Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Uncategorized | 8 comments

I was a perfect mother. For eight days.

For eight painful, exhausting days, I thought of nothing but my newborn son’s happiness and wellbeing.

Each day, I allowed him to feed from my breast at ninety-minute intervals, despite the terrible latch, the cracking, and the bleeding.

“It’s okay,” the lactation consultant reassured me over the phone on Day 3. “If he gets a little blood with your milk, it won’t hurt him.”

“It hurts ME!” I wanted to scream.

But mothers aren’t supposed to scream about their own needs, so I gulped hard and croaked out, “Really? Oh. Okay. Good.”

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That’s an excerpt from an essay I wrote for the latest HerStories Project anthology, RELEASED TODAY, called “So Glad They Told Me: Women Get Real About Motherhood.”

(*confetti*)

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The goal of this book is to empower and unite mothers with real and honest parenting advice from women who have been there. And when I say “real and honest,” I very much mean real and honest.

Each of the 60 writers in this book highlights the best piece of parenting advice they’ve ever received — or the advice they wish they’d received. What we’re left with is an incredibly wide-ranging and diverse collection of advice from mothers in different stages of parenting and facing their own individual challenges. Here’s a sampling of the advice offered up in the book:

  • Your child will adore you exactly as you are.
  • You can love your kids and need a break from them at the same time.
  • Being a teen mom doesn’t mean you can’t love motherhood.
  • You may never stop wondering if you should have had one more.
  • Not only can I not prevent my child’s suffering, sometimes I will be the cause of it.
  • Divorce doesn’t define who you are as a mother.
  • It’s not the end of the world if they don’t graduate.

Want to know what advice I received that totally changed my mindset a whole eight days into my parenting journey? Then… buy the book! (Only $11.99 for paperback and $4.99 for Kindle.)

It’s a perfect gift for expecting moms and new moms.

Also, experienced moms.

Also, yourself.

(P.S. This is the first time I’ve had my writing published in a book, so please forgive all the social media happy dancing I’ll be doing for the new few days. *dancedancedance*)

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