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Mom Milestones

The TRUE Story of the First Seven Years

By Grace Farris

Baby’s first tooth, baby’s first step, baby’s first word—how lovingly parents mark the milestones of their children. But what about the person who’s doing so much of the heavy lifting—wrangling a swaddle, packing the diaper bag, figuring out how to install and use a car seat? Finally, here’s a book that tracks and commemorates mom’s progress, from Grace Farris, a doctor, cartoonist, and mother of two sons.

Warmly humorous and told in a playful comic form, Mom Milestones celebrates the journey every mom can relate to, one that begins with one-day-old mom, who may feel like she is learning a new language, and continues through all the milestones of early motherhood, like seven-year-old mom preparing for elementary school. Here are mom’s achievements, significant firsts, and skills learned (how to do a “playdate,” coax a kid into taking medicine, amuse a group of kindergartners). Mom’s likes (adapting pop songs to lullaby format) and dislikes (emptying the lunchbox and mystery smells). Crafts mom enjoys (no glitter or glue allowed). An ABCs of Motherhood (E is for Ennui). And so it goes, until mom reaches the things-I’ve-already-forgotten-age, when she no longer remembers the highs and lows of potty training.

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“An absolute delight from first page to last, Mom Milestones is the parenting book every mom needs! Grace Farris tells it like it is while making us laugh and reminding us to savor the small moments on the journey of motherhood. A beautifully written and charmingly illustrated ode to motherhood.” —Madi Sinha, author of The White Coat Diaries and At Least You Have Your Health 

“*Shouting from the rooftops*: This hilarious book should be required reading for every parent. Early motherhood often feels isolating, but this book will make new parents feel SEEN, as well as encouraged, charmed, and loved. Grace Farris covers parenthood’s magical highs and ridiculous lows, from sleepless nights and toddler meltdowns to bedtime kisses and reclaiming your identity. Simply put, Grace Farris gets it, and we’re somehow lucky enough to have her as our guide and cheerleader. I could not love this wonderful book more. She deserves our deepest gratitude—and a small bowl of nuts.” —Joanna Goddard, founder of Cup of Jo

“Hilarious, tender, and honest. Those who have been in the motherhood trenches will feel seen in these pages over and over again. Just brilliant.” —Kate Baer, New York Times bestselling author of What Kind of Woman

“Grace Farris has a talent for capturing motherhood in a way that’s relatable, honest, and funny. I was captivated from the first pages and wished I had this gem during my first months navigating new motherhood. Reading Grace’s book is like having lunch with your wittiest and most creative friend. Told with a rare blend of insight and inspiration, Mom Milestones is sure to be a source of comfort for parents everywhere!” —Saumya Dave, psychiatrist and author of What a Happy Family

“I really wish I had this book when I became a mom the first time around. This delightful and humorous collection shares motherhood experiences in a light and relatable way. The illustrations are fun, and I especially appreciate the representation of different moms. I’m definitely gifting this book to my mom friends.” —Andrea Pippins, illustrator and author of Who Will You Be?

“Grace Farris’s cartoons are funny, smart, and get brilliantly to the heart of things. They’re also deeply sweet. I recommend this book emphatically to anyone who has or is thinking about having kids.” —Liana Finck, cartoonist and author of Excuse Me and Passing for Human

“Grace Farris is one of my favorite cartoonists, and her collection does not stint on pinprick specificity and warm wisdom. This wonderful book deserves pride of place in every nursery library, and it will probably be the only volume that actually gets read.” —Lauren Mechling, author of How Could She

“As a first-time toddler mom, reading Mom Milestones has made me feel less alone in my experiences. Farris approaches motherhood and child development with wit, silliness, honesty, and compassion.” —Whit Taylor, cartoonist and editor at The Nib

“This book will make every new mother feel truly seen—the good moments and the bad ones, the ugly feelings and the transcendent. You’re going to make it, and Grace will show you how—with a bag big enough for string cheese and clementines and literally everything else anyone could possibly need for the next several hours. You’re doing great.” —Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author of All Adults Here

“Grace Farris’s debut book is so funny, wise, and tender, and so startling in its accuracy. Every page had me chuckling and nodding in recognition, feeling by turns wistful and moved by Farris’s keen observations and pleasing drawings. I can’t wait to give this book to every mother and mother-to-be in my life!” —Edan Lepucki, author of Mothers Before

“Grace Farris is the Roz Chast of the mom world—witty, incisive, hilarious, and real. If you know a new mom, deliver this book to her doorstep ASAP along with a tray of lasagna and a pallet of diapers.” —Sabrina Moyle, cofounder of Hello!Lucky and Nautilus Award–winning author of I Believe in You

“Being a new mom, it’s easy to lose track of yourself. I enjoyed how this book refocuses the experience from the mom’s perspective. Not only have you birthed a new human, you’re also getting to know a new you!” —Sharee Miller, author/illustrator of Michelle’s Garden, Don’t Touch My Hair, and Princess Hair

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March 29, 2022
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