It wasn’t until The Secret Diary of a New Mum Aged 43¼ arrived that I really knew what the book was about and I’ll admit that I hesitated when I saw it was about life as a new mum. It’s over seven years since I was in that situation. With the baby years long behind me, it isn’t a topic I generally read about.
Thankfully the publishers sent me a free copy or I would never have picked up Cari’s book; I would have missed out on the funniest book I have read in years.
The Secret Diary of a New Mum Aged 43¼ is the real life story of Cari Rosen’s journey into motherhood at the age of 42. It is witty, insightful, and a fabulous read.
You don’t have to be a new mum to enjoy it; everyone will relate to the rollercoaster ride of parenthood. There are plenty of funny anecdotes and laugh out loud moments.
… it appears that my daughter is the only newborn on the ward not named after a footballer, a car or a booze-induced whim. In order that she should not be left out, I suggest to my husband that we switch to Cantona-Cabriolet…
Cari also talks honestly about being an older mum and society’s expectations and assumptions of women who enter motherhood aged 35 and over.
Why not shout from the rooftops, ‘I am old, I am old. I should be knitting for my grandchildren?’
But aside from the technicality that I can’t knit, the fact remains that I am sitting here in my own right, in the pregnancy wing of a busy London hospital. In all my 40-something glory, I am huffing and puffing among mothers-to-be who are young enough to be my daughters, while the medical staff puzzle over whether to admit me to maternity or geriatrics.
From successful TV producer to inexperienced parent, Cari Rosen’s journey’s is hilarious, gripping and brilliantly written. I’d highly recommend it.
The Secret Diary of a New Mum Aged 43¼ by Cari Rosen is published by Vermilion priced £11.99