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  • Title: It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita
  • Author: Heather B. Armstrong
  • ISBN: 9781416936015
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An irreverent and captivating memoir about the unexpected joys and glaring indignities of pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood from the beloved creator of the most popular personal blog on the web, dooceHeather Armstrong gave up a lot of things when she and her husband, Jon, decided to have a baby beer, small boobs, free time and antidepressants The eighteen moAn irreverent and captivating memoir about the unexpected joys and glaring indignities of pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood from the beloved creator of the most popular personal blog on the web, dooceHeather Armstrong gave up a lot of things when she and her husband, Jon, decided to have a baby beer, small boobs, free time and antidepressants The eighteen months that followed were filled with anxiety, constipation, nacho cheese Doritos, and an unconditional love that threatened to make her heart explode Still, as baby Leta grew and her husband, Jon, returned to work, Heather faced lonely days, sleepless nights, and endless screaming that sometimes made her wish she d never become a mother Just as she was poised to throw another gallon of milk at her husband s head, she committed herself for a short stay in a mental hospital the best decision she ever made for her family.To the dedicated millions who can t get enough of Heather s unforgettably unique style and hilarious stories on her hugely popular blog, there s little she won t share about her daily life as a recovering Mormon, liberal daughter of Republicans, wife of a charming geek, lover of television that exceeds at being really awful, and stay at home mom to five year old Leta and two willful dogs.In It Sucked and Then I Cried, Heather tells, with trademark wit, the heartfelt, unrelentingly honest story of her battle with postpartum depression and all the other minor details of pregnancy and motherhood that no one cares to mention Like how boring it can be to care for someone whose primary means of communication is through her bowels And how long it can possibly take to reconvene the procedure that got you into this whole parenthood mess in the first place And how you sometimes think you can t possibly go five minutes without breathing in that utterly irresistible and totally redeemable fresh baby smell.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 only gets worse But most of all, it s a celebration of a love so big it can break your heart into a million pieces.
    It Sucked and Then I Cried How I Had a Baby a Breakdown and a Much Needed Margarita An irreverent and captivating memoir about the unexpected joys and glaring indignities of pregnancy childbirth and parenthood from the beloved creator of the most popular personal blog on the web d

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    1. Despite the obvious flaws about this book, that it is poorly written by someone who thinks she is far funnier than she actually is, I would actually recommend it to very new moms The author does a really good job of relaying the isolation and upheaval that accompany the arrival of a baby, especially one s first Some of her anecdotes are insightful, and could possibly be a beacon of light much needed by a frazzled and overly emotional new mom I personally had a problem with the prose Every paragr [...]

    2. This book is by the author of dooce, a website blog that I love In many ways, this is just a compilation of her hilarious entries over the years She covers her pregnancy, her delivery, her struggle with postpartum depression, and how hard it is to get to Starbucks with a screaming baby.I m not so sure that what works in the small format of her blog translates that well into a book length project I also think that the author isn t clear on what, exactly, she wants this book to be a description of [...]

    3. I m gonna go with the positive negative positive form for this because, really, I do like Heather as a blogger and momversation panelist I get a lot of little laughs from the often dark humor in her blogging style Most of her writing can be viewed as raw, rational and relatable But in her memoir, the exaggerations are just too much for me She gives the worst Negative Nancy a run for her money in this one Even in her attempts to be warm and fuzzy and shed some light on the positive aspects of pre [...]

    4. I bought this after being intrigued by its mention in an article in the NYTimes magazine last week I d never heard of the website dooced, which is the source of this author s fame I wanted to read this because it is supposed to be about her postpartum depression But, despite the supposed depression taking a starring role in both the introduction and the acknowledgments, there is surprisingly little of it in the book itself There are stories about her dog and her hemorrhoids than about her depre [...]

    5. I had been an avid Dooce reader since before she had Leta, but have greatly tapered off my reading in the last few years I felt like her writing became gimmicky ALL CAPS WOO and too quick to make a let s shock my dad by saying BALLS joke That said, when I saw this book on the library shelves I picked it up because I thought, hey, I ve liked her stuff before, so why not Much of it is reprinted from the blog I recognized not only specific anecdotes, but actual phrases from her blog posts, as well [...]

    6. although there were times when this book did make me laugh out loud, i m conflicted as to whether or not i could honestly say i enjoyed it i guess i did but there were a few things that made it hard to enjoy this lady needs to learn about italics while it may be acceptable to put things in all caps for emphasis when you re writing on a blog, it s pretty ridiculous when you re writing a book and this lady uses a lot of all caps for emphasis i feel that if you re going to change format, you should [...]

