It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 24, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 272 pages
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An irreverent and captivating memoir about the unexpected joys and glaring indignities of pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood - from the beloved creator of the most popular personal blog on the web,

Heather Armstrong gave up a lot of things when she and her husband, Jon, decided to have a baby: beer, small boobs, free time -- and antidepressants. The eighteen months that followed were filled with anxiety, constipation, nacho cheese Doritos, and an unconditional love that threatened to make her heart explode. Still, as baby Leta grew and her husband, Jon, returned to work, Heather faced lonely days, sleepless nights, and endless screaming that sometimes made her wish she'd never become a mother. Just as she was poised to throw another gallon of milk at her husband's head, she committed herself for a short stay in a mental hospital -- the best decision she ever made for her family.

To the dedicated millions who can't get enough of Heather's unforgettably unique style and hilarious stories on her hugely popular blog, there's little she won't share about her daily life as a recovering Mormon, liberal daughter of Republicans, wife of a charming geek, lover of television that exceeds at being really awful, and stay-at-home mom to five-year-old Leta and two willful dogs.

In It Sucked and Then I Cried, Heather tells, with trademark wit, the heartfelt, unrelentingly honest story of her battle with postpartum depression and all the other minor details of pregnancy and motherhood that no one cares to mention. Like how boring it can be to care for someone whose primary means of communication is through her bowels. And how long it can possibly take to reconvene the procedure that got you into this whole parenthood mess in the first place. And how you sometimes think you can't possibly go five more minutes without breathing in that utterly irresistible and totally redeemable fresh baby smell.

It Sucked and Then I Cried is a brave cautionary tale about crossing over that invisible line to the other side (the parenting side), where everything changes and it only gets worse. But most of all, it's a celebration of a love so big it can break your heart into a million pieces.

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User Review  - lhtouchton - LibraryThing

Screamingly funny, heartbreakingly honest... Heather Armstrong has a remarkable way with words and a willingness to let it all hang out in the interest of both entertaining and letting us know that we ... Read full review

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User Review  - freddlerabbit - LibraryThing

Written with Dooce's trademark sardonicism, honesty, and CAPITAL LETTERS FOR HUMOUR, this book shouldn't disappoint anyone who is a fan of the blog. However, it read a little differently than I'd ... Read full review

Selected pages


Let the Anxiety Commence
How to Exploit an Unborn Baby
A Twentypound Basketball With Legs and Arms
Dressing Like a Concubine in Humpty Dumptys Harem
Labor to the Tune of Janet Jacksons Nipple
You Have to Feed the Baby Through Your Boobs
Sympathy for the World
Its All Fun and Games Until Someone Pokes Their Eye Out With a Baby
Your Biological Clock Is a Dumbass
Your Harshest Critics
Trusting the Wisdom of a Dog
Finally Proof That I Was in the Room
Her Screamness Who Screams a Lot Every
My Arms Spread Completely Wide
This Woman
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About the author (2009)

Heather B. Armstrong is an American blogger who resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. She and husband Jon Armstrong have a daughter and two dogs: Former Congressman Henry "Buck" Chucklesworth, called Chuck, and Dame Eleanor Ritzford-Fitzsimons Puffs, a.k.a Coco.

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