Update: Contest: Dirty Little Secrets from Otherwise Perfect Moms

04/23/2008 at 10:00 AM ET

Update: The winners are:

  • Lauren, who said, "I pretend to be breastfeeding sometimes so I can get out of doingsomething. Another one is blaming the kids for the reason the hosue isa mess, when really, I did contribute ;)"
  • Toni, who said, "When my oldest was tiny and colicky, the only thing that would make her smile was if I belched in her face. So I did."
  • Jill, who said, "My dirty little secret is that I think of the Doodlebops as mypersonal, on-call, absolutely free babysitters.  The DVR is the bestinvention EVER!!!!"

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Dirty_little_secretsDirty Little Secret: “I had to use my toddler’s potty chair on the side of the road when I was stuck in traffic. I just couldn’t hold it.”

Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile conducted interviews with hundreds of mothers while researching their best-selling book I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids. It didn’t take long before these moms began to reveal their Dirty Little Secrets — surprising, thought-provoking, guilty confessions they hadn’t told anyone else. Cringe-worthy moments ("I bit my daughter’s finger trying to steal a bite of her cookie.") meet real insights ("I love my kids but I didn’t always. It took time to fall in love with them."). These are the private thoughts that every mom has—and every mom can relate to.


Enter to win one of 3 copies of Dirty Little Secrets from Otherwise Perfect Moms! Email the following info to celebritybabyblogATgmail.com (be sureto replace AT with @).

  • Your full name, mailing address, and email address.
  • As a mom, what is your own “dirty little secret?”
  • ALSO post a comment below with your secret- do not post your address!
  • Make sure you put "Dirty Little Secrets" in the subject line in order for your entryto be counted.

Any entries that don’t include all of the info will not be counted. The contest closes tomorrow at 7 am EST. (For terms & conditions, click here.)

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jamie on

When my baby gets fussy I sometimes pretend I have a headache, so my husband can deal with the baby.

Lauren on

Similar to the one above, I pretend to be breastfeeding so that I am excused from doing something I really dont feel like doing hahah!

TJ Kuehn on

When my oldest was tiny and colicky, the only thing that would make her smile was if I belched in her face. So I did.

jenm on

I have a 9 month old and am also 3 months pregnant. Sometimes I’ll really milk the pregnancy symptoms (nausea, exhaustion) to get my husband to help out!

Nicole on

I have a 2 1/2 and 4 year old…when one of them wakes up in the middle of the night, I nudge my husband and tell him my back is hurting (i have back issues) even if it is not, so that I don’t have to get up. That has a happened on more than one occasion, I also say that in case one calls in the night due to one of them getting sick…I hate to be the one who discovers throw-up, I will clean it up, I will help get everything together, I just hate to be the one making the first discovery….I don’t know why!

Maria on

What a fun book! I can’t wait to check it out.

Dana Jacobson on

While I was pregnant with my son..we are going to Stars on ice. I had to go to the bathroom so bad, and we were stuck in traffic getting to the Allstate area. I had my husband put a coat over his window and I put a tupperwear container underneath and went potty in it. I still can’t believe I did that my husband and I still laugh about it.

Jill on

I sometimes think of the Doodlebops as my personal on-call babysitters! Thank goodness for DVR!!!!

Mary Alice on

I have taught my 27 month old daughter how to give me a foot massage with her baby lotion. It keeps her from squirting lotion all over the carpet, and it feels great!

Danyelle on

I am pregnant four months with my first child and I sometimes I use the “exhaustion” as a way of getting out of doing things I really didn’t want to do in the first place. It also helps with getting the hubby to help a little more around the house!

Brittany on

I’m currently 8 1/2 months pregnant with my first baby. My dirty little secret is that even though I’ve been a vegetarian for the last 8 years and have been trying to stick to a well balanced veggie diet during my pregnancy, I actually ate some of my fiance’s crispy fried chicken back in my second trimester! And I liked it! I hope PETA never finds out but I blame it on the baby…

Katie on

As an aunt, I had no idea I was using the wrong nipple on my niece’s bottle. There was ceral in the formula and it was too thick for the nipple. I wondered why she wasn’t eating very much.

Aimee on

I think a lot of us have the same secret lol! I grip about having to feed my 13 month old son all the time just so my husband will. I really dont mind doing it but I need a break and he wont do it if I just ask nicely..so really his fault I think!!

This book looks great!!

jmo on

my dirty little secret is i forgot to buckle my baby into his carseat all the way home from the grocery store! i was worried about him being in the cart in the parking lot while i put the groceries in the car so i popped him into the seat first but forgot to buckle him in! i didn’t realize until we pulled into the driveway 5 minutes later!

Jasmine on

when my 2 year old daughter starts to throw a tantrum. I bribe, bribe, bribe with m&m’s. works like a charm. It gets her to stop immediatley.

JMB on

I’m pregnant, and I also have a 2-year old daughter. Well, on occasional, I fall victim to experiencing “pregnancy gas” — but nobody would know because I also fall victim to letting people assume it’s my 2-year old. Poor thing.

allison c on

My dirty little secret is that sometimes I fake ‘women’s troubles’ when my son wakes in the night, so that I can stay asleep, and my husband will tend to him.


my “dirty little secret” is that occasionally in the middle of the night when one of my kiddos wakes up, i pretend to still be asleep so my husband will get up and take care of them.


My own dirty little secret is that I sometimes (well, most of the time) sleep right in the middle of both my daughters (Emily, 14 & Pippa, 4 months) because I can’t bear to be away from them!

Caryn B on

One of my secrets is that when I put my son to sleep, I fall asleep with him. It’s my way of getting in a nap. My husband is usually doing something like cooking or dishes while I’m snoozing away “putting the baby to sleep.”

Diane on

My dirty little secret is that when my kids are being really loud and I’m having a long day, I tell them that mommy feels sick, and then they like to cuddle me while i lie on the couch, not only do i get to rest, but they whisper when they talk!!!

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