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

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To the dedicated millions who can’t get enough of Heather’s unique style and hilarious stories on her hugely popular blog, there’s little she doesn’t share about her daily life as a recovering Mormon, wife of a charming geek, lover of awful television, and stay-at-home mom to five-year-old Leta, newborn Marlo, and two willful dogs..

Now, Heather shares, with biting wit and unrelenting honesty, all the other minor details of pregnancy and motherhood that no one cares to ...

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Overview

To the dedicated millions who can’t get enough of Heather’s unique style and hilarious stories on her hugely popular blog, there’s little she doesn’t share about her daily life as a recovering Mormon, wife of a charming geek, lover of awful television, and stay-at-home mom to five-year-old Leta, newborn Marlo, and two willful dogs..

Now, Heather shares, with biting wit and unrelenting honesty, all the other minor details of pregnancy and motherhood that no one cares to mention—like anxiety, constipation, and postpartum depression. There are lonely days, sleepless nights, and endless screaming. There’s the boredom that comes with caring for someone whose primary means of communication is through her bowels. And there’s the heart-swelling joy and utterly irresistible and totally redeemable fresh baby smell that makes it all worthwhile..

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 can get pretty unpleasant. But more importantly, it’s a celebration of a love so big it threatens to make your heart explode. .

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Don't let the pristine needlepoint and cross-stitching on the cover mislead you: This book is not something you will ever encounter at your grandmother's backyard sale. Author Heather B. Armstrong is the owner and proprietor of Dooce.com, one of the most visited autobiographical blogs in cyberspace. At her hip website, she shares her strong opinions about her life and other catastrophes, including -- but not limited to -- pregnancy, parenting, unruly pets, antidepressants, Christmas music, family gatherings, rubber spiders, and shopping.
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Feisty blogger and relapsed Mormon Armstrong takes her no-holds-barred approach to life from screen to page as she dishes on the elation, transformation and despair that mark pregnancy, childbirth and parenting..The author abandoned her rigid religious upbringing upon hitting adulthood in Los Angeles, where she developed a desire for Interpol, tequila, her husband Jon, cursing and eventually offspring. Pregnancy delivered Armstrong to the folds of Utah and the joy of her mother, here dubbed "The Avon World Sales Leader." The Utah setting provides comic relief, as the author expatiates on her family's five minivans and the mortal sin of bottle-feeding. Describing the period after daughter Leta was born, Armstrong occasionally interrupts her account to reprint letters she penned monthly to her budding baby. Tender yet mature in tone, these convey the miracles and catastrophes of motherhood from a perspective that contrasts interestingly with the day-to-day narrative, which reflects Armstrong's blogger roots. Among the never-ending—and occasionally repetitive—string of incidents for which new parents are rarely prepared, she chronicles a colorful apology to a Starbucks cashier and a crazed hunt for a missing infant sock. Self-admittedly not a poster child for stability, the author chooses to give a leading role to her history with chronic depression rather than sweeping it under the rug. (Only her anatomy gets higher billing than her low spirits.) She's forthcoming about the strain depression placed on her otherwise solid marriage and the fact that it sometimes impaired her capacity to care for Leta. Armstrong places herself on the chopping block so fellow mothers can follow her withoutguilt through such common experiences as the debate over pacifier abuse, the horror of hemorrhoids and the agonizing slowness of postpartum recovery..A truthful picture of what it takes to bring a life into the world, exposing Achilles heels large and small.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439171509
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 3/23/2010
  • Pages: 262
  • Sales rank: 791,061
  • Product dimensions: 9.04 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Armstrong
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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Table of Contents

Prologue vii

1 Let the Anxiety Commence 1

2 How to Exploit an Unborn Baby 22

3 A Twenty-pound Basketball With Legs and Arms 33

4 Dressing Like a Concubine in Humpty Dumpty's Harem 46

5 Labor to the Tune of Janet Jackson's Nipple 63

6 You Have to Peed the Baby ... Through Your Boobs 81

7 Sympathy for the World 95

8 It's All Fun and Games Until Someone Pokes Their Eye Out With a Baby 101

9 The Dive That Turned Into a Belly Flop 122

10 Your Biological Clock Is a Dumbass 135

11 Other Mothers: Your Harshest Critics 153

12 Trusting the Wisdom of a Dog 165

13 Finally, Proof That I Was in the Room When She Was Conceived 180

14 Heather, Interrupted 190

15 Her Screamness Who Screams a Lot Every Day With the Screaming 201

16 If Your Wife Is Pregnant, You Might Want to Skip This One 210

17 My Arms Spread Completely Wide 223

18 I Never Thought I Would Become This Woman 243

Afterword 255

Acknowledgments 261

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2011

    Loved this book-made me laugh hysterically!

    Just finished reading this book and I thought it was both realistic and completely hilarious. I have 3 children and found this book to be a detailed and accurate account of what is is really like to have a baby. It's not the warm and fuzzy part, but the part that you only find out by first hand experience. If you are thinking about having children, it is a must read. I was surprised by many of the negative reviews. Maybe for some it was redundant as I have never read Heather's blog. My husband has always said that people who tell it like it is (as we both do) are never popular because people do not want to hear the truth. I also found it inspiring that someone was willing to share their personal struggle with postpartum depression to help all the other women in the world who could be struggling with it as we speak. I enjoyed Heather's straight forward style and you can read 1 or 2 pages to see if it fits you. To all those who have buyers remorse perhaps you should open the book and read a few pages before your next purchase.

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  • Posted September 12, 2010

    amazing!!

    Laughed and cried along with her! Being pregnant now with #2 and having postpartum depression and anxiety with my first, it was easy to relate to the author and her struggles and accomplishments. I loved how it was written as if she was talking to you and even at hard times she still makes you laugh. definitly recomend this book to any new mother being dragged through the trenches or anyone looking to get pregnant who can enjoy someone elses story without getting bothered. many a nights i have stayed up just to read "one last page" before passing out. definitly not a book you will want to put down.

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