(27) Instant Mom

Title: Instant Mom by Nia Vardalos
Publisher: Harper Collins
251 Pages
Genre: Autobiography

Synopsis: Nia Vardalos, writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, tells her hilarious and poignant road-to-parenting story that eventually leads to her daughter and prompts her to become a major advocate for adoption.

Vardalos chronicles her attempts to have a baby, and how she tries everything—from drinking jugs of green mud tea, to acupuncture, to working with two surrogates. Finally, she and her husband, actor Ian Gomez, decide to try adoption and discover a free service: Foster Family Agencies. Then one day, the social workers "match" her with an almost-three-year-old girl, who she knows, instantly, is her daughter.

Review: Honest, funny and honest Nia Vardalos writes about her struggles with infertility, the overwhelming sense of failure while going through IVF and ultimately her decision to adopt through foster care. Nia and her husband adopt a 3 year old little girl through foster care and became an instant family overnight. If you expect a book that is all sunshine and roses from this point forward you will be mistaken.  Nia shares her struggle to bond with a child whose trust has been broken, to figure out how to parent a 3 year old when she hasn't had 3 years to figure it out.  Nia shares her story with humor and joy, because no matter what her little girl throws at her and her husband they are determined to be a family.  Ultimately uplifting and wonderful, Nia's story shows that love and determination can help you climb the biggest hill.