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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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

When Did I Get Like This? is the hilarious story of one mother's struggle to shrug off the ridiculous standards of modern parenting, and remember how to enjoy her children

Over the last seven years of long days with little children, I have had many moments of joy, calm, and peaceful reverie.

This book is about the other moments.

Before I became a mother, failing at something did not shake my fundamental belief in my capabilities as a human being. But now that I am the mother of three children under the age of seven, I have one overriding daily thought: I suck at this.

What kind of mother feeds her kids dinosaur chicken nuggets? Three times a week? What kind of mother lets hand washing after using the toilet slide, as long as it was just Number One? And then I wonder: When did I get like this? Why do I doubt my parenting abilities, day after day? Why does motherhood, a job as old as Eve, have me teetering daily on the edge of sanity?

With each new stage of motherhood, I tell myself I will never again be suckered by the question, "Don't you want what's best for your children?" And yet, time after time, I am. Sometimes, I am right to obsess. Other times, the record will show, it has been distinctly counterproductive.

I'm working on it . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061963964
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/19/2011
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,298,673
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. 25 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!
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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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