August Contest – “The Survival Guide for Rookie Moms”


August Contest – “The Survival Guide for Rookie Moms”


The first year of motherhood can be so challenging.  It doesn’t matter how many books you read, how many health professionals you talk to, or how prepared you think you are.  There is always something that you missed.  Cue “The Survival Guide for Rookie Moms”. 

Authors Erica Wells and Lorraine Regel have put together a hilarious collection of real-life stories and tips from their blog that is sure to help you survive motherhood (or at least keep you laughing!)

Having a baby is easily the biggest lifestyle change I have experienced. It has been like entering a whole new world, without a map, guidebook or phrasebook. Luckily, after only a few weeks adrift in ‘Baby World’, I was lucky to find some fellow castaways and soon built up a lifesaving band of mommy friends. Chatting with this group I discovered a whole lot more truthful and helpful info than I did reading the typical baby book. The group was soon discussing the nitty-gritty about how difficult breastfeeding really is and how explosive baby poo can be; sharing tales of vaporised sex drives; admitting that it’s fairly common to pee your pants at this stage postpartum. Quite often it’s not an answer to a problem that brings relief, but simply knowing that what’s happening is normal; other moms have been there. It makes you feel a whole heap better to have a comrade and being able to laugh about your woes with other moms might just save your sanity.

So when fellow new mom Erica approached me suggesting we collaborate on a baby book, I immediately saw the chance to get these ‘no one told me’ topics out in the open. Why not make a practical, helpful and humorous survival guide covering the things no one else tells you?

The Survival Guide for Rookie Moms is a practical, visual and amusing book that is primarily a compilation of all the ‘I wish I had known’ comments from our mommy circles, bolstered with useful tips, expert advice and know-how. Through a humorous style and fun cartoon illustrations we hope to raise a smile from the reader even through the pain of chafed nipples; regardless of the fact that she can’t sit down except on a doughnut cushion; even when she hasn’t slept more than four hours in the last forty-eight.

Lorraine Regel

The Survival Guide for Rookie Moms We have 5 copies of , “The Survival Guide for Rookie Moms” to give away to 5 lucky moms (or dads!) across North America.  

HOW TO ENTER: All you need to do is answer a simple question about author Lorraine Regel and post your answer as a comment on this post.  Additional entries will be given for following The Survival Guide for Rookie Moms on Facebook (don’t forget to tell them we sent you) or for tweeting about the contest (be sure to use the hashtags #survival4moms and #mommyconnections so we can track your tweets).

Contest will run from August 1 until midnight August 31st 2011.

 Question:  Where was author Lorraine Regel born?

Hint – you can find the answer on their website –

The Survival Guide for Rookie Moms by Erica Wells and Lorraine Regel (John Wiley, Canada) spills the dark and dirty beans on what it’s really like to survive that first incredible year of motherhood – available now in book stores across Canada and the US, and online at , and

5 Responses to “August Contest – “The Survival Guide for Rookie Moms””

  1. Keri Debnam says:

    Essex, England

  2. Angela Murray says:

    Essex, England

  3. Carla says:

    Essex, England

  4. Kelly says:

    Essex, England. Following on FB & retweeted @raincityparent

  5. Catherine Thomas says:

    Essex, England

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