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By Catherine Newman | Comments: ( 262 ) | Date: ( Dec 11, 2019 )

To fifty thousand readers, Catherine Newman is the beloved author of Bringing Up Ben Birdy, a weekly column on babycenter Now in the delightfully candid, outlandishly funny Waiting for Birdy, Newman charts the year she anticipated the birth of her second child while also coping with the realities of raising a toddler As she navigates life with her existentiallyTo fifty thousand readers, Catherine Newman is the beloved author of Bringing Up Ben Birdy, a weekly column on babycenter Now in the delightfully candid, outlandishly funny Waiting for Birdy, Newman charts the year she anticipated the birth of her second child while also coping with the realities of raising a toddler As she navigates life with her existentially curious and heartbreakingly sweet three year old, and her doozy of a pregnancy, she lends her irresistibly unique voice to the secret thoughts and fears of parents everywhere Filled with quirky warmth and razor sharp wit, Waiting for Birdy captures the universal wonder, terror, humor, and tenderness of raising a family.


  • Title: Waiting for Birdy: A Year of Frantic Tedium, Neurotic Angst, and the Wild Magic of Growing a Family
  • Author: Catherine Newman
  • ISBN: 9780143034773
  • Page: 407
  • Format: Paperback

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Comments Waiting for Birdy: A Year of Frantic Tedium, Neurotic Angst, and the Wild Magic of Growing a Family

  • Tricia

    I like a book that makes my husband laugh. This is one of those books that we kept in the bathroom for a little light reading while doing the do. My husband said one night, "That book in the bathroom is really good. It makes me wish I had to keep shitting just so I can read it." The truth is, I feel the same way. That book makes me wish I had to keep shitting.(Not bad was the fact that I picked this book up for $1 at a remainders sale. I feel bad for the author, but at least I went back and boug [...]


  • Keris

    Have you ever fallen in love with a book? So in love that you just couldn't stop reading it. Or, if you had to stop, you'd be thinking about it and rushing to get things done so you could get back to it? That was me with Catherine Newman's Waiting for Birdy last weekend. (In fact, my husband was getting annoyed that I was talking more about Catherine's son, Ben, than our own son!)Taken from Catherine's Babycentre blog, it's the story of gorgeous 3-year-old Ben and Catherine's mixed feelings abou [...]


  • Laurie

    This is my favorite of the many parenting memoirs that I've read in the last five years (since Iris was born). While Newman's story is about having a second child (Birdy), and I am not having more than one, she captures the experiences of mothering a newborn and a preschooler with perfect humor and horror. Ben is around age three in the book. I remember wondering if this was really what Iris would be like when she was three, and OH, WAS SHE EVER. This is Matthew's and my favorite part, both beca [...]


  • Lain

    Catherine Newman is the kind of person you want living next door. Funny, irreverent, with a heart as big as the mattress on her family bed. She also is a great writer, with the ability to notice the little things and comment on them in a way that gives them the importance they deserve. Wry, witty, and self-deprecating, Newman tracks her journey to the birth of her second child in "Waiting for Birdy." Nothing -- from the tangerine-sized hemorrhoids to the "barfy flu" to her sometimes absentminded [...]


  • Christian

    Every so often a book comes along that I love so much and can't put down but watch the page numbers turn with sadness because I don't want it to end. I absolutely and truly loved every page of this book. I teared up at points because Newman captured so eloquently the extreme joy and anxiety of mothering, and at other points I was laughing so hard that I could not breath. I have been calling my best friend to read her excerpts of the book because it is hysterical -- in a reality check, oh my god, [...]


  • Katie

    I've loved Catherine Newman's blog, now called the "Dalai Mama" on Wondertime, since it was "Bringing up Ben & Birdy" on ParentCenter. She is smart, funny and incredibly honest about the joys and hassles of raising young kids. I regularly find myself laughing out loud at the computer screen when reading a blog entry. This book grew out of the blog, and it's every bit as good.


  • Carly

    So tender! So funny. I've followed Catherine Newman's "Ben & Birdy" blog for years now, and have meant to read this book for so long! Finally got around to it, and was not disappointed. I bet this memoir is often compared to Anne Lamott's "Operating Instructions" -- and I bet Catherine Newman anticipated these comparisons in advance (she even quotes "Operating Instructions" in the beginning of the book). I would say the two shouldn't be compared, but rather enjoyed one after the other. Hopef [...]


  • Ciara

    i heard about this book because the author writes the etiquette column in "real simple". yes, i still read "real simple". & i really like the etiquette column. obviously a memoir about awaiting the birth of a second child while raising a toddler is something that is right up my alley, given my all-consuming obsession with parenting memoirs. can you believe my library didn't have this? i don't know why! it was great! i had to get it as an ebook. not that i regret it at all; i really enjoyed i [...]


  • Molly Westerman

    Waiting for Birdy is really very funny, and an easy and fast read.My current situation overlaps quite a bit with that of the author during the period covered in the book (I'm a parenting/birth blogger currently pregnant with my second child, parenting a very verbal little boy, doing many of the same unconventional parenting things, married to someone I like a lot, etc.)--and yet I don't identify with her at all. She's just so worried. Her dark thoughts make my dark thoughts look like bunnies ski [...]


  • Michelle Cynthia

    I read her memoirs out of order, and this one is from the time in her life when she was expecting and adjusting to her second baby. Newman, in both books, captures motherhood's mix of emotions with such eloquence--fear, joy, exhaustion, indescribable love, etc. Her anecdotes and inner thoughts are also laugh out loud funny at times. Other parts brought tears to my eyes because they were so true and emotional. I have to share one of my favorite parts that puts in to words these overwhelming feeli [...]


