What is YOUR story? {what the baby books don’t tell you}

***Congrats to Mari on winning the Jo Tote and to Rebecca for winning a copy of Wendy’s book!!!***

Of every series I have ever hosted around here, this is the one that I have gotten the most emails offering to be a guest poster.

Clearly, the topic has resonated with many of you.

Likely because we all recognize that motherhood is this crazy journey filled with surprises and plenty of things that make us go hmmmmm….

So I thought I’d give you a chance to answer the prompt on your own!

And I’ll tell you the same thing I’ve told all of my guest bloggers: just tell your story.  It can be funny.  It can be silly.  It can be sad.  It can be poignant.  It can be lyrical and poetic.  Okay, maybe kick back on the poetry…it’s not my gig.  (Kidding.  I mean, not about liking poetry…I don’t get it…but if YOU like poetry, your post can be all haiku and such.)

It can be about any age or stage.  It can be about what motherhood did to YOU.  What surprised you most.  How it affected your marriage.  Anything.  Poopy diapers to empty nesters and anything in between.  And honestly, the more varied your entries, I think the more interesting it is! Be creative!

And because I like me some giveaways, I thought I’d add a few fun prizes to the mix:


First, the hilarious and encouraging book by my friend Wendy Hagen (who was also a guest blogger here once), Totally Desperate Mom.  (So appropriate to this series, right?!)

Second…a Jo Tote Rose bag in bronze!!!!!  Oh yes, yes it is. You know what a Jo Tote is don’t you?  It’s a camera bag that isn’t hideous.  It’s awesome.  It’s worth $89.  You know you want it.

There are a couple little rules though for this exercise:

1) Write a blog post in your own blog answering the prompt “What the Baby Books Don’t Tell You” and link up below.

2) Be sure to include the button (at the bottom of this post) so your readers know what’s up.  I’d love to hear tons of voices answering the prompt!

3) You MUST include also mention/encourage/talk about our fundraiser in your post.  This is what it’s really all about!  Sharing story is awesome and fun and therapeutic, but let’s make it tangible too!  We are almost halfway to our goal!

4) Throw your hands in the air and wave them all around like you just don’t care.

5) Okay, maybe not the last.  Although that never hurts.

***AND I’m extending the deadline: I’ll give you until Monday, June 25 to link up before I pull a randomly selected winner for our prize/s.


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I'm a mom to four. A wife to one. I believe in story. I love telling you about mine and would love to hear yours. There's really no sense in wasting our suffering and not sharing in each other's joy. We're all in this together...even if it doesn't always feel like it.

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  1. 1

    Such a fun idea! If only the baby books had really been honest, I wouldn’t have felt like such a crap first-time mom!
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    I don’t have a blog. But I will say this, honestly, I was never prepared to talk about poo so much. Really. How much, it’s not enough, it’s TOO much, what color, what diapers to use, ect ect the list just goes on and on. What I tell a mom to be now, is get ready for your life to revolve around poo. My son is 4 and it’s just a whole set of new conversation…. it. never. ends.

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    I totally had a post the other day that I wanted to submit…hoping it would soon be open -mic night, and now…I cannot for the life of me remember what it was! #mombrain

  4. 4

    Oh man. I so wish I had a blog. Really would enter. But since I Don’t I will just say it here. They don’t tell you that having kids is amazing and frustrating and happy and hair pulling crazy all at exactly the same time. But mostly that it’s ok to just go with it. Every kid will do something totally embarrassing at one point or another. Your kid isn’t the only one who picks their nose and eats it, or pushes other kids, or throws a fit in the store. Happens to us all. Just do your best to handle it without making a big deal and they’ll grow out of it. That’s the thing. It’ll ALL pass. The good and the bad. Love them when you can.

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    I wish they had better books about going from one baby to two, that was a scary transition
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    There are so many things that the baby books don’t tell you. I wrote about one thing that has been close to my heart lately. Not quite a practical baby tip thing, but more of a life thing that I’ve realized applies to parenting more than I ever thought. Thanks for the writing prompt and the opportunity to think about it.
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