I haven’t been here much this month but if you follow me on Instagram you may have run across a posting or two in my feed documenting the 3am and 4 am wake up calls that we’ve been experiencing.  We are rounding out the first year as new parents and this year has been riddled with almost no sleep. This past month breaking records and putting previous months to shame.  This year has also been riddled with meltdowns of the mommy variety.  Moments spent alone crying on the steps, in the shower, in the basement, in the attic and anywhere that I can get a moment by myself while I feebly attempt to collect my thoughts and regroup.

I have had moments of regret and guilt over the way I have reacted in the past year.  I have had moments of feeling helpless and alone.  I have felt like the mom’s group outcast because I couldn’t get my shit together in order to get out of the house on time to make a 9am playdate at the park.  Not once, not twice, three times a charm.  Then they booted me.   I have mostly felt alone and isolated in this parenting gig.  In the world of pinterest, instagram and facebook, it is hard to find full disclosure on what parenting is really like.

Thankfully I found The Mother of All Meltdowns, a collection of personal accounts on mama meltdowns from thirty fantastic bloggers.  They recount and share their personal meltdowns in all of their horrifying glory.  Mostly funny, sometimes sad but always relatable.

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The Mother of All Meltdowns has become my new travel companion, bedside reading, holy grail, revised bible…you get the picture.  While this book isn’t doling out wisdom on making sure my child is sleeping through the night, it sure is providing the gentle reassurance that every mother needs in knowing that they are not walking this path alone.  One of my favorite recollections was from the Tao of Poop, as Rachel retold of her meltdown at bedtime….the story of my life.

New mamas, old mamas, first time mamas, friends of mamas….this book is for you.  You can visit the website here to find out more about this clever book as well as find out more about the authors, events, blogs and current retailers to order from. I hope this book finds its way on to the holiday wish lists of mamas, the baby shower must have registries and the rejuvenation packages for the weary!

I hope you enjoy it!


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*disclosure: I have been provided with a copy of The Mother of All Meltdowns in exchange for a review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.



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28 Responses to “the mother of all meltdowns book review”

  1. Sounds like something I def have to read.
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  2. Ginny Marie says:

    That makes me so sad that your mom’s group booted you out! They of all people should understand! Both my daughters didn’t sleep through the night until they were about 18 months old. Maybe that’s not encouraging, but it does get better. I’m so glad that our book has helped, at least a little, to know you’re not alone!
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  3. Brittnei says:

    This book was fun to read! I did a review as well. :) I felt the same way about it. So sad to hear you were kicked out of a group for not getting there on time or was it late? Don’t moms cut each other more slack than that? I remember there were rules like that for some of the Meetup groups. Totally understandable I guess but definitely a turn off. Hang in there mama!
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    • superfreshbabypants says:

      hahaha….yeah, it was more of a rule thing. I had to commit to so many playdates to be accepted. I totally could not commit. Seriously, my kid and I are a hot mess in the morning after no sleep :)

  4. Michelle says:

    I can’t believe you were kicked out of a moms group for missing! I am so sorry…that is enough to make you feel isolated! But obviously as you know, there are lots of us out here doing the best that we can and sometimes that includes less than perfect moments! Thank you for the wonderful review!
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    • superfreshbabypants says:

      I do the best I can and most of the time that just feels half assed…haha….but it is still the best I can do at the time :)

  5. Tamara says:

    Thank you so much for reviewing our book! And I am so shocked that you got booted from a playdate at a park! It’s a public place! Who do they think they are?
    We wrote this book as a way to cut all new (and experienced) moms some slack.
    This journey is hard. You’re not alone!
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  6. I don’t know you, but I recognize your story. I’ve been there. This parenting thing can be hard. IT can be fun. It can bring you to your knees in tears. It can do all that in the span of an hour! I hope you continue to be comforted by the fact that you are not alone in the journey!
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    • superfreshbabypants says:

      it is comforting to know that I am not alone and that there are other mamas that have struggled too. Even though I know they exist sometimes it is so hard to find them :)

  7. Thank you for the great review. I know exactly where you’re coming from, I used to cry in the car.
    I don’t want to sound cliche and tell you it’ll get better, but I will say this, I sent my oldest off to college this year. It may not always seem like it, but you WILL survive.
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    • superfreshbabypants says:

      funny you say that because I read helicopter mom’s story in the book and cried. My son just turned one and I have been thinking lately how I tried to rush through the past year because it has been so difficult and lonely. Now, I look at him and am completely in awe that he is growing into a child already and is no longer a baby. I am trying to slow down and appreciate this thing called motherhood.

  8. So glad that you have found some comfort in our little book. It’s hard when you feel so isolated and alone, believe me, I get it. Many crying jags in the shower or after everyone else was asleep. Know that you are not alone!
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  9. Thank you so much for the great review! And for hosting MOAM. We are very appreciative. :)
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  10. Dana says:

    Thank you for the review! I’m sorry that you had a negative experience with your playgroup. I know that there are other moms out there who will a better fit for you and will not give you the boot for being late to a playdate – I hope you find them soon.
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  11. Oh mama!!! First of all, thanks for this great review! Secondly, and more importantly, I want to reach through the computer and give you a hug! (Is that weird?) I remember that first year and how isolated I felt. I am so sorry and I know it will get better for you!

    P.S. I cannot believe that mommy group booted you! Isn’t the point to be supportive?? Sounds like you can probably find a better group anyway!
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    • superfreshbabypants says:

      No love lost, trust me. I wasn’t part of the group yet since I couldn’t make the initial meet and greet! I need to hang out with the other moms who cry in the basement anyway :)

  12. They booted you from the mom’s group?! So not cool. Welcome to our group of real moms who melt down. Thanks for the great review. I’m glad our stories are making you feel less alone!
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    • superfreshbabypants says:

      I wasn’t really ever part of the group since I couldn’t get to the playdates…lol. No love lost there.

  13. Chris Carter says:

    You are NOT ALONE!!! I was a lonely MESS my first year of parenting! And I TOO couldn’t get my shit together to make those 9:00am play dates while other moms had done their 5:00am runs before and showered and looked amazing to boot. (So I hear)
    I was exhausted with a reflux colicky baby that cried all day and night and I never thought I was going to make it. Hang in there sweetie!! ANd please- KNOW that you are NOT alone!

    It gets better. Sleep deprivation can be sooooo hard. I know. In time, your head will clear and you will be able to get more air- and more sleep- and more life back into you. HOLD ON. ;)

    Thanks for such a lovely review!!! (I’m the cheese-less grilled cheese mama!)
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    • superfreshbabypants says:

      Thanks, mama! It is so nice to hear someone else can’t get their shit together. I look like a hotmess of a homeless person (no offense to anyone)every day….seriously.

  14. C. Lee Reed says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. Try to remember that every mother has guilt and parenting (thankfully) is a lifelong process. No one gets it right 100% of the time. Take all the time you need to get to that park…just think of the many mom’s that aren’t even there…better late than never!
    We appreciate you reviewing the book-glad you enjoyed it!
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