Babies Don't Make Small Talk (So Why Should I?): The Introvert's Guide to Surviving Parenthood

Babies Don't Make Small Talk (So Why Should I?): The Introvert's Guide to Surviving Parenthood

by Julie Vick
Babies Don't Make Small Talk (So Why Should I?): The Introvert's Guide to Surviving Parenthood

Babies Don't Make Small Talk (So Why Should I?): The Introvert's Guide to Surviving Parenthood

by Julie Vick

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Overview

A baby can be a good excuse to skip a party, but . . . goodbye alone time, hello awkward new social obligations.

All parents want the same things: to balance work and home life, to raise happy kids, to never attend a baby drumming class, and to build a secret room in their home where they can hide (preferably not the bathroom). Yes, an introverted parent would more keenly want to be free of the slew of attention and expectations that accompany both pregnancy and parenthood, but even the most outgoing person is sure to reach their limit eventually. Here, with laugh-out-loud humor and well-earned experience, Julie Vick offers coping mechanisms for everything from sharing the news that you are becoming a parent to the moment the baby is born (one way or another, it will happen), from managing doctor’s visits to handling playdates. She offers advice on finding childcare and ignoring the nursing versus formula conversation with strangers. Witty yet valuable, her tips, checklists, and the occasional chart focus on the time from pregnancy through preschool.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682686553
Publisher: Countryman Press, The
Publication date: 08/10/2021
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,110,534
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Julie Vick, a lifelong introvert, is a parent of two young children. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Parents, and elsewhere. An English instructor at the University of Colorado Denver, Vick lives near Boulder, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part 1 Your Last Tastes of Freedom

1 To Have or Not to Have a Kid 3

2 Pregnancy: When a Baby Is Going to Come Out of Your Body (One Way or Another) 10

3 Expecting Another Way 24

4 Sharing the News 28

5 Panic! at the Baby Shower 34

6 If You Overthink Things and You Know It: Selecting a Baby Name 41

Part 2 Surviving the First Year

7 Showtime: The Birth 51

8 Social Overload: Managing Well-Meaning Friends and Family 59

9 Nourishment with a Dash of Judgement: Feeding Your Baby 65

10 Not Even Alone in Your Sleep: Managing Lack of Sleep 70

11 Information Overload: Dealing with Social Media and Conflicting Advice 76

12 I Might Actually Be Here to Make Friends: Finding Parent Friends 81

13 Securing Your Alone Time: Selecting Childcare 90

14 Required Outings: Managing Doctor Visits 99

15 How to Deal with Never Being Alone 104

16 The Days Are Long, but the Baby Classes Are Longer: Surviving Parent-Child Classes 111

17 Birthday Parties: Throwing Them 115

Part 3 Welcome to Toddlerville

18 Forced Socialization: Playdates 121

19 Attending Kids' Birthday Parties 127

20 All Eyes on You: Public Tantrums 133

21 Kids Are Loud: Trying to Find Your Quiet 139

22 Bedtime Struggles 144

23 The Great Outdoors: How to Survive the Playground 149

24 Food Fights: Eating Out with Your Toddler 155

25 I Need You! Dealing with Constant Interruptions 162

26 Babes in Travel Land: Traveling with Young Kids 166

27 Welcome to the Jungle: Starting Preschool 173

28 The More the Scarier: Expecting Another Child 178

29 Reflection Time 182

Acknowledgments 188

Index 189

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