At our first meeting my future father-in-law waited until we sat down in the Thai restaurant, the oblong menus placed in our hands and the waiter was a distance away, tending to other diners, before turning towards me, his eyes glowing. This was the first time we were all seeing each other after his son had proposed to me. “When will I get to hold my first grandchild?”
For my father-in-law and everyone else, I have a question of my own: When will any of you be satisfied?
My Thoughts: If you’re married, recently engaged or even in a long-term relationship the odds are good that someone has asked you the question; “When are you going to have a baby?” The response that always bounced around safely contained in my head was, “When I’m damn good and ready!” It seems so odd that it’s okay for people to ask that, as if they’re not really asking if you’re having unprotected sex often enough to get knocked up.
Mohana Rajakumar has taken blog entries about her path to pregnancy, sewn them together and submitted them as Mommy But Still Me. As a mother myself, I laughed and commiserated with her funny tales of her experiences all throughout her journey, from stubbornly single to eager mother. Anyone who has had a baby can completely relate to the shrinking clothes, the raging hormones and the inconvenient ”Mommy Brain” that can attack at whim.
I really enjoyed this book. Mohana’s voice is witty and sarcastic, poking fun at all the cultural idiosyncrasies we’re all so fond of. If you’ve had children, you’ll love this book and laugh, thanking the stars that you’ve conquered that particular aspect of life. If you haven’t had children, read it too, because it’s a humorous glimpse at what you’ll be getting yourself into when you do decide to bite that bullet. It’s realistic and touching and I highly recommend this cheap read! It’s available on Amazon for $.99!