The Second Nine Months: One Woman Tells the Real Truth about Becoming a Mom. Finally.

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When her daughter Blair was born, Vicki Glembocki experienced the first blast of maternal bliss that she assumed would carry her through the next nine months of sleepless nights and all the challenges that come with a new baby. So why was the transition into motherhood so hard? Because no one told her the real deal about what lay ahead.

Finally, one mother gives the unvarnished truth about those first months, from the worry over whether you’re bonding, to the suspicion that ...

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Overview

When her daughter Blair was born, Vicki Glembocki experienced the first blast of maternal bliss that she assumed would carry her through the next nine months of sleepless nights and all the challenges that come with a new baby. So why was the transition into motherhood so hard? Because no one told her the real deal about what lay ahead.

Finally, one mother gives the unvarnished truth about those first months, from the worry over whether you’re bonding, to the suspicion that you’re the only woman on earth who lacks the “maternal gene.” Funny and brutally honest, Glembocki lets new moms know they’re not alone and reassures them that when someone coos, “Aren’t you just loving every minute?” it’s perfectly normal to think: “No, actually, I’m not!”

And you and your child will still turn out just fine.

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Mid-Ohio Valley Parent Magazine, 2/16/09
“This mom’s memoir shows a different side to the new mom—the mom who is exhausted, has an extremely fussy baby, who wonders if she made a mistake…It’s that kind of frankness that makes this book such a compelling read.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738212555
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 1/12/2009
  • Pages: 274
  • Sales rank: 1,029,856
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Vicki Glembocki is a columnist for Women’s Health and a writer-at-large at Philadelphia Magazine. She, her husband, Thad, and her two daughters live in southern New Jersey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2007

    It doesn't have to be like this

    The Second Nine Months was a huge disappointment to me. Rather than a humorous memoir, I found this book incredibly sad. While some mothers may be able to relate to the author's inability to bond with her baby, I really hope that they eventually discover that the reason is not because what they are experiencing is normal. To the contrary, 'normal' is not what caused Glembocki's problems. Epidurals, and whatever other hospital interventions she endured, are not normal isolating the baby in the nursery is not normal 'crying it out' is not normal etc. I hope that some day if she has more children the author will discover the joy in having a midwife having a natural, supported birth sleeping with and wearing her baby and all the other experiences that lead to bonding.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2009

    A must read for first-time moms

    This is a phenomenal book! It is witty and funny, and I could definitely relate to many of the author's experiences. This is a must-read for all first-time moms. Especially if motherhood is not turning out to be exactly what you expected!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2008

    Thank God for this book!

    I was running a 'simple' errand with my 3 week old baby at Barnes and Noble. My baby was screaming at the top of her lungs and all I could think was, 'What have I gotten myself into?'. Almost by accident I picked up this book. I cried all the way home in the car and then started reading this book as soon as I got a minute to myself. Within reading the first chapter I was laughing and crying and feeling better about all of those post-partum feelings I was having. It made me feel that I wasn't a bad mom and it is normal to have regrets and fears - not everything is rosy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2008

    Couldn't Put it DOWN

    This book was wonderful and funny. So much pressure is put on being the perfect mother, Vicki says it's ok to be you, to have feelings, and to not love every moment of motherhood. I feel that everyone should read this book!! Thanks Vicki

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

    REFRESHING!

    This book was wonderful I constantly laughed out loud! There is no other book out there like this that's so honest and tells it like it is in such a non threatening way. How refreshing to read a mommy book that doesn't tell you how you SHOULD be feeling and thinking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2008

    I LOVED IT!

    Exactly what I needed to re-assure me that I wasn't crazy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

    Telling it like it is

    As an obstetrician for 30+ years I have heard other women relate their frustrations after giving birth. The 'Second Nine Months' tells the story so well. Moms want it to be a bed of roses, but the thorns are often painfully real. The truth is that having a baby for the first time can be hard without a 'manual' or very supportive kin. Luckily, Vicki had Drew, her second child, and a 'normal' or perhaps a 'wiser' next nine months.'

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