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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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Amazing

I have absolutely loved listening to this book and it’s really made me realise that the way I’ve felt in the past is actually quite normal and through listening to this book and G’s podcasts that’s really made me realise this fact

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Entertaining, informative and will put a big smile on your face!

I am not even a mum yet but this has confirmed everything I hope and wish it will be when it happens! Such a joy to listen to an honest account of day to day with two gorgeous boys. Thank you G!

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Even before this book I adored you. You have helped me become the mother I am.
Thank you

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Excellent, insightful and enjoyable

A charming and thoughtful insight into motherhood, especially interesting for new Mums. Support and advice delivered in a friendly, open manner.

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Brilliant

i really connected with this book due to being a mummy myself!! great book giovanna

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flipping brilliant honest stories of being a mum!

it was heart warming to listen to the stories of being a mum! I would listen during the night as I fed my little boy and chuckle and nod in agreement at things i too was experiencing!

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Made me laugh and cry, great book

Thank you for being so honest in sharing your experiences with us, I honestly have loved hearing it. I have laughed and cried with it and learned along the way 😁

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Good little book, but slow down!

This was an enjoyable book, but the narration was insanely fast! I had to relisten to several passages to understand what was being said. In fact, the last two chapters were the only ones which weren’t gabbled at lightning speed. But overall, I enjoyed the book & liked the parenting anecdotes peppering the narrative.

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One mothers experiences about parenting

I bought this book to prepare for the arrival of our new, first baby. It's an interesting story of a woman's experiences conceiving and raising two boys, however it is not the book that I was looking for. I wanted an instructional book about how to care for a new infant and this book is about one mothers experiences, rather than the guide I was expecting. Not for me but I can see I'm the exception to the rule as the book has good reviews from other parents.

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Lovely listen

It was lovely to find an honest, empowering and informative book as I near the end of my pregnancy journey. With so much advice on offer, I take from this book the ideas that I think will suit my parenting style, knowing I can come back and revisit the book when a particular challenge arrives. I like that it's fairly concise so not too overwhelmingly first time around or if I need to come back and listen again. I've bookmarked some of my favourite parts. Thank you Giovanna for sharing

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  • Stefanie
  • 20-03-17

Absolutely Amazing

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

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  • bryg.
  • 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
  • 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.