    7. So, so funny I absolutely loved it Heather is truthful, hilarious, blunt and so real For someone like myself who is planning on having children in the next few years and deals with anxiety, I felt like Heather was writing me a manual Not telling me what was going to happen necessarily, but preparing me for what might She forcefully and eloquently removes the stigma attached with mental illness and the inability to always be in control She shows that you can be a good mom, a good wife, and good a [...]

    8. I had already read a lot of this book s content on dooce back when I was pregnant At the time, I was reading as many different perspectives on pregnancy, labor, delivery, new motherhood that I could find I enjoyed this author then, as she is so brutally honest funny I found reading this in book form less enjoyable though, because it starts sounding like an awful lot of hyperbolic complaining Like, comparing an extra long hike to Starbucks through a parking lot to Moses wandering the desert Howev [...]

    9. I never heard of this lady, but she says she s a recovering Mormon Ha, ha She left the church before having a baby No wonder it sucked Doesn t she know the Relief Society brings you free dinners after you give birth Looks like she is speaking in Salt Lake two days after my due date with this baby So, I probably won t make it Plus probably I don t want to hear about post partum depression right before after getting a newborn Maybe I ll read it AFTER I m past that stage.

    10. Humor is a strange thingwhat some people absolutely love, I ve found I just can t stand The author of this book is apparently one of the most popular, if not the most popular blogger on the internet I have no idea how such things are measured This is her semi serious book about giving birth, the miracles of motherhood, and how she dealt with it all given her history of depression I found most of the things she joked about to be tiresome, and her effusive emotions about her love for everything ha [...]

    11. Although I was an active reader of dooce I ve since drifted away at the time that the events in this book were happening, I have a whole new appreciation of them now that I am at the end of my pregnancy and about to enter motherhood I applaud Heather s honesty and forthrightness regarding her depression before and after childbirth, the trials of being a new parent, and most of all, the joy and love she feels for her daughter While I still don t think I can fully appreciate her story until I ve b [...]

    12. For the eight hundredth time, I really don t like books that used to be blogs so I don t know why I keep reading them, but here I am Once again Here is the book version of dooce s pregnancy, birth, postpartum depression, mental breakdown, and healing process I liked this book because Heather B Armstrong is a very funny person She overshares She says the things you are not supposed to say She s a little blue island in the middle of big red Utah, and her mom is the Avon World Sales Leader She is p [...]

    13. I borrowed this book from Casey because I had recently gotten hooked onto Heather Armstrong s blog Dooce via friends who had been reading it for a while Heather is witty, brutally honest, and so human in her writing I love that she is able to take something like pregnancy, labor deliver, and having an infant and be honest and raw about it than anyone out there has ever been, but have it still be thoughtful and carry a message Sometimes the things she says in the book and her blog honestly scare [...]

    14. I would have liked this if it had been a full fledged story instead of a bunch of anecdotes tossed together, seemingly at random I read her blog, and I like it a lot she s funny and honest and very genuine but I had hoped that the book would be than that, funny and honest and maybe a little bit like a memoir than like a bunch of blog entries I thought that there would be of a story about what happened after her daughter was born, how postpartum depression affected her, and I think she got sc [...]

    15. Almost the entire time I was reading this book, I had a nine week old baby on me nursing This was, therefore, the perfect time for me to read this book There were moments that made me laugh out loud as well as moments that made me cringe with recognition and commiseration This would be a great gift for a new mom.

    16. God bless Advanced Reader Copies My only complaint is that I ve read about 30% of the content on her blog already and I wish it had been less of a re tread Fastest I ve read a book in a while.

    17. I ve been an avid reader of Dooce for over a year I m addicted to that blog It makes me alternately laugh out loud, purchase new, funky items, and tear up with emotion So, when everyone at work was talking about the book written by the Dooce creator, Heather B Armstrong, I knew I had to read it.For those of you not addicted to Dooce, Armstrong has been a blogger for almost ten years She actually got fired from a job because of the items she posted about that job Now getting fired because of inte [...]

    18. If everyone contemplating having children read this book, there would probably be fewer births that being said, Armstrong has written the most truthful book about the first few months of being a parent that I have ever read She is a brave author, never flinching from the gross or from events that might put her in a bad light.It s been a long time since I have read a book that was truly laugh out loud funny but It Sucked and Then I Cried did it for me Armstrong is hilarious She is also brave in a [...]

