Mother Shock

Tales from the First Year and Beyond — Loving Every (Other) Minute of It

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$15.95 USD
April 2003
240 pages
5.5" x 7.5"
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Trade Paper Original

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ISBN: 9781580050821

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ISBN: 9780786746316

Mother Shock

Tales from the First Year and Beyond — Loving Every (Other) Minute of It

By Andrea J. Buchanan

$15.95 USD, Trade Paper Original, April 2003

“Mother shock” is the state in which many new parents exist during those first confusing, chaotic and often comical years of parenting. It is the clash between expectation and result, theory and reality. It is the twilight zone of 24-hour-a-day living; where life is no longer neatly divided into day and night; the triple-impact of hormonal imbalance, sleep deprivation, and physical exhaustion. It is the stress of acclimating quickly to the realities of mothering, a new sense of self, and a fearful new level of responsibility.

In thirty amusing and intelligent essays, Buchanan shares her insights as she moves from the overwhelming feelings of first love for her baby to the disturbing and often hilarious darker side of mommyhood, finally reaching a place where she not only speaks the language but understands the customs of this strange and wonderful land. In essays like “Fear of the Double Stroller,” “Confessions of a Bottle Feeder,” “I’m an Idiot,” and “Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Playgroup,” Buchanan details the unimaginably difficult and unbelievably rewarding process of becoming a mother.

About Andrea J. Buchanan

Andrea J. Buchanan is the creator of the syndicated column “The Darkside” and of the website She has also been published on’s MomsOnline and Buchanan’s work has been featured in the collection Breeder: Real-Life Stories from the New Generation of Mothers and in online parenting magazines. Before becoming a mother, she was a classical pianist. Her last recital was at Carnegie Hall, back before she knew how to play the Teletubbies theme song. She lives with her family in Philadelphia.