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Dude, You're Gonna Be a Dad!: How to Get (Both of You) Through the Next 9 Months

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There are approximately 3,712 ways for a guy to look stupid during pregnancy—this book's here to help you avoid all (most) of them. And here's your first hint: Focus on what you can be doing for her rather than what's happening to her.

She's pregnant. She knows that. You know that. And her one hundred and fifty-two baby books tell her exactly what she can expect. Your job is to learn what you can do between the stick turning blue and the drive to the delivery room to make the ...

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Dude, You're Gonna Be a Dad!: How to Get (Both of You) Through the Next 9 Months

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Overview

There are approximately 3,712 ways for a guy to look stupid during pregnancy—this book's here to help you avoid all (most) of them. And here's your first hint: Focus on what you can be doing for her rather than what's happening to her.

She's pregnant. She knows that. You know that. And her one hundred and fifty-two baby books tell her exactly what she can expect. Your job is to learn what you can do between the stick turning blue and the drive to the delivery room to make the next nine months go as smoothly as possible. That's where John Pfeiffer steps in.

Like any good coach, he's been through it. He's dealt with the morning sickness and doctor visits, painting the baby's nursery and packing the overnight bag, choosing a name, hospital, and the color of the car-seat cover. All the while he remained positive and responsive—there with a "You're beautiful" when necessary—but assertive during the decision-making process. (He didn't want to wind up with a kid named Percy.) And now it's your turn.

She might be having the baby, but you have plenty of responsibilities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452609324
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/10/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


John Pfeiffer is a married father of three. With a stepdaughter, a naturally conceived daughter, and a baby by way of a threesome (with an IVF specialist), Pfeiffer is especially qualified to take expectant dads all the way through pregnancy's home stretch. He lives with his wife and kids in Georgia.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Evolving Dude (er, Dad) xi

Part I The First Trimester

Chapter 1 And We're Off 3

When Conception Isn't a Piece of Cake 3

Finding Out 6

When and How Do We Spill the Beans? 10

Time to Talk: Conquering Fears, Being Supportive, and When to Say Nothing 14

Dads Unite! 14

Get Into Bondage-No, Really 20

Chapter 2 Taking Care of Her 25

Handling the Hormones 26

You Versus the Hormones 27

Morning Sickness: Like a Really Long Hangover 27

Chores, Daddy Style 30

Helping Her Appreciate Her New Body (Lovin' the Curves) 31

Managing Weight Gain 33

Pickles and Ice Cream 34

Pregnancy Massage 35

Pregnancy Sex 36

Exercise During Pregnancy 37

Maternity Clothes 38

Chapter 3 Home Away from Home: The Doctor's Office 41

What Kind of Health Professional Does She Want? 42

The Londown on Doctor's Office Visits 45

Which Appointments Do I Attend? 45

Testing 1, 2, 3 48

What Do I Do If Something Goes Wrong? 53

Part 2 The Second Trimester

Chapter 4 Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes 59

Even More Change 60

The Play-by-Play 62

Dealing with Braxton-Hicks 66

What Your Baby is Doing 67

Chapter 5 Baby Stuff 69

Nesting 70

The Baby Shower 72

Some Assembly Required 75

Choosing a Name 77

What to Call the Grandparents 83

Chapter 6 Getting Ready for the Delivery 87

Hospital Logistics 87

Getting Your BS Degree (Baby Safety, of Course) 89

Birthing Class 90

Hospital Tour 91

Birth Plan 93

Cord Blood 94

Part 3 Third Trimester

Chapter 7 Things to Squeeze in Before the Baby Squeezes Out 99

Taking a Vacation 100

Exploring Paternity Leave 101

Making Sense out of Every Dollar 102

Finding a Pediatrician 106

Finding a Day Care 109

Birth Announcements 112

Do I Really Need to Buy Her a "Push" Gift? 113

Chapter 8 Babywatch 117

The Freak-Out 119

Packing a Bag 121

Dissecting Advice for New Dads 123

Preterm Labor 126

I Saw the Sign, and It Opened Up Her Cervix 131

Encouraging the Baby to Come 132

Chapter 9 The Birth: Special Delivery 137

Methods for the Madness 137

Bad Things, Man, Bad Things 144

Fetal Monitoring 146

Role-Playing During Labor 147

Post-Birth Hospital Dos and Don'ts 149

Start Spreading the News 151

Papa's Got a Brand-New Life 152

Part 4 The Fourth Trimester

Chapter 10 Taking Junior Home 161

Real-World Bonding 162

Where Do I Fit In? 164

Visitation Policy 166

Bottle Versus Breast 169

Daddy...Nooooooo! 170

Letting Grandparents Lend a Hand 172

Common Baby Myths 175

Your New Schedule 176

Back on the Chain Gang 178

Is It Sexy Time Yet? 179

Getting a Babysitter 180

Babyproofing 181

Epilogue: Doughnuts for Dad 189

Appendix: Real Birth Story 191

Additional Resources 199

Index 203

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    This author is an idiot!

    Just as the headline states! This book is completely one sided. Written from the view point of someone who has obviiusly never had a child. Plus it puts a very general sterotype on a man. Seriously is this book real?

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2014

    Loved this book! I got it as a gag gift from my sister. It was v

    Loved this book! I got it as a gag gift from my sister. It was very humorous and informative. I would recommend any to be father to give it a read.  

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