Book Giveaway: It Gets Easier and Other Lies We Tell New Mothers

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I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for this giveaway to be posted. All opinions are my own.

It Gets Easier and Other Lies We Tell New Mothers is a fun and funny book geared toward new moms to tell them what having a baby is really like. There are tips on labor, recovery, feeding, body changes, scheduling, working, and more!

Author Claudine Wolk is a Babywise Mom, so you will find lots of tips you agree with in here. Of course, like most any book, there will be things you will do differently, but the book has great tips for new moms and is a light, easy and honest read. This book could be a perfect gift for you to give friends if you are unsure if they would be interested in Babywise or not.

 

A little about Claudine. Claudine Wolk is a mother of three, wife of one, and author of It Gets Easier and Other Lies We Tell New Mothers, a book for new moms.  When faced with motherhood for the first time, she completely freaked out (it was so hard) and decided to write a book so that other new moms would not freak out like she did. She enjoys long walks on the beach, bubble baths with a good book, and men who aren’t afraid to cry.

 

To give you a taste of her writing, Claudine has written an article for you:

 

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Can a Healthy Marriage Is an Important Part of Parenting?

 

Your marriage can be put on the backburner and may not even reside on the stovetop after the birth of a baby. I like to remind new moms that they make a vow to their spouse, not their kids!  I also tell new moms that one of the best ways to be a good mom is to stay happily married.  That may be easier said than done.  Here are a few ideas to try.

·         Put your spouse first.  Now obviously, I would never suggest to ignore the needs of your infant over the needs of your spouse, but does a child need to sleep between the two of you, every night, for the first three years of his life?  Ah, No!  Keep in mind that sometimes your bed is for doing adult things with your spouse – treat it with the respect it deserves and save some alone time in it for your spouse!  PS.  If he says he doesn’t mind, he’s lying!

·         Recognize each other’s need for time away from the family.  Everybody gets burnt out by doing the same job over and over – even parents.  Use the tag-team strategy and insist that you each take time away from the family to re-group.  The benefits of this time away will be felt by the entire family, but especially in the marriage.

·         Keep laughing – Sometimes being a parent can be so stressful, we forget to take things a bit lighter and laugh at the absurdity of it all.  You’ve heard that laughter is good for an illness – it’s also the key to  a happy marriage. Rent funny movies, watch funny reruns of Seinfield and The Office to get some well-needed and shared laughs.

·         Get Out Alone Without The Kids – Remember all those folks who sat as witnesses to your wedding and promised that they would support you in your marriage?  Well, now is the time for those folks to ante up.  Call them and collect on that promise so that you and your spouse can get out alone together.  One of the first ways that a marriage falls apart is by focusing on all the wrong stuff – the house, the kids, the bills, extended family (yes, I said it!) and work.  Putting your marriage on a pedestal means staying connected.  Find a local watering hole and sit down together without distractions and enjoy each other over a glass of wine.  Talk about your kids (yes, that is ok), talk about your work, talk about your dreams – plug into each other, I’ll bet there is still a lot you have to learn about one another.

Remember that being happily married gives your kids two happy parents.  It also gives your kids an example of a happy marriage and teaches them how to be a good spouse.  Making time for each other and your marriage can be the best parenting technique available.  Does anyone else have ideas for ways to put your spouse first?

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Now, time to enter to win a copy of her book for yourself!

For Your First Entry:

 

Become a follower of this blog. Then leave a comment. If you are already a follower (the thing where your cute face pops up with all the other cute faces of people following), comment telling me so.

 

Sample Entry

I am a follower!

 

 

 

For Your Second Entry:

 

“Like” this blog on Facebook. Once you have done so, come back and leave a comment saying you did so.

 

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I “like” Chronicles on Facebook!

 

 

 

For Your Third Entry:

 

Go to Claudine’s blog: http://help4newmoms.com/wordpress/. Watch the video of Claudine on ABC, then come back and comment on something you agreed with that she talked about.

 

Sample Entry

I like it!

 

 

 

For Your Fourth Entry:

Share what the biggest shock to you was when you were a new mother.

