It’s Really 10 Months: Special Delivery is an essay anthology that reads like a Who’s Who of the best parenting bloggers on the internet. And there’s good reason that they are the best. These ladies do not disappoint, and neither do the dads who contributed to this gem.
Anyone who has ever been pregnant could fill a book with the fears and worries they experience while expecting, and that’s just what this book is. It deals with the worries of infertility, the disappointment of chemical pregnancies, overdue birth, c-sections, vaginal birth, being unprepared for the big day and handling the unwelcome touching and advice strangers and family members alike feel compelled to offer. All of these stories are handed down with humor and wit, making them incredibly enjoyable and relatable.
Quite a few of the essays I found personally enjoyable. Christina Antus’s essay about her water breaking and never seeming to cease, Alessandra Macaluso’s ( of Punk Wife) description of the pain associated with breastfeeding and Richard Black’s first person account of his wife’s labor and delivery are just a few that had me nodding my head through actual guffaws of laughter. Anyone who has ever experienced pregnancy or labor and delivery in any form is bound to find more than one relatable tale in this book.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention at least a couple of the stories that were no less hilarious, however jaw-dropping. Chris Smyrl’s account of his wife’s literally unstoppable desire for a burrito had my eyes bulging out of their sockets. I had to read it twice just to make sure I wasn’t mistaken. Amy Hunter’s (of The Outnumbered Mother) birth story involved bolt cutters. I read that one with my legs crossed. Mary Widdicks’ (of Outmanned Mommy) reads like a cautionary tale to every expectant mother. Always, always, always have spare clothes packed when you’re pregnant. Always.
This book was gifted to me for the purposes of writing this review, but I would gladly have purchased it. It would make a great gift for any expectant mother, whether it’s her first or tenth go ’round. But be warned. Do not read this while eating or drinking. Ingesting anything and laughing do not mix, and you will not read this book without at least a few laugh out loud moments. You won’t experience buyer’s remorse with this one.
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Links to other amazing authors that appear in this anthology:
Kate Parlin http://shakespearesmom.com/
Kathryn Leehane http://www.foxywinepocket.com/
Sarah Cottrell https://www.facebook.com/housewifeplus
Teri Biebel http://snarkfestblog.blogspot.com/
Alice Gomstyn https://www.facebook.com/MildlyInappropriateMommy
Jessica Azar Facebook.com/herdmanagement