Amy Thomas-Stewart is a 30-something newly married writer in New York City. After her last job evaporates due to the magazine folding, she is left on unemployment in a cramped apartment with her husband (and her sister living on her couch!) Always focusing on her job, Amy suddenly hears her biological clock ticking and decides she MUST have a baby NOW! After much persuading, her husband consents. In the meantime, Amy finds herself gainfully employed again, at a less-than-glamourous job writing press releases for celebrities. As her weight rises, so does her blood pressure as she's assigned to work with an anti-child celebrity with a book no reviewer will touch. What follows is nine months of pregnancy suprises nobody ever warned her about. From the struggle of finding a pediatrician in the city, to settling on a name, Amy runs into hilarious troubles all the way down her enormous "to-do" list.
This report prepared by Nicole Quier
This is a wonderful book set in a modern day newly-wed couples life. They have a happy marriage, a semi warped family, as we all do, and no desire for children...until the clock strikes. It is a rollercoaster of a womans thoughts, fears, and shear excitement that takes hold as she diaries her pregnancy.
This report prepared by Casey
Delta, May 2003, 10.95, 304 pp.
No longer a mad bride to be (see DIARY OF A MAD BRIDE), Amy Thomas Stewart finds work as a public relations specialist to self proclaimed celebrities and politicians so low in the food chain, photosynthesis has not been reached. Perhaps it is the inanity of her job that she loses, but Amy begins thinking a baby would make life complete. Her beloved husband Stephen is not quite as comfortable with the concept yet reluctantly agrees.
When the stick turns obligingly blue, Amy knows her diary entries will change to what she wants for her baby, potential names, and key daily events like puking at any hour of the day. As she is beginning to learn about the habits of the creature residing in her womb, Amy is on twenty-four hour call not just mornings when she feels sick. As the blessed event comes closer and her figure vanishes, Amy thinks people look at her like she suffers from an incurable contagious illness.
Though often amusing, by its nature the diary of a pregnancy becomes repetitive (how often can one vomit); still chick lit fans will laugh at many of Amy's comments on her observations of the world filtered through a natural hormonal haze. Though not quite as refreshing as the prequel, DIARY OF A MAD MOM TO BE has many humorous moments that will bring laughter to sub-genre fans and anyone pregnant though have a bathroom handy as the laughs directly effect the bladder. Though overall fun, only the die-hard wolverine fan will want a pack of more Amy titles such as “Diary of a Mad Geriatric”.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner