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Mother’s Day Giveaways Update: I’m also giving away ten copies of my book, “Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding.” Click here to enter to win. PLUS…I’m giving away a Baby Enstein discover & play center by Graco. Click here to win. Now, back to the original post…
Hot off the press… I’ve got two new books for all you moms out there. The Rookie Mom’s Handbook and Margarita Mama: Mocktails for Moms-to-Be are both from my publisher, Quirk Books. In honor of Mother’s Day (May 11), I’m doing a series of contests for the next few weeks. So we’ll kick things off by giving away ten copies of each book. The authors themselves will be the judges and pick the winning entries. The deadline to enter is May 11.
First off, The Rookie Mom’s Handbook. Here’s what the publisher says:

Bookshelves abound with activity books for babies and toddlers, but The Rookie Mom’s Handbook is the first designed exclusively for first-time mothers. Here are 250 enjoyable activities to help rookie moms maintain their individuality and boost their confidence about leaving the house, socializing, and doing things they’ve always liked to do—either with or without baby. Inspired by the popular Web site, the book offers bite-sized activities arranged according to the baby’s age. Some are crafty, some are adventurous, and some simply help get a meal on the table.

To win a copy, leave a comment answering the following question: What was your biggest rookie mistake as a pregnant, or newly minted mom?

Now for Margarita Mama. The publisher says…
Margarita Mama offers a pitcherful of delicious “mocktails” designed specifically for moms-to-be. Every drink is 100 percent alcohol free. And they not only taste great, they also provide a healthful treat for both mom and baby! Recipes include twists on old favorites such as Mudslides, Mojitos, Cosmopolitans, and Mimosas, plus yummy new libations like the Materni-Tini, the Raging Hormone, and the Chocolate Crave.
To win a copy, leave a comment answering this question: What was the craziest craving you had when you were pregnant and how did you satisfy it?

15 Responses to “Book Giveaway– Leave A Comment to Enter To Win A Book”

Biggest rookie mistake: I got a new to me car and was taking my first outing with my 6-month old baby. In those days car seats had arms that hung over the seat. I had a 2-door car with a split front seat. I placed the baby seat on the passenger seat, strapped the baby in, and took off. As I slowed down at the first corner, the passenger seat and car seat flew forward into the dashboard. I was so rattled, I hit a parked car. Fortunately the baby was not hurt seriously. You can bet I never did that again.
Biggest craving: Fish & Chips from Arctic Circle. I had to have them almost every day. Even when labor started, I made my hubby stop at Arctic Circle on the way to the hospital and I ate my fish in the car.
I would love these books for my daughter-in-law who is pregnant with her first baby.

My biggest rookie mistake is a classic I am sure any mom of a little boy has made…. What am I going to do with a winkie?” I think I asked that 100 times the last 1/2 of my pregnancy. I soon found out. I made the mistake of changing my little guy slowly and took the chance of getting a diaper with ease. Before I knew what had happen, I had pee shot in my eye. (I had glasses on, no clue how he managed that one) Then rookie mom here decided to scream…in my mouth the pee went! NOW…I KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH A WINKIE!! FYI- my next baby boy never got me like that and never will.
My biggest craving and how I satisfied it…I had craved fruit, but I think the biggest fit I had with one was I wanted Iced Coffee Frappacino-like drink. Problem was I didn’t consume caffine and I had gestational diabetes. I went to a specialty coffee shop and had them make a custom-made drink. It was sugar free, caffine free, and the best tasting coffee drink I ever had. They even put a very small dollop of whip cream with cinnamon spice. YUM!
Two great questions. I look forward to everyone’s answers.

My biggest mistake while pregnant was buying tons of girls before finding out I was going to have a boy.
My biggest craving was pineapples, and pineapples, pineapples. Now, I can’t stand to look at pineapples. :)

Biggest mistake – not finishing the remodel on our old house BEFORE the first baby. Now four years and two kids later, I’m stuck in remodel land and miserable with it. No time, no money.
Biggest craving – with the first was oranges, crab and steamer clams. All day every day. Oh, and Dr. Pepper the last few weeks??? I was constantly looking for different places to get my seafood then we’d leave if they were actually out of the steamers that day.

