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    Guys suffer infertility too – “Maybe Baby” review

    2008 - 09.23

    You may or may not be aware that my husband and I spent six long years dealing with secondary infertility.  Those were the hardest years of my life HANDS DOWN.  What would I have given during that time to have a firsthand account of how a guy feels, going through it?  As it was I gobbled up every book about infertility I could get my hands on.  But the story from a guy’s perspective… that’s something I know would have appealed to me.  Shoot, it appealed to me now and infertility is a diagnosis that we’ve left far, far behind us.

    Maybe Baby: An Infertile Love Story” is a memoir written by Matthew M. F. Miller that was sent to me to review by the fabulous Parent Bloggers Network.  But more than a chronicle of this couple’s journey through infertility, it’s a tale about romance.  About how this couple was determined to weather the storm together.  And that was the facet of this story that I related to the most.  Because even when we were at our lowest, burying our stillborn son, I always knew we had each other’s back.  We were going through it together.  More than anyone else, my husband knew what I was going through and it was the same for him.  In fact, I would argue that a couple needs to come together in order to make it through infertility intact.

    This story has it all, humor, drama, sadness and perspective.  If you haven’t been through infertility yourself, it gives you a good window into what it really feels like to be on that side of the fence.  If you have been through it, then you find in Matthew a blood-brother of sorts.  Comfort in numbers, misery loves company… that whole shtick.

    All in all, this book is definitely worth a read.  Check it out.

    It erases EVERYTHING

    2008 - 09.14

    Plainly put, if you have kids, you need to have a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.  Case in point: our newly-minted two year old boy has discovered the fine art of pilfering pencils from his older brother and using them to draw on the walls.  For whatever reason, he really enjoys drawing on the front door.  My first reaction when I saw the scribbles was to grab a wet paper towel or perhaps a damp sponge.  My husband, bless his soul, had the forethought to grab the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.  Seconds later, the doodles were a thing of history.  You couldn’t even tell the door had been doodled on in the first place (dangit, I should have gotten pictures).

    Doodled-on doors are just one of the many projects this product can easily tackle.  I’ve used this to spiff up our stairway banister more times than I can count.  It makes quick work of our microwave which can go from clean to catastrophic faster than you can say “microwave mac n’ cheese”.  And that nasty little soap scum ring that you get in your tub after you’ve given your filthy children a bath (they get SO filthy in the summer, it boggles my mind) is no match for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.  Seriously, you barely even have to scrub at it.  And no harsh cleaning products are needed.  Just add water to the Eraser and wipe the ring and voila!  All clean.

    And one of my favorite new uses for the Magic Eraser: does anyone else get a filthy stove hood?  Ours collects dust and grease like a magnet and trying to wipe it clean with a sponge just makes a sticky, icky mess.  But the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser just scoffs at the goop and wipes it clean.  That was all it took for me to want to try it on our stovetop which has admittedly gone without a good wiping down in a few days.  And what do you know!  Cleaning the cooked on mess was a breeze.

    Now, none of this is going to make me like cleaning any more than I already do (which I don’t).  But cleaning is a necessesary evil and if you’ve gotta do it, you might as well make it as easy as possible, right?  Luckily, I’ve got Mr. Clean and his fabulous Magic Eraser on my side.

    For some great cleaning tips, check out the BlogHer website!

    This is a compensated review. I received product samples from Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and BlogHer.

    “Sleep is for the Weak” – Essential for Mothers

    2008 - 09.09

    I was so excited to have a chance, via the Parent Bloggers Network, to review this book.  If you haven’t heard of it by now (what rock have you been living under?), it’s an anthology of some of the best mommy blogging posts from around the blogosphere.  Some of the blogs that are featured are highly popular and some are less so.  But each and every blogger has contributed something wonderful to this book, no matter what their traffic reports indicate.

    Rita Arens of Surrender, Dorothy is the brainchild of this heartwarming anthology.  She worked so hard for months on this project, contacting bloggers to contribute, pitching the book to publishers and working with BlogHer to finish the job.  The result is a clever, funny, touching and humbling book that belongs on every mother’s bookshelf.  Seriously, they should pass this out in the maternity ward along with the striped caps and newborn pacifiers.

    And remember when I said there were some fabulous bloggers involved in this book?  There are essays from Amalah, Finslippy, Fussy, and Rancid Raves (to name a few).  There’s even a daddy blogger in there.

    This was the sort of book I could take with me and read on the go, curl up with at night and sink into or whatever my schedule happened to dictate that day.  Within the pages you’ll find advice and, more importantly, camaraderie.  After all, part of what makes blogging so successful is that it reminds us that we’re not alone.  Regardless if the topic is breastfeeding, returning to work, sleep (or the lack thereof) or how being a mother just utterly changes you, this book covers all the bases.

    This book makes me proud to be a mommy blogger.  I can see what blogging can accomplish, what it really is all about.  I highly suggest you pick up a copy.  And then grab another copy to give your best friend.

    To read more about the book and it’s contributors (and to see if there’s a book signing taking place near you), check out the BlogHer website.