  • Brian

    (3.0) Started off poor, redeemed herself a bit toward the endShe overdid the analogies a bit, but some were fun. My most memorable one I liked was about having dinner party with toddlers in attendance: by the end of dinner the gnarled mass of unfinished conversations is like an armful of electrical wires you're trying to figure out how to reconnect.Some other good "oh it's so true" moments about SIDS (we're scared to death of it and really can't do anything other than putting them to sleep on ba [...]


  • Becky

    The most accurate perspective on being a mother to an infant that I have ever read. Very funny and sweet in moments, I could relate completely to some of what she said, especially about being neurotic. I had a few favorite parts and it made me want to slow down and try to enjoy Hadley even more. I also need to lose some of my fear and be willing to introduce her to life. It is so well written that at times it was exhausting for me to read because it didn't feel like an escape but the description [...]


  • John

    My wife read this while she was pregnant and she was constantly laughing, and the thing is, it is both about having a baby and raising a little kid. And now we have a little kid. So I decided to read it too. It made me laugh too. I have a lot of the same neurotic tendencies that Catherine Newman has. It made me feel better to know that there are other people out there that guiltily google horrible diseases every time their kid sneezes. Newman says she got slightly less neurotic with the second k [...]


  • Chelsea

    The author writes about her worries and joys of having two children. I like to read perspectives that don't make me feel guilty/unfit to be a mother. She admits faults in her day to day dealings with her kids but then shows us her inner voice promising herself she will be better which I can relate to. Anyway a nice motherhood memoir or what have you that isn't so outlandish and crazy for the sake of entertainment, but not too mushy gushy either. And come on, Birdy? How adorable is that?


  • Alicia

    This is the perfect book for anyone who has ever had even the slightest interest in having and raising children. Newman's sense of humor is perfect, quick, and truly borders on genius. If you don't laugh out loud at least ten times, someone should give you your money back. This is the real thing, the way life falls and rises, and the absolute promise that children are endlessly (and unknowingly) the wisest of creatures.


  • Eve

    Everyone should read this book!This is a funny book about parenting. It is so real, so well-described, so outrageously spot-on! You might be jealous of her amazing perspective and ability to put it all in words, but mostly you'll just be inspired to find new, more hilarious perspective on your own life. Or maybe not. But you'll definitely laugh until you cry. A lot!


  • Rachael

    I loved this. I laughed so much, it was cathartic. I think I slept better after reading and laughing. Her style is full of unexpected adjectives, quick turns for the worst and slow upswings for the better. and so honest and sharing. I tried to get Joe to read it, but he didn't like it. Is it really for moms only? I don't know. But I'd recommend to anyone.


  • Aubrey

    I laughed and cried and told Michael that he needed to read this book to get more insight into my psyche. :) He enjoyed it, too, and laughed a lot himself (I'm gonna guess no crying). It's a great book for mothers or to-be-mothers, though I also relate to her personality as a woman. Wonderful, wonderful. Love how she captures the everyday.


  • Kate Baer

    One of the best parenting books I've ever read. Laughed until I cried. The exact book I want to write. Jealous.


  • Erin Rody

    Laughed aloud more times than I could count. At 8 1/2 months preggo, this book was just what the doctor ordered. Loved every page.


  • Misha

    This book was sooooo good. My husband and I both said we need to buy it. It's totally worth a re-read. But my friend Tricia's review is the best--go check it out.


  • K

    Loved this. W32.


  • Trina

    Hilarious writing. Great descriptions of preschoolers, pregnancy, OBs and newborns.


  • Vida

    I hadn't intended to read this book - a friend who is moving gave it to me thrown into a bag of children's clothes. I'm so glad I read it. It captured life with young children so well - the over the top joys and the deep exhaustion, the excruciating love one moment and waning patience the next. Having only one child, I loved how it was about being pregnant with and having a second, and how her 3 year old was discovering the world - sometimes with keep sorrow over new understandings of the world, [...]


  • Tawney Markham

    I love this book. This was my second time reading it, because I find myself remembering parts of it months later, but mostly, remembering the feeling it gave me. It's funny though; I can read many types of books by many types of people, but I can't always stomach memoirs by people I wouldn't want to be friends with in real life, and yet, while I don't think I would want to know the author in real life (we disagree on several key points, but mainly, she sounds exhaustingly high maintenance, emoti [...]


  • Heidi

    Ok, before anyone gets ahead of themselves, I am in no way pregnant! This book is so so funny though. Like laugh out loud in public funny. I want to remember in the future to gift this to any friends who are expecting.


  • Jessica

    I read Newmans's second book first, but now I am kind of obsessed with these two sweet little kids, Ben and Birdy. Save for too many saggy boob jokes, this is a great memoir about parenting young kids.


  • Kellie

    Relatable on the process of awaiting the arrival of your second child. Easy read that I would've finished sooner if I wasn't always reading several books at once.


  • Dolly

    I first discovered Catherine Newman, like many others, through her blog on BabyCenter, called Bringing Up Ben & Birdy. I was pregnant with my first daughter at the same time that she was pregnant with Birdy and I was looking for support and guidance online. What I found was humor, candidness, sincerity, and for me, nostalgia. Catherine was living in Amherst, Massachusetts, where I went to college. I grew up in Massachusetts, too. So for me, living thousands of miles away in Okinawa, Japan, r [...]


  • Neligh

    I give up trying to do this hilarious book any justice with a review. Even pulling a few quotes doesn't work. All I can say is, if you're going to be having a meal alone and you want something to read while you eat, DON'T pick this book. You'll choke. Repeatedly.One note: like The Second Nine Months and like Operating Instructions, this memoir includes cancer. For reasons unknown, I have yet to come across a parenting memoir that doesn't, and I thought I'd mention it in case it is something you [...]


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