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I've been looking for an opportunity to have both a guest post and giveaway on the site.
We have another giveaway coming up shortly, but I'm especially excited to combine both of those features into one mega-blog posting.
I'll have the guest post up first, and then scroll to the bottom once you're done reading to hear about the giveaway details :)
Today's guest post comes from a working mother who is also an author.
I would love to know how she has time to come across both of those titles.
My titles range from...working mother & someone who remembers to shower (sometimes).
To...working mother & professional frozen food heater-upper.
To...working mother & semi-sane woman.
Working mother & author is pretty much beyond my abilities.
So I'm super excited to introduce you to Y.N. Farkas.
She writes hilarious books that have beautiful illustrations and rhyming (so your little ones will enjoy them) but are all about the in and out daily humor in being a busy mom.
I was able to read a pre-view of both of her new books and they are, in one word, perfect.
I loved reading about "real life" scenarios.
Both books are available starting TODAY via amazon.com
And here's our post from the author:
Guest Post Topic: Encouragement for Working Moms
My Breast Pump Is My Best Friend: Encouragement for Working Moms
Sometimes I speak to my breast pump. Think that’s weird enough? Often times it talks back.
No, I’m not talking about hallucinations or drunken visions...I’m talking about good ol’ sober heart to hearts with my breast pump in my office (with the door locked and no chance of anyone walking in, obviously).
I guess as a mother of three that’s trying to juggle a thriving profession as an executive in a large non-profit organization, the school lunch schedule, bedtime, and nursing, the only time I really have to myself is when I’m pumping. And I appreciate that time dearly.
As I hold the two pumps to my breast, put all of the paperwork aside, shut off my cell phone, and sit back for a few minutes of relaxation, often I feel (inspired to ‘moo’ out loud and laugh hysterically...but that’s for a different time) driven to talk out loud about my day, my thoughts, and my fears.
As I divulge my deepest secrets, my reliable sidekick of a breast pump always answers me so obediently, in a faithful, understanding tone. ‘Amen... Amen... Amen...’ I hear my breast pump saying.
Well, maybe it’s just the noise that all breast pumps make while they’re on, but to me it sounds like music to my ears. Support. Love. Encouragement. Ah, what else can a working mother ask for?
Perhaps that is why last week when my seven year old daughter told me all about about her best friends in first grade, when I took a moment to think about who my best friends are, the answer that came to mind were my husband and my breast pump.
Yeah, it’s true...they both rock and I can’t imagine living life without either one of them because both my breast pump and my awesome husband remind me of the same thing; despite my imperfections, I’m a super woman holding down the fort. They quiet my deepest insecurities, and convince me that I’m an awesome momma, even though I work.
You see, I love my kids more than anything in the world. In my vision of utopia, I am hiking all day in open meadows with my three little angels, just smelling the flowers, collecting acorns, and laughing as we roll in the grass. In my dreams I’m home every night for bedtime, pick my kids up from school early to go eat ice cream, and keep my babies at home with me until kindergarten.
Wow, my milk is coming in just thinking about the theoretical reality of my utopian dreams.
But the truth is that I don’t live in utopia and I’m awoken from my dreams by little cuties jumping on my head at around 5:00am. The truth is that often times my mornings are spent rushing to get all three kids dressed, fed, and out the door so that I’m not late to work, as my one and half year old follows my around the house, grabbing for my chest, adorably whining ‘nurse! Nurse!’ The truth is that I haven’t stayed home full time with any of my kids, past the age of three months.
Yet despite all of this, the TRUTH is that I’m an awesome, loving mother that is doing the best I can. And every three hours, when I put the hecticness of work on the side and pull out my breast pump to produce for my little sweety the milk that she loves best, I’m reminded of this fact:
I. Freaking. Rock.
And often, my breast pump will even confirm this by answering ‘Amen’.
About the author:
Y.N. Farkas is the author of the newly-released “Baby Oh Baby” book series, a comedic, illustrated series for parents, highlighting the many joys and challenges of life as a working mom. Follow these parents as they deal with the many humorous and sometimes embarrassing moments of parenthood – from dad’s entire day on his own with the kids in “It’s Daddy’s Day,” to the giggles, spills, and literally “sucky” life of a pumping mom in “The Places I’ve Pumped.”
In addition to her “mom” duties to three cuties under the age of seven, Farkas is the senior vice president of a large non-profit. She relies on her awesome sidekick husband of eight years to help her juggle it all, and has gained enormous respect and awe for single mothers (she often wonders, how the heck do they do it?!?). She considers her greatest feat naturally delivering a 9 ½ pound baby. She has (somewhat hesitantly) chosen the path of breastfeeding, co-sleeping, snuggling,a
and working 10-hour workdays. She feels blessed to have the best of both worlds, and relies on her Jewish faith to keep her strong and going. Farkas’ hobbies consist of doing the laundry, mopping the floor, changing dirty diapers, and cooking healthy meals for her family. She plans on practicing yoga and planting a garden upon retirement.
Self, I'd really like to own one of those hilarious books that YN Farkas wrote.
Well, you're in luck!
YN Farkas is giving away one of her awesomely hilarious books to one, lucky, The Adventures of Baby MD reader.
Here's how it's going to work....we're taking this shit to Facebook.
I've noticed something interesting with The Adventures of Baby MD facebook page.
See, when you start an "organization" page on Facebook, it tracks a LOT of information for you.
What I've noticed through this tracking process is that HUNDREDS of people are constantly coming back and viewing the info on the page daily, but we're not getting very many "likes".
So we're going to encourage people to come out of the shadows and publicly display their "like" of The Adventures of Baby MD.
Here's what I need YOU to do in order to win.
1) You need to "Like" The Adventures of Baby MD on Facebook
(Here's the link to our page)
2) You need to comment on the Facebook post of this blog.
(So when you go on The Adventures of Baby MD page on Facebook, there will be a post that shows a link to this blog post...you need to comment on in)
I really don't care what you write...but "this blog is awesome" or "I like how you swear like you don't care" will suffic
3) In your comment on Facebook, you need to tag one other person who you think would like to win this giveaway!
So there you have it, 3 easy steps, some of you have already completed #1 anyways!
Like, Comment, Tag a friend.
I will close the giveaway on Monday, so you have all weekend to get 'er done.
Remember...even if you're not a mom yourself, this could make an awesome X-Mas gift :)