Saturday, 19 February 2011
The Secret Diary of a New Mum by Cari Rosen
Whatever your age, becoming a mum for the first time brings with it excitement, anxiety and numerous challenges. But how do you cope when, to top it all, you discover you are old enough to be the mother of everyone else in your NCT group? The story of one woman, one new baby, a slipped disc and rather too many wrinkles, "The Secret Diary of a New Mum (Aged 43 1/4)" follows the tale of a midlife mum as she tries to make the transition from experienced TV producer to utterly inexperienced parent. One in five babies is born to a mum over 35, and the number of over 40s giving birth has doubled. The first humorous narrative account of what it's really like to be a midlife mum - whether it's deftly side-stepping any questions about age and baby number two or weeping as younger counterparts ping back into their size ten jeans within thirty seconds of giving birth - this is the thoroughly entertaining, insightful and often hilarious account of what happens as you face up to menopause and new motherhood at the same time.
This is the honest account of pregnancy for the 'older lady'. Full of funny moments, honest feelings and the happiness and worries which every mum goes through in those first few years of a child's life.
The book follows Cari Rosen through her pregnancy and the first two years of her daughter's life.
The book is full of humour and truth and well worth a read.
I would recommend it to mums to be of all age, although it is written by a 'mature' mum, it is all relevant, an honest account of life before and after baby.
Thank you to Michael from The School Run for sending me the book to review.