Todd Barrett Lieman didn’t know anything about pregnancy. Like in most cases, this wasn’t a problem until his wife was expecting. He was smart enough to realize how much he knew and started looking for a resource which would put things in terms he could understand. Unless you’re already in the medical profession you won’t know what an Episiotomy is, but as a Dad you need to find out. That’s why Todd wrote a book for Dads which goes through all of the hard stuff (or just hard to pronounce stuff) from A to Z.
This Book Is Hilarious!
I was expecting a lot of dumbed-down explanations. What I didn’t expect was that this book takes great care to educate and be extremely funny at the same time. For instance, when discussing Meconium Poop:
Meconium Poop is sterile and odorless, but its the stickiest, blackest, most tarlike substance you will ever see coming from your baby’s newborn butt. It even bubbles on exit. Yeah, its pretty gross.
There are comics sprinkled throughout the book which are really something to look forward to (I say this as a comic strip connoisseur!) So if you decide to read the book from beginning to end (not recommended) you’ll have a mental break every few pages. If only the Dictionary was so kind.
It Avoids Manliness Where Necessary
Not all things can be talked about with a macho, sarcastic tone of voice. Some moments during pregnancy and early parenthood are just too special. Here is his definition for Cooing:
It is the greatest sound you’ll ever hear and a reward for enduring all the sleepless nights, early morning feedings and blow-out clean ups. Your baby will just look up at you and make the most gentle, cute little sound you’ve ever heard. And, it’ll melt your heart.
He’s not wrong about that.
It Is A Go-To Guide For Layman (Dads)
Yes, this book is funny and informative, but what is most important is that this book is instantly useful. It is even small enough to take with you to your wife’s OB visits. When the doctor explains something that sounds like “Bla bla bla, Latin word, bla bla bla” you can look up the Latin word while still in the office and know whether you should be worried or not.
This book is useful if you’re looking for a resource which gives you a bottom-line perspective on common pregnancy and parenthood issues. The only time I wouldn’t use it is in cases where something serious happens and you truly need to be educated on the subject, but hopefully those cases will be rare.
Disclosure: The Book was provided to me free of charge by the Author.
Giveaway – 5 Copies of “ABCs For Expectant Dads”
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UPDATE: Announcing the Winners!
Cynthia Quenneville of http://firsttimemom2be.blogspot.com
Adam Cohen of http://www.dadarocks.com/
Chris Singer of http://www.sahdinlansing.com/
Joe Beckman of http://www.papagio.net/
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