When Did I Get Like This?: The Screamer, the Worrier, the Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget-Buyer, and Other Mothers I Swore I'd Never Be

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Harper Collins, Apr 6, 2010 - Humor - 272 pages

“Amy Wilson’s hilarious, tender memoir…had me laughing out loud with recognition. She captures the small moments of motherhood in a way that is both funny and thought-provoking.”
—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

 

From the creator and star of the one-woman off-Broadway show Mother Load, comes When Did I Get Like This?, a screamingly funny take on being a modern woman, wife, and mother told with “a level of hilarity that even non-moms can appreciate” (Time Out). Amy Wilson’s poignant and provocative, utterly outrageous look at “the Screamer, the Worrier, the Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget-Buyer, and Other Mothers I Swore I’d Never Be” has already earned an appreciative response from Three-Martini Playdate author Christie Mellor, who calls it, “As entertaining as it is reassuring.”

 

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This book brought back so many memories of early motherhood - definitely one to recommend to mothers. Reminded me of finding Living Out Loud by Anna Quindlen when I was a young mother as well as the legacy of Erma Bombeck. Read full review

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Everyone knows just how easy it is to parent children and to hold fast to the convictions we cherish about parenting, especially before we are ever actually faced with a living, breathing human being ... Read full review

Contents

When Did I Get Like This?
1
A Little Bit Pregnant
11
Step Away from the Jumpy Castle
26
The Mother Who Prepares
39
Nipple Confusion
55
Bouncing Baby Boy
69
My Book of Faces
85
Translocation
94
Penny the Pig
156
Pretty
166
Mommy and Me
175
Disequilibrium
185
Taco Night
197
Inhumane
209
Liar Liar
220
Unaccompanied Mother
234

Meaningful Montessori
103
A Tale of Two Mommies
121
The Big P
131
Beginning to Develop
142
But Yes the Mommy
245
Acknowledgments
255
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About the author (2010)

Amy Wilson created the one-woman show Mother Load, which started in 2007 and has been touring the country ever since. As an actor, she has performed on Broadway, as a series regular on two sitcoms, and in dozens of other plays and films. Her writing appears regularly in Parenting magazine, as well as Redbook, Babytalk, babble.com, and CNN.com's "Living" page. But her favorite productions are her three young children, whom she raises with her husband in New York City.

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