She's Having a Baby -- and I'm Having a Breakdown

She's Having a Baby -- and I'm Having a Breakdown

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by James D. Barron
     
 

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A Man's Survival Guide to Pregnancy

It's easy for a man to feel like a bystander during pregnancy. Finally, from one man to another, here is a pregnancy book with funny, down-to-earth, and practical advice on:

  • figuring out what you wife's obstetrician is saying
  • keeping your sex life alive
  • staying on top of insurance

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A Man's Survival Guide to Pregnancy

It's easy for a man to feel like a bystander during pregnancy. Finally, from one man to another, here is a pregnancy book with funny, down-to-earth, and practical advice on:

  • figuring out what you wife's obstetrician is saying
  • keeping your sex life alive
  • staying on top of insurance forms and other paperwork
  • and much, much more

This book will help make pregnancy the experience of a lifetime.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688158255
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
333,591
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.64(h) x 0.54(d)

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THE FIRST TRIMESTER

1. She's going to have a baby — Congratulations!

But along with all those knowing winks and slaps on the back comes the realization that you're going to have a baby, too. Isn't that just great —Well, isn't it —?

2.If this is all so great, why do you feel as if you're about to have a breakdown.

Your wife hugged you to her chest and whispered warmly into your ear, You've just made me the happiest woman alive. Okay, maybe she didn't ex-actly do that, but you read the message in her eyes. You reveled in it, felt yourself swelling like a hot-air balloon-but you felt a distinct tugging, too, as if you were being held down, tethered to sandbags.

Sure, the first golden moments after finding out are greeting card-ish. All the things you ever thought would make her happy — the ultimate tumble in the sack, a diamond ring, a home with a yard-are nothing compared to this. She's ecstatic, out of her mind. And you already feel queasy. Why? Because you feel responsibility looming above you like some ominous storm cloud. You can hear crashing thunder; she can't. You see lightning; she doesn't. You're taking the keys out of your pockets so you don't get electrocuted; she's not. You find the difference in your re-actions very disconcerting.

Your best remedy here is simple: learn from your wife. Don't look too far ahead or you won't appreciate the moment. Sure, take measures. Start saving (now!) if you're already worried about college tuition. But don't get so caught up in planning and plotting that you can't see the great beauty you've helped to create.Nobody can take that away from you. In other words, cut the strings, toss out the ballast, and soar.

More good news: you won't have a breakdown during pregnancy. Sometimes you'll think you're having one-but you won't be. (Then, dur-ing the first six weeks after your baby's born, you'll swear you're having a breakdown-but again, you won't.

Copyright ) 1998 by James Douglas Barron

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