 

 

Sample Entry

 

I was shocked that my baby didn’t want to sleep. Who doesn’t want to sleep?

 

 

For Your Fifth Entry:

 

Follow me on Twitter. Once you have done so, come back and comment and include your Twitter ID. Already do? Comment saying so.

 

 

Sample Entry

I follow on Twitter! @valplowman

 

 

For Your Sixth Entry:

Free entry just for reading entry six…so long as you comment.

 

 

Sample Entry

 

Follow Claudine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/help4newmoms. Once you have done so, come back and comment and include your Twitter ID. Already do? Comment saying so.

 

 

Sample Entry

I follow on Twitter! @valplowman

 

 

For Your Seventh Entry:

Answer Claudine’s question from her post above: Does anyone else have ideas for ways to put your spouse first? Leave a comment with your answer.

 

Sample Entry

Listen to your spouse and don’t just talk about what you did all day (whether you are the one home or the one at work).

 

Entry Rules

    • Open to US and Canadian residents only.
    • You must leave a comment in order to have an entry.

 

    • You must leave a separate comment for each entry. This is not so I can get lots of comments–it is because it makes it a million times easier to choose a winner. It takes less time, and less time is good. Plus, it makes sure I don’t miss an entry.
    • You don’t have to do all seven entries…for example, if you just want to follow this blog, you can just do entry one.
    • One entry per comment.
    • Up to seven entries per person.
    • You must fulfill the rules of each entry for each entry to count. If I see the entry is not valid (did not meet entry requirements), I will disqualify your entry. Trust me, I check.
    • Entries will be accepted until 11:59 PM Friday, March 18 Mountain Standard Time.
    • The winner will be randomly selected at random.org
    • The winner will be announced Saturday, March 19.
    • If you would like, you can add your email address to your entry. If you are the winner, I will email you to let you know. You do not need to add your email address in order to win. I understand not everyone wants to share their email addresses with the world. I will announce the winner on the blog, so you can check the blog Saturday to find out if you won.
    • Once the winner is announced, you will have one week to contact me or another winner will be chosen. Be sure to check back. The only thing worse than not winning is to win but not realize it in time!

 

valplowman

Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at Babywise.life, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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173 Comments

  1. Kelly
    March 12, 2011 / 3:29 PM

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    March 12, 2011 / 3:35 PM

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  4. Elizabeth B
    March 12, 2011 / 3:39 PM

    My biggest shock as a new Mom was how difficult it was to get a baby into a routine. (Especially a sleep routine) I was so naive! It takes a lot of consistency and perseverance. But it's worth it!

  5. Elizabeth B
    March 12, 2011 / 3:41 PM

    Really? Well, I like entry 6!

  6. Elizabeth B
    March 12, 2011 / 3:44 PM

    I like your suggestion for putting your spouse first; listening to them! Communication is so important, but even more so after the baby arrives. We try to sit down and chat for a half hour or so right after work, before the baby wakes up.

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  9. Heather
    March 12, 2011 / 5:00 PM

    My biggest shock as a new mother was the FATIGUE, both mental and physical. I knew it was going to be a huge change to my life, but I was not prepared to literally be too tired to move at times. It was definitely an adjustment to this new frenetic pace, but now I just roll with the punches as best I can. Now, someone tell me why we're trying for #2?? 🙂

  10. Heather
    March 12, 2011 / 5:01 PM

    I read entry #6!!

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  14. Ashlee
    March 12, 2011 / 7:06 PM

    I think the biggest shock to me was how long it would take to feed a newborn b/c they were sleepy.. and then how quick it got at week 7!

  15. Ashlee
    March 12, 2011 / 7:07 PM

    This comment is for entry #6.

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  19. Tracy
    March 12, 2011 / 8:33 PM

    I need help putting my spouse first!!! I think the baby has taken over our lives! Any ideas are helpful!!!

  20. Tracy
    March 12, 2011 / 8:34 PM

    I think the biggest difference is my time!!! I have no time to do anything. And figuring out how to shower with a baby. Sometimes it doesn't happen.

