Okay, first things first…I loved this book.
I read plenty of parenting and fatherhood books when my wife and I were pregnant. Our daughter is now almost three and, having just finished “I’m Going to Be a Dad: Now What?” I can’t think of a question I’ve had in the last three years that Baird doesn’t answer somewhere in the book.
The first section, “Getting through the nine months” is organized by trimester of pregnancy, followed my the most common questions for first time dads, including ideas for helping your partner in choosing a doctor and dealing with morning sickness, to setting up a nursery, preparing for the hospital trip, and adjusting work schedules.
Section 2 covers everything from helping mom through the stages of labor, to bringing the baby home, to typical parenting responsibilities for the first six month through two years.
Section 3 may be the most valuable section of “I’m Going to Be a Dad: Now What?” Titled, The Reference Guide, it offers information and advice on everything from chicken pox to baby jaundice, with practical, easy-to-follow tips on each.
If you’re a new dad (or will be soon) and find yourself asking questions like:
Will I be a good father?
Will I be able to afford a baby?
Can I handle the labor?
Then “I’m Going to Be a Dad: Now What?” is the book for you. Baird writes in a conversational, straight forward manner, brilliantly balancing humor and plain-spoken facts for a finished guidebook that is informative (but not scary) and thoughtful (but not touchy-feely.)
This book is a step-by-step blueprint for any guys asking, “Now what?”
As the author says, “Fatherhood is a gift handed to us from God.” I would add that “I’m Going to Be a Dad: Now What?” is a great guidebook for any father preparing to accept that gift.
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Novelist, blogger, and award winning travel writer, Perry P. Perkins is a stay-at-home dad who lives with his wife Victoria and their two-year-old daughter Grace, in the Pacific Northwest. Perry has written for hundreds of magazines including Writer’s Digest and Guideposts. His inspirational stories have been included in twelve Chicken Soup anthologies, as well.
His books include the novels Just Past Oysterville, and Shoalwater Voices, and his new humor collection, Elk Hunters Don’t Cry. Perry is the Portland Writing Examiner, and you can read more of his work at PerryPerkinsBooks, and on twitter at: http://twitter.com/PerksBooks
Perry’s books are available at Amazon.com