This is the first book about new motherhood that I have identified with. Not the idyll of falling in love with your baby the minute you see it and turning into laudable earth mother, no, it tells with painful accuracy the feelings of inadequacy, disorientation and loss of identity that I struggled to come to terms with after having a baby.
The mummy of the book tries to become something she isn't in an attempt to get her life back, but gradually becomes a person she is happy to be as she settles into the world of motherhood. Whilst I don't identify with the designer shoes, botox and pilates of the yummy mummies, I understand the need to get your own identity back. I bought new glasses, a new handbag and went for a new haircut: when my friend saw it she said "Is that the ' I'm not just a mum, I'm a person too' haircut?" so obviously it isn't just me! 'Yummy Mummy' is an enjoyable and in some ways remarkable first novel and I applaud Polly for telling our story.
Next I'm reading 'The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy' by Fiona Neill which sounds much more me!