Instant Mom

Instant Mom

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by Nia Vardalos
     
 

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"Some families are created in different ways but are still, in every way, a family."

Writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Nia Vardalos firmly believed she was supposed to be a mom, but Mother Nature and modern medicine had put her in a headlock. So she made a choice that shocked friends, family, and even herself: with only fourteen

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"Some families are created in different ways but are still, in every way, a family."

Writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Nia Vardalos firmly believed she was supposed to be a mom, but Mother Nature and modern medicine had put her in a headlock. So she made a choice that shocked friends, family, and even herself: with only fourteen hours' notice, she adopted a preschooler.

Instant Mom is Vardalos's poignant and hilarious true chronicle of trying to become a mother while fielding nosy "frenemies" and Hollywood reporters asking, "Any baby news?" With genuine and frank honesty, she describes how she and husband Ian Gomez eventually found their daughter . . . and what happened next. Vardalos explores innovative ways to conquer the challenges all new moms face, from sleep to personal grooming, and learns that whether via biology, relationship, or adoption—motherhood comes in many forms.

The book includes laugh-out-loud behind the scenes Hollywood anecdotes, plus an Appendix on how to adopt worldwide. Vardalos will donate proceeds from the book sales to charities.

Vardalos candidly shares her instant motherhood story that is relatable for all new moms (and dads!)

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times’ Motherlode Blog
“If you have ever considered bringing a child who isn’t an infant into your family, it’s the book you’ll want to read. And if you just enjoy a good, honest memoir, it’s the book for you, too.”
Jewel
“Funny, smart,and full of grounded wisdom that shines much-needed light on adoption I couldn’t stop reading this hilarious and gripping rollercoaster of a story. Nia is an authentic, rocking female role model in so many ways...and being an instant mom is just one of them.”
Rachel Dratch
“I expected to laugh. I didn’t expect to cry. And I certainly didn’t expect to laugh and cry on the same page. Instant Mom is for anyone whose life plan didn’t follow the path they anticipated, and shows us that unexpected obstacles can lead to beautiful rewards.”
Kristin Chenoweth
An instant classic. Refreshingly candid for all parents-plus anyone considering adoption.(I was adopted!) We know Nia is many things: writer, actress, director, musical theaterlover! Here, though, you learn she is a mom first. Pure, beautiful honesty.”
Booklist
“Readers can feel the tension between desire to share her joy and good fortune and wish to maintain her child’s privacy. Vardalos offers candor, humor, and poignancy in her account of adoption and parenthood as she pokes fun at parenting memoirs but delivers on emotional impact.”
Kirkus Reviews
A humorous celebrity parenting story. Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, etc.) had a successful career writing and acting in films, a loving husband, a close-knit family and good friends, but she was missing one thing many women find impossible to live without: a child. Years of fertility treatments left her exhausted and distressed--until she decided to investigate the "fost-adopt" system: the option to adopt a child in the U.S. foster-care program. Within hours of a match, the inexperienced author found herself the mother of a nontalking toddler. "Of course there isn't a baby shower," she writes. "It's not just that there isn't time for one, it's because I hate them. I have left one too many stuffy houses on a Sunday afternoon with a throatful of egg salad and an empty aching uterus to inflict this same abuse on others." Suddenly, Vardalos' life was turned upside down as she learned to navigate the laugh-out-loud and painful-in-the-shins moments of raising a scared 3-year-old child. The author holds nothing back as she chronicles the years leading up to the adoption, and she recounts the minute details of the first year of life as a mother, as her daughter began to learn how to love and trust her new surroundings. Vardalos provides solid information on the foster-care system and includes an appendix of questions and answers on all types of adoption. Parents will relate but may find the situation too similar to their own child-rearing adventures to consider the author's experiences unique. A heartwarming tale of adoption and unconditional love.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062231857
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
108,691
File size:
1 MB

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Instant Mom


By Nia Vardalos

HarperCollins Publishers

Copyright © 2013 Nia Vardalos
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-06-223183-3


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CHAPTER 1

It's late 2008 and I'm lying on the couch at my home, holding my three-year-old daughter as she cries. We're both gasping for breath.

Just a minute ago, I was standing in the kitchen as she walked by, sucking on a hard candy. She was happily jumping on the couch, when she suddenly grabbed her neck and looked at me. The candy had lodged in her throat. She tried to swallow it. She couldn't breathe. She was white.

Being a parent requires courage and, unfortunately, I'm a bit of a sucky 'fraidy-cat'. I sleep with a light on. I get out of an elevator if I'm alone when a man gets in. I never walk down back alleys. But in that moment, like anyone would, I ran toward my daughter. I knew exactly what to do, because to adopt, you have to take a first aid course. I knew not to put a finger in her throat and push that candy even farther in. I knew not to touch any part of her neck. I knew not to panic. I just grabbed my daughter, turned her upside down, and jumped — and finally that candy fell out.

She breathed. She cried. She was okay.

Now, as I am lying on this couch, holding her against my body, we both breathe in. And out. I try to relax so she'll feel soothed, comforted, and safe. I try to think of what else I should do now. I don't know. I wonder if the feeling of being an adult, being a grown up will ever come naturally to me.

I love being in charge. I am completely comfortable whether I'm throwing a giant dinner party or directing a micro-budget independent film. I don't get stressed and I don't yell. I like to calmly problem-solve and enjoy getting things done. However, as a grown up in sophisticated situations, I am not completely at ease. In scenarios that require decorum and restraint, I usually want to make a fart joke and run. But, as a mom, I try to act like an adult, especially at this moment. Tight against each other, my daughter and I eventually calm down, now listening to our hearts beating. We are very still. I realize this is what it might have felt like if I'd grown her inside me. She would have heard my heart beating; I would have felt her move. Instead, I met my daughter just recently. I've only been her mom for a few months. The adoption isn't even finalized. Anyone who ever wondered how much they could love a child who did not spring from their own loins, know this: it is the same. The feeling of love is so profound, it's incredible and surprising. I love my daughter so much I want to carry her around in my mouth.

As I'm holding her now, I am in an emotional place I'm not used to. I feel content.

This is new. It's not at all how I felt for a very long time. For years, I felt exactly the opposite.
(Continues...)


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Jewel

“Funny, smart,and full of grounded wisdom that shines much-needed light on adoption I couldn’t stop reading this hilarious and gripping rollercoaster of a story. Nia is an authentic, rocking female role model in so many ways...and being an instant mom is just one of them.”

Rachel Dratch

“I expected to laugh. I didn’t expect to cry. And I certainly didn’t expect to laugh and cry on the same page. Instant Mom is for anyone whose life plan didn’t follow the path they anticipated, and shows us that unexpected obstacles can lead to beautiful rewards.”

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