I had just been through the most painful experience of my life. I was exhausted from the many months of no sleep at the end of my pregnancy and the very little sleep I was getting after my baby was born. I was 3,000 miles away from all my family and friends at a lonely Marine Corps base. I couldn’t get my baby to nurse, and she didn’t want to seem to sleep for more than 20 minutes at a time. Taking a shower every day was a struggle. I was drowning in laundry and ordering out for dinner because I couldn’t get anything cooked with my crying baby. This was supposed to be the happiest time of my life and all I could do was cry and feel guilty. In my mind, I was a failure.
Does this sound at all familiar to you, Moms? If so, you must run out and get Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, a new book on motherhood from Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson.
Sarah Mae is a young mom, just like you and me, who is right in the midst of raising her young children. She writes of her desperation at wanting to be a good mom, but she feels she is failing at her ideal of motherhood. Sally is the older, wiser mom, who has raised 4 children into wonderful adults, and she wants to pass on her hard-earned wisdom to us young moms.
Right from the start, Sarah Mae’s honest reflection on being a mother hit home with me. I literally cried while reading the first few chapters. I remember feeling almost relieved that there was someone else out there who got it—someone who had experienced the reality of motherhood and was telling me that I wasn’t alone.
Sally is there at the end of each chapter, like a dear, older friend, telling you that you aren’t a monster, that what you are feeling is normal, and then she gives you specific tips on how to cope with housework, how to find a mentor that can help and support you, and how to be a loving, caring mother who is no longer desperate.
Each chapter has a link and QR code to a short You Tube video where Sarah Mae and Sally sit down to go over that chapter’s material. I especially loved being able to hear the authors’ voices discussing what I had just read. It made me feel like I was in Sally’s living room, having a conversation with the two lovely ladies.
In the end just adored this book and found so much hope and encouragement in it. I hope that you all will head to Amazon or your local book store to pick up a copy! If you are interested in reading a sample chapter, head over here.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the authors in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.