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“Afterbirth”

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Four years ago, before our first son was born, I had no idea what I was in for. I had no idea that some day, I’d watch in horror as one of the kids deliberately stepped in dog poop. I had no idea that I’d say things like, “Stop licking the pole on the bus.” And I definitely couldn’t have imagined that extreme frustration could co-exist with extreme happiness. Often in the same day.
It’s this very sense of shock and awe that’s at the core of the new book “afterbith: Stories You Won’t Read in a Parenting Magazine”. Without a doubt, this is the most hilarious thing I’ve read in a long time. If you, like me, thought it was virtually impossible to find a unique parenting book, think again. And then go buy Afterbirth.
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Comedian Dani Klein Modisett edited the book, which is a collection of essays about how parenting changes you in ways you’d never imagine. All of the pieces are written by top writers and performers… a virtual who’s who in Hollywood.
The book itself sprang from Modisett’s long-running show that features these writers reading their essays. It started in LA, but she now takes it on the road. And if it’s near you, go see it.
I was lucky enough to catch the show in NY recently, after meeting Modisett in a dance class. She was wearing a t-shirt of the cover of her book, so I practically pounced on her to see what it was all about. We were quickly reprimanded by the teacher to stop talking. Thanks to email, we continued the conversation later.
Yes, little did I know, four years ago, that I would come to worship our babysitters so that I could go out to an event like Modisett’s show. Then again… I don’t think I ever envisioned saying, “Get off of your brother RIGHT NOW or someone is going to get hurt!”
Too bad I didn’t have “Afterbirth” BEFORE I gave birth.