Belly Laughs and Baby Laughs Book Reviews
Name of Books Being Reviewed: Belly Laughs and Baby Laughs
Author: Jenny Mccarthy
Reviewed By: Genevieve Olson
Date Reviewed: 5/26/10
Pros: Hilarious and down to earth stories
Cons: Not long enough
Review: There isn’t much to say about these books except that they are a must read for any mom or mom to be. Shoot my husband even read them and that is saying a whole bunch since the only things he usually reads have pictures with abbreviations under them. (Example : Auto Trader, Boat Trader, Craigslist)
Moving on, I can’t say enough about Mccarthy’s sense of humor and reliability when it comes to writing about the trials and tribulations surrounding pregnancy and in her second book the first year of mommyhood. At times you literally say to yourself, “Did she really just write that?” (see Chapter on Snail Trail in Baby Laughs)
When I first found out that I was pregnant I have to admit I somewhat felt like a teenage girl that wasn’t ready to be a mommy. I cried ,and then promptly threw up after seeing that vague second pink line. This could have been hormones and morning sickness but I was really scared about being pregnant and losing control of my body. Selfishly, I felt trapped and there was no getting out of this one. I knew I always wanted to be a mommy and my husband and I had made the conscience effort to start trying but it happened so quickly I hadn’t had the time to get the right mindset. A girlfriend of mine gave me Belly Laughs and my outlook quickly changed.
I read both of these books so quickly I was sad to get to the last page. If nothing else these books really taught me to laugh about most of the things you go through because laughter can be the very best medicine. It also made me feel part of a very cool club and made me feel OK for not thinking all this mommy stuff was “so glorious and wonderful”. While I am beyond blessed with my little girl, I will not deny that throughout my pregnancy I caught myself lecturing my fetus on being a “cool kid” because she was already trying my patience with the kicks to my rib cage and stepping on my bladder at really inconvenient times.
I love, love, loved both of these books. I have not read Mccarthy’s other books regarding her son and autism but I will say that these two books really helped lighten things up for me. I would laugh out loud while reading them.
The only cons I would say to this book are: I wanted more, and it isn’t always safe for a pregnant woman or a new mom to laugh super hard with a full bladder. ( I am sure most of you know or will know what I mean)
So, next time you are at Target or surfing around Amazon I would highly recommend picking up these two books. Even if your child is 20 years old and you are done being pregnant. Enjoy, and again I recommend you use the restroom before reading!
Overall Rating: (based on 5 palm tree rating system- 5 palm trees is a Mommy Oasis)