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Chicken Soup for the New Mom's Soul: Touching Stories about Miracles of Motherhood Paperback – Apr 1 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.; 1 edition (April 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757305830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757305832
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 13.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,029,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are sought-after national speakers and authors. They are the creators of The New York Times bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Mark Victor Hansen is a professional speaker who in the last twenty years has made over four-thousand presentations to more than 2 million people in 32 countries. His presentations cover sales excellence and strategies; personal empowerment and development; and how to triple your income and double your time off. Mark has spent a lifetime dedicated to his mission of making a profound and positive difference in people's lives. Throughout his career, he has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to create a more powerful and purposeful future for themselves while stimulating the sale of billions of dollars worth of goods and services. Mark is a prolific writer and has authored Future Diary, How to Achieve Total Prosperity and The Miracle of Tithing. He is coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series, Dare to Win, and The Aladdin Factor (all with Jack Canfield), and The Master Motivator (with Joe Batten).

Patty Aubery is the vice president of the Canfield Training Group and Self-Esteem Seminars, Inc. She is the co-author of several Chicken Soup books including Chicken Soup for the Teenage Christian Soul, Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother's Soul and Chicken Soup for the Working Woman's Soul.

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The Right Stuff

I just had to have a girl as my first child, because I had created her name when I was just a girl myself.
My parents named me Dahlynn, pronounced 'Da-Lin' with the accent on the second syllable. In my family, the girls are named after others in the family―male or female―never using the same name, but a combination of those names. The first part of my name comes from my grandmother DeEtta, and the second half from my uncle's mid­dle name, Lynn. The boys in our family had an easier time, as they were given common names and not expected to keep the tradition going, even if they had daughters.

Having this family tradition handed down to me was a big cross to bear. I started creating names for my future daughter in fourth grade, working on word and name combinations from past generations. Every time I created a new name, I added it to the growing stack of names hidden in my small jewelry box.
Finally I had the perfect name―Lahre, which rhymed with 'Marie.' The 'Lah' came from the 'Dah' in my name, and the 're' from the end of my mother's name, Scharre. I was only in seventh grade when I placed that name in my box.

Fortunately, I waited until I graduated from college and married before I became pregnant at the age of twenty-eight. In all that time I never thought of a name for a boy, only for a girl.

Needless to say, I was excited about the pregnancy, even with the constant nausea and everything that came with it. We decided to go the old-fashioned route―no, not a natural delivery―we decided to not find out the sex of the baby. We wanted to be surprised, and I was so sure it was a girl that there was no reason to find out.

Once I started to really show, it became obvious that I was carrying the baby to the front. 'That's a sign it's a boy,' is all I heard from friends and family, even strangers. No, it can't be a boy! I screamed in my head, while on the outside I smiled and quietly nodded when told I was having a boy.

The nine months went by slowly and they were mostly wonderful, after I got past the nausea. Each and every day I would talk to my little girl, sharing with her my dreams for her, even placing headphones on my stomach and playing all kinds of music. But again, since I was carrying the baby to the front, people tried to tell me I was having a boy. Slowly I started to believe them, and when the time came to go to the hospital, I was torn. We picked out a name for a boy―Christopher―after General H. Norman Schwarzkopf's son. My husband had heard Schwarzkopf's son mentioned in an interview; the year was 1992 and Schwarzkopf was leading our troops in Desert Storm.

The delivery was anything but ordinary. I was two weeks overdue, and after sixteen very hard hours of back labor, with my husband and my amazing seventy-year-old grandmother DeEtta (my namesake) by my side, the doctor decided to do a C-section.

Once prepped in the operating room and with a sheet placed in front of my face so I couldn't watch, the doctors began the procedure. My grandmother was extremely curious as to what the doctors were doing, asking about this and that. My husband was watching, too, and when they pulled my stomach out and set it on top of my chest, he about fainted. The nurse had him sit back down in the chair, which was placed next to my head. I looked up and saw he was white as a ghost.

Finally, the doctor said, 'Here's the baby!' The doctor placed the crying baby up over the sheet so we both could see it, and my husband said, 'Oh, look at the little guy.' A boy? We have a boy? I said to myself. But then the doctor said, 'It's not a boy . . . it's a girl!' My husband had mistaken the large umbilical cord for a 'manly attribute'!

Our amazing son, Shawn, would show up five years later, and again we didn't find out the sex until he was born. I didn't listen when I was told I was going to have a girl the second time; I knew I was having a boy because I grew lots of facial hair! But my daughter Lahre is my special joy, even as she is now facing her teenage years. And guess what? She keeps her stash of names for her future daughter in a little jewelry box.

Dahlynn McKowen

©2008. Dahlynn McKowen. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the New Mom's Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Aubery. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street , Deerfield Beach , FL 33442.

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I did not find this book particulary uplifting. It has some nice stories that bring tears to your eyes, as all Chicken Soup books do, but the bulk of the stories consisted of 1-2 pages of complaining and one paragraph of nice things. Honestly, I felt that after reading it that motherhood is something that I should fear and not look forward to since I will spend the rest of my days in a dirty house, unshowered, unkempt, and very very very tired. In addition, the book focuses on one family in particular. There are far to many stories about a perfect child named Micah and not enough from other people. I was not very pleased, and I was disappointed since I am a huge fan of Chicken Soup books in general.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 16 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Sent it our as a gift Sept. 12 2009
By A. Zachman - Published on Amazon.com
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Sent this out as a baby shower gift. Looks good, so I'm sure she will like it
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book April 21 2009
By Sentia Ray - Published on Amazon.com
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I recieved this book in great time and it was in excellent condition when it arrived
1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I am enjoying the book March 29 2008
By D. Korn - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is great, I am enjoying the humor and honesty, as well as the sentimentality in many of the stories. The only thing which bothered me was the cover. I feel that there was a lot of skin showing on the mom! I am sensitive to immodesty, so I colored up the mom's skin.
Thank you!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok April 8 2012
By E. Van Der Scratchy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this book when my first child was a baby. It's pretty good, but I have to say it didn't really have any encouragement for those who have to take care of their own babies all the time. Lots of stories are in there about letting friends or neighbors care for your baby so you can have a long bath or a nap or go shopping or whatever. If you are a nursing mother, a military wife in a new area, or a wife whose husband is away a lot of the time you might find this as frustrating an annoying as I did. It would have been nice to see just one story where escaping from your kid wasn't the answer to everything.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming stories! March 8 2007
By Writer Gal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Chicken Soup for the Soul editors have done it again....published a wonderful and inspirational book. But don't let the title fool you! This book is not just for "New Moms". It would be greatly enjoyed by older moms, women wanting to be moms, and even grand-moms. What a marvelous gift for Mother's Day!... or how about Easter, Christmas & birthdays? Buy one for yourself and extras to give as gifts! That's definitely what I'm doing! * I'm one of the writers! *