I’ve read a few of these “mommy memoirs” since I’ve had my baby. “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 is told from the perspective of a NYC mother of three. This book of short essays was a quick read and was honest and mildly humorous without being bitter. I could relate to many of the vignettes in the book as I’ve had some similar experiences with my 8 month old son. At the core, the essays all have the theme of expectations vs. reality of motherhood. There are all these books and recommendations out there of the best way to have and raise a child…and Wilson ponders what kind of mother she is if she can’t follow all of those recommendations. I often find myself in a similar dilemna…am I reading to my child enough? am I taking him to enough activities? Oh, the challenges of being a modern mom.
I recommend this book to moms of pre-schoolers and infants. Almost all moms will find something to related to in “When Did I Get Like This?”