Situation Momedy

Situation Momedy

A First-time Mom's Guide to Laughing your Way Through Pregnancy & Year One

Book - 2015
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"While preparing to give birth to her first daughter, actress Jenna Von Oy, well-known for her roles as Six on Blossom and Stevie on The Parkers, discovered that the market was filled with clinical guides to pregnancy and beyond. Though they had their merits, she craved a best friend's guide. one that didn't sugarcoat reality but still offered relatable and heartfelt reassurance. Thus, Situation Momedy: A First-Time Mom's Guide to Laughing Your Way through Pregnancy & Year One was born. Jenna brings readers a lighthearted and comedic look at pregnancy and the first year of motherhood, highlighting major mommy milestones with chapters like "Houston, We Have a Pregnancy," "This Is Your Brain on Baby," "Bringing Sexy Back," and "All's Fair in Love and Mommy Wars." "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Aurora, IL : Medallion Press, Inc., 2015
ISBN: 9781605426587
160542658X
Branch Call Number: 618.2 VonO
Characteristics: 463 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Houston, We Have a Pregnancy!
Wacky Pregnancy Ailments
This Is Your Brain on Baby
I Dream of Diaper Genies
Everyone Needs a Pregame "Prep" Talk
Father Knows Best, but First He Needs to Be Schooled!
Anatomy of a Hospital Experience
Bungling Your Way Back to the Bungalow
Welcome to the Doghouse
Driving around the Mommy Learning Curve
The "Breastaurant" Is Open for Business
Survival of the Fittest: Losing Your Pregnancy Weight without Losing Your Sanity
Shot through the Heart and Germs Are to Blame Bringing Sexy Back
Whining and Dining: Adventures with Separation Anxiety and Teething
Cruisin' for a Bruisin'
And Other Mobility Melodrama
Chatting, Chowing Down, and Chasing Mr. Sandman
Supermom Has Left the Building
All's Fair in Love and Mommy Wars
Mommy Me-Time: The Management, the Myth, the Legend
Sisterhood of the Traveling Motherhood
All You Need Is Love

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Jan 23, 2016

I'll admit to a little trepidation going into this one; celebrity authors can be hit or miss. Let me tell you: Jenna Von Oy is a HIT! This was a total page-turner for me, and I literally laughed out loud at parts.

In each chapter, Von Oy relays a brief story from her teen years, then relates it to a situation in her current mommy-mode, then reassures other about-to-be- or new-moms. She doesn't sugarcoat the fact that she had a very different young adult life, due to her fame on Blossom and then The Parkers, but she still manages to come across as very down-to-earth. By the end of the book, I was really wanting to have coffee (decaf, of course) with her!

The book was good right from the start, but I fell head-over-heels in love with it when she said early on that it's absolutely ok and normal to be amazed at the miracle of pregnancy... and also to admit that it's incredibly uncomfortable at times. She suffered from morning sickness like I did, and then admits to beached-whale feeling during the 3rd trimester (I feel like I'm approaching that). She even shared a picture in the book of her stranded on the couch with an especially bad day of morning sickness. That's brave! Hubby would've suffered my wrath if he'd tried to photograph me on a day like that!

Von Oy makes it very clear that she's not an expert or a pediatrician or a lifestyle coach; she's just a mom willing to share her journey so that we can all laugh together. She shares her choices for her kids, and also reassures that other choices are just as good; it's just what works for you and your family. (For example, she breastfeeds, but she acknowledges that's not always feasible or possible. No shame in formula.)

Overall, I think I would sum this book up in two words: "reassuring" and "humorous." I read the other pregnancy books. You know, the ones that say that if you don't eat kale every day your baby won't have full brain development or something like that. And I've read the other other pregnancy books that over-share on gross delivery-room tales. *wince* This one falls solidly in the middle, making it the Goldilocks of pregnancy/new-mom books that I've read so far.

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