Wednesday 20 May 2015

I Forgot to Take My Pill Book Review

“When I became a mum for the first time, I went through what I think most women go through, which is total bewilderment!  I didn’t know how anything “worked” anymore – how did I go to the shops, how did I have a shower, how did I meet friends – with this new little person attached to me!”

Sharyn had me at bewilderment.

When I took my firstborn to the GP for his two month jabs, I took a seat in the packed waiting room.  The nurse popped her head around the door and asked if she could see me for a second.  What did the novice mother say?

“Will I bring him with me?”

Major duh moment!

So it’s safe to say I identified with Sharyn’s words, in fact I identified with most of her book.  A few pages in and I was nodding furiously, grinning my head off at her, “Zero-To-Drunkenness-ometer.” 

Who isn’t familiar with that?

Then there was the description of the Irresistible Ride Me Now Dress.  We should all have one, right?

Will & Grace (remember those two?) and NKOTB (New Kids on the Block for the uninitiated) also get a mention.

When she wrote about her own deadly mother giving her santy bags for the end of her bed at Christmas, I said out loud, “Mine does that too!”

She went out for chicken wings when she went into labour.

I’ll stop now before I give it all away.

So what else did I like?  I enjoy a funny book, who amongst us doesn’t?  But I loved how Sharyn switched from irreverent and raucously funny to sombre at times.  A perfect example is showcased in my favourite chapter entitled Boob, Interrupted. 

I have a couple other extremely favourite bits.  My favourite quote has to be, “I might be in a wheelchair missus, but me willy still works!”

Then I got to the bit about the tea and toast and the old lady giving the baby a fiver saying, “he’s on his way in, we’re on our way out.”  Sharyn touches very briefly on religion, she’s included a bit about an Amazonian braless Russian and if you don’t feel rage reading about the night a gang of 11 year old girls run riot on the Luas, there’s something wrong with you. 

This is the perfect book for your handbag.  There are 22 short chapters that are like short stories in themselves; making it an ideal read for when you are on the bus, during your lunch break or outside the school gate.

I read it in a day.  I did joke that my kids would be fed digestives and baked beans or all of their meals until I’d read it.  They weren’t but they may have had to make do with bread sticks for snacks.  This book needed finishing. 

I Forgot to Take My Pill is a funny, no-nonsense, no holds barred (bad language included – another favourite bit) account of pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood.  Written by Sharyn Hayden, a comedian, an actress and mother of two, she also finds the time to blog at Raising Ireland. 

I Forgot to Take My Pill is available on Amazon from today, 20th May 2015!

I was given a copy of I Forgot to Take my Pill in exchange for review.  As always, all opinions are my own!  


  1. Lovely review! I think I need to get my hands on this book :)

  2. Very meaningful article. I am a male nurse, so I feel what you write. It feels so good to hold a new baby in my arms. They look so adorable and cute. I feel the happiness of mothers. Because I love my job, I usually wear clean, clean clothes and choose for myself best nursing shoes for men very well, to continue with the job.