would have walked through fire to save my child but mostly wanted to escape to Mexico. This book is a heart felt admission to one women's struggles and I wish more women and mothers were honest about the joys and pitfalls of the newest and hardest job you will ever have in your life. And it does not make anyone a "bad" person or mother to admit!
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Let me say first: I'm so glad that Vicki wrote this book. Like the others of this genre that I've read in the past couple of years since I had my first child, Inconsolable: How I Threw My Mental Health Out With the Diapers and A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother, it adds to a reassurance of sorts that I'm not utterly alone. And that's what I'm looking for really.

Before I had children, the closest thing I had to exposure of mothers and babies consisted of those things you witness in a store. And there's usually two kinds of mothers (with a small fraction falling in between, and thus being less-noticeable) - the ones that are flogging overtired screaming kids at a time when any reasonable mother would have their child in bed, and you're thinking "Oh, poor kid, I am SO not going to be *that* kind of mother." And then there are these placid-looking women, their hair is done, they wear make-up and pretty (clean) clothes, and everything their kids say, they respond to with a sentence that ends in a high lilt. I don't suppose I really thought I'd be that kind of mom, but since I've had children, I've wondered, are these women really as happy and engrossed as the lilt would have you believe, or is it just part of the social we're-in-public script?

I've wondered how many women enter parenthood, having all their lives been utterly prepared to be independent, feminist, autonomous beings, only to have no preparation at all for the realities of motherhood?
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My oldest child is now 10 years old. But reading this book brought back the brutal reality that I felt all those years ago.
Kudos to the author for exposing her deepest feelings of inadequacy and "bad mommy" moments. I myself was plagued with the same thoughts.
It does get easier as your child gets older. I myself did not bond with my firstborn until he was at least 5 months old. Take heart new moms, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Great book!
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I picked up this book and could not put it down until I'd finished it. Glembocki has a real gift for being brutally honest - saying what so many people think but rarely utter - and doing so in a really hilarious and page-turning way. Memoirs can often seem cheesy or self-aggrandizing and this was neither. Sometimes shocking, often funny, extremely well written, and very moving.
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What a great book! Vicki has written what most of us are afraid to say aloud-that becoming a mother isn't all peaches and cream! I think many new mothers will relate to this book. I highly recommend it!
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This was a real page-turner. Very well written. The way Vicki told her story was very touching. I am grateful for having discovered this book. The style and the sense of humor may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it really spoke to me. I enjoyed this book so much, I was sad to see "100%" on my Kindle progress bar.
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I read this book cover to cover in one day. It was totally therapeutic. The author was refreshingly candid and open about how she felt after the birth of her daughter. It was a remarkable read. I didn't know how much I needed to read this book until I was finished. Thank you, Vicki, for writing this book. Wonderful!!! Very much needed by many women.
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I purchased this book because it seemed entertaining, and had pretty good reviews on amazon. I can't put this book down! The author Vicki gives a brutally honest look at the first nine months of motherhood. After having my son, I noticed that the "sugar and spice and everything nice" attitude didn't exist for me and my child. Lot's of feelings that no one warned me about and no one dared to discuss (not having an immediate attachment to my child, longing to go back to work to get a break, not sure if mommyhood was the right choice) Vicki mentions them all. I found myself nodding in agreement for much of the book. Since all of my family and friends seem to be perfect mothers whose main passion in life is the color of their child's poop, this book gave me a big sigh of relief, and let me know that someone out there feels this way, and it's actually normal! Thanks Vicki :)
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