Long ago I became aware of a blog called dooce®.
The blog is written by an American gal called Heather Armstrong. In fact a year or so ago I commissioned an interview with Heather as part of my job as a website manager and online content producer for the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI).
Heather is often referred to as a mommy-blogger (Heather and Britt Reints – who I’ve interviewed for this blog have a lot in common).
dooce® is largely about Heather’s life and family. She makes her living running dooce®. Her husband does the business and she does the writing.
She’s a no-holds-barred kind of writer. She’s also HILARIOUS.
All this to say that I was in the library earlier this week (I read books at pretty much the same speed as I read blogs: fast and often.) I was there to replenish my reading supply (I read 4 books last week and was having withdrawl symptoms).
I don’t read Heather’s blog often enough to know that she had published a book.
So there I am in the library perusing the ‘New and noted’ section when I come across a name I recognise. Turns out Heather has written a book.
It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita is the story of one mother (Heather) struggling with her new role.
I’ve never had it in me to be a mother. I have my dog and two stinky nine-year twins who are effectively my step children.
There is no desire in me to procreate.
Reading this book merely confirmed for me that having children is not one of my life roles.
I feel about my dog the way Heather feels about her baby (the good and nice bits).
I highly recommend this book regardless of how you feel about motherhood. Heather is a funny writer and has the ability to turn the most mundane situations into a comedy.