I Went to Bed with Gum in my Mouth, and Now There’s Gum in My Hair…

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Okay, not really. But, it has been a terrible, no-good, horrible, very bad day, so it wouldn’t surprise me.

My son is sick(ish) which means he’s feeling bad enough to be cranky and whiny but not bad enough to sit and snuggle with me. So, instead, he’s vacillating between running around and playing and crying because he doesn’t feel well enough to run around and play. Poor baby.

My daughter feels fine, but she misses her playmate.

I couldn’t find a pair of maternity jeans that fit me this morning. Really. I need to have this baby soon or I’m going to run out of clothes. Even my hubby’s sweats feel tight.

My husband has to work late.

It’s 95 degrees out, so when I sent the kids out to play, they got all red-faced and had to come in ten minutes later. Now they’re stuck inside. This does not bode well for summer.

I got my first negative review on my book. Okay, so it wasn’t terrible, but the blogger didn’t agree with the principles in my book (namely that I gave birth in a hospital) and felt like I was touting my opinions too heavily. I really tried hard when writing my book to throw my personal preferences aside and look at all aspects of pregnancy and give equal information on all options so this review really stung. Probably not something to cry over– nobody is going to write the perfect book for everyone– but I did.
(*note* Since like 10 people have asked… I am NOT upset about any of the reviews on Amazon… those are all nice and I appreciate everyone’s perspective….even those who don’t 100% agree with me. I’m upset about a blog review (one that I’m NOT going to show you) that calls me “selfish” and “unchristian” and “totally obnoxious”. Yes, it’s that bad.)

But, as my son just reminded me: “Mommy, some days are like this. Even in Australia”


  1. Hang in there- I don’t know what it is like to get negative reviews (or any reviews). I can imagine it’s very difficult to want to explain yourself, or justify yourself to what someone wrote in a review.

    Don’t let it bring you down. There’s probably a good life lesson in there somewhere.

    Your gum story reminds me that my dad outlawed chewing gum in our house from roughly 1984-1990, because someone left some in their pockets and it went through the dryer, adhering to all of his undershirts.
    Not good.

    Hope tomorrow is a great day.

  2. Erin,

    Miss you girl! Sounds like you’re growing along with the temperature. Hang in there. I went and read that review you were talking about. You make me laugh. Not sure I’d consider 4-stars and someone who reviews my book as “Laugh out loud funny!” as a bad review. You crack me up! But, I’m sure you’ll have to encourage me when my notsogreat reviews come in. Wait until I share my idea for my next book with you. There will be LOTS of questioning reviews from moms who don’t agree AT ALL with the next one. Remember, good or bad (we both know it’s great!), it’s still getting LOTS of attention. And, that’s a great thing. Love you!

  3. I’m so sorry about the negative review, friend. Believe me, I’ve been there. You can NOT please everyone. There’s nooooooo way. And like my husband tells me, anything worth writing is worth being criticized. I cry too, but then I try to focus on what I know is true. Hugs!!

  4. Aww, I’m sorry you had a bad day!!! I feel your pain with an ear infected baby and coming down with his cold. Just remember, when it comes to pregnancy and baby-havin’, there are soooo many different opinions out there, you’re bound to have a few folks who disagree. Even in Australia! 😉 Hugs. Hope tomorrow is a better day!

  5. There is always tomorrow! Don’t worry about the review. I’m like you – I take negative criticism to heart. But we can’t do that. There’s always someone out there who won’t agree with what you say. I’m sorry you are having a no good very bad day! :(

  6. Erin,

    Just finished my first browse through and quick read in your new book! I even got our church to carry it! I loved it. Thank you for being blunt and funny at the same time. You’ve helped prepare and calm me down in the same moments.

    Thanks for writing a Christian guide. I was hoping for more scriptures but I also only scimmed the book the first time through and will read more in depth when I am actually pregnant. Can you write a book called Christian Woman TTC with Patience. Because I’m going crazy trying to get pregnant and it’s so hard to wait on God.

    Anyways thanks for this book. DH will be reading it soon as well. Wishing you luck with the new baby!


  7. My wife loves this book!

    And about the bad review … Joanne is right, even a bad review has it out there being discussed. And the neat thing, I think the fact that sometimes a book gets a bad review means it is being studied and treated seriously, which means it is being taken as a something to be reckoned with. That really is a compliment. wb

  8. If it makes you feel any better, I got a bad/good review just the other day. The reviewer blogged that she liked my book but when she and her daughter were sorting through books to discard, she picked mine. Who writes that? I mean honestly?! Feel better? I know sometimes misery loves company-but at least your hard work didn’t end up in the incinerator at the local dump. At least she could have recycled it, right? :)

    Hang in there with bambino…tick tock, tick tock


  9. You’re talking about that 4-star review…it sounded to me like they really liked your book little miss I’m-way-too-hard-on-myself! And Joey’s right, they even have bad days down under so hang in there!

  10. Haha, Erin!

    I read your “bad” review. Honey, it’s a good review! She liked the book she just personally prefers to have her babies in a way that you didn’t.

    After your new baby is born you’ll have to go back and re-read all of your reviews :)

    By the way, thank you for the Joey quote. It’s nice to be reminded that my son isn’t the only little boy who says the most absolutely random things that make such perfect sense.

  11. Everyone keeps telling me how positive it is to be somewhat controversial in my writing. Not everyone is going to agree but as others have said at least it gets them thinking and talking about the book! I am uncomfortable with conflict so I get how it’s totally hard to receive. I can’t wait to read the book one day!

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