“If there is one word that captures motherhood, it’s not “exalting.” It’s “exhaustion.” Being this tired all the time is torture. Men have confessed to crimes that they did not commit because they were kept awake for twenty-four hours. If you put a mom in an interrogation room, she’ll last four and a half years.” – #IMomSoHard
When I was gifted this book by TLC Book Tours and the publisher, I had no idea who Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley were. And, if I’m being honest, I still don’t really know who they are, but I do know that they are funny and have a friendship that I hope to have with another girlfriend someday. Written in the authors alternating perspectives, #IMomSoHard is designed to make you laugh, ~maybe~ cry, and, most of all, to feel understood. I felt all of those things (sometimes simultaneously) as I read, creating a mostly enjoyable reading experience for me.
The section I enjoyed the most by far was “I Lose My Mind So Hard”, where the authors talk very pointedly about the effects of having a baby on a mamas body and mind. As someone who struggled very deeply with postpartum depression with a lack of support in the place I was living at the time, it was nice to read of someone else’s experience with their mental health after having a kid. It made me feel seen, and for that section of the book alone, I will be keeping my copy.
There were some sections that I found to not really add much to the book, hence the reason I didn’t give it the full 5 stars possible. The sections that I enjoyed, I really, really enjoyed, and the sections that I didn’t enjoy, I found myself skimming. It was one of the first “mom” books that I’ve ever read, and overall, I’m glad that I read (most) of it.