It’s here!! It’s here!!

by DaniGirl on March 28, 2006 · 18 comments

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It’s here! It’s finally arrived!! No, not spring (but that, too!)

No no, we are crowing today about the arrival of the latest book by my favourite parenting author and blogger extraordinaire, Ann Douglas: The Mother of All Sleep Solutions for Your Baby, Toddler and Preschooler. Hooray for Ann!

I’m quite excited about this new arrival for several reasons. First, because I love Ann and her books, and I think this one will become as much of a classic as the other Mother of All books. Second, because we really need some advice on explaining to the boys the difference between “now is a good time to get out of bed and face the day, smiling” and “oh for the love of all things holy, are you KIDDING ME” o’clock in the morning. Third, and least (well, not really) because this book features the sage advice and carefully chosen words of a veteran of the sleep deprivation game – Marla! Oh, and me. Me! And a few other bloggers I know.

Are you impressed? It’s “my” first book. Look, here’s a passage that features me:

It says,

“I used to make a big production about how tired I was – I should have been nominated for an Oscar – in an effort to get my husband to come in and volunteer to take over, especially in the middle of the night,” says Dani [that’s me!], the mother of two boys, ages three and one. “It was quite silly now that I think about it. I don’t know why I didn’t just ask for help.”

What a great way to be immortalized, eh? Whining and sleep deprived – my first years of parenting perfectly encapsulated and preserved for posterity! And Ann was nice enough to take other stuff I said and make it sound almost coherent, too. I’m so very proud!

I love Ann’s parenting books because they offer concrete ideas and solutions, 100% free of guilt and judgement. I won’t point any fingers, because this is a nice post celebrating the fruits of Ann’s (and my!) labours, but there are more than a few sleep books (rhymes with Trouserley) out there that make a girl feel like a toad for toying with sleep training. You can read my CIO Diaries for my personal views on that subject.

Ann’s books offer a wonderful combination of practical solutions (more than one – so if one thing doesn’t work, you don’t have to start over from scratch!), plus the big ideas around whatever subject she’s presenting, and gentle humour. It’s like getting parenting advice from your best friend, if your best friend weren’t as befuddled and overwhelmed about the whole parenting thing as you are.

So thank you, Ann, and congratulations. I’m naming myself an honourary Auntie of this wonderful book – hope you don’t mind!


{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mega Mom March 28, 2006 at 1:32 pm

Very cool. I’m past the sleep deprivation now, but people can always use a good, solid sleep book!

2 Mega Mom March 28, 2006 at 1:32 pm

Very cool. I’m past the sleep deprivation now, but people can always use a good, solid sleep book!

3 Marla March 28, 2006 at 2:39 pm

I loved your quotes in this books. None tops the “sucking the pasta sauce off your boys’ noodles so they don’t get too messy” one in the upcoming food book, but you have a couple of zingers in here!
I wish I had this book when I needed it. I hope we help some other moms some day.

4 Marla March 28, 2006 at 2:39 pm

I loved your quotes in this books. None tops the “sucking the pasta sauce off your boys’ noodles so they don’t get too messy” one in the upcoming food book, but you have a couple of zingers in here!
I wish I had this book when I needed it. I hope we help some other moms some day.

5 Danigirl March 28, 2006 at 2:47 pm

Oh no, did the pasta-sauce-sucking made the final edit? (blush) Nancy will be thrilled, she STILL mocks me to this day for that one.
Hey! How did you merit a preview of Mealtime Solutions?? Not bad enough you tortured me for nearly a week over having this book before me!!
Damn, now I have to go back to stalking the mailbox again…

6 Danigirl March 28, 2006 at 2:47 pm

Oh no, did the pasta-sauce-sucking made the final edit? (blush) Nancy will be thrilled, she STILL mocks me to this day for that one.
Hey! How did you merit a preview of Mealtime Solutions?? Not bad enough you tortured me for nearly a week over having this book before me!!
Damn, now I have to go back to stalking the mailbox again…

7 Stephanie G March 28, 2006 at 4:18 pm

hehe, a regular celebrity!

8 Stephanie G March 28, 2006 at 4:18 pm

hehe, a regular celebrity!

9 Sharon March 28, 2006 at 4:46 pm

I got mine last week too, And I haven’t had the time to SIT down and read it. I have it downstairs now read to go after I finish reading my blogs today. (I have my priorties stright.)

10 Sharon March 28, 2006 at 4:46 pm

I got mine last week too, And I haven’t had the time to SIT down and read it. I have it downstairs now read to go after I finish reading my blogs today. (I have my priorties stright.)

11 Marla March 28, 2006 at 8:55 pm

Did you only read YOUR name in the credits, or did you have a look at anyone else’s?

12 Marla March 28, 2006 at 8:55 pm

Did you only read YOUR name in the credits, or did you have a look at anyone else’s?

13 Ann D March 28, 2006 at 10:37 pm

Dani, you not only get to be an honourary Auntie. You get to be an honourary Mother of All. Thank you so much for your wonderful post, which totally made my day. And thanks for all your support while I was writing the book. (As you know, I almost came unglued, like the pages in a well-thumbed dimestore paperback.)
Marla has been delighting in your quotes for months (especially the pasta one from MEALTIMES). Actually, she has been waiting to torment you about that one.
Ann

14 Ann D March 28, 2006 at 10:37 pm

Dani, you not only get to be an honourary Auntie. You get to be an honourary Mother of All. Thank you so much for your wonderful post, which totally made my day. And thanks for all your support while I was writing the book. (As you know, I almost came unglued, like the pages in a well-thumbed dimestore paperback.)
Marla has been delighting in your quotes for months (especially the pasta one from MEALTIMES). Actually, she has been waiting to torment you about that one.
Ann

15 nancy March 29, 2006 at 2:10 am

I got mine too!!! I have peeked thru a bit of it, can’t wait to read it all. Like Marla, I only wish I’d had this book 3.5 years ago. This one and the Mealtime one will from now on each be staple gifts from me to new moms.
Congrats Ann!!!

16 nancy March 29, 2006 at 2:10 am

I got mine too!!! I have peeked thru a bit of it, can’t wait to read it all. Like Marla, I only wish I’d had this book 3.5 years ago. This one and the Mealtime one will from now on each be staple gifts from me to new moms.
Congrats Ann!!!

17 Danigirl March 29, 2006 at 1:33 pm

Marla – nope, didn’t see anybody else. Just mine. Were there other people in the book?

18 Danigirl March 29, 2006 at 1:33 pm

Marla – nope, didn’t see anybody else. Just mine. Were there other people in the book?

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