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The Diaper Diaries: The Real Poop on a New Mom's First Year
     

The Diaper Diaries: The Real Poop on a New Mom's First Year

by Cynthia L. Copeland
 

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She's hilarious. She's also wise and full of empathy. And she helps new mothers maintain the one thing they can't survive without-a sense of humor. Cynthia Copeland, a mother of three (and author of Really Important Stuff My Kids Have Taught Me, with 325,000 copies in print), knows the real poop-figuratively and literally-on being a new mother, and she has

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She's hilarious. She's also wise and full of empathy. And she helps new mothers maintain the one thing they can't survive without-a sense of humor. Cynthia Copeland, a mother of three (and author of Really Important Stuff My Kids Have Taught Me, with 325,000 copies in print), knows the real poop-figuratively and literally-on being a new mother, and she has the wit, skill, and generosity to share it.

Illustrated throughout with the author's wonderful cartoons, The Diaper Diaries chronicles the first year of motherhood, from the hospital stay (nominees for the world's worst labor coach anyone?) to baby's first birthday and contemplating the unimaginable-having another. There are lists, quizzes, timelines, charts, and real-life stories. Birth announcement faux pas. Names and nicknames and what they really mean. Pacifier tales. A guide to Nana-speak. How a 4-mile car trip can take 2 hours. Why it's impossible to get to work without finding spit-up or rice cereal somewhere on your clothing. Ten reasons to be happy you're up at 3:15 a.m.

And, with Mr. Phrenology-like illustrations, a section on the new mother's brain before and after baby, featuring: The Travel Section (Then: How to flirt your way into first class. Now: How to sweet talk your jogging stroller onto the plane), The Television Section (Then: How to tell Carrie from Samantha from Miranda from Charlotte. Now: How to tell Laa-Laa from Po from Dipsy from Tinky Winky), and The Sex Section (Then: Exact location of G-spot. Now: ________).

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
When a book opens with "Congratulations! You made a new person!" you are almost certain that it won't provide a way out of the trials and tribulations of the first year of motherhood, but it may make you feel better. Light, jovial, and quite amusing, this book aims to make the new mom laugh (not cry) at her own inability to tackle ten things at once. Copeland (Really Important Stuff My Kids Have Taught Me) offers no real wisdom here, but she does offer plenty of humor, with a small but healthy dose of irony. The real "poop" is that there really is no chance you'll be sleeping through the night when your baby hasn't started crawling yet-you will be lucky to be awakened only once or twice. But there are ten great things one can do with the baby at 2:15 a.m. (e.g., "You can call your friends who live in different time zones"). The elaborate illustrations and cartoonlike drawings are evocative enough to stand alone without the captions. Stick this into a gift basket that you are putting together for your friend's baby shower, but don't order for your library. This fluff is not designed to stand up to heavy circulation, and it invites patrons to pencil in.-Mirela Roncevic Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761128601
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/04/2003
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
218,216
Product dimensions:
7.52(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.76(d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Copeland is the author of the instant bestseller Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me and more than 25 other books, including The Diaper Diaries. Her books have sold more than a million copies and have been featured on Good Morning America, selected for Oprah’s “O List” in O Magazine, recommended by Ann Landers, and featured in Family Circle. Ms. Copeland lives in Keene, New Hampshire.


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