    19. THIS is why I love Heather Armstrong For nine months I grew a human being inside my belly and then pushed it out my vagina Afterward I fed it with my boob Biology is so fucking weird.I just really needed to point that out p 103 The book is great, but like some other reviewers, I was disappointed that 95% of it is straight from her website So 3 stars for recycled material, but 5 stars from when I read it the first time 4 stars now.It IS convenient to read compiled into a book this way, but then [...]

    20. The description of the birth is the most disturbing, horrific thing I have ever read I am getting married in a few weeks, and you know, think about babies and stuff This is knocking it right out of me.The style of writing does not differ substantially from the blog, and I don t remember since I originally read the entries so long ago, but the text is directly adapted from the blog entries, with a lot of similar anecdotes So, if you are a long time dooce reader, this will be familiar.However, eve [...]

    21. A couple chapters in, I had already decided that this was just another one of those I m going to write a kooky offbeat book about being a first time mom things But once I got past the pregnancy chapters she was sick all the time, it was horrible, okay, okay and baby Leta entered the picture, I decided to stick with Armstrong and see how she did In between the chapters about breastfeeding trials, the torture that is a screaming infant, and the predictable geez being a mom is HARD stuff, what make [...]

    22. I ve been reading Heather Armstrong s blog, dooce, for quite a while now, so it was a natural next step to read her first full length book It s easily as funny and snarky as her blog I did not read it because it was about giving birth, but that has proven to be an interesting perk to the experience she does not mince words or descriptions of what it s really like to be pregnant, and it s both entertaining and intimidating to read such an honest account More importantly, she deals with post partu [...]

    23. I didn t read Armstrong s blog, although I was familiar with it, so all of this material was new to me While it was definitely not great literature and the phrases in all caps got really old, really fast the material really struck a chord with me If I had read this book when I was pregnant I probably wouldn t have taken it seriously, and if I d read it during the first few months of my daughter s life well, let s just say I was in no place to read anything during that time But reading it at this [...]

    24. This book hurt me from start to finish As a person that lives with mental illness, I guess it hit a little too close to home It scared me I don t know now if I am strong enough physically to carry and birth a child or mentally to raise a child I honestly wish I hadn t read it for those reasons, though if these things do happen to me, I ll know I m not alone Also, can t help but feel a little angry about how she describes second daughter Marlo as a second chance because she didn t get a chance to [...]

    25. Ugh Once upon a time I went to the Dooce blog to see what all the fuss was about I wasn t impressed She was just one of earliest to the blog party, plus she got fired for it so she got lots o attention Anywho, I was poised to turn my nose up at the book But she got me I must admit, the seemingly fresh take on this particular subject matter forced me to check it out I hate my biological clock, but it ticks anyway It s funny enough at times that I snorked and tsk d out loud even though I didn t wa [...]

    26. Heather Armstrong has always been Dooce to me, ever since I began reading her phenomenal blog I was delighted to get a copy of her book Though much of it reads like her blog, it has differences and drew me in immediately.This book is funny, humbling, and at times, actually brought me to tears Like Heather, I am a survivor of severe postpartum depression PPD Unlike Heather, I was always afraid to talk about it, the stigma too great, especially since, like Heather, I was hospitalized for four days [...]

    27. An honest and often hilarious account of one woman s experience with post partum depression after having her daughter It s not just this thoughe also talks a lot about her pregnancy, her experience w depression beforehand, parenting and her relationship with her husband What made it even interesting entertaining for me was that Heather is a recovering mormon and lives in Salt Lake Being from what is essentially northern Utah and being from a large mormon family myself made reading her book a lo [...]

    28. If I have one criticism of this book, it is that it felt a bit too episodic Some of the transitions were a bit rough, and the pacing felt off at times That may have something to do with the fact that she has reused some material from her website hereEVER.Heather Armstrong is one of the funniest writers I ve ever come across I didn t discover her website until well after the events chronicled in this book, but as I read I felt like I was on the journey with her and Jon and Chuck and Leta She made [...]

    29. I had a really hard time deciding between one and two stars for this book It was just full of too many lame puns and trying to hard jokes Talking about how she spent a lot of time in the bathroom Like a teenage boy going through puberty Just lameness.I understand that this is supposed to be a book about her depression before after pregnancy, but most of the books topic seemed to be how she constantly was trying to distract Leta, the baby, with anything and everything Not much else I suppose you [...]

    30. This is a 3.5 I could have written most of this book If I were funny, that is She does a great job of describing new motherhood For a book about postpartum depression, however, there seemed to be a great deal missing All of the details of that battle seem to have presented late in the book, and received almost no mention during the time she was suffering As a result, if you did not read the last portion you might not know of her suffering at all But don t let that stop you from reading Armstrong [...]

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