Last October, I had the opportunity to attend the Allume Social blogging conference. I had such a wonderful time and the opportunity to connect with many bloggers I’d never met.
At dinner one evening, I ended up sitting beside Robin Kramer, a blogger and newly-published author. I wasn’t familiar with her blog, Pink Dryer Lint, but it’s definitely a fun read — especially since she has three daughters just like me!
We started talking about the new book she had just written on becoming a mom, and while I thought it was interesting and I definitely like to support new authors, I wasn’t sure about the topic. Honestly, I’ve read a ton of parenting books, and I wasn’t sure about reading yet another book on motherhood.
But I’m glad I did.
I had the opportunity to read the Kindle edition of Then I Became a Mother, and I actually read the whole thing one afternoon driving home from my in-laws (well, my husband was driving–and I was reading)! I just got so caught up in it, I couldn’t put it down.
Robin’s carefully-penned words captured the experience of new motherhood in a way I’ve never been able to convey–either in spoken or written words.
Reading this book took me back to those early days and all the challenges. The crazy hormones, the postpartum depression, the feeling that somehow I’d lost my identity, and the overwhelming love for those little babies entrusted to my care. I was reminded that all of the experiences I thought were unique to me really weren’t! They were actually part of the growth and process of becoming–of finding my way as a mom. I wish so much this book had been around when I was brand-new to this whole motherhood thing. I would’ve realized I was actually normal!
I’m in a different stage now. I don’t have the sleepless nights, milk-soaked shirts, and feelings of complete desperation (well…not quite as much) anymore. But I want to remember those early days, so I can encourage the new moms in my life. So much of what Robin wrote resonated with me. As moms, we really need to cheer each other on, provide support, and reassure each other that we’ll make it through!
You can find out more about the book in this video:
If you want to use the book in a book club or study group, you can find a discussion guide here.
Robin has generously offered three copies of her eBook for my readers. To enter, just follow the directions below! This giveaway will close February 19, 2013 at 10 PM CT.