Everyone knows the famous book titled, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” but what happens after the joyous events of pregnancy and childbirth? What do you do now when you are sleep-deprived, holding a screaming toddler, and trying to remember what you packed in your diaper bag?
For author Janell Smiley, this describes several moments she had while raising her two boys, many stories of which she has included in her new book. Is that Poop, or Chocolate? What to Expect When You’re Done Expecting.
Designed as a journal depicting several hilarious moments that occurred as Janell and her husband were raising their two sons, Jacob and Joey, Janell also shares with readers what lessons she learned through the outcomes of these events and to be prepared for the unexpected.
One event, for example, was a Christian retreat the family took to enjoy the sights and sounds of the outdoors, as well as grow closer to God. However, the simplicity of nature was soon interrupted when the youngest, Joey, found himself wedged in a swing. Though he was freed, it was a moment to laugh about later as a family.
Or how about the first trip to Disneyland with a two-year-old and four-year-old? Needless to say, shoes were lost, patience levels were tested, and someone had a meltdown over ice cream after a long hot day.
Yet, even through the chaos of these moments, Janell appreciates the memories that were gained through them and Is that Poop, or Chocolate celebrates the treasured times parents share in raising their children.
Sure, no one really tells you how messy and unpredictable life can be when you have children, especially as you anticipate the birth of your child, but Janell wants you to know that no matter the upheaval, raising children is worth it!
Janell lives in Northern California with her husband of 30 years - loves to travel, visit her kids, hike, take pictures...generally enjoy life??