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The Parent Trip Review And Giveaway

November 25, 2008 by  
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The next item in the Christmas Giveaway here at the Dirty Shirt is something to relax with. A GOOD book. I give you The Parent Trip from high heels and parties to highchairs and potties by Jenna McCarthy.

Let me start out by saying, “Get ready to laugh your butt off”, because this is one funny book. Starting with the Prologue on, this book will have you in stitches. And I will have to say that I have read just about every parenting book out there. Okay, well maybe not every one, but dang near close! They all say the same thing (and make me feel like I have no clue what I am doing even though I have three kids) but this one is so true, down to earth and FUNNY!!


Below are some excerpts from the book:

He shoots, he scores!
You know how everyone tells you not to tell anyone that you’re trying to get pregnant? At first I thought this was simple common courtesy, as if by not disclosing this little nugget you are sparing your friends and relatives from picturing all of that valiant, clumsy endeavoring. I quickly learn the real wisdom behind this advice: The minute you tell folks you are “trying,” the pressure is on.

“Well?” they drawl each time you see them, sizing you up to see if there’s any noticeable addition to your girth.

“Nothing yet,” you reply as breezily as you can.

Chew on this: A helpful, handy baby-feeding primer
It’s pretty much agreed that as far as food is concerned, babies can get by on breast milk for the first year of life. To me, that’s like saying “women can get by with one purse in perpetuity,” which theoretically, of course, is true, but do I really want to carry a sequined silver evening bag roughly the size of a banana on a day trip to Disneyland? Am I expected to tote my lip-gloss and compact to the Opera (never mind that I don’t go to the Opera) in my hot pink, laminated, moisture and mold-resistant, you-could-fit-a-case-of-diet-Coke-in-it diaper bag? And which of these two options—if I am going to be allowed but one—do I bring to a job interview? On a hiking trip? To a funeral?


My recommendation is that you get this book, weather you are a mom to be or already have that precious child, because it tells you all the “fun” stuff you will be dealing with or sheds new light on the situations if you have already been through them. The fun sections like Is my baby okay? (A field guide to overreacting) and “Take me now, big guy!” and other things you won’t be saying anytime soon will have you cracking up. I had tears in my eyes during that last one.

Jenna touches on the very nerve that make us women and after everything we go through in the roller coaster called pregnancy we come out stronger than ever and with a everlasting prize, our children. And then we are ready to go through it all over again.

About Jenna, a writer whose work has appeared in more than forty national and international magazines, on dozens of web sites and in several anthologies. She has held staff positions for leading publishers including Condé Nast and Primedia, and for two years served as the co-host of Santa Barbara’s top rated radio program, the KTYD Early Show. She has extensive media training and has appeared on numerous national news and lifestyle shows as a media spokesperson for Shape magazine. Aside from the professional things I have found by working with Jenna on this review and giveaway that she is a smart, down to Earth person, and loves what she does. I appreciate that in a writer!

What? Did I mention a giveaway? Well look at that, I did! The author of this great book, Jenna McCarthy has generously donated a copy of her book for me to give to one of my readers. All the fun rules are below:

  • MAIN RULE – Tell me one funny baby memory you have of one of your children. (remember if this rule is not followed then no others will count)
  • 1 Extra Entry – Subscribe to my RSS feed or by email (or let me know if you already are) in a separate comment
  • 1 Extra Entry – Stumble this post and leave your Stumble name (I will be checking) in a separate comment
  • 1 Extra Entry – Favorite The Dirty Shirt in Technorati and leave your name (I will be checking) in a separate comment
  • 1 Extra Entry – Follow me on Twitter (button on the top left sidebar) and let me know your Twitter name in a separate comment
  • 2 Extra Entries – Write a post on your blog linking to my blog and to Jenna McCarthy’s website.

This Christmas Giveaway will run through midnight on December 14, with winner being announced the morning of the 15th. Winner will be chosen using from all valid entries and submitted to PRIZEYWinners as well as notified via email the first week of December. Winner will have 48 hours to contact me before another winner is chosen. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.


