When I first got pregnant, I had visions of a beautifully kept home, perfectly prepared meals, and adoring children who slept all night.

Seriously, what Hollywood movie did I think I was starring in?

The reality of being a mom is certainly filled with joy, love and wonder. But it’s also filled with messiness, sleeplessness, and often times, a loss of identity. Oh yes … and cleaning wipes. Lots and lots of cleaning wipes.

For me at first, it was about being lost in motherhood. And then we moved out of the city and I was “Lost in Suburbia.” And then I realized they are both kind of the same thing.

As moms, I think we are ALL somewhat Lost in Suburbia, no matter where we live. Lost in Suburbia is not just a geographical thing. It’s a state of mind. It’s about losing yourself when you become a mom. One of the ways I found my way back was to discover the humor in parenting. The other way was through some really good friends who could relate to what I was going through. Although we all love our children, sometimes we don’t always love the challenges that come with being a mom, and that can be a tough thing to admit.

Although as women and mothers we have more choices than ever before, with these choices come new challenges. Whether you decide to quit your job and be a stay at home mom, or return to work and find childcare, or work from home and try to balance work and family, there are compromises to be made, things to be gained, and things to give up. That’s why I‘m inviting you to share your stories and thoughts about learning to cope with the changes that have rocked your world, and how you found, or are finding your way to the other side. With the launch of the “Are you Lost in Suburbia?” campaign, I want to bring together and nurture a community where women are empowered to share their experiences and the discovery that they are not alone in the good, the bad, the horrifically embarrassing, and often hilarious moments of parenting.

Please come to the new “Lost in Suburbia Stories” blog (www.lostinsuburbiastories.com) and tell me your story of being Lost in Suburbia. Your stories will be posted on the blog for everyone to read! And each week, one story will be featured on my main website at www.lostinsuburbia.com. Additionally, the weekly featured entry will receive a signed copy of my new book, “Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir. How I Got Pregnant, Lost Myself, and Got My Cool Back in the New Jersey Suburbs,” as well as a terrific gift basket from CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare Pharmacy & Health Rewards, a new program in which members earn ExtraBucks Rewards for the little things they’re already doing to stay healthy, like filling prescriptions and getting flu shots. If you’re a dad, I’d love to hear your story, too! We moms know that becoming a dad changed your world. Grandparents … you’re invited, too! You’ve been there, done that. And now maybe you are doing it again as a grandparent! We can all benefit from hearing each other’s stories and connecting though humor, truth and cleaning wipes.

Thanks so much for being a part of my world here at Lost in Suburbia.

I look forward to being a part of yours, too!

Please visit the new Lost in Suburbia Stories site and share your story at http://www.lostinsuburbiastories.com.