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  25. C.
    March 12, 2011 / 9:53 PM

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  26. C.
    March 12, 2011 / 9:53 PM

    It's not exciting, but keeping date night regular is a must!!

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  28. The Aussie Mommy
    March 12, 2011 / 10:01 PM

    The biggest shock was the adrenaline rush I had to be up so much in the night! This girl loves her sleep! And I STILL SURVIVED!!

  29. The Aussie Mommy
    March 12, 2011 / 10:01 PM

    The biggest shock was the adrenaline rush I had to be up so much in the night! This girl loves her sleep! And I STILL SURVIVED!!

  30. The Aussie Mommy
    March 12, 2011 / 10:09 PM

    I read entry 6! 🙂

  31. The Aussie Mommy
    March 12, 2011 / 10:09 PM

    A good way to put your husband first is to be deliberate about creating time to be with him doing things he enjoys!

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  34. lwicks
    March 12, 2011 / 10:28 PM

    I read entry # 6.

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  37. The Grabers
    March 13, 2011 / 2:53 AM

    I read entry 6!

  38. The Grabers
    March 13, 2011 / 2:53 AM

    My biggest shock was that my children would have food allergies. With no food allergies in our family, this was definitely not at the top of my list of worries!

  39. The Grabers
    March 13, 2011 / 2:55 AM

    One way I like to put my spouse first is by remembering little things like his favorite meals and making those for him.

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  42. The last Unicorn
    March 13, 2011 / 3:37 AM

    I was shocked how the time between feedings flew by. When you are breastfeeding, you feel like it is your full time job for the first few weeks.

  43. The last Unicorn
    March 13, 2011 / 3:38 AM

    I agree with her that sleep is GOLDEN! So is taking a long shower 🙂

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  46. punkledoodle
    March 13, 2011 / 12:33 PM

    I liked when Claudine said that most moms don't tell about the hardships of motherhood because they are afraid it will look like they are a bad mom.I can totally relate!

  47. punkledoodle
    March 13, 2011 / 12:34 PM

    The biggest shock of motherhood was my emotions. I felt like I was falling apart and that scared me. It made me question the fact of whether I could handle motherhood.

  48. punkledoodle
    March 13, 2011 / 12:35 PM

    I try and put my spouse first by listening to him when he gets home as he tells me about his day. Even tho I feel like mine was the worst ;), he still needs to be heard and felt that someone will listen.

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  51. arlee
    March 13, 2011 / 12:51 PM

    For some reason, I was shocked that it took more than 2 days to recover from childbirth…I don't know why I was so surprised by that, but it really threw me that I wasn't feeling like my old self a couple days after pushing a little person out of me. 🙂

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  55. The Garrett's
    March 13, 2011 / 1:24 PM

    I was shocked that my baby wanted to nurse every 1.5-2 hrs! I was miserable & I'm sure she was too. Guessing she was never really getting a full tummy –rule #1 of Babywise!! No one likes to be hungry all the time..

  56. Janice
    March 13, 2011 / 1:45 PM

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  57. Janice
    March 13, 2011 / 1:45 PM

    What shocked me was that I didn't immediately love my newborn. I do now!

  58. Janice
    March 13, 2011 / 1:45 PM

    I read entry 6!

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  64. sunfun82
    March 13, 2011 / 5:05 PM

    I like that she tells it like it is.

  65. sunfun82
    March 13, 2011 / 5:05 PM

    I was shocked when my baby screamed all day. I am still shocked that its a struggle to get her to take naps!

  66. sunfun82
    March 13, 2011 / 5:05 PM

    Listen to your husband!

  67. sunfun82
    March 13, 2011 / 5:06 PM

    I read #6! I need this book.

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  72. Katy
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    I like #6.

  73. Katy
    March 13, 2011 / 6:55 PM

    My biggest shock as a new mom was how difficult nursing was.

  74. Katy
    March 13, 2011 / 6:56 PM

    I put my spouse first by always making sure I have some time for him even if I just want to crash after the baby is finally down for the day and everything's done.

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    March 13, 2011 / 7:13 PM

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  76. Lana
    March 13, 2011 / 7:14 PM

    I read entry six!