94 Responses to “The Parent Trip Review And Giveaway”
  1. Kristy says:

    My funniest baby memory even though my baby is still just a littl baby..4 months, is how she giggles when she burps! She thinks it’s hilarious!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  2. Kristy says:

    My funniest baby memory even though my baby is still just a littl baby..4 months, is how she giggles when she burps! She thinks it’s hilarious!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  3. Kristy says:

    I am also subscribed!

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  4. Jesica says:

    My very fave memory is when my oldest was about 3, we were having some strawberry shortcake for dessert, and suddenly a very angry voice came from her seat; “Come HERE Strawberry!! I want to eat you!!”

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  7. Melissa says:

    The funniest memory I have is of my twins, when they were just home from the NICU (they were preemies and were in the hospital for over 5 weeks). No matter how far apart I put them on a huge blanket on the floor, they automatically rolled over toward each other and clasped onto each other.

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  8. Maggie says:

    My funniest baby memory is of my 1 1/2 year old climbing up on a kitchen chair while we we were carving a pumpkin, picking up the newspaper we were using to line the table, and proceeding to pretend to read it. I guess it’s funnier to me LOL.
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  9. Shannon says:

    The funniest baby memory I can think of just happened recently. My oldest (18 1/2 months at the time) was eating dirt in our professional family photo. (Photo on my blog) Priceless!

  10. Shannon says:

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  11. Shannon says:

    I follow you on Twitter. :)

  12. Shannon B. says:

    My daughter cracks me up all the time but recently we stopped at a rest area on the way to my parents house (2.5 hour trip). On the way home, we stopped at a gas station for her to go potty and she proclaimed as we walked in “this is not the potty shop!” Pretty accurate description of a rest area actually!

  13. Cindi says:

    When our youngest son was around the age of 3, we had met my parents and my aunt and uncle for breakfast out one morning. My dad’s long time friend and co-worker joined us for the festivities. He mentioned the fact that my son had lots of hair. My son replied with “Mom, why does that man have a naked head?! I wanted to crawl under the restaurant table that very minute! Thanks, Cindi

  14. Aura says:

    My son was 2 and taking forever to get to bed so I told him “You’re the king of procrastination” to which he answered “no i kingaroo!”

  15. Aura says:

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  16. Juicebox mom says:

    My funniest baby memory is of my daughter, who used to try to eat her toes….Thanks

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  17. Angie says:

    One funny memory I have is when my son was a baby (8 mo. old to be exact) and we took him to get his pictures done. He would not keep his tongue in his mouth! so we finally just took the photo! it was funny & I love the photo!

  18. Angie says:

    I am a subscriber!

  19. Danielle S. says:

    Hmmm..a funny memory…how about the time my sister insisted she was a champ at doing diaper changes on her lap and when she went to change my first sons diaper on her lap, she lifted his legs and he pooed all over her shirt in the car in a parking lot. She had to ride the whole way home covered in poo!
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  20. Danielle S. says:

    Also a subscriber! Both feed and email!
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  21. Claire says:

    My daughter has done so many funny things in her 3 1/2 years but the newest “funny” thing she did (that everyone else is laughing like crazy about but me… not so much) was… well.. we were vlogging together and all of the sudden she screams out loud “Hey everyone We have a Single Mom Here” (Ok, I died when she said that) Then we did a second vlog and she does it again but then proceeds to tell everyone out there that her mommy has a big butt and that I am wearing some HUGE panties… again, I was mortified but I still put it up on my blog! LOL She says funny stuff all the time… the baby days are just a haze now since she turned three… I look back at photo’s and wonder where my sweet innocent non speaking child went… I love her anyway but made her apologize profusely and made her give me tons of BIG HUGS and kisses for that Huge Butt comment! LOL
    Thanks for the giveaway J3!

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  22. Claire says:

    I follow you on twitter!!

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  23. Rebecca says:

    One that makes me laugh is when I changed my son at a “posh” friends house and he peed EVERYWHERE when the diaper was off. I mopped the walls and dresser but the mat was soaked. I went out pretending all was wel and half hour later I saw their nanny scuttling across the house with the offending article. he he he – in the end, I realised we weren’t friends, just people who had the same aged babies. another life lesson.

