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Winners of the Book “The Rookie Mom’s Handbook”

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Thanks to everyone who sent in their “rookie mom” mistakes for the Mother’s Day Contest here. Boy have we all done some pretty funny things! And below you’ll find the ten winners of the new book “The Rookie Mom’s Handbook.” The authors themselves picked their favorite entries. Let me know if you’re on the list!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Danielle S.:
Biggest Rookie Mistake: Telling everyone when I was pregnant “I’d never let my child…” I’ve had to eat ALOT of crow! LOL!
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!
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! :)

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