Surprised by Motherhood

by Andrea Cooley

I have only been a mom for a little over a year and every day I learn something new. That's one of the many things I've been surprised by, along with how quickly Emerson's smile can melt my heart, his insatiable appetite for grapes, the number of dirty diapers one little person can have in a day, and how quickly he can go from all smiles to full-on tantrum. The list goes on and on! If I stop to think about it, it's pretty amazing how much one little person can impact your life!

Lisa-Jo Baker's book, Surprised by Motherhood comes out today and I think you're gonna like it. Actually, I dare you not to fall in love with Lisa's quirky, imperfect family! I love that she doesn't sugarcoat what it means to be a mom and she doesn't tell you how to get your baby on a sleep schedule or the best way to discipline your kids. Instead, she shares from her heart, and encourages moms everywhere to embrace the privilege and the calling of motherhood.

Surprised by Motherhood

I've only read the first three chapters, but I can already tell it's the kind of book you pick up to read a page or two of and end up reading the whole thing in one sitting. It would be a fantastic gift for both new moms and tired, burned out moms. Or a great Mother's Day gift (hint, hint, Adam!)

If you need more encouragement to get the book, check out her website, It has some great inspirational quotes and posters along with more recommendations AND a link to download the first 3 chapters for free!

So whether you still have the new-mom glow, are in the trenches of potty-training, tantrums, and answering "why?" hundreds of times a day, or somewhere in the middle, this book is a great reminder that moms are heroes and even when it feels like a thankless job, it's the most important job you'll ever have!

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  1. Totally going to download the first 3 chapters. I hate to admit, but I only buy books that I've already read and loved. My mom thinks this is weird, but this way I ensure I only have stuff taking up space that is worthwhile. I'll have to see if I can find this at a metro library!

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