It's not very often that I write book reviews, but when I do, you know it has to be a good story.
Everything I Needed to Know, I Learned from My Six Month Old was written by Kuwana Haulsey, a novelist and freelance journalist. It was released on September 21st, World Gratitude Day. The release couldn't be more fitting!
Throughout the book the author reveals a lot about herself, from not only the outside but from the inside. In the third chapter, she shares some of the really cool things that she's done and honestly turns it into what I think is the best part of the book...
"Another great question. How could I say what I was feeling? That I, Kuwana Haulsey, was the woman who had braved riots while living in Kenya and followed in the footsteps of South African freedom fighters, even though their trail led straight through a mountain cemetery to their graves. I was the woman who'd sailed a mile out into the Indian Ocean and then gotten out to walk along the shallow sea shelf; I'd literally walked atop the ocean. I was the woman who wrote books and acted in plays and had climbed Kilimanjaro.... Now I couldn't even find my other shoe."
This is when her son is 7 weeks old and, as many of us mothers know, it's not easy to be a new mom and wife. Nothing can really prepare us for the journey of motherhood. There are some books and things now but really, you don't believe it when people tell you it's going to be so difficult. You just think, "Hey, this baby is going to be so cute that nothing else will matter". Yeah, if life was like a happy-go-lucky musical.
I found myself feeling a lot of the same emotions that she did as I read this. I didn't really think of motherhood in exactly the same way but the thing I took away most is the idea of finding yourself again after having kids. Life is so chaotic and crazy, and it feels in the moment like it's unconnected. Like all of the struggles we go through in our day to day life don't have any meaning, but they do.
The chapters in this book are titled as Lessons, such as "Finding the Courage to Emerge", "When It All Falls Apart: The Art of Joyous Failure", and "No, You Will Not Find Peace: Learning to Let Peace Find You". The titles really do reflect what the chapters are about and help keep the flow of the book.
Overall I really like how the author talks about such deep subjects, while keeping an upbeat attitude. I found myself laughing and smiling a lot more than I thought I would. It's a very empowering read and something I would recommend to any mom, whether you're a first timer or you've had several.
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To learn more or buy a copy for yourself, visit Cleis Press here.