  77. Lana
    March 13, 2011 / 7:15 PM

    When your spouse comes home at the end of the day, stop what you're doing and acknowledge him and how glad you are to see him! Something I'm working on 🙂

  78. Lana
    March 13, 2011 / 7:17 PM

    My biggest shock to me as a new mom was realizing how selfish I'd been prior to having a baby. It was a lesson I needed to learn!

  79. Lana
    March 13, 2011 / 7:30 PM

    I agree with her about how we need to resume relations with our husband after our child is born and think about his needs as well.

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  85. giallourakis
    March 13, 2011 / 8:08 PM

    I watched the video–I totally agree that Moms "lie" about motherhood because they're worried about being a bad mom.

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  88. Kristin
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  90. Kristin
    March 13, 2011 / 8:57 PM

    The biggest shock for me was how emotionally draining being a new mom is. Sure, tired from lack of sleep I understood, but the emotional exhaustion that comes with it all, was a shock.

  91. Kristin
    March 13, 2011 / 9:06 PM

    Even though this is about the kids, to put my spouse first, I like to switch "jobs" with him and appreciate it and not critique. Example: bathtime is usually mine but sometimes I suggest he do it. They splash and play a lot more than I do and may not clean behind the ears, but it's a joy to listen to and it makes my DH feel good. We switch it up a lot anyway but sharing with him and not doing it all myself keeps us working as a team.

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  94. Hannah
    March 13, 2011 / 9:26 PM

    I was shocked that I my Daughters neck got so gross all the time..

  95. Hannah
    March 13, 2011 / 9:35 PM

    I watched the video and I agree with the lie that breastfeeding is easy…it was difficult for my daughter more than for me…it just frustrated me when it was difficult for her!

  96. Hannah
    March 13, 2011 / 9:37 PM

    I try to schedule my daughter so when my husband come home for lunch or from work in the evening, I have that time to spend with him and she is sleeping or doing independent play.

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  99. Leigh Anne
    March 13, 2011 / 10:38 PM

    My biggest shock was the complete vacuum for time that my first baby was. I thought I wasn't a selfish person before kids, but that really wasn't the case 🙂

  100. Leigh Anne
    March 13, 2011 / 10:38 PM

    Free entry for #6!

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    March 13, 2011 / 10:53 PM

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  103. Janelle
    March 13, 2011 / 11:02 PM

    I like how she said that breastfeeding was natural but not necessarily easy! That was definitely the case for me.

  104. Janelle
    March 13, 2011 / 11:04 PM

    I was shocked at how long it took to do anything with the baby. Even just going for a walk I had to change baby's diaper, get baby dressed, then sometimes change the diaper again, then get baby into stroller, etc. Everything took at least twice as long.

  105. Janelle
    March 13, 2011 / 11:05 PM

    I follow on twitter @jmartin2006

  106. Janelle
    March 13, 2011 / 11:06 PM

    I like entry 6!

  107. Janelle
    March 13, 2011 / 11:09 PM

    Go out on a date as soon as you can, even if it's just for a half hour walk around the block.

  108. Janelle
    March 13, 2011 / 11:09 PM

    Val, you have 8 entries posted. Are we only supposed to do 7?

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    March 13, 2011 / 11:56 PM

    I am a follower!

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    March 14, 2011 / 1:30 AM

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    March 14, 2011 / 1:31 AM

    I "like" your blog on fb!

  112. The Witbecks
    March 14, 2011 / 1:32 AM

    My biggest shock was the hormone shift and how crazy I felt when my baby cried. I thought if my baby cried I could just fix it – ha!

  113. The Witbecks
    March 14, 2011 / 1:32 AM

    I read entry #6!

  114. The Witbecks
    March 14, 2011 / 1:33 AM

    We do date night every week – no matter what! Ironically, we never had a regular date night before our baby, since we never felt that we needed to get out of the house to connect and not be distracted.

  115. Ashley P.
    March 14, 2011 / 1:53 AM

    I am a follower of this blog! 🙂

  116. Ashley P.
    March 14, 2011 / 1:55 AM

    I "liked" this babywise blog on Facebook.

