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Making Babies [PDF / EPUB] Making Babies Anne Enright one of Ireland's most remarkable writers has just had two babies a girl and a boy Making Babies is the intimate engaging and very funny record of the journey from early pregnancy to age t Anne Enright one of Ireland's most remarkable writers has just had two babies a girl and a boy Making Babies is the intimate engaging and very funny record of the journey from early pregnancy to age two Written in dispatches typed with a sleeping baby in the room it has the rush of good news full of the mess the glory and the raw shock of it all An antidote to the high minded polemical 'How to' baby manuals Making Babies also bears a visceral and dreamlike witness to the first years of parenthood Anne Enright wrote the truth of it as it happened because for these months and years it is impossible for a woman to lie.


10 thoughts on “Making Babies

  1. says:

    Maybe you need to read this book on a plane with your breast exposed for two hours so your sleeping 10 month old baby has somewhere to rest his head between fretful half waking sips Maybe you need your other two daughters and your husband to be sitting two seats back playing a loud game of bingo with a stranger's child they have adopted called Gemma so you can reflect on how charming they sound when they are not under your jurisdiction Maybe that vulnerable breast is also your heart is also your nerves exposed Maybe you need to see so few degrees of separation between your mother writer self and Anne Enright's mother writer self that it seems she is merely reading back your own thoughts Maybe you need to secretly think she is you but a better writer and Irish the bitch Maybe you need to love her gleaming knife edge brilliance so much you forgive her for it Maybe you want to thank her for writing down the things you were too tired to write But you know you won't because the baby needs changing and the kids need picking up from school and feeding and there's a novel to write somewhere between all that only you can't remember what it is


  2. says:

    After eighteen years of childless marriage novelist Anne Enright was shocked to find herself pregnant Being the sharp observer of human behaviour and honest writer that she is she decided to keep track of her own thoughts and reactions on her pregnancy and the birth of her first and very uickly second child The result is a very clear eyed rational and terribly funny memoir of a woman who is surprised by life fiercely in love with her kids but very honest all the whileI absolutely loved this book Too often for me anyway birth and early childhood stories tend to the saccharine leaving me feeling a bit guilty for perhaps not appreciating my little miracles enough; perhaps they get at the little voice that always wonders if I'm 'mother enough' Those that don't leave me feeling somehow lacking often leave me afraid for the children of these women who clearly don't enjoy motherhood at all Enright gets it just right in my book As a mother who also had her children later in lifeand who tends toward the honest wondering if there's something wrong with me that I don't find newborns lovely not even my own They look sort of like turtles to me I found Enright's clear eyed view of pregnancy childbirth and early motherhood very motherhood credential affirming Enright very clearly loves her children with all her heart but she's not afraid to say that not every bit of it is lovely Her observations on the various bodily fluids that leak from the baby and the mommy the sleeplessness even the loneliness of the modern new mother rang so many bells for me just as many as her thoughts on the soft skin the baby smiles the cuddles and giggles that we hear about much often Maybe it's her Irish practicality that allows her to be this honest maybe it has something to do with being a mature mother; either way I've never nodded along with a book about motherhood as often as I've done with this book I've already told my teenage daughters that this is the book they need to read to know what real early motherhood is like in fact I'm buying a copy for each of them I don't know why this took two years post UK release to be released in the US but I'm very glad to have chanced upon it A lovely book


  3. says:

