Books for Your Bump: An Interview With Author Jenna McCarthy
When I was pregnant I read everything pregnancy related I could get my pudgy hands on. And as an author myself, I have a great appreciation for those who can sit down long enough to string together some meaningful chapters.
That’s why I was so excited to chat with Jenna McCarthy, the humor writer and all around great author who has written more than one great parenting book but can flex a lotta other muscles with ease. Her first book, "The Parent Trip: From High Heels and Parties to Highchairs and Potties" put her on the map for her hiliarious, real deal look at life, love and parenting. She followed up that success with a funny, helpful and extremely practical flip-book for expecting moms and dads, "Cheers to the New Mom" and flip over for "Cheers to the New Dad," which feature great tips for surviving the first year of motherhood.
But first, the most important question:
Kimberly: Seriously, about how many times a day do people mistake you for the actress Jenny McCarthy?
Jenna: (LOL) I couldn’t tell you how many times that happens to me. I'm ordering something over the phone and people get excited and start asking me about Jim Carrey. Listen, I have never posed for Playboy and trust me, you wouldn’t want me to.
Kimberly: Ok, so seriously, what’s so great about Cheers to the New Mom/Dad?
Jenna: This book is so amazing because it’s written for people with no time. And it’s for that period when you come home from the hospital and you’re looking at this new baby with no instruction manual and thinking, Oh $%*&! now what?? It’s the great tips to get you through the day-to-day a little easier. You know like, what are the easiest clothes for a newborn when everything they make for babies has like, 82 snaps up the front. Or, how to swaddle, because you were on some hormonal rush when they showed you at the hospital and when you get home you can barely remember what the nurse said. Stuff like that.
Kimberly: Yeah, they really should send you home with more instructional materials and less formula. What are some of your other tips in the book?
Jenna: Well, I always tell moms to stash diapers anywhere you can. In the glove box, bottom of the stroller, trunk of the car, under your seat, because you will inevitably run out of diapers at some point and you don’t want to be that mom asking for a spare. I also let moms know that your house will not look like the Pottery Barn catalog for about 6 months to maybe, six years, so just let it go.
Kimberly: Those dern catalogues can be soooo frustrating…
Jenna: And then I remind moms that baby proofing your home also includes making the home more fun for babies. Instead of becoming the drawer Nazi over that one bottom drawer they will always find a way to get into, make it a fun drawer full of Tupperware tops and bottoms and wooden spoons. Hey, you may get some organizing out of the deal.
Kimberly: That’s good stuff. What about the men?
Jenna: Well, I always try to remind women that you didn’t make the baby alone. Sometimes Dads get the short end of the stick and feel a little left out because mom may be doing all the feeding, rocking and bonding. So, I try to include Dad with some ideas like keeping a journal of his own. When I had my baby I had these beautiful baby journals and I didn’t want my husband’s left handed chicken scratch in my pristine baby books, so I got him his own journal to write his own things to the baby like…I saw you sleeping and I thought of….
Kimberly: That’s a great idea.
Jenna: To this day, my husband still loves to read the things he wrote to our daughters. I also help guys out in the book with a few important lists, like 10 questions NOT to ask your wife right now, which includes, When do you think you will lose the rest of that weight? And Do you want my mom to stay for one month or two? I’ve also included 10 Comments That Could Save Your Marriage, which includes, “Dinner is ready!”, “I folded the laundry and put it away” and “I just want to cuddle.”
Kimberly: Wow, that is real wisdom. Great stuff for new moms and dads. Thanks Jenna!
And if you find out that you are having a boy and decide to panic, or your hubs is panicking over having another female in the house soon, check out Jenna’s companion books "Big Rigs for Moms" and "Tea Parties for Dads," everything you need to know for that opposite sex child. Next up, Jenna brings her snarky wit and side splitting prose to an upcoming new book on relationships, sex and marriage.
Learn more and laugh a lot at jennamccarthy.com.
I know I did.