I have to admit, I’m a little bit of a sap. I love dramas, I married a singer/songwriter whose songs have often left me sobbing by myself in the car (especially this one), I’m a sucker for a good inspirational story and to be completely honest, crying makes me feel good (sometimes).
Like most new moms, I was a smidge emotional after having a baby. Who can blame you? It’s like a roller coaster ride and not to mention all the lack of sleep; It’s hardcore! To keep me awake while I nursed Gabriel, I kept books and magazines by my glider. Two books that I loved in particular were Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year by Anne Lamott and Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love by Matthew Logelin.
Operating Instructions was actually given to me by a girlfriend when we brought Gabriel home from the hospital. It’s a HILARIOUS recounting of a single woman’s first year with her son. She talks about the adjustments to her life and does so in such a fresh way. It really made me feel like I wasn’t alone in my experiences as a new mom.
Two Kisses for Maddy is a book I knew about because I’ve actually been reading the author’s blog for quite some time. The author is a single father whose wife passed away 27 hours after she gave birth to their daughter Madeline. Like Lamott, he recounts his first year with his baby and the challenges of that on top of mourning for his wife. This book left me in a heap of tears and love for my brand new family. I ran to Aidan and Gabriel several times while reading this, just to hug them.
It occurred to me after writing this post that these two books are very similar. Hmmm, I feel predictable. In any case, I loved them both.
P.S. I make no apologies for my shameless plug for my husband’s band. I’m his biggest fan.