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Summary

Being a mum is an incredible journey, a remarkable experience that changes how we look, how we feel, who we are. As mothers we are strong, protective and proud. We feel a love like no other.

But being a parent can be hard, too. It challenges us physically, mentally, emotionally. There are the days where just managing to fit a shower in amidst the endless feeding, entertaining young children and surviving on a lack of sleep feels like an achievement. With so many people ready to offer 'advice' on the best way to parent, it can feel like you are getting it all wrong.

Since Giovanna and her husband, Tom Fletcher, have had their sons, Buzz and Buddy, they have been sharing glimpses of their family life. With an infectiously positive outlook and a happy take on all things mum-related, Giovanna has developed a following of fellow parents and mums-to-be.

This is not an audiobook about how to have the perfect family experience - Gi would be the first to admit she is winging it just as much as the rest of us. Instead it is an honest, upbeat and incredibly personal account of her own experience of having a family.

In Happy Mum, Happy Baby, Giovanna shares her own journey through parenthood, and in doing so she looks at what it is to be a mother today, encourages you to be confident in yourself as a parent and celebrates how putting a focus on being a happy and confident mum can really make for a happy baby.

©2017 Giovanna Fletcher (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton

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Not all that helpful...

Was hoping to be inspired but this is really just a personal account of having children from someone who has money and 'stuff.' Clearly a nice woman and a good mum but I found it completely self indulgent and less helpful than I hoped.

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Keeps it real

I have loved this book. Giovanna really captured what it is like to be a mum and keeps it real. I loved the humour that she puts into it and would highly recommend it to mums to be and mums.

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Not a help book

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, it made me feel less anxious about getting things wrong or doing things different. It is not however a guide, it is more a story of the authors pregnancy,

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Written with rose tinted glasses…

It was a lovely memoir of her time as a mum however I found the book to be quite boring. She mentioned that she got into the nitty gritty of her parenting journey but everything seemed to be written with rose tinted glasses. Glad I have read it but definitely wouldn’t read again or recommend to others.

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Perfect listening for the long nights

I listened to this during the night feeds for the first two weeks of having my little one. I found it comforting and reassuring. Thank you for making the long nights feel more manageable

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Best book ever

So entertaining ! She is so true to herself , it’s hard to make a parenting book be enjoyable, funny , warming but she did it !

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Brilliant

absolutely loved it , made me giggle every mum should read this it's so relatable

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Amazing

Thank you for this incredible book, making new mums feel normal, all our worries, thoughts and feelings made feel totally normal. Giovanna puts her positive spin and happy self out there.

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Brilliant listen

Loved it. Just an honest account of motherhood. Lots of funny bits in there to make you giggle because you know it's true.

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Eased worries and reminded me I'm not alone

Absolutely loved this book. Giovanna is so down to earth and unafraid to tell it like it is. she has eased some of my worries about becoming a mum and the challenges ahead and given me food for thought on things like hynobirthing and baby led weaning. I am sure I will come back and relisten multiple times over the coming months and years!

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  • 20-03-17

Absolutely Amazing

I could not stop listening. Tears, laughter, and comfort, this book is absolutely amazing.

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  • 03-03-17

Beautiful story from beginning to end!

Absolutely wonderful!! What an inspiration to current and future mum's to embrace themselves and their children and all the squishy, messy, hilarious, adorable things that motherhood brings! Thank you Gi!

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  • Elsie Hornblum
  • 06-08-18

So helpful with my first pregnancy

I am so incredibly grateful I found and listened to this book during my first pregnancy. It is so down to earth and gave me a wonderfully realistic view of pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. Hands down the best advice I got was the part about Hypnobirthing. Wow, what an amazing decision! I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants a good look at motherhood with a lot of wit and hilarity along the way.

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  • Nasya
  • 03-05-18

Beautiful

I love everything about this book. How raw and true it is to be a woman. Giovanna talks about her struggles with PCOS and becoming a mother. I smiled and I was brought to tears by her stories. As my husband and I have been coping with our miscarriage, trying to have a baby, and my having PCOS, it was comforting to know other people go through the same thing. I enjoyed hearing her success and about being a mother. It is beautiful.
You do not have to be a mother to read this. I think young women and mothers would get a lot from reading this book. Giovanna's voice is beautiful and it is narrated well.

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  • 05-06-17

Honest

Just an honest account of her/their lives. Such a good book for everyone.
Not just mums

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  • Inés Carrillo
  • 03-05-17

Incredibly Book!

I'm not a mum or plan to be anytime soon and LOVED this.
This book is wonderfully funny and emotional.

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  • 25-03-17

Completely relatable!

Motherhood is such an isolating feeling sometimes. You wonder if you are the only one experiencing these challenges. Time after time Giovanna spoke of the same thoughts, feelings and experiences I have gone through since becoming a Mom. I feel like a have a new Mom friend after listening to this book!

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  • Merrilee Hill-Kennedy
  • 13-03-17

Amazing!

Every young parents or parent to be should read this book. It was well stated full of humor dignity and maturity. I was amazed at how mature and realistic the author was about her life, her mother hood, and her body.