  117. Ashley P.
    March 14, 2011 / 2:07 AM

    I just watched Claudine's video and totally agree with the fact that our baby does not have to be with mom ALL OF THE TIME. If I don't have at least a little time each day to myself, my job as a mom is much harder.

  118. Ashley P.
    March 14, 2011 / 2:08 AM

    My biggest shock as a new mom was the lack of sleep. I had a hard time falling back to sleep after a night feeding, so by the time I DID fall asleep, it was almost time to feed again…I was exhausted and it was really tough!

  119. Ashley P.
    March 14, 2011 / 2:09 AM

    I read entry six, so thanks for the free entry! BTW, unfortunately, I don't have Twitter. Otherwise, i would TOTALLY follow you. 😉

  120. Ashley P.
    March 14, 2011 / 2:11 AM

    In order to put our spouses first, I love the idea of couch time! This allows mom and dad to connect fairly after we're all home, and it shows the children how important the marital relationship is.

  121. Kristin and Adam Salvia
    March 14, 2011 / 3:32 AM

    I am a follower!

  122. Kristin and Adam Salvia
    March 14, 2011 / 3:32 AM

    I like Chronicles on FB!

  123. Kristin and Adam Salvia
    March 14, 2011 / 3:34 AM

    My biggest shock was how crazy the lack of sleep made me that first week. I had absolutely no patience for anything and did not believe I would survive having a newborn!

  124. Kristin and Adam Salvia
    March 14, 2011 / 3:34 AM

    I follow you on twitter! @kristinsalvia

  125. Kristin and Adam Salvia
    March 14, 2011 / 3:35 AM

    I read entry six!

  126. Kristin and Adam Salvia
    March 14, 2011 / 3:37 AM

    I follow Claudine on Twitter! @kristinsalvia

  127. Kristin and Adam Salvia
    March 14, 2011 / 3:39 AM

    I try putting my spouse first by making sure he has lunch to take with him to work and a hot meal waiting for him when he gets home. If he gets home from work late, I make sure to sit with him while he eats and we talk about our day together.

  128. Kristin and Adam Salvia
    March 14, 2011 / 3:45 AM

    You actually have eight entries listed…I agree with one of the "lies" that all women enjoy being a new mom. After I had my baby, one of my friends asked, "Don't you just LOVE being a mom?!" and quite annoyed, I responded, "Actually, NO. It's horrible!" Things have definitely improved since then but I was absolutely not prepared for how hard it would be!

  129. Kelly Hood
    March 14, 2011 / 3:03 PM

    I follow!

  130. Kelly Hood
    March 14, 2011 / 3:03 PM

    I follow on Facebook!

  131. Kelly Hood
    March 14, 2011 / 3:12 PM

    I watched the video and agree that that it is important to get help in all areas, the baby, laundry, cooking, etc.

  132. Kelly Hood
    March 14, 2011 / 3:13 PM

    I was shocked at how hard being a new mom really is. I knew it would be a big change, but had no idea just how much life would change 🙂

  133. Kelly Hood
    March 14, 2011 / 3:16 PM

    I follow on twitter @kellylhood_rss

  134. Kelly Hood
    March 14, 2011 / 3:16 PM

    I read the sixth entry

  135. Kelly Hood
    March 14, 2011 / 3:17 PM

    I follow claudine on twitter @kellylhood_rss

  136. Anonymous
    March 14, 2011 / 6:02 PM

    I'm a Follower!

  137. Anonymous
    March 14, 2011 / 6:03 PM

    I am a first time mom and my son is 6 weeks today! The biggest shock to me was 1 – the lack sleep 2- how many diapers and clothes we go through a day and 3 – hoe time consuming it really is to be a mom! : – )

  138. Anonymous
    March 14, 2011 / 6:04 PM

    I always try to make sure I am right there at the door when my husband comes home from to kiss him and tell him how much I love him! I also make sure at the dinner table he is served first, this was what I was taught.

  139. liz22
    March 14, 2011 / 7:04 PM

    I am a follower!