  24. Rebecca says:

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  25. my memory – I told my little guy that I didn’t burp or fart…..ever….cuz I’m a lady. He believed it for years! ;)

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  29. oh goodness, just one memory. Well, (this is harder than i thought) i think this qualifies as a baby story, i was pregnant and about 7 months along, my husbands cousin asked me what i was going to name the baby i said “Sky” , she was like oh cool, how you gonna spell it? i said “SKI” she was like, hmmm… that spells Ski. as in the sport. i as like OMG! So then i said “SKIE” and that is my daughters name. I thought this was funny, i was so stupid. lol. but prego and wanted that baby out!!!

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  30. Stefani says:

    One of the things I think is funny is my daughter who is now 4 used to call everyone Yeah Yeah. We had a friend who would say yeah multiple times when you would tell him a story. When people would come over, she would call them Yeah Yeah. They thought it was their own personal name she called them until she heard them call it to someone else. She outgrew that stage now. It was funny though!

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  31. Mary says:

    When my son first started to talk, I’d tell him, “Say mama”. He’d always say, “Ca- at!” in two sing-song syllables. Stinker.

    By the way, Jennifer, I’d love to have this book. I had a chance to talk to Jenna on the phone, and she was great!

  32. Christina G. says:

    I don’t remember a particular funny memory of my daughter, but I do remember that when she would laugh, it made my day!

  33. Christina G. says:

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  36. Barb Wild says:

    i had gone through the toll booths and said jesus christ would you hurry up…once. I took my two year old twins to a store christmas shopping and there were all these old grandmas shopping and the line was long. My son, barely two stands up in the back of the stroller and at the top of his voice says JESUS CHRIST WILL you hurry up??? i was mortified!~

  37. Lisa L. says:

    When my son was a baby he could not pronounce ice cream. He called it
    “hah cweem” Now he is a lot older and I still call it hah cweem whenever we discuss if we should have any.

  38. MRS.MOMMYY says:

    I loved when a family member just had to hold one of my children, and I kept telling her no, but husband said- oh just for a moment- the baby was all smiles then bleched and the person thought- how cute- she burped, and then bleched and then tossed her cookies all over the person- haha!

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  40. ester says:

    my 1.5 year old colored all over the house and before i even saw and had a chance to get upset, she ran over to me and said ‘only paper mommy! right?’
    i couldn’t help laughing my head off!

  41. Brandi says:

    Ohhhhhhh I want this!!!!! Please enter me into this contest!

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  42. Brandi says:

    I soooo forgot my favorite baby moment in that last comment! I would have to say it was when I had my first daughter. I left for a couple of hours and came home to my husband cleaning up our room, throwing pillows away, stripping the bedding and tossing it, and brown streaks on the wall. See Kenz had a bad habit of waiting till you went to take her dipaer off before she would finish pooping. Well, he didn’t know that and when he took her diaper off…she shot it EVERYWHERE!

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  43. Brandi says:

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  44. Kathy Scott says:

    My son feel asleep in his plate of spaghetti.

  45. Paige says:

    My son was on my hubby’s lap, and he reached up and stuck his fingers in daddy’s nose, and pulled! My husband was in tears, and I was laughing so hard, I was in tears, too.

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  46. Sarah S says:

    One of my child’s funniest memories is when she was 5 months, she would always pass gas and then burp and then after passing gas, she’d look around as if someone else had done it. It was hilarious!

  47. Sarah S says:

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  48. mamamy says:

    Just today my little girl figured out that mommy giggles when she says one word over & over & over, its hard to be serious when they are smart & cute, my day has been filled with giggles, and coming from mostly me ;)
    thanks, mama my

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  49. Colette S says:

    My 19month old tells me: “mama you use potty like big girl ok..ok! ok!?

    Yes baby mommy is using the potty”


  50. Angie P. says:

    My favorite funny memory is when my son, who was about 15 months old at the time, was being held by a female friend of ours. Although he’d been weaned much earlier, he just up and stuck his hand down her shirt to grab a boobie! Luckily, no one was shocked or mortified, but won’t that be a good embarrassing story for when he’s dating?

