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Life with a Pint-Sized Dictator

by (author) Rebecca Eckler

Key Porter Books
Initial publish date
Mar 2007
Marriage & Family, Motherhood
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    Publish Date
    Mar 2007
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After her little bundle of joy, Rowan (a.k.a The Dictator), arrives, Rebecca Eckler wonders when the promised "rewarding" part will kick in. She wasn't supposed to trade in tight jeans for baggy sweatpants, or give up the dream of sound sleep and a passionate sex life. Yet even in the throes of her exhaustion, Eckler gleans and shares some sound advice for modern moms, including everything you need to know on:
The Diaper Genie: "It's been six weeks and we have yet to use this 'must-have' baby item because we can't figure out how the damn thing works."
Achievement: "No matter how well I had done in school, no matter what my career accomplishments were, my mother had never been so proud of me as when I gave birth."
Keeping up appearances: "How is it possible that I haven't had a drink in months, yet I still look worse than I ever did hungover?"
The effectiveness of baby monitors: "You can hear a baby screaming through walls. Unless you live in the Taj Mahal and place your baby at the other end of the palace, there is no way you won't hear her cry."
Size matters: "I had made the mistake of trying on a pair of pre-pregnancy jeans, which I couldn't get up past my knees. It was the worst decision I have ever made."
With the same dry wit as in her hilarious chronicle Knocked Up: Confessions of a Hip Mother-to-be, Eckler sets the record straight on being a new mom: the highs, the lows, and the sheer bliss that comes when you're dealing with the demands of someone who's not very large, but undeniably in charge.

About the author

Rebecca Eckler is one of Canada's most popular journalists and writers. She has a weekly parenting column in The Globe and Mail, and her work has appeared in such publications as Elle, Fashion, Chatelaine, House and Home, Mademoiselle, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times. She is also the founder of, and writes a blog for Eckler’s bestselling books, including Toddlers Gone Wild and Wiped!, have been published in Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Hungary, and Turkey. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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