  140. liz22
    March 14, 2011 / 7:04 PM

    I follow Chronicles on FB

  141. liz22
    March 14, 2011 / 7:06 PM

    I read # 6

  142. liz22
    March 14, 2011 / 7:07 PM

    Biggest shock was how much I couldn't stand hearing my baby cry (during CIO etc)

  143. liz22
    March 14, 2011 / 7:08 PM

    Put my husband first by letting him play bball twice a week when he wants to. He really appreciates being able to get out and do something for himself.

  144. Melissa
    March 14, 2011 / 8:19 PM

    The biggest shock to me was how many things we did that I thought we wouldn't (pacifier, rock to sleep, not doing BW the first 2 weeks). Then turning around and doing what I knew we should be [email protected]

  145. Melissa
    March 14, 2011 / 8:22 PM

    I let my hubby watch what he wants in the evenings while I read…just one of the little [email protected]

  146. Mark
    March 14, 2011 / 9:16 PM

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  147. Mark
    March 14, 2011 / 9:16 PM

    I'm a follower.

  148. Mark
    March 14, 2011 / 9:16 PM

    Free #6

  149. Mark
    March 14, 2011 / 9:17 PM

    Our "keeping spouse #1 tip": we greet and hug each other first when one of us comes home. Even if that means literally walking past the kids to do it.

  150. Mark
    March 14, 2011 / 9:17 PM

    Biggest shock: holding a baby all the time is NOT a good idea! 🙂

  151. kimbo
    March 15, 2011 / 1:53 PM

    Following you here.

  152. kimbo
    March 15, 2011 / 1:54 PM

    Liking you on Facebook.

  153. kimbo
    March 15, 2011 / 1:54 PM

    Entry #6 – check.

  154. kimbo
    March 15, 2011 / 1:55 PM

    Most surprising thing: breastfeeding is HARD!

  155. kimbo
    March 15, 2011 / 1:56 PM

    Turn off the media when the little one goes to bed to get some time with your hubby!

  156. Marthalynn
    March 15, 2011 / 3:15 PM

    I am a follower!

  157. Marthalynn
    March 15, 2011 / 3:16 PM

    I like how Claudine is upfront and honest about the ups and downs of becoming a mom. It's encouraging!

  158. Marthalynn
    March 15, 2011 / 3:16 PM

    This comment is for #6 🙂

  159. Marthalynn
    March 15, 2011 / 3:18 PM

    The biggest shock for me was how difficult it was/is to manage my time. It feels like I should be able to accomplish so much during my "free" time, but by the end of the day I'm shocked at how little there seems to be to show for my efforts.

  160. Marthalynn
    March 15, 2011 / 3:21 PM

    I try to make our home a comfortable place for my husband to come home to. I want him to look forward to walking through the door each day and to find respite from all of his stresses at work.

  161. Emily Anne Russ
    March 17, 2011 / 1:50 PM

    I was surpirsed at how overly emotional I was the weeks following birth. I would cry at the drop of a hat. Emily Russ [email protected]

  162. Kristin
    March 18, 2011 / 6:45 PM

    I just watched the video. I agree that breastfeeding may be natural, but it is hard! Great idea about watching someone else breastfeed before the baby is born, if possible.

  163. Jessie
    March 18, 2011 / 9:27 PM

    I'm a follower!

  164. Jessie
    March 18, 2011 / 9:27 PM

    I like chronicles on facebook!

  165. Jessie
    March 18, 2011 / 9:45 PM

    Definitely agree with the lie that 'breastfeeding is easy'!! "natural" and easy are def. NOT the same thing. 🙂

  166. Jessie
    March 18, 2011 / 9:45 PM

    I think my biggest shock was the tidal wave of emotions the first few weeks and how weepy I was at the drop of a hat!

  167. Jessie
    March 18, 2011 / 9:46 PM

    Yay for free entries!

  168. Jessie
    March 18, 2011 / 9:47 PM

    I think one way to put your spouse first is to find out what their love language is and make a special effort to show them your love through their language, even if it takes some sacrifice on your part (or giving up that nap)

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