This was a special day for me, a break from the usual routine of scraping petrified Cheerios out of bowls and folding laundry. Today I had a real reason to take a shower and even style my hair -- to attend a book launch party hosted by The Today Show producers Mary Ann Zoellner and Alicia Ybarbo.
Their new book, Today's Moms: Essentials for Surviving Baby's First Year, is out and they wanted to celebrate with me and a roomful of other mom bloggers, yippee!
In the book, toddler moms Mary Ann and Alicia take a sensible and personal approach to everything first-time and even second-time moms need to know about breastfeeding, formula, sleep, gear, postpartum depression, financial planning, childcare and more.
Sure, we toddler mamas have gone through (and survived) much of the stuff covered in the book already. But it's still a good read if you're planning on Number 2 or 3 or 4, and the information is peppered with lots of personal stories, tips and reflections from notables like Kathie Lee Gifford, Matt Lauer and Al Roker that apply to moms of kids of all ages. Like this one from Meredith Viera, talking about sleep:
"I got into cleaning mode. I was vacuuming some stairs using a canister vacuum cleaner. The canister was on the top landing (there were five steps) and I was down at the bottom vacuuming the last stair. I must have pulled too hard on the hose because the canister came flying down the shtaircase and bonked me on the head. I ended the day with a visit to the hospital. Moral of the story: Don't do anything involving the stove or heavy equipment when you're sleep-deprived."
You can pick up a copy of Today's Moms for $11 at amazon.com.