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Let the Baby Drive: Navigating the Road of New Motherhood Hardcover – May 1 2004

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (May 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312326971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312326975
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.6 x 21.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,055,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hanessian's memoir is not a how-to but, rather, a what-I-learned book about motherhood and is a very pleasant and thought-provoking read. The author recounts with humor her experiences after having a son who stretches her to her limits both physically and mentally but also inspires a profound and deep attachment that Hanessian expected (as do most mothers) but couldn't truly understand before it happened. The author laments what she calls the "grandstanding" that so many parents engage in now, a sort of parenting one-upmanship that involves bragging about your two-month-old sleeping through the night and looking askance at those whose children are "high-needs" (it's their faulty parenting that made them that way). Her epiphany came when she decided to view her infant son's wants as his needs instead of constantly worrying that she was being manipulated by a baby. Beth Leistensnider
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"Do we dare Let the Baby Drive? Lu Hanessian humorously and sensitively makes it clear why the answer can only be "yes" if we are to become the kind of mother our precious child needs. It's about focusing on the baby for guidance, and then having the courage to trust and act on what we have learned. An important book."
-Marian Tompson, co-founder, La Leche League International

"This is the book Henry David Thoreau would have written if he had been a mother. It is absolutely revolutionary!"
-E. Jean Carroll, author, advice columnist, Elle

"Lu Hanessian is extraordinarily attuned to her child's needs and her own, in a way that promotes truly wonderful developmental growth. Her book Let the Baby Drive captures the essence of good parenting with a true blend of Baby Knows Best in tandem with Mother Knows Best. It's a winning combination reflecting the heart of child developmental theory, and guarantees raising a happy, healthy child with a solid identity."
-Dr. Jane Greer, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, marital and family therapist and author of Gridlock: Finding the Courage to Move On in Love, Work and Life

"This book is written with the excitement of the first time mom who stands in awe at the wisdom she received from her baby by listening to him. Lu proves that mothers and babies are a lot smarter than they are usually given credit. What a joy to share with other mothers and help them be happier, more fulfilled, stronger to follow their conviction!"
-Tine Thevenin, bestselling author of The Family Bed and Mothering and Fathering

"Finally, the book I have been looking for to recommend to my clients. Lu Hanessian has put into words what I have strived to teach for thirty years. There are many books out there that try to give a "cook book" approach to making your children more independent, sleep through the night, be happy and healthy. This book gives you the confidence to find your own approach-your own way with your child."
-Ann Anderson, RN, AAHCC, IBCLC, childbirth/parent educator

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This book is by far the most important book I've read about motherhood. It is Lu Hanessian's memoirs of her life with her son for the first couple of years. There were so many times when I was reading this book that I wanted to shout "Yes! That is exactly how I felt!" It is the first book that I have read that talks about the deep and complex emotional aspects of motherhood. I had a hard time putting this book down, I have a 14 month old daughter, and I read this book every chance I got (during naptimes). This book is so well writen, not only do I agree and apprecitate the author's view on parenting I also appreciate her sense of humor, she seems like someone I would be good friends with. What I found to be most valuble was the basic message of learning to trust your own intuition, even if it goes against popular culture. Also, really listening and understanding your child for who they are as individuals. This book was so validating and empowering for me to read, because my daughter has never been a "textbook" baby, and I've had to learn to honor and respect her needs. This is my new baby shower gift for everyone, I love it and I think every new mother should read it!! Thank you Ms. Hanessian for sharing your experiences and thoughts on motherhood, hopefully it can help more mothers parent conciously and lovingly while trusting their intuition.
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Lu is an excellent writer. I kept stopping myself and asking, "How did she write/say that again?" Her words reminded me of a gymnast bouncing, flipping and in the end landing smoothly with a perfect 10. It all made so much sense, but it was so much fun to read.
By the way did Lu have my baby? Nicholas the main character in the book suffered from Strolleritis (A funny way of saying he didn't like the stroller) My baby too had it. I also thought that my baby, Alexander was the only who hated the car seat and bouncy seat. I had visions that I would bake brownies while my baby bounced up and down while I frosted those brownies. Instead Alexander arched his back, making it impossible to sit in the bouncy seat. Lu made me laugh when she said her friends told her, 'That's funny our baby loves the car seat," Lu was green with Envy so was I. Where was Lu when I was stalking new mom's in malls. I was desperate to talk to any new mom, but they never told me what I wanted to hear....until Lu's book came around.
I loved the way I related to Lu. She also makes us new mom's ask important questions such as, "Who are we afraid our children will become if we stop trying to define or even alter their characters?" A reflection of us or themselves?" Is Lu related to Gahndi?
The book made me laugh, think and at one time I wanted to cry when Lu writes from what she thinks would be her son's perspective if he could write. Lu writes, " Ma, let me be irrationally fearful of deflating green balloons and lit birthday candles and car alarms going in the distant parking lots. I'll get over it. You might not believe me, but it's true.
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I am only half-way through reading this unbelievable book & just had to write! I have a 4 month old -my first child- and feel scared, confused, beyond exhausted, guilty & basically lost!
"Let the Baby Drive" is literally SAVING me. I read with tears of joy & feel relief that someone, Lu (the author), understands me. It's as if she is speaking directly to me, expressing my inner thoughts & knows me and my life like a best friend. My husband is also reading the book & agrees with me that this book(& the author, Lu) is our new best friend! I always heard that having a baby changes your life but thought I/we were different. "Let the Baby Drive" addresses all of the changes, questions, insecurities and ambivalences I am feeling. Lu's profound, intimate and often hilarious accounts of marriage, societal/family pressures, daily routines, and life after the baby arrives, hit home so accurately. It actually gives me hope for the months to come. I laugh out loud & re-read parts of the book over & over to my myself and my little one as I nurse! Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you for this truly life-changing new book!
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Let the Baby Drive is the most powerful book on mothering I have ever read. This is the book I have been waiting for!! There are hundreds of authors who claim to be experts on parenting and motherhood but Lu Hanessian is the first that empowers mothers to be the expert of their own baby. If we just follow our instincts, our children will be our guides to understanding and enlightenment. We know more than we think!
Written with sensitivity, humor, humility, and courage I was at times crying in empathy and laughing out loud at the honesty. Let the Baby Drive gave me the courage to filter out the outside "advice" and find MY way with my baby.
Lu Hanessian has given women everywhere a precious gift and this should be the book that defines mothers for generations to come! A must-have for mothers and women planning to be mothers everywhere. This book has the power to unite women in motherhood!! I give this book 10 stars!!!
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