Tuesday, April 19, 2011
When Did I Get Like This? ~ Book Review
The minute my copy of When Did I Get Like This? arrived at my doorstep, I knew I wanted to know Amy Wilson. I mean, look at the cover image. You see it? The picture above of the woman's legs sticking out from under a pile of neatly stacked diapers? Yeah, that's the one. I looked at that and said, I am pretty sure that I love this woman, but how on earth is she wearing those cute heels?
I had heard about her one-woman show, The Mother Load, and had thought she sounded like my kind of woman. My kind of mom. The kind of person I'd love to be friends with.
And as I turned page after page of her latest release I believed that more and more with each word she "spoke" ... From the sub-title sentence about Dinosaur-Chicken Nuggets to the 'There's something wrong with him,' about her first-born child.
I wanted to scream and get the attention of her new mom self and tell her about reflux, when in reality, she experienced it long before I even knew it existed in newborns. Long before I knew what it could be like as your child arched their back to touch the ceiling after a nursing session, and then proceeded to projectile vomit all over you, your couch and whatever else was nearby.
I wanted to copy the chapter on nursing and hand it out to each and every new mother attempting to breastfeed their first child. Nipple confusion, indeed! As a mother of one, and that one being a baby girl who rarely - if ever - drank from a bottle, I felt her pain. She was bonding with me through words, and I had no way to communicate in response. No way to comment in return.
Until now. This review. This book is fantastic. If you're a new mom, a fairly new mom, shoot, an expectant mom or even KNOW someone who is pregnant, you'd surely enjoy it. She's too funny. OK, fine, if you don't really like kids you might not enjoy it, but you might laugh at her humor just the same, and surely you will recognize things in mothers you know.
What was my final bonding moment with Amy was at one point while reading I pulled my book out of my knapsack (we had been traveling and I stuffed it in there with loads of stuff to entertain both, me and my 4yo) and there, right on the front cover next to the title, sits a Dora sticker.
I'm too lazy to take a picture of it, but I decided to leave the sticker there. At least until my child catches it and decides she must have it back immediately. Somehow Dora attached herself to my book, and I thought - look at this. When did *I* get like this, I wonder?
And there you have it. Amy Wilson is speaking for mothers everywhere, reminding us that she is real, and we are real, and we're all the same crazy, spit-up wearing, toddler-with-hand-in-pants reprimanding, dinosaur chicken nugget-buying types of moms. And if you need that validation, pick up this book. Today. Well, not today, as it's ... wait! It's the 19th, so YES, today!!! Go order yourself a copy tonight. I am quite sure you won't regret it. Or check out Amy's blog, where she links you up to someone giving away a copy. The winner could be YOU!
Oh, and if you're still not sure ... go here and start reading. You'll get a small taste of the book and can decide for yourself!
Have fun ... and lock yourself in the bathroom if you have to. That's pretty much how I finished most of the chapters in this book ... TMI, perhaps, but I'm being honest. And isn't that what you love about me most?
* I was not compensated in any way for this review. I did receive a copy of the book to facilitate my review but all opinions are 100% my very own. There are affiliate links in this post. *