  51. Melissa says:

    One evening I had used clippers to shave my husband and my 12 year old sons hair. The next day I walk into my kitchen to find my 3 year old son, shaving his head. I let out a scream and he smiled, look mama, I look like daddy…..all I could do was laugh…..

  52. Veronica L. says:

    My favorite memory of my son has to be he was so tired one evening and I just had set down a plate of mashed potatoes for him to eat. As soon as I turned my back to get my plate from the kitchen and upon me coming back to the dinner plate, He was face first into the potatoes, snoring away! Too cute!

  53. chastidy v says:

    The first time my husband changed my oldest sons diaper, lets just say he was screaming like a girl and the room was a mess.

  54. Susan Smith says:

    I was giving my son a bath when he let out a big fart. The look on his face was priceless

  55. Leah says:

    I will always remember the day my ds ran buck~naked through the house and onto the front lawn shouting “YEEEEEEHAW!!!!” Sooooooo funny! : )))

    Thanks so much for this fabulous give~away! : )))


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    Thanks again for the give~away! : )))


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  60. Carol Drury says:

    when I was at a friends house and our children were napping in the same crib and I picked up the wrong baby and started to go home with him – if he hadn’t cried as I got to the door and i didnt recognize the cry not sure how far I would have gotten!!!!!

  61. Ann says:

    This would make the perfect gift for my cousin……

  62. Lori says:

    My favorite memory is the day my daughter (age 1 at the time) got into my new lipstick and gave herself a “makeover” I was upset but couldn’t help but laugh and take a few pictures for the scrapbook!

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  64. Jennifer says:

    A very funny, but very gross memory is when one of my baby’s spit up in my mouth while I was doing “airplane” over my head!! YUCK!!

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  66. mistress meeyee says:

    My child is just a baby but I remember the first time he peed in my hair and face. It was three days after he came home from the hospital and I covered his wee wee with a wipe while I worked on cleaning his booty and he peed with such force,it made the wipe come off and hit me in the face.It has happened many times since!

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  69. Denise says:

    My son born on Dec. 23rd burying himself in piles of garland was a cute memory.

  70. Kristyn Martin says:

    My son kept screaming at a man standing near us in Walgreens calling him Dada! I was mortified, but he thought it was funny!

  71. Amy L says:

    Besides the first time he had spaghetti – and so did the floor walls and counters? Which I think every baby goes thru…

    I’d been imitating animals with a few books I’d head, but thus far he’d only listened.

    One day on our walk we saw what I at first thought were goats…turns out the one closest to me was a shorn sheep and the one further away was quite wooly, cluing me on their true nature.

    Seems Robert was mislead too as he threw back his head and mooed! I just cracked up. I’d been imitating animals with a few books I’d head, but thus far he’d only listened.

  72. Kate says:

    I used to work for a canvassing organization. One day I went to the door of a young couple one of which was carrying a baby. They said “say hi!” and the baby straight up, spit up all over the floor! And the rents kept saying, “sorry! I’ve never seen him spit up this much before!” I was just kind of like, thanks…

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  77. Donna K says:

    My son had a little accident in the tub (something floating). I moved pretty fast getting him out.

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  80. Deirdre says:

    my daughter took her washable markers and covered her whole entire 2 legs with green marker and then was creative enough to use different colors on her feet. I was trying not to laugh so hard I was practically crying!

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  82. Sarah says:

    My oldest son (now 2 1/2) was laying in the middle of our bed after a bath. I had a clean washcloth and I dropped it on his bare belly then quickly grabbed it back up. He started laughing hysterically, so I did it again, and again, and again. He laughed for a solid 10-15 minutes and this was the first time he’d really laughed. So cute.

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  84. Janet says:

    my son peed into my coffee cup while he was taking a bath!

  85. Juicebox mom says:

    my daughter would throw her food on floor on purpose just so she could say her first words: UH OH. about 10,000 times.

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