Mum's the Word: The Sh*t Nobody Tells You about Parenthood Until It's Too Late - Rebecca Oxtoby
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The ultimate baby-shower gift for any expectant mum!
This is motherhood laid bare. No filters, no frills, and often, no f**king clue.
These are the hilarious, hidden tales about parenthood that InstaMums have cropped out for years: the leaking nipples, the sh*t-stained t-shirts and the truth about those bloody night feeds. These are the brilliantly funny and honest stories that every mother needs to hear - exposing the truth about parenthood.
Mum's the Word gives a refreshingly raw and candid insight into life with a newborn baby; uniting mothers against the Supermum pretence and acknowledging that we’re all just winging it anyway.
Rebecca’s dry and undeniably funny stories will test any mother's pelvic floor to the limit. So grab a Tena lady, latch on and take a seat.
Mum’s the Word is the latest release within a genre of increasingly-popular parenting memoirs, alongside Sarah Turner’s Unmumsy Mum, Sam Avery’s The Learner Parent and Giovanna Fletcher’s Happy Mum, Happy Baby. These highly-respected titles provide a welcome relief from the prescriptive, and often intimidating, traditional parenting manuals. Mum’s the Word complements this collection; this time providing a detailed focus on the bumpy ride from birth to age one.
The book provides a hilarious insight into the horrors of pre-partum perineal massage, losing every shred of dignity during birth, and the joy, fear, exhaustion and love that encompasses the transition to Mum.
Alongside the hilarity, Mum’s the Word provides a refreshing raw exposure to unfiltered motherhood. Unlike other memoirs of this kind, the book focuses specifically on the first year of parenting; and delves deep into the hidden world of Newmumdom.
An easily-accessible alphabet structure provides the format for the scores of true short stories. The quick-paced tales are kind to the target audience; a time-restricted mother who may dip in and out during feeds, though the all-too-relatable humour will keep the pages turning well after the baby has fallen back asleep.
The witty and often shocking #mumfails (of which there are many!) are interspersed with moving stories about grief and guilt.