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

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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 ...

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Overview

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: ________).

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761128601
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/4/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 191,366
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia L. Copeland is the author of more than 25 books, including Workman’s The Diaper Diaries and Really Important Stuff My Kids Have Taught Me. Ms. Copeland lives in Keene, New Hampshire.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2009

    Funniest Book

    This is one of the funniest books every. I usually give this as a gift when I find out someone is expecting. I think the book is funnier yet if you read it after you have childeren.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2005

    A MUCH NEEDED (BABY) BELLY LAUGH!!!

    On a random browse, I found this book and picked it up out of sheer curiosity while bouncing the stroller with my 5-week old son in it to keep him from crying ... and began reading, then laughing, then crying MYSELF from laughing so hard! This book is by far one of the BEST new mommy books I have ever read. Sure, there are practical tidbits of information, but the best part is how Ms. Copeland allows us to laugh at the reality of all the 'poop' of new parenthood! The illustrations just add to the hilarity of it all ... a MUST read for any new mom (or dad, grandpa, grandma, etc.) who needs a good laugh to help get rid of that baby belly!

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