My first pregnancy began just over eight and a half years ago. One of the first things I did after peeing on a stick was buy a book. I would read what was happening to me and the baby each week and hang off every word. Of course it did nothing to prepare me for actually giving birth, or the all consuming and life changing part where you bring the baby home and have to actually take care of it. Like you know what you are doing or something.
But throughout my pregnancy at least, I had my book. The husband, bless him, had nothing. He was excited and terrified and had nothing to tell him those feelings were normal. And as much as I was happy to share my book, some of the things the book said would be happening to me, like excess wind and piles, I would have preferred to have kept to myself.
Expectant Dad’s in 2017 need not worry. There’s a book just for you. The Good Father by Lee Price. The book takes Dad’s through pregnancy, birth, and beyond, as told be Lee himself and based on his own experiences.
It’s full of useful tips, explains all the weird jargon, and gives brownie point scoring opportunities. But best of all it’s really funny.
Shower (Baby) – A party for a pregnant woman, usually thrown just after they finish work. It’s like a hen do, minus the male strippers. usually, at least. I wasn’t actually invited to Katie’s, so who knows…
The advice Lee gives is nothing if it’s not practical. I mean, even I understand this better than the weird fruit comparisons normally given for how big your growing baby is…
I found myself laughing and nodding along to so much of this book. It’s such an amazing yet strange time as a couple. Expecting, when you’ve no idea what you are really expecting. Lee captures the unique absurdness of this time brilliantly. Especially how things that seem really important one moment, become completely irrelevant the next.
You’ve never known fear until you find yourself running around a supermarket looking for a specific brand and flavour of biscuits, only to discover they have sold out, and that you’ll never live it down if your missus goes into labour this evening and she hasn’t got her supply of chocolate fucking bourbons to get her through.
And you’ll never know frustration like the feeling when you realise, some months later, that you didn’t even open the sodding packet of biscuits on the day. Other things, weirdly, became more of a focus.
I love the book because it is honest. Lee tells the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. From the amazing moments to the really tough ones.
No Sleep. Like you’ve no idea. Honestly. You’re probably rolling your eyes at this one, because you’ve heard it everywhere, but strap yourself in. The running on empty thing – no matter how often you think you’ve burnt the candle at both ends – is pretty unique to parenting.
I’m now about as sociable as the Norovirus. And my friends have started hanging around with a new Chubby Fun Guy.
The book also has lots of advice from parents who have been there, done that, and got the t-shirt. Including none other than myself. Yes Me! You can find me on page 108. Finally my name in print!
The Good Father: A great and funny read for for expectant Dad’s who don’t have a clue what’s going on. I would highly recommend it. And not just because I get a mention!
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