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Publisher's Summary

Some families are created in different ways but are still, in every way, a family.

Writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding Nia Vardalos firmly believed she was supposed to be a mom, but Mother Nature and modern medicine had put her in a headlock. So she made a choice that shocked friends, family, and even herself: with only 14 hours' notice, she adopted a preschooler.

Instant Mom is Vardalos' hilarious and poignant true chronicle of trying to become a mother while fielding nosy "frenemies" and Hollywood reporters asking, "Any baby news?" With her signature wit and candor, she describes her and husband Ian Gomez's bumpy road to parenting, how they found their daughter, and what happened next. Vardalos includes a comprehensive how-to-adopt section and explores innovative ways to conquer the challenges all new moms face, from sleep to personal grooming. She learns that whether via biology, relationship, or adoption - motherhood comes in many forms.

In Instant Mom, Vardalos shares the terrifying joys of parenthood and for the first time reveals her stubborn optimism and perseverance on her trek to finally becoming a mom, instantly.

©2013 Nia Vardalos (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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great insight into Nia's life

Such a wonderful story about overcoming life challenges and moving past it with a smile on your face.

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  • 06-04-2021

Loved it!

As a new parent, I found myself crying or laughing so hard, I nearly peed. Weirdly enough (or not), I also found myself wishing Nia and Ian could be my parents. Even if you aren't a parent, this is a wonderful read/listen. If you have questions about adoption, it has an invaluable perspective from Nia. It certainly opened my eyes. She is so down to earth, warm and funny and has a great narration style as well. Looking forward to any follow up books. She has such a gift and her family is blessed to have her, as are we.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-04-2020

Amazing

Very touched by Nia's motherly love and her ability to express through her voice!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-10-2019

So Real!

I love the realness of this journey. Her feet touch the ground, and her head peeps up at the clouds. Glad the author read this one!

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  • Todd vetter
  • 28-06-2019

Awesome!!!!!

she really understands the struggle. this process can be so lonley and you feel like you have a friend. plus, Resources!!!! she is amazing. you have no idea how much this has helped me.

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  • Justine Beck
  • 08-05-2019

Loved it

This book is raw! It’s pure human and I love it. Thank you for sharing your story, it tugged at our heart strings and made us laugh!!

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  • Alicia Jaramillo
  • 19-02-2019

Great job telling a great story

As a person Who has never been a mother themselves until my two little foster girls were placed in my life, I am so thankful for her fun and enlightening story of what it’s like to be a mom after those many years and what a great person to be able to tell the story when you have the humor that she does

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-06-2018

Beautiful Adoption Story

Such an encouraging story of how adopting from the foster care system can answer your prayers to become a parent. Challenges of becoming an instant mom, challenges of becoming a mother to a toddler who has not experienced stability, and how to overcome these challenges and be the best adoptive mom you possibly can be.

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  • AJ Wilson
  • 01-04-2018

I enjoyed it

I enjoyed this book. The story is about building a family through adopting from foster care. I loved hearing the first hand account. It meant a lot to me.

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  • shalalalala
  • 24-01-2018

I cried and laughed at the same time.

This was a very enjoyable listen especially since I can hear Nia's personality through her narration. I would recommend this book to anyone curious about adoption or seriously considering adoption. Nia was honest and straightforward about her journey into motherhood and shared the same thoughts and questions most people would have in a similar situation.

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  • Tina
  • 29-08-2017

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An emotional and relatable story. I knew I wanted to read it. I just didn't know I needed it.

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