By Diane Ako
I enjoy when people are "real." I appreciate honesty. That's why I love this new book by Texas author and humorist Dallas Louis, The Mommy Diaries: How I'm Surviving Parenting without Killing Anyone.
The woman is hilarious. After having three children within 26 months (none are twins), Louis' life has been a non-stop circus. From nearly getting kicked out of Disneyland after her youngest tackled Cinderella, to being on a first name basis with her family orthopedic surgeon, Louis' children and home life are a constant source of material - enough to fill her new book.
The Mommy Diaries chronicles the family life of an everyday mom trying to navigate the waters of parenting. Louis walks readers through her most embarrassing moments and some of her more bizarre emergency room trips. She also sheds light on the husband/wife dynamic and the twists and turns a marriage takes when kids (and household projects) enter the mix.
With chapters such as "You Shoved WHAT up Your Nose?" and "Why Some Animals Eat Their Young", Louis shares her parenting lessons with a generous dose of humor. "Parenthood is an intense roller coaster filled with constant chaos, the pitter-patter of adorable, yet never-ceasing little feet, broken dishes, and emotional ups and downs - from the kids and the parents! And all this in addition to the regular duties, chores, and responsibilities of a normal American household," says Louis. "Sometimes laughter is needed to survive the more challenging days!"
I am working my way through the book, but have been laughing out loud since the first page. There are many moments of head nodding in agreement to a statement she's made, like this gem on breastfeeding which "in the beginning, feels as though you have stuck your breast through a meat grinder that is on the slowest possible speed with the dullest possible blade." How I relate to this woman... or am grateful that I chose to stop at one, when I read about the circus that three children can be!
I asked Louis, who honeymooned in Maui, when she would be returning to Hawaii. Here's her answer: "Howdy to all my new Hawaiian friends! I wanted to say 'Aloha' but y'all hear that all the time! When I close my eyes I can still see the waves rolling up on the beach and hear the humpbacks singing in their magnificent underwater chorus... after I was married on Maui , I try so hard to get back to there as often as I can! Now that I can no longer pacify my kiddos with 'Mom & Dad are just going away for a few days'' I know it won't be long before they, too, will see the waves hitting the shore and hear the whales singing in their dreams! I cannot wait to get back to Hawaii , please enjoy the book, and visit my website (www.dallaslouis.com) for a taste of Texas!"
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there - and may your lives be a little less chaotic than the one detailed in the book!