Waiting for Birdy: A Year of Frantic Tedium, Neurotic Angst, and the Wild Magic of Growing a Family, by Catherine Newman / by Christina Rosalie

Before I knew about blogs (holy moly, was there really such a time?) I eagerly devoured Newman’s weekly installments on babycenter.com which were later compiled into this book. When I was gigantically pregnant and my stomach looked like a huge gibbous moon, I'd read excerpts from her weekly post to my husband over dinner. He thought she was making the stuff up. "Three year olds say stuff like THAT?"

But hearing the stuff that I read also made the whole "We are having a baby" bit a tad more real. And later, when the book hit stores during sometime during the gloomy early months of spring when Bean was just bean-sized and mostly just a pooping, wailing little wobbly thing, it helped me keep my sense of humor.

Newman's writing is hilarious, but also self-reflective and filled with little gems that linger in your mind for days: making you want to be that kind of parent. Patient, forgiving, silly, and joyous. Perhaps my favorite quote of all:

"I'm a mean guy!" [Ben] snarled at his reflection, "Because my booty is itchy!" "Maybe that's why the Grinch was so mean," Michael offered---we'd just watched the classic cartoon together---but Ben said, "No, I don't think so," and screwed up his face. "The Grinch was mean because his penis was three sizes too small!" According to Dr. Seuss, the size problem was, of course, with the Grinch's heart, but you can't help wondering if Ben might be onto something ...