    You know that friend who always makes you ask the journalistic Five W's? Like where in the world did you find her? What just came out of her mouth? Who actually says that? When will she lighten up? Why do you keep hanging out with her? How will you explain her appeal to your other friends? Meet my new pal Anne Enright an Irish author with accolades to spare and a several tour veteran of her own grisly psychological warEnright recorded her first few years of Making Babies ie motherhood in a stream of consciousness that varies in degree from babbling brook to rushing river At one point she writes Finished feeding I go back on the cigarettes I am addicted to nicotine but I am also addicted to slipping away for two minutes every hour and being alone At another she asks Why do we assume that babies are happy in the womb? They come out looking for your face so who is to say they are not lonely all those weeks when there is no face there? And maybe growth hurts in the womb as it does outside and all that suawking in the early weeks is not a mourning for paradise lost but just making up for lost time The resulting part journal part blog format overlayed throughout by a literary sensibility continually perplexed and intrigued meI found many of Enright's descriptions accessible relatable and marked by that brand of funny that's not just smart funny or dark funny but smart dark funny like the chocolate raindrop from Godiva that's filled with ganache and almond praliné paste For example she writes I measure other mothers against myself for age sudden fat and despair; and if you are a woman and you clean society thinks that you are fantastically well balanced and sane which is sort of unfair for the people who have to live with you and are not allowed to wipe a spill off the floor with the cloth that is used to wipe the counterBut I often emotionally recoiled in response to the harsh honesty and uninvited intimacy of her confessions in the way that one dodges a mirror when she suspects her reflection won't be flattering Like when Enright says of playing with her children I have no problem filling this smiling shell most of the time Not exactly a barrel of laughs Yet every time I decided I wanted out of her head and fast Enright pulled me back in with a particularly witty and impersonal observation such as I was reared in the seventies by a woman who had been reared in the thirties and we were both agreed that getting pregnant was the worst thing that could happen to a girl; it is the job of families to reject each other's memories; and I would swap several college degrees for a degree of patienceAnd there's no denying Enright's capacity for purely brilliant prose As a mother and a writer my favorite line reads I am besotted by a being who is at this stage just a set of emotions arranged around a gut So true so freaking true It's one of those descriptions that once set upon paper seems so correct that it's retrospectively self evidentIn the end I'm still not sure what I think of her or the book that seems to be essentially a purchasable inanimate extension of her sort of like a discarded wooden leg that bears the nicks and smell of its user's experiences or something slightly less creepy So I'll do what I do with that one friend I'll introduce you to her and let you judge her charms for yourself Try not to be put off by your first impression; she doesn't exactly put her best foot forward chapter wise If you keep reading you'll get to know the real Anne a mother of two who just wants to relax I have eleventy one gins I wave across the room and hulloo and tell everyone they are looking great though they all look one year older and for some it is the year that made the difference Sometime around 1030 the damaged little f%#er who has been tracking you all night comes up with the same sneer as the last time you were out and you realise with the predictable drunken slump that you have changed while the wide world has remained the same I've had a baby I'm not really interested any Drinking is a group thing and you don't have a group now you have a family damn It is time to wander out and lose your handbag in a taxi


  4. says:

    It is remarkably hard to find intelligent well crafted writing on motherhood Many glorify the role while others snark about it Most seem to reduce it to a whirlwind of puke and vomit Anne Enright writes bluntly about the beautiful and sublime aspects of becoming a mother as well as the humbling and crass bits She takes on the scientists and sociologists who seem to be constantly finding new shortcomings in mothers as well as the sadism of women who seem to take pleasure in the suffering of other women Lots of sharp insights throughout


  5. says:

    This is the smartest funny writing about motherhood that I've ever read Bits of it are what you'd expect David Sedaris to write about had he ever experienced pregnancy and childbirthrearing Other bits capture the simple pure joy of motherhood perfectlyShe has a knack for describing those feelings of motherhood that you can't even explain to your husband because it's unlike anything you've ever felt before Of course I didn't write any of them down but I remember an early line in the book seemed particularly apt She described being yanked from deep sleep by a crying baby in the middle of the night as shooting out of bed like an electrocuted corpse It's a vivid image that sticks with you but most are less grotesue while being eually as aptI read lots of it out loud to Sam I don't think he appreciated it in uite the same way but I think it did reinforce that my feelings about motherhood aren't singularly strange but just the way it is


  6. says:

    Cute and funny Made me remember what it was like to have a new baby I especially loved her description of a newborn baby's eyes and how it looks at you when it is first born Oh my gosh how could I forget that? It's been a loooong time I would have liked to know about how the author decided to have a baby after 18 years of marriage and then fall into it so naturally That part wasn't explored at all But I certainly could relate to just about everything else in the book It's funny to read a book like this when my kids are so much older and I am so far past the baby stage It was a trip back in time


