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

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

by Amy Wilson

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ISBN-13: 9780061963964
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/19/2011
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,259,097
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Amy Wilson is the creator of Mother Load, a one-woman show that has been touring the United States since 2007. Amy is a contributing editor to Parenting magazine and has also written for babytalk, Babble.com, and CNN.com. As an actress, Amy has performed on and off Broadway, on numerous sitcoms, and in films. But her favorite productions are her three young children, whom she raises with her husband in New York City. This is her first book.

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

What People are Saying About This

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.”

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When Did I Get Like This? 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
ReviewsByMolly More than 1 year ago
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.
HappyReadingMom More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed out loud more than a few times. I'm not a mom, but I could understand the author's feeling of inadequacy.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
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
jakesmomND More than 1 year ago
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!
whitreidtan on LibraryThing 2 days ago
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 who has no qualms about making it abundantly clear that he or she was put on the planet only to rattle and test these self-same convictions. I know I looked askance at parents who parked their children in front of the television too long, who leashed their kids in public places, who fell prey to fast food and junky convenience food (mac and cheese in the blue box anyone?), and so on and so forth. Then I had my own wee people and learned that it was easy to be sanctimonious until faced with my own offspring. Then I was just plain worn down and willing to compromise. I jokingly admit to being a slacker mom, which really just means I'm doing my best even if my once impossibly high standards are now no more than curb height. But it is good to know I am not alone in this.Subtitled The Screamer, the Worrier, the Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget-Buyer, and Other Mothers I Swore I'd Never Be, I read Amy Wilson's mothering essays and wondered if she had been spying on my life. So many of the situations she faces with her crew of three mirror what I faced with my crew of three. (As the mother of older children, I should probably not tell her that what she is facing now is merely the tip of the iceberg. I think it's almost kinder to let people discover the exponential increase that is the rule of parenting growing kids all on their own; that way they can't run away screaming even before faced with these new, more fun situations.) But Wilson has captured beautifully the humor and frustration involved not only with daily life when you live with the under four foot set, but also the ways in which society has dictated standards that Average Mom can't possibly maintain if she wants to stay sane.Her honest and balanced accounts of the choices she's made throughout her life as a parent thus far are not presented as the be all end all of choices. In fact, more than anything, she advocates finding the things that fit for your particular family and letting the rest of society's expectations fall by the wayside. Her own family life and anecdotes about her children lead into more generalized musings on bigger, universal themes and the ways in which we live up to or fail to live up to the sometimes ridiculous standards we have created even as we find our own right way. While some of her parenting choices are different than mine, I could relate to her desire to do what is best for her kids and to learn that sometimes relaxing and going with the flow, even if if that means an iCarly catatonia, is the very best thing to do. I thoroughly enjoyed these essays and wish her the best of luck as she goes forward into the older years. As my grandmother says, "Little people, little problems. Big people, big problems." But I have no doubt that Wilson will tackle the bigger problems with the same grace and humor with which she has tackled these and I'll happily be on hand to read about them.
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing 2 days ago
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.
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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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