So, I have a little announcement to make.
It’s not a baby, per se, but it’s still my baby: a brand-spanking-new book for new moms called 107 Things I Wish I Had Known with My First Baby: Essential Tips for the First 3 Months.
That’s right—I wrote a book!
I couldn’t be more proud or more excited for this baby to make its big debut, especially since it’s been in the works for the nearly 20 months. (Side note: Thank God the baby metaphor ends there and I wasn’t actually pregnant for 20 months.)
Here’s how it all came to be: Back when my daughter was just a few weeks old, I wrote a post chock-full of new-mom and baby tips, 15 Things I Wish I Knew with My First Baby. After I published it, I realized that I’d forgotten to include a few really important things—like how to avoid being covered in spit-up at all times. And that weird thing your nipple does after breastfeeding that shows you that you have a bad latch. And the magical trick that makes a baby close his eyes instantly.
So I started jotting down every practical thing about caring for a newborn that I didn’t know three and a half years before when my son was born—about burping, diapering, breastfeeding and more—and I kept writing until my daughter turned 4 months old. No one was more shocked than I was when I realized that I had somehow written down 92 more tips! So that meant that I suddenly had 107 amazing bits of information that would have made my life a helluva lot easier the first time around…and can make a new mom’s life that much easier now.
Of course, it took me 16 more months to get around to editing those 107 tips and turning them into this book because I’m a mom of two, my free time is laughable, and, well, all of that is a whole different topic for a whole different book. Anyway, that’s how 107 Things I Wish I Had Known with My First Baby was born.
If you’re expecting your first child (or know someone who is!), this is the book for you. And even if you’re expecting your second, check it out. 107 Things is packed with super practical tips. They’re also bite-sized, because let’s be honest: What new mom has the time to read a dense book?
My goal is for every new mom to have a copy of this little book. Why? Because there’s no reason you need to suffer through the hardships of the first three months of parenting and emerge with all sorts of war stories. Trust me: You’ll have plenty of those, regardless. These practical tips should be in your arsenal from the get-go so you can get to the business of parenting—and enjoying!—your newborn.
So, don’t wait for Baby #2 to do it better. Go ahead and make your life easier right now. Good luck, and Happy Parenting!
107 Things I Wish I Had Known with My First Baby: Essential Tips for the First 3 Months is available on Amazon, for download on Kindle and to order as a hard copy. Check it out, and let me know what you think!
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