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Becoming a new mom is the most amazing event. This book celebrates the physical, emotional, and spiritual experience of having a child and creating a family. New and expectant moms will delight in these heartwarming, insightful, and humorous stories about raising babies and toddlers. This book is full of stories by other moms sharing the wonders of early motherhood, from waiting for the baby, whether through pregnancy, adoption, or surrogacy, to those early weeks and first few years, and everything in between!

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Five Tips for New Moms Who Are Bringing a Baby Home

Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms

By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Susan M. Heim

The hundreds of stories submitted for the new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms: 101 Inspirational Stories of Joy, Love, and Wonder, revealed that many women have fears of inadequacy when faced with the prospect of caring for a brand-new baby who’s entirely dependent on them for their needs. Following are some tips for making those first few months just a little bit easier:

1. Accept help. When Ronda Ross Taylor’s mom offered to help after the new baby arrived, Ronda confidently turned her down. She’d taught elementary school and babysat plenty of children. How difficult could a little baby be? After an exhausting night, Ronda realized that a grandmother’s arms — as well as her mom’s homemade chocolate cake — could work wonders for reinvigorating a new mom!

2. Lower your standards. The first time Erin Fuentes showed up at work with unmatched shoes, she knew that her life — and her expectations — had been permanently altered by the arrival of her little one. Now when she sees a fellow unkempt comrade doing battle with her baby in the frozen food section of the grocery store, she gives her a smile that universally signifies, "It’s going to be alright. I’ve been there, too."

3. Learn to accept unwanted advice. From the moment Melissa Face announced she was pregnant, she found that plenty of people, whom she dubbed the "pregnancy police," were more than willing to make her feel inadequate with unsolicited advice. But Melissa relaxed when she realized that her friends really did care for her. "After all," she noted, "it takes a village to raise a child, perhaps even to bring one to full term. And every village needs a police force."

4. Don’t make comparisons. Shelle Lenssen couldn’t help noticing the "perfect" mother and child in the grocery store. The other mom looked like she was ready for a magazine photo shoot, while her daughter could have starred in a baby commercial! Meanwhile, Shelle had dried spit-up on her jeans, and her baby girl’s runny nose was working overtime. But when Shelle caught a glimpse in the rearview mirror of her precious baby sleeping on the way home, she realized that, perfect or not, she was the luckiest mom in the world.

5. Savor the wonder. During the day, Mary Jo Marcellus Wyse’s son is a whirlwind of exhausting action. But at night when he sleeps, Mary Jo gets to hold him close, "breathing in his sweet milkiness, savoring this embrace." She doesn’t mind being wakened for his nightly feedings because she knows such nights are numbered. And so she treasures the sleepless nights "because holding him is delicious."

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