With every step we mothers take these days, we are aware that there is only one right and true path that we should follow, a "better" way to feed our baby, a "best" birth. But a birth isn't best unless it's vaginal and drug-free. Breastfeeding isn't really successful unless we do it exclusively and for a full year. (Not for one day more than a year, though; then you're a hippie freak.) - Amy Wilson, When Did I Get Like This?
I read this excerpt on my way to New Orleans a couple weeks ago and SO BADLY wanted to tweet about it, email a friend, and maybe even write a blog post but I was all on an airplane and stuff.
When I met up with Amy in New Orleans a few hours later, we sat on a couch and I gushed about her book. Then I said, So, I'm the hippie freak.
(Eff Why Eye: Ivy [2 yrs 8 months] hasn't nursed since Friday. It's all been quite casual, although my body is confused and now I look and feel six months pregnant. Which is so not fun when you aren't six months pregnant- or any pregnant.)
But I get it. You get it. We all get it. And that is how I feel about every part of Amy's book. (It's not all about breastfeeding by the way.)
It is so much of what Listen To Your Mother is about for me- the real-ness. The honest to goodness TRUTH. What we're really thinking. Not all the horror stories about new parenthood and not all the pretty roses either. It's the parts that actually glue this life together, that is the filling to the bad and good times. The things that we might not remember every detail about but that are woven in the cloth that becomes the skin we wear. No need to remember because it's just familiar. It's just something we know.
Think about when you read something and you're like, oh my gosh, I feel the exact same way and didn't even realize it, or know how to even express it, but there she did. Yes. That.
Win! I've given away all my copies of this book- including the very one I was reading on the plane (I gave it to the girl sitting next to me!), that is how much I want to share it.
And of course I am giving another copy (signed by Amy!) away to one commenter here. I do hope you love it as much as I do. All you have to do is leave one comment. For fun, mention something about motherhood that you feel like we've been taught to see as a fail, but is actually real, and works for you. Or any ol' comment will do.
Like When Did I Get Like This on facebook
Follow Amy Wilson on Twitter (you won't regret it)
Buy copies of her book for all the moms and dads you know
ed: I guess it would help if I put an end date to this giveaway! I'll choose one comment at random after 11:59pm Friday May 6.