Sometimes, motherhood feels never-ending. A child is born, chaos ensues, and it seems like life will never return to normal.
In You Are a F*cking Awesome Mom, award-winning journalist and Instagram star Leslie Anne Bruce acknowledges that, yes, motherhood is a total mind f*ck-but then she offers the self-empowerment lessons new mothers need to get through the psychic upheaval and emerge stronger than ever. After childbirth, a woman's body, her relationships, and her very sense of self are tested like never before. Bruce encourages readers to look past the sugarcoated truisms about the miracles of child-rearing in order to embrace the real joys of motherhood, spit-up stains and all.
Loaded with unfettered support from a mom who has been through it all, You Are a F*cking Awesome Mom offers a lifeline of encouragement, inspiration, and community for the new mama who got a baby, lost her mind, and desperately wants to find herself again.
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Table of Contents
Letter to the Reader 1
1 Everyone Lied 7
2 The Birth of a Mother 17
3 You Were Not Prepared for This: The Postpartum Rite of Passage 31
4 But It Looks So Easy on Instagram 55
5 Things Might Suck for a While 67
6 Birds of a Feather Pee Their Pants Together: Finding Your Mom Tribe 85
7 You Won't Actually Get a Divorce (Probably) 97
8 There Is No / in Motherhood: Surrendering to Your Postpartum Identity Crisis 113
9 How You Feed Your Baby Is Not Up for Public Debate. Period. 125
10 When a Good Cry Becomes a Tsunami 143
11 Not Sleeping is the Enemy: Tools for Saving Your Sanity 159
12 "Lean In" to High-Waisted Denim: Learning to Love Your Mom Bod 177
13 Shame Over: Turning Off the Outside Noise 189
14 No, You Cannot Do It All: Rewiring How You Value Success 199
15 You're Not Causing Permanent Damage: The Daily Struggle with Mom Guilt 211
16 A Selfish Mom Is an Awesome Mom 223
17 Motherhood Doesn't Come with an Epidural 233