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"The Sh!t No One Tells You took me right back to those first weeks of new motherhood—truly the most empowering and frustrating (and frightening!) of times. With heartfelt encouragement and insight, Dawn Dais is a must-read for first-time moms."
Rebecca Woolf, author of Rockabye: From Wild to Child

"Humorous revelations offer insight into a natural process that can and often does completely overwhelm the mother. . . An amusing and accurate examination of life with an infant.”
Kirkus Reviews

"Babies are wonderful—we all agree. Can we also acknowledge that bringing home that first bundle of joy is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do? Dawn Dais bravely goes where other baby books don’t in her wisecracking new release called The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby’s First Year. She spills the truth about everything from breastfeeding to getting along with your partner post-baby. Pregnant women who want an honest peek inside what’s to come will be convinced to nap while they still can, and moms with kids will laugh out loud at Dais’s quirky insights and strong opinions."
Parents magazine

"Dais and her team of MOFLs (moms on the front lines) guide parents (moms, especially) through the first 52 weeks of your child’s life with honesty, clarity, humor, complaints and encouragement on a myriad of important subjects from breastfeeding, endless crying and vaccinating to relationship problems, loss of freedom and inaccurate Facebook statuses (“OMG, I love my life!”)."
Equally Family

"From poop to post-partum depression, she presents a no-holds-barred look at all of the changes and challenges that new moms and dads can face, along with the three little words every infant-toting parent wants to hear: It gets better."
Parade magazine




"[T]hings are going to get messy. And not as in, 'Oh, you dripped a little ketchup on your shirt while eating a burger.' Oh no. More of a 'Seriously, how long has that poop been on my shirt with no one pointing it out?' Where once your life was pristine and tasteful it is now covered in things that came out of different parts of a human being."
— from the book

About the Author

Dawn Dais is a freelance writer, designer, and filmmaker from Sacramento, CA. Her two previous books, The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women and The Noncyclist's Guide to the Century and Other Road Races, were published by Seal Press, have topped Amazon.com best-seller lists, and have been featured by countless TV and print media sources. Her uniquely sarcastic yet inspiring tone has entertained and guided an enthusiastic core of readers towards their various ridiculous athletic goals. Dais has a popular website, dreaminmotion.net, which has 18,000 members and features downloadable training plans, blogging, and run tracking. Her first film recently received national distribution. Dais lives in Sacramento, CA, with her partner and two-year-old daughter, Vivian.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580054846
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580054843
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (335 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the book I wish I had read when my daughter was first born. Except that I could barely keep my eyes open and I was still convinced that my precious free moments were best spent scrapbooking the precious memories of my baby's new life into an adorable hardcover book that I would proudly show off for an entire week and then never look at again. I was a sleep deprived idiot.

But had I been able to formulate cohesive thoughts during those first few months, let alone process complex sentences, I could have really benefited from this book, with such reassuring chapters as:
* "Breastfeeding is F'n Hard" (it really is);
* "No One is Loving This as Much as Their Facebook Posts Would Have You Believe" (soooo true...if you don't believe me, go back and look at your own Facebook posts from when your child was first born--if your child was born after 2007 of course--and notice the lack of posts that say "that little @#!$ woke me up every 30 minutes for no good reason and I'm starting to suspect it's some sort of personal infant vendetta");
* "Your Newborn is Not Cute" (screw this, mine was adorable! ...sort of);
* "Who Needs a Health Plan When You Have the Internet?" (the internet is hella dangerous to new parents--just ask the very nice nurses at my local emergency room when I brought in my five-week-old because when I took her temperature I thought it was half a degree higher than the other eight times I had taken it that day, and is it possible that she has malaria or scarlet fever or something?); and
* "It Does Not Go By 'Soooo Fast'" (especially those first three or four months...those are like the longest night that never ends...I mean awesome, but also awful...
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Having read several "serious" books (Cherish the First Six Weeks, Happiest Baby on the Block, Babywise, etc), I was excited to hear about this book. I read most of while breast feeding my 3 week old. It made me laugh out loud. I would definitely recommend it to new first time moms!! She approaches the challenges of the first year with a new born from a perspective that most professional women with a sense of humor will appreciate.
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I picked up this book about a week after coming home from the hospital with my adorable and completely overwhelming little bundle. I couldn't believe taking care of her was SO DAMN HARD. "Why didn't anyone warn us?" I asked my husband, over and over again. I was angry with all those people who jumped up and down with joy when we told them we were expecting, because what I'd really needed was a heart-to-heart about how difficult this was going to be, not a goofy grin and a pat on the head on my way out. Although this book didn't answer all my questions, it did set my mind at ease just a little that what I was feeling was completely normal -- and more importantly, that it would get better. I appreciated the author's lighthearted take on the topic of bringing a baby into your life. I think the book is especially well suited to first time moms used to a professional identity; women who suddenly find themselves knee-deep in diapers, spit up and mountains of laundry.
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Funny and truthful. Good as an antidote to the "everything is going to be perfect" and "you must be a perfect parent or your child will be harmed" attitude of many books out there. I wouldn't choose this as my ONLY guide, but it is a fun WAKE UP TO REALITY add on.
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I have made it about halfway through this book, and I had to take a minute to come and write a review because I love it so much. OK, maybe there isn't a whole lot of practical advice in the book (though there is some), but it's exactly what I needed as a grumpy pregnant woman - a hilarious, realistic look at parenting. I'm going to read 900 books before it's said and done, so why not read one that makes me laugh so hard I cry, and makes me feel a little better about my reservations about what's to come? A sarcastic author writing a chapter on children's books is possibly the greatest thing ever written. Plus, I literally had tears in my eyes for the entire poop chapter. If you are fluent in sarcasm, this book is for you. If you buy a book with this kind of title and expect life-altering parenting advice, consider the price of the book a fee for your unrealistic expectations.
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Probably more useful and humorous to people who have been through the child birth and some of the rearing process. I was hoping I'd get more practical advice and that wasn't what this book was about. Some very funny stories and I appreciated how the author consulted a number of personal friends for their different experiences.
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I didn't read all of it but bought as a gag gift!!! She seemed to like it though, first time pregnancy they don't always tell you everything you need to know. This book tells you everything your too afraid or embarrassed to ask..
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easy reading, but basically common sense. you dont need to buy this book to know you're going to be busy after the baby is born.

the only good thing is the early chapter on hospital - it tells you what to expect at hospital, what they will let you take home, and what you should keep an eye out for/look for.
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