What they didn’t tell me about marriage, motherhood, and having a baby
When should I start a family? Why do I want to become a mother? How will my life change after having a baby? It’s easy for questions like these to plague the mind of an already multi-tasking woman who just wants to shop for cute onesies.
In For All Maternity, Emily Pardy encourages readers to ask the hard questions while humorously sharing her own tumultuous journey into motherhood. From sitting awkwardly in marriage counseling to learning how to breast-pump in the middle of the workday, this bumpy road to motherhood encounters lessons about body image, boundaries, and belief in a God who is more trustworthy than any baby manual around.
Includes practical and witty advice on subjects like:
· Are we ready to start a family?
· The value of creating a Value System for our household
· To tell or not to tell
· Boy, oh boy, is that body a’changin’!
· Choosing a birth plan
· Expecting the unexpected
· The Unicorn Effect—the celebrity status of a pregnant woman
· Determining which postpartum feelings are normal
· To work or not to work
· How friendships change and mom-friends become a lifeline
· Never neglect your spiritual growth
· Making friends with your new body: a Jesus view
· The Selfish Scale
· How real is social media?
· Parenthood—the ultimate voyage!
· Remembering What’s-His-Name: Dating Again!
Pardy will have you laughing and crying as she makes crystal clear from her own experience that when you have a baby you give birth to a new marriage, a new home design, a new schedule—and last but not least—new friendships.
Emily Pardy is a thirty-something wife, mother of two, and full-time graduate student earning her Masters Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. She has written for Thriving Family magazine, ParentLife magazine, Venn magazine, MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) and MOPs UK websites. She runs pardymama.com where she blogs regularly about motherhood, marriage, and other mayhem. Raising two daughters has taught her more about God, priorities, and her own vulnerability than anything else in life. Addicted to strong coffee and good conversation, she writes from her own experiences, unashamedly pulling back the curtain to reveal her personal thoughts and struggles for others to glean from. When she's not writing, she loves baking bread from scratch and playing dress up with her daughters. Emily is thrilled to join the Mountainview Books family and share her heart with others. She lives with her husband and two girls in Nashville, Tennessee where they attend The Village Chapel. http://www.pardymama.com