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

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

by John Pfeiffer


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Congrats Dude! Your go-to-guy-guide to being the greatest dad before her due-date.

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 152 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440505362
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 04/18/2011
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 23,081
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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.

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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Dude, You're Gonna Be a Dad! 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ordered this book for my husband because of it's positive reviews but I'm honestly shocked with how bad it is, will be returning. There's sexist humor through the whole thing, at one point the author talks about how "that doctors appointment is a big one, may want to rethink hooters after work." I think I closed the book in utter disgustment after it talks about having sex with your BMP (baby making partner) when they're very pregnant and that you love her, when you look at her... she looks the same, for a second you can't even tell. Sorry but I don't want my husband to pretend I'm not pregnant in order to have sex. Wasn't for me, and I wouldn't be with a man who related to the authors writings either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Soon-to-be dad loves the way this is written in a humorous guy way. Information is currently practicable , informative and interesting for a newbie. I told my parents about our joy by casually asking them if anyone wanted to read my new book! What a surprise and how delighted they were when they read the cover!
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KyleC More than 1 year ago
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.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?