Hump: True Tales of Sex After Kids

by Kimberly Ford

reviewed by AlwaysArousedGirl on Mon 4 Aug 2008

I’ve got to tell you, it’s been a shamefully long time since I’ve finished a book in under 36 hours.  It was lovely to be so inspired by Kimberly Ford’s Hump:  True Tales of Sex After Kids that I curled in bed with it two nights in a row.  This should be an indicator both of the interesting subject matter and the ease with which the narration flows.

Ford, the parent of three small children, shares stories of how she and her close friends have managed to stay physically and emotionally connected to their spouses even through the very harshest years of raising children.  While she never claims that couples should force themselves into indulging in scads of sex, she presents compelling evidence to suggest that if both partners are willing, there are multitudes of ways to accomplish intimacy in a household filled with little ones.

To some it might seem revolutionary (if not terrifying) to attempt sex with a child watching teevee one floor down or even napping peacefully in the bed-side bassinet, but Ford’s stance is that if you don’t grasp  opportunities when kids are occupied, you may be exhausted by nightfall.  Kids should learn to respect the closed bedroom door and parents’ alone time, Ford says, and that certainly seems like a worthy goal.

I loved that Hump mentions so many of our favorite toy stores and products.  Ford and her pals are big fans of Babeland and Good Vibrations.  She swears by both the Blueberry Buzz and the Magic Wand, which tickles me to no end because those are two of my most beloved toys.  I feel like if we were ever to sit down?  For some tea?  Or wine?  We’d have plenty to talk about.

My least favorite part of Hump centered around Ford’s insistence on third-person narration even when describing events in her own life.  I think I would have identified much more strongly with her if she’d used the good old  “I” for her own experiences.  Perhaps she was trying to avoid drawing attention to her stories more than the others, but I found it distracting.

Otherwise, Hump delighted me.  Gift it to your favorite expectant couple along with a big package of size 2 diapers and a gift card to a restaurant.  Best pre-baby gift ever.

Hump: True Tales of Sex After Kids by Kimberly Ford
Available at Amazon.com
8.2 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
2008, 288 pages
$14.95