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Let the Baby Drive: Navigating the Road of New Motherhood

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  80 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
For more than a decade, Lu Hanessian had been living on the go, traveling the globe as a successful television host and journalist. But nothing could have prepared her for her biggest assignment: motherhood. Her baby redefined her world, turning her precious beliefs and perceptions on their head. He threatened her defenses and whipped up her fears like a cyclone. Like most ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published May 1st 2004)
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Apr 08, 2009 Julie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents and parents-to-be
Recommended to Julie by: abby
what an amazing, introspective, compassionate book by a very talented writer.

first, an emotional response to the book:
this was the first book i came across that described the intensity of the newborn phase with honesty. i didn't fully accept until reading this that other women may have had equally difficult experiences. my baby cried a lot- it seemed like it was all the time. but hanessian's experience broadened the spectrum for me (her baby was more sensitive and "fussy" than mine) and i began
Sep 28, 2010 Shirin rated it it was amazing
From the very beginning, this book rang so true to me. Hanessian is a great writer and captures the complex emotions of new motherhood so well. It's especially amazing that she could write about those early days so perfectly, they are just a big dark fog in my mind. I appreciate how she analyzes all the little things that go on with her child as he grows and the realizations she comes to are invaluable. It is geared more toward attachment parenting advocates in the loosest sense, i.e. those who ...more
Sep 15, 2009 Inder rated it did not like it
Ugh. Overwrought, strangely humorless, sentimental schlock. I'm baffled at the overwhelmingly positive reviews. Being an attachment-parenting mother to a super-sensitive child is no excuse for tedious memoir writing.

I was so baffled by all of those good reviews that I decided to give this another chance (also, it was the only book on my nightstand), and read another couple of chapters. I did manage to get past the strangely depressing beginning and find a
Jul 10, 2015 Fjola rated it liked it
Kinda torn, want to give this a 3.5. The end had me rooting for her and feeling all mother bear about her experience with preschool. The beginning I repeatedly rolled my eyes at her references to the moms whose kids are "good babies". From her descriptions my baby apparently falls into that category - but there are a billion shades of "good" out there, and no one has it easy all the time. I am not career oriented, nor do I wish I was, and having a baby was the only thing on my mind so parts of t ...more
Apr 01, 2008 Kyla rated it liked it
The title of this book directly opposes my own parenting philosophy - ahem, I'M the driver of this particular vehicle, thanks. It's a testimony to the authors thoughtfulness that I read an entire book based on something I vehemently disagree with. I don't happen to think co-sleeping is the only way and that rules could squash a child's spirit. That I stuck around for the entire book to thoughtfully consider her ideas is a compliment, I guess.
Apr 30, 2008 Aubrey rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting, library, buy-me
A book I'd like to add to my collection. A glimpse of an attachment parenting mama in action. We join her from her early days with her first son, through the transition when she has a second son. Down to earth and encouraging.
Sarah B.
May 02, 2008 Sarah B. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Pregnant people
Shelves: library-books
I read this book when I was pregnant with my first child, and I found it both reassuring and inspiring. By the end, I was convinced I would both be a good mother and retain my identity in the process. Recommended!
May 28, 2008 Alice rated it really liked it
for new mothers or mothers to be or those considering it.
Dec 30, 2009 Jenna rated it liked it
Good book. Mostly stories on how Lu Hanessian raised her two kids, and her realizations on listening to kids.
Natalie Valenzuela
Jul 31, 2008 Natalie Valenzuela rated it it was ok
I'm not sure if I'll finish this one. I can only relate to the first year. Although I have really enjoyed her sense of humor about motherhood and the challenges it entails.
Jun 11, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
A great book about motherhood, I will re read as my LO continues to grow. I loved that the author offered no advice just analyzed and explored her experiences: a very quick read

Naomi Ash
Jun 11, 2012 Naomi Ash rated it really liked it
I loved everything about this book, except for too many adjectives
Jan 15, 2009 Marisa rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Marisa by: Elaine
Elaine, I can't thank you enough for recommending this book! Beautifully written, honest, and truly heartfelt. The most eloquent parenting memoir I've read
Aug 08, 2010 Leonie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic. Need to get past the first few chapters that start to feel like a bit of a rant. But the morale of the story is awesome, something all mums should hold on to.
Feb 18, 2010 Westerville rated it it was amazing
Marisa says, "Beautifully written, honest, and truly heartfelt. The most eloquent parenting memoir I've read."
Nov 17, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Awesome read - I could totally relate to the author's story. Loved it!
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