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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  • 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

  • Seeing my babies bond. There are many lows but seeing their special bond and love for each other is worth it all

  • High would definitely be waking up from 3 c-sections to see each of my babies breathing and doing well.

  • The high of watching my older kids become big brother and sister to a new baby after 3 rainbow babes. Absolutely magic

  • Not gonna lie, one of my highs is when I can get them to nap at the SAME TIME!!! Also, the teeny tiny little things in life become so much more exciting again as they make you slow down (like, SLOWWWWWW DOWWWWWN) and look at every bug/stick/bird.

  • Wow there are so many highs of parenthood but in particular listening to my boys laughter and seeing joy wave over their faces. Lows would include me not realising my son had a fractured arm for a week or so..

  • My highs in motherhood are seeing your children partake in experiences and activities that they have a lot of fun in. When they are running, jumping and playing and giggling, joking and being happy at the same time is bliss. The lows is when they’re fighting and sick.

  • My child refusing to come near me and screaming because i had “chicken pox” (had a pimple breakout)

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