Win one of 20 copies of You Will (Probably) Survive by Lauren Dubois, thanks to Allen & Unwin.

A brilliantly honest guide to the highs and lows of parenthood from the author of award-winning blog The Thud.

‘Articulate and hilarious. This is my all-time favourite go-to reference for every mother.’ CHEZZI DENYER’Lauren Dubois’ entertaining musings on parenting have saved me from the “brink” multiple times. A must-read for the modern-day mother who adores her children – but is happy to acknowledge the journey can be equal parts heaven and hell!’ ERIN MOLANYou walk out of the maternity ward with your new baby, looking back over your shoulder, waiting for someone to stop you and tell you you’re not qualified to do this. But they don’t. They just wave you on your merry way and that’s it. It’s up to you now.

Suddenly you’re a mum. Suddenly you’re crying at sad news stories, you’re picturing all the horrible things that could happen to your baby when you walk down the street, you’re plotting your partner’s death over and over again.

You’re wondering why no one told you it would be this hard. Something’s changed in you but you’re trying to figure out what it is and if anyone else feels the same.

This book is NOT a parenting manual. You don’t need anyone else telling you what to do with your child. What you need is someone who’ll explain what the actual fallopian is happening to you. What exactly IS motherhood?

So here it is: the complete, honest, uncomfortable and glorious story of motherhood. From the science fiction weirdness of pregnancy, to the sleep torture inflicted by babies, to the crapshow that is negotiating with your megalomaniacal toddler – and all the magic that makes it worth it. These are the things no one told you about motherhood. The joyous, the maddening and the hilarious.

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  • When I first had my daughter I really struggled with PND (and still do). I was so incredibly fortunate that my partner took the reins and cared for our little girl when all I want to do was run. I’m so glad I didn’t though because waking up to my girls smiling face every morning makes it all worth it!

  • Big low is being sick as a parent! I was 37 weeks pregnant with a 19 month old at home and ended up in hospital with gastro. Not at all fun when my farmer husband was away for work also!

  • The first time they recognize you!

  • High is definitely when my little human gets an amazing report from school, and when im unwell, (I have a debilitating brain condition) she joyfully takes on the task of grocery shopping, scanning and paying at the checkout etc. She is an amazing person, all at the age of 8.

  • A definitive high is watching your chlidren grow up to be independent, happy, thoughtful human beings contributing to our society in a meaningful way.

  • One of the highs in parenthood would be when your hVing the shittest week and one of your children do something so naughty but yet hilerious and all you can do is laugh, and suddenly a shithouse week is made up for

  • One of the lows is parental guilt. Things we have to do or say that may prevent our child from doing certain activities Etc. I’m sure almost all parents have felt it before, still its an annoying trait that unfortunately is sometimes necessary to parent well.

  • The initial period and lack of sleep has to be worst experience of parenthood, particularly around the times that you have no idea what you are doing.

  • I’ve never been a parent therefore no comment on parenthood. I only know it’s a full-time 24/7 job.

  • My high was watching my boys faces light up every time they saw me. Wasn’t until later I wondered if they were actually laughing at me when they saw my face. Doesn’t matter, I love them both very much.

  • One of my highs was seeing my oldest smile for the first time. I was struggling so bad in the beginning and felt like I was going down a pretty dark path but when she smiled it made all the darkness go away & made me feel so much joy and happiness.

  • I left my ex when both my sons were under 5. At one time I made the decision to leave my boys with their Dad because it was me who was unhappy. He was giving them brandy at night to get them to sleep. Both are now adult alcoholics.

  • Having my daughter in the first place, 8 years of trying, many Ivf attempts and I made a 9 pound 57cm beautiful baby girl! My hero, love of my life, blessing and treasure I finally get to hold

  • A low was going through PND and feeling like I was in a black.hole being sucked deeper in every day and hating my life. It is something I would not even wish worst enemy.

  • My biggest high is the way my kids all love and respect each other and how the 3 older kids look after their sister truly melts my heart

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