If any of you fantastic folks would like to win an advance copy of the book Hello, My Name Is Pabst then keep reading…
Authors Kerry Sparks and Miek Bruno wrote a baby-naming book for “indie-leaning alternaparents of every kind, from geeks to Goths.” 
The book won’t be in stores until October 23rd, but I’m partnering with Miek and Kerry for a contest and the winner gets an advance, signed copy. They’re looking for the Tumblr parent whose child has the coolest name. What’s cool? They’re judging, not me — but I’m guessing Jennifer doesn’t cut it. Send them your child’s name and picture (optional), include your email or Tumblr handle, and put the word “Mammalingo” somewhere in the email. The contest begins now and ends Wednesday, October 17th. The winner gets the book and bragging rights. Send emails to mynameispabst@gmail.com.
They have a Tumblr (because duh) so you can learn more about their humorous-but-actually helpful book there. 

If any of you fantastic folks would like to win an advance copy of the book Hello, My Name Is Pabst then keep reading…

Authors Kerry Sparks and Miek Bruno wrote a baby-naming book for “indie-leaning alternaparents of every kind, from geeks to Goths.” 

The book won’t be in stores until October 23rd, but I’m partnering with Miek and Kerry for a contest and the winner gets an advance, signed copy. They’re looking for the Tumblr parent whose child has the coolest name. What’s cool? They’re judging, not me — but I’m guessing Jennifer doesn’t cut it. Send them your child’s name and picture (optional), include your email or Tumblr handle, and put the word “Mammalingo” somewhere in the email. The contest begins now and ends Wednesday, October 17th. The winner gets the book and bragging rights. Send emails to mynameispabst@gmail.com.

They have a Tumblr (because duh) so you can learn more about their humorous-but-actually helpful book there. 

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We have a winner. And if I had a megaphone, I’d shout into it. But, I don’t have a megaphone — and one of my kids is sleeping… so I’ll just quietly whisper that Brittany Anascavage coined the winning word. Congratulations to Brittany. MOTHERSHARE v. (Fr. mother + overshare]: The tendency for the socially isolated mother of an infant or toddler to tell random strangers unnecessary things about her life. This is due to the excitement she feels at finally communicating with another adult. Examples include: “My daughter has just been so constipated lately!” “My husband goes out a lot with his friends so he’s never really home,” or “My lady parts just haven’t been the same since the delivery.” Mothershare statements leave the room shadowed in an uncomfortable silence.Thank you to everyone who sent in a submission for the contest. I want to say that you are all winners in my eyes, but I feel like that’s coddling a bit. Clearly, you’re not all winners. Brittany’s the only one is going to be sent a copy of either What To Expect When You’re Expecting or What To Expect: The Toddler Years. But I am thankful to all of you for entering. And to David Vienna of The Daddy Complex for coming up with the idea and running the contest. Look for more contests from him in the coming weeks. As for me, I just got such a kick out of Brittany’s use of the word “lady parts” that I’m going to try to incorporate it into my everyday speech more. So, to my friends and family, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

We have a winner. And if I had a megaphone, I’d shout into it. But, I don’t have a megaphone — and one of my kids is sleeping… so I’ll just quietly whisper that Brittany Anascavage coined the winning word. Congratulations to Brittany.

MOTHERSHARE v. (Fr. mother + overshare]: The tendency for the socially isolated mother of an infant or toddler to tell random strangers unnecessary things about her life. This is due to the excitement she feels at finally communicating with another adult. Examples include: “My daughter has just been so constipated lately!” “My husband goes out a lot with his friends so he’s never really home,” or “My lady parts just haven’t been the same since the delivery.” Mothershare statements leave the room shadowed in an uncomfortable silence.

Thank you to everyone who sent in a submission for the contest. I want to say that you are all winners in my eyes, but I feel like that’s coddling a bit. Clearly, you’re not all winners. Brittany’s the only one is going to be sent a copy of either What To Expect When You’re Expecting or What To Expect: The Toddler Years. But I am thankful to all of you for entering. And to David Vienna of The Daddy Complex for coming up with the idea and running the contest. Look for more contests from him in the coming weeks. As for me, I just got such a kick out of Brittany’s use of the word “lady parts” that I’m going to try to incorporate it into my everyday speech more. So, to my friends and family, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow.

