It Could Happen to You: Diary Of A Pregnancy and Beyond

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Martha Brockenbrough's It Could Happen to You is a delightfully funny diary of the author's own pregnancy through the first year of her daughter's life. It is the perfect antidote to all of the patronizing, horribly dull pregnancy books, which are long on advice and short on laughs.It Could Happen to You began as a column Brockenbrough wrote for the Microsoft Network while she was pregnant. During its tenure on MSN, it was the most widely read column about pregnancy and motherhood on the Internet. It's easy to ...

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Overview

Martha Brockenbrough's It Could Happen to You is a delightfully funny diary of the author's own pregnancy through the first year of her daughter's life. It is the perfect antidote to all of the patronizing, horribly dull pregnancy books, which are long on advice and short on laughs.It Could Happen to You began as a column Brockenbrough wrote for the Microsoft Network while she was pregnant. During its tenure on MSN, it was the most widely read column about pregnancy and motherhood on the Internet. It's easy to see why. Brockenbrough's amusing approach to pregnancy and motherhood will strike a chord with experienced moms and the newly pregnant alike, who may wonder, as the author did, "Do I really have to wear maternity clothes?"Throughout the book, Brockenbrough shares her joys and her fears, and asks the questions every new mom wants to know, such as, "Why do old ladies keep telling me my baby is cold?" and shares the realization that "When you're a mother, your guilt light goes off the second you start doing something for you, instead of something for your child." A few not-to-be-missed chapters written by her husband, Adam, such as "A Guy's Guide to Baby Holding," provide a comical male perspective on the whole experience.Refreshingly honest and funny, It Could Happen to You is just right for bolstering the most important tool a new parent has-a sense of humor.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780740726859
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha Brockenbrough graduated from Stanford University with degrees in classics and English. At various times, she has worked as a high school teacher, a journalist, and a Web producer. Currently she keeps a weekly on-line journal of family life (http://marthabee.com/mommychronicles/default.shtml) with subscribers in over 16 countries. She also writes an educational humor column for the on-line encyclopedia Encarta. Martha lives in Seattle with her husband, Adam Berliant; daughter, Lucy; dog, Misty; and cats, Spot and Lily.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction: First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage xiii
Chapter 1 Before It Was Too Late 1
What Do Baby Chickens Eat? 1
Chapter 2 The First Trimester (Now It's Too Late) 5
Testing, Testing: One, Two, Three ... 5
Mom and Dad, I'm Not a Virgin 9
The Garfunkel Syndrome 12
The Worst Day, Ever 15
What's Happening to Me? 18
How to Tell Your Boss You're Pregnant 21
Be Still My Beating Heart 25
Chapter 3 The Second Trimester 28
This Is a Kick 28
The Awful Truth about Pregnancy 31
Talking about Sex with Strangers 35
The Name Game 39
The Dad-to-Be's Chapter 42
Finally! Some Good Advice 45
Maternity-Clothes-Minded 49
Chapter 4 The Third Trimester 53
Where Babies Come From 53
Everything a Baby Really Needs 57
Womb with a View 60
On Childbirth and Cheese-Steak 64
The Secret Fantasy of All Pregnant Women 68
Letters to a Baby on the Way 72
A Mother's Work Is Never Done 80
Momsomnia 83
Chapter 5 The Birthday 88
I Remember the Day You Were Born 89
Chapter 6 The Fourth Trimester 98
The Houseguest from Hell 98
Welcoming Wishes 102
Parentnoia 107
The Baby Boom 111
Naked Bliss 114
What's That Smell? 117
How to Dress a Baby 121
Dads Don't Mind (Another One by Adam) 125
Becoming a Mother 128
How to Change a Diaper 132
Mother Love 135
A Day in Cold Hell 138
A Taste of Baby Blues 141
Chapter 7 Good Times and Guilt 147
I've Found My Inner Martha 147
We're Bad Parents. Really Bad 153
Lucy in the Sky with Diapers 157
Uptown Girl 160
The Ever-Changing Baby Face 163
My Breast Friends 167
Solid Food, Solid Sleep 170
The Great Baby-Clothes Debate 175
Why I Quit My Job 181
Chapter 8 More Than We Can Chew 188
The Tooth Hurts 188
A Guy's Guide to Baby Holding 193
Back in the Running 197
Two Plus One Equals Enough 202
I Love Lucy and She Loves Me 206
Uncle 211
The Model Child 215
The Thing with Lucy's Mouth 218
Lucy on the Loose 222
The Myth of Mother Knows Best 227
Chapter 9 Getting a Life 231
The Leather Anniversary 231
How to Put a Baby to Sleep 236
The Age of the Cheerio 242
Pets vs. Babies 246
Lucy's First Word 249
Lucy Learns a Lesson 253
Was I Ready for This? 257
Clash of the Parents 263
Lucy Is One 267
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2005

    Excellent Book!

    I don't even have kids and this is by far one of the best books I have ever read. I loved it- in reading the book you feel as though you are involved in Martha's process of pregnancy and motherhood. Also her husband Adam writes a few chapters in the book, they are great as well! I hope to see more books written by her in the near future!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2004

    Excellent

    A must read for all who are expecting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2004

    YAWN

    Extremely mediocre and amaturish. A real pass.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2004

    Yawn?!

    Try...my mouth is open that wide because it is LAUGHING! Very funny, very personal, and throrougly entertaining, this book has been a winner for me and everyone I have given it to. The perfect shower gift--better yet, the perfect mother's day gift!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2004

    Ignore that one-star review...

    This book is very honest and funny -- a welcome antidote to the pounds of often-conflicting advice expecting parents get. It captures the insecurity and hilarity of first-time parenthood with honesty and humor. (And, as for that one-star review, would you really trust someone who can't spell 'amateurish'?)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2003

    Best pregnancy book EVER!

    This is the BEST book ever! I totally recommend it to pregnant women everywhere! It was great to read, and i could hardly put it down between scenes! thank you for writing it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2002

    It Could Happen to You: Diary Of A Pregnancy and Beyond

    Please look at the subject first, then read on. How I came about this was one day I was MSN homepage and saw it. I know I'm little young for this book, but who cares, also a learning experience as well. I'm glad someone wrote about this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2002

    It Could Happen to You: Diary Of A Pregnancy and Beyond

    Look at the subject first then read on. How I came about her,her collum is I saw it on MSN homepage and started read it. I know I'm little too young for this, but I don't care because I learnt a lot from this book. I'm glad someone had the guts to do this (first the internet then a book). Also the father wrote too. I feel this is a special time in anyones life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2002

    This Martha is for real...

    Martha's book is absolutely a one of a kind masterpiece. It is funny and poignant and the stories are everyday yet unique. She reads like she's your sister...everyone who has ever been pregnant, knows someone who is pregnant, wants to be pregnant, or just wants a great read should get this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2002

    This is the best thing since sliced bread!

    I loved reading each article that came via email. I will love reading each line in the book. Martha is funny to no extent. She says things I never had the courage to. Way to go Martha!!!

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