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.
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!
*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.