Aug 30, 07
Read in August, 2007
When I first heard that Brooke Shields had suffered from postpartum depression, my heart went out to her. Just the hormones, alone, from having a baby can leave you on an emotional rollercoaster. That being said, I went into this book with a lot of sympathy. My attitude quickly changed. *Down Came the Rain* reads like a manual for how to have a baby. Aside from the fertility issues (if my own husband sneezes in the same room as me I get pregnant), I might have been reading excerpts from my OWN child birth experiences. Or my neighbor's. Or my friend's.
In my opinion, Ms. Shield's depression stems more from the fact that she is a spoiled princess who has been handed everything she's ever wanted on a silver platter. She describes the days in the hospital after her daughter's birth as "humiliating" and that she was "exhausted." Welcome to Motherhood! She's upset she had a c-section (well, I've had vaginal AND c-section and c-section is WAY better). She should just count her blessings that she didn't crap on the table while pushing out a baby.
I actually had to put the book down because I was so disgusted that Brooke felt the need to describe what every other mother in the world has been through, like it's new and exciting and terrible. It's all of those and none of those. Wake up, Brooke. It's the "Real World."
Perhaps being "ordinary" was just a slap in the face that she didn't see coming.
Oh God. Maybe Tom Cruise was right!