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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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What kind of mother feeds her kids dinosaur chicken nuggets . . . three times a week? What kind of mother lets hand washing slide after using the toilet, as long as it was just Number One?

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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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Overview

What kind of mother feeds her kids dinosaur chicken nuggets . . . three times a week? What kind of mother lets hand washing slide after using the toilet, as long as it was just Number One?

When Did I Get Like This?

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Editorial Reviews

Christie Mellor
“An honest, personal, and often hilarious collection of short, beautifully written chapters. As entertaining as it is reassuring.”
Pamela Paul
“Reading Amy Wilson’s book is like meeting your favorite new mom friend: She’s whip-smart, charming, enviably capable but as self-doubting as the rest of us, and very, very funny.”
Entertainment Weekly
“Wilson’s got a light comic touch, but also traffics unflinchingly in the gross and the sad.”
New York Times (on the stage play)
“Like Annie Hall wearing a nursing bra!”
The Washington Post
When Did I Get Like This? is a funny, heartwarming account by [a] frazzled young mother of three. This book will help [new mothers] remember that the worst day with children is better than the best day without them.”
Gretchen Rubin
“Amy Wilson’s hilarious, tender memoir of all the ways her children drive her crazy—and she drives herself crazy—had me laughing out loud with recognition. She captures the small moments of motherhood in a way that is both funny and thought-provoking.”
Entertainment Weekly
“Wilson’s got a light comic touch, but also traffics unflinchingly in the gross and the sad.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061963964
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 303,727
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

1 When Did I Get Like This? 1

2 A Little Bit Pregnant 11

3 Step Away from the Jumpy Castle 26

4 The Mother Who Prepares 39

5 Nipple Confusion 55

6 Bouncing Baby Boy 69

7 My Book of Faces 85

8 Translocation 94

9 Meaningful Montessori 103

10 A Tale of Two Mommies 121

11 The Big P 131

12 Beginning to Develop 142

13 Penny the Pig 156

14 Pretty 166

15 Mommy and Me 175

16 Disequilibrium 185

17 Taco Night 197

18 Inhumane 209

19 Liar, Liar 220

20 Unaccompanied Mother 234

21 But Yes the Mommy 245

Acknowledgments 255

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

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    A Hilarious, Roll-On-Floor-Laugh-Out-Loud Approach To Motherhood!

    Absolutely awesome! I loved this book. It wasn't fiction. Nope, nothing like fiction work. BUT, I still LOVED it. It was exactly what I needed to read. Having two young boys myself, and often, feeling the same way that Amy Wilson has felt, I knew that I needed to read this, whether it was fiction or not. And, after reading it, I am pleased to say that Amy Wilson hit so many things head on that I am HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommending this book to all new mothers, and mothers of young children. It will leave you laughing til you cry, and smacking yourself upside your forehead saying "doh!".

    As I said above, this is a book that every mother should read. Amy Wilson takes motherhood, and all it's glorious complications and hits things right on it's head. I am super glad to know that I am not the only mom who has ever felt these things, like "why did I just let my child eat that?", or "there's nothing wrong with the 5 second rule (you know....food falls on the floor and kids pick it up and pop in their mouths...)". Ms. Wilson takes mommy wars and puts them into perspective.She tells about the mom-eat-mom world today, and really digs deep and shows how there is nothing wrong with parenting a child the way YOU see fit, even if it isn't by the book.

    This is a fast read. It's great to sneak away with and read this mother's journey into motherhood and life as a mom. It is a hilarious approach to helping the moms of the world today. She added in the antics and life of her children, and more than once, I thought she had MY children in her home. LoL! If I had the chance to meet Amy Wilson in person, I would so be giving her a HUGE hug. She deserves it. She makes the complications of motherhood seem minor when the BIG issue at hand should be cherishing EVERY moment, EVERY little issue with your child no matter what.

    I can give this book no less than a 5 star review. It is so much better than those 'What to Expect When Your Expecting' books that tell you feed your child X amount of food or only where cloth diapers. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll just say to yourself: I am a GREAT mom......even if we don't always feel like it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Witty and entertaining memoir of early motherhood

    This book was a quick read and enjoyable, touching on some "real mom" moments and deeper feelings of inadequacy of motherhood. The author draws on her own experiences to capture some funny, witty, poignant moments in the early years of parenting her three children. Her children were still very young at the writing of the book, so as a parent of older children, I found myself often saying in my head "just you wait!" However, her blatant admissions of being a "bad mom" and her shortfalls in parenting ring true and real. It's about being the best mom you can be, despite the curveballs parenthood throws you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    Great, quick read!

    I laughed out loud more than a few times. I'm not a mom, but I could understand the author's feeling of inadequacy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

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    A Mom's Choice Award Recipient!

    This title is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families

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  • Posted June 5, 2010

    touching and humorous book about young motherhood

    Great book! I have been a mother for only a few short years as well, and I found so many of the author's insecurities mirroring my own. She does a great job of making light of the silly things we mothers worry about. I laughed out loud more than once in this book. Would definitely recommend to other young mothers!

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    Posted February 26, 2013

    I loved it! Honest and Real. I laughed and cried right along wit

    I loved it! Honest and Real. I laughed and cried right along with her. One of my favorite quotes is, "As soon as your body learns of your 2nd child, your abs instantly give out" Lauged out Loud!

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