When my son was three weeks old, I was so tired that one evening I brushed my teeth with diaper ointment (which came in a tube) instead of toothpaste and only noticed a while afterwards because my lips were white. And…I did it again a few weeks later.
I craved lemon juice with a little bit of water and without sugar.

My biggest mistake? Not doing more walking when I was in labor. I “didn’t feel like it” (uh.. no, really?) and that resulted in my getting sent home from the hospital in disgrace TWICE with 0 cm of dilation. If I do this again, I walk right away!!
Craving? Red wine. Particularly weird since I don’t really drink much anyway. I’m thinking it was more knowing that I couldn’t (shouldn’t) have any wine than actually craving the taste. Don’t worry, I didn’t succumb to the craving!

biggest rookie mistake: I would say not taking folks up on their offers to help out, or not speaking up more on the train when i was 8 months pregnant and people wouldn’t get up.
Biggest craving: I took the train the entire time i was pregnant,it was during all of the sweaty months. people would have this oniony body odor that would make me want chicken soup and lobster bisque. Gross in retrospect yes but I would stop at nothing to get these two soups!

My biggest rookie mistake was putting carrier into the car without the baby being buckled. We had been somewhere and I unbuckled her and never buckled it back up. When I went to get her out and saw that I felt like the worst mom in the world.
My biggest craving were those red, white and blue popsicles which isn’t weird in and of itself but this was January! I sent Hubby to the local gas station every night to get them!

My biggest rookie mom mistake was comparing my baby to other babies too much. It is hard not to compare but it just made me worry if my baby wasn’t doing something someone else was at the same age.
My biggest craving was red meat which I don’t usually like. I had a lot of sloppy joes and burgers.

Biggest Rookie Mistake: Telling everyone when I was pregnant “I’d never let my child…” I’ve had to eat ALOT of crow! LOL!
Strangest Craving: FISH!!! I have ALWAYS hated all fish and seafood. The smell alone makes me nauseous, but for some reason when I was preggo with my first, I craved it SO BAD! I still couldn’t get past the mental part of actually allowing myself to eat it, but I would go to fast food places, order a fish sandwich and just smell it! WIERDO! ;-)

My biggest (or um, grossest) mistake as a pregnant mom was not realizing I could no longer overeat. I used to LOVE Fuddrucker’s, and one day after the morning sickness had subsided (I was sick the first half of my pregnancy) I asked my husband to take me there. After consuming my burger and wayyy too many potato wedges with cheese, we got in the car to leave and the baby was crowding my stomach. I told my husband to stay in the right lane in case we had to pull over, but did he listen? We were in the left lane about to turn when it hit me. “Jordan. PULL! OVER!” It was dark, and he couldn’t find the parking lot, so I ended up puking in the middle of the front lawn of a church. I felt terrible about it, but at least they weren’t having a service that night!
And my craziest craving was for tons and tons of strawberries. It was an expensive craving, because this was not during strawberry season and I could eat half a pound of them in one sitting.

My biggest mistake was putting the baby in bed with me when I wasn’t really awake. Bonk! I didn’t make that mistake again!
(I’ve loved the Rookie Moms forever!)

My biggest mistake was not getting help sooner when breastfeeding wasn’t going well. My daughter lost too much weight because she wasn’t latching on right and I then spent the next two weeks seeing a lactation consultant frequently to get her back on track and get my supply back up. I knew it would be hard, but it was a lot of work. I ended up breastfeeding successfully for 11 months while working full time, though! :)
Biggest craving: I craved Margaritas!! My husband was so sweet and helped me out by making me some delicious “virgin” ones. They tasted pretty good!!

My husband and I were living in Scotland during the first 13 weeks of my pregnancy. Scottish food is very…heavy. I was so nauseous…all day…every day. The only thing I wanted was cheese. Grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese…cheese!

biggest mistake i guess was picking my little one every time he cried..then he demanded
my craving was for honey…but i was lucky .a very elderly neighbor had his own bee hives,when he found out i was craving it ,he brought me a fresh quart every week!! i still remeber that fondly 28 years later…and by the way,what is my 28 year old’s fav thing to eat??HONEY,,,LOL

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