Today is your last day to enter The Daddy Complex-Mammalingo contest. The one where you make up your own Mammalingo-ish word and send it to David Vienna. Please hop on over to The Daddy Complex for rules. But, FYI, the deadline is 8 p.m. Eastern Time, 7 p.m. Central Time and 5 p.m. Pacific Time — and I don’t know what time in Bora Bora. (Sorry Bora Bora readers!)

The Clock’s Ticking

The contest is still on! That’s the one where you think of a Mammalingo word and send it to David Vienna of The Daddy Complex. A copy of What To Expect When You’re Expecting or What To Expect the Toddler Years will be sent to the winner. And, not to scare all of you, but Friday is your last day to enter. So, just do it. (That has a nice ring to it. I just made it up on the spot. I should work in advertising.)

By the way, the author of the What to Expect series, Heidi Murkoff, is one prolific lady. Books in the series include, What to Expect the First Year, What to Expect the Toddler Years, The What to Expect Pregnancy Organizer, The What to Expect Pregnancy Planner, The What to Expect Babysitter’s Handbook, What to Expect: Eating Well When You’re Expecting, What to Expect Before You’re Expecting, What to Expect When Mommy’s Having a Baby and What to Expect When the New Baby Comes Home. I think the next one is What to Expect, Saved by the Bell: The College Years.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting: The Movie

As I announced yesterday, I’m teaming up with David Vienna of The Daddy Complex for a contest. The lucky gal or guy who comes up with the best Mammalingo word this week (and submits it to David) wins a copy of either What to Expect When You’re Expecting or What to Expect the Toddler Years. You can mosey on over to The Daddy Complex for rules.

Now, here’s what I didn’t mention yesterday. What to Expect When You’re Expecting is being made into a movie. Yes, really. If you win a copy, you can brush up on the details and try to figure out how the heck they plan to bring it to the big screen.

I’m trying to decide who should star. The first actress who popped into my head was Angelina Jolie. I dismissed the thought immediately thinking she wouldn’t be believable as a mom. But then, of course, I remembered that the woman is a mother to six children. I even suspect she would get all method on us and go for number seven right before filming began.

But, if I was asked to cast the movie (and I don’t know why I haven’t been?), Angelina would not be my first choice. I’d go with Amy Adams or Isla Fisher. And you? Who do you think should star in What to Expect When You’re Expecting?

No more lint from me. A contest… with a real prize. Finally.

Very cool news today. David Vienna of The Daddy Complex asked me if I’d like to team up for a contest. For those of you who aren’t yet aware of his incredibly popular and funny blog, David chronicles the (sometimes imagined) adventures of his twin boys, Boone and Wyatt. It’s great. Really. Go take a look for yourself. Right now. But come back here when you’re done. I can’t risk losing the five of you as readers.

Okay, so David is running a contest this week with a Mammalingo twist to it. He is looking for the best Mammalingo submission from readers. And, he’s giving away a copy of What To Expect When You’re Expecting or What To Expect: The Toddler Years to the person who sends it in. 

Go to The Daddy Complex for the rules. Although I get to help judge (I bought a gavel and a robe), all submissions this week should be sent to him.

Maybe you already have copies of both books? No, you can’t exchange it for something by Jonathan Franzen. But I do suggest you enter anyway. You could always give the book to a pregnant friend. Maybe she doesn’t know that you’re not supposed to do keg stands until the third trimester. You would be doing a really good deed. She might even name her kid after you. 

Or, you could put the book in storage – keeping it in pristine condition. What if, one day, David becomes the President of the United States? Well, I think a book sent to you by him would fetch a pretty penny on eBay, no? Also, the winning word will be posted on both Mammalingo and The Daddy Complex. I hear there’s also talk about a PEOPLE Magazine cover.