  7. says:

    I was very much enjoying this funny and irreverent set of reflections on reproduction and parenthood right up until the last chapter Then it stopped being just amusing and enjoyable and started being brave revelatory and profound It told me something about what it means to want to live


  8. says:

    Review originally posted on the Johnson County KS Library Staff Picks BlogI didn’t expect to love the book Making Babies Stumbling into Motherhood by Anne Enright The silly cutesy title and cover photo inclined me to shrug my shoulders and hide what I was reading in public And the first essay was a strange confusing thing that I still haven’t untangled Luckily I didn’t start with the first essay I started with the introduction And in the introduction Anne Enright won me over She says about women who write about motherhood “It is the way they are both smug and astonished It is the way we think we have done something amazing when we have done no than most other people on the planet – except we in our over educated way have to brag about it” I could relate to that and oh I wanted to read Truly I can’t understand how children – and motherhood and having babies and those babies growing up into people – can be so sacred and so mundane It’s a miracle but it happens every day? It’s a uniue experience but anyone can do it? Enright’s prose rides the line between these divergent sentiments gracefully In a few paragraphs she will raise you in awe and then leave off with an abrupt statement about poop Or she’ll replay an absurdest conversation with her two year old daughter and then reminisce looking into Daughter’s baby eyes and seeing the shape of her soul Making Babies is fresh and joyful It’s funny As the Sunday Times praises on the back jacket “Enright has pulled off that rarest of tricks writing brilliantly about happiness” Read this if you have recently entered into motherhood or want to or if you just want to remember those suishy baby times If you enjoy literary non fiction memoirs and babies or if you have enjoyed Enright’s fiction you might like this book If you like sarcastic Irishwomen or people who wait for their eighteenth wedding anniversary before conceiving you will like Anne Enright


  9. says:

    I did not like to the point of couldn't carefully read the first and last essays see also Science no surprise there But holy cow did I love the essay on her daughter Being Two Loveeeeed Have to figure out how to document A's toddler years as well and delightfully Would have given this three stars but Being Two was that good Also Nine Months and most of Babies A Breeder's GuideFavoritesSometimes I feel as though I am introducing her to my own nostalgia for the world‘Oh’ a friend said when she started to crawl ‘it’s the beginning of the end’ and I knew what she meant It is the beginning of the end of a romance between a woman who has forgotten who she is and a child who does not yet knowThere is nothing better when you can’t get up than lying in bed with a baby If the baby gets bored you can flutter your hand high above its face then swoop down to beep beep its nose If you are very tired support the waving arm with your other arm and close your eyesAnd I want to tell them nothing about her She is a child she must not be described She must be kept fluid and open; not labelled or marked I could say that she is playful open stubborn bossy winsome serious giddy boisterous clinging gorgeous —but these are words that describe every single two year old on the planet they are not the essence of herself the thing that will always be there Describing a child is a matter of prediction or nostalgia There is no present moment You are always trying to grasp something that changes even as you look at it Besides all children are the same somehow And still I know she is different from the general run of toddlers


  10. says:

    Children are actually a form of brainwashing They are a cult a perfectly legal cult Think about it When you join a cult you are undernourished you are denied sleep you are forced to do repetitive and pointless tasks at random hours of the day and night then you stare deep into your despotic leader's eyes repeating meaningless phrases or mantras like Ooh da gorgeous Yes you are I read with shock; the truth only now sinking in Yes it's funny But the Enright also makes no bones about the feats of labor The long backward look at it can make a person feel lightheaded At the right time and place this passage is typical of how making babies can be hysterical But I'm in a maudlin mood today; Sharing the room with the washer as it clunks with its aggressive spinning rhythm I have to work at remembering how I spent the last decade Reading Anne Enright's chapter on Babies A Breeder's Guide might be welcomed in a summer week when the weather is fine and everyone is healthy and ready to go off to college


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