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My Child and Other Mistakes: The hilarious and heart-warming motherhood memoir from the comedy star

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This is an absolutely amazing book, and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who is pregnant or just given birth. It is so, so funny and I related to it so much. "Minjury" is the best joke I've heard about Pelvic Girdle Pain 🤣 Loved it!! (The book, not Pelvic Girdle Pain!) Strictly judge and ex-pro Anton du Beke and his wife Hannah share adorable six-year-old twins George and Henrietta. What a universal joke for everyone to enjoy. Even after the world has been over run with infected and violence, the sun will still rise in the morning and this joke reminds us all of that. Sure it may seem kind of insignificant in the moment but maybe this nice and pure play on words boosted team morale to get them through the next wave of enemies. It may be the simplest in the top 5 but it sure makes me feel the warmest.

Of all the word play on this list, this one feels almost too direct and the punchline doesn’t get the payoff from Joel or the audience that some of the others higher up do. But maybe that’s the appeal of it, the fact that it is so lame that it’s actually amazing. However that feeling is something we’ll be seeing a lot more of as we progress and this joke doesn’t do it as well as some of the knee-slappers near the top of this list.Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for my advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review. This joke is one of those where you might need to hear it a few times to really get it, but once you do, it gives you that warm feeling from #12 with even more of an impact since you had to work for it. Again, mention of food could affect the in-game feelings towards the delivery but that gets cancelled out by some additional context from later in the game. Ellie mentions during the University of Eastern Colorado section, that she would have wanted to be an astronaut if she had the chance. So anything to do with space probably is really cool to her and that paired with her love of lame jokes and puns, makes up for any additional hunger this may have caused.

In this very funny book she writes candidly about her own personal experience exploring the decision to have a baby when she doesn't even like them, the importance of cheese during pregnancy, why she took hair straighteners to the labour ward, plus the apocalyptic newborn days, childcare, work and the inevitable impact on life and love and most importantly, her breasts. Stand-up comic, broadcaster and actress Ellie Taylor is relatable, clever and interested in how women can have it all. Her honest, hilarious and moving account of the whys and hows of having a baby makes perfect reading for expectant mothers and fathers everywhere, as well as those who've been there, done that, and wonder how on earth they did. In My Child and Other Mistakes, Taylor chronicles her ascent into adulthood. I don’t mean the passing of the years that makes us a grown up but the decisions that we make that validate that in modern society such as getting engaged, getting married, having kids.

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Like watching The Big Bang Theory, it honours the world of physics and physicists/ motherhood and mothering but doesn't mind if you don't want to be one. If you really want to be entertained this is the perfect book for you - just be mindful you will be laughing out loud, so may not want to read this book on the train! I enjoyed this book (on audiobook, narrated by Ellie herself) but it didn’t blow me away. Parts were relatable and parts were funny but on the whole I found it a bit wannabe worthy.

Children are not the only route to having a meaningful life as a woman. I had a meaningful life before I had a child, and had I not become a mother, my life would still have value, worth and love. p11-12 For anyone who is pregnant, or trying to weigh up whether or not they ever want to be pregnant, this is a really helpful insight into what you might experience and - importantly - that all of the negative experiences and emotions that you may go through are NORMAL and OK! For those like me who have recently experienced preganancy and newborn life, it is a great book to reflect on what you have experienced so far - and to realise that those times where you think, or thought, you were doing a bad job, you were just / are just a human being and doing the absolute best that you can.

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The question asked often is how long did it take you to paint that painting. The answer is a' life time', which is how long I have been painting. A painting needs to be studied before it is finished. Many times I have noticed something that bothered me. I would say it is okay. It is okay. NO! I had to make the change. Another question often asked is how do you know when a painting is finished. The answer is when you do not have it any longer. My husband often asks me why I keep painting the same thing, and I tell him that if I ever get right I`ll stop.

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