It's a New Dad's Must-Have! Short but Meaningful, Funny, Witty, Inspirational and Practical!
You'll realize that you are NOT alone
Perfect for dads who aren't avid readers and don't want to be overwhelmed with parenting advice. You'll laugh along at the author's experiences, both good and bad, and learn just how important you are in your new baby's life.
PS: Not bad for the Mom's out there, too!
5.0 out of 5 stars
It has a ton of great advice, and is overall a very honest book
By stephanie on October 10, 2016
This is the first non-boring daddy book! It has a ton of great advice, and is overall a very honest book. No filter needed! I think it's a great book for mommies as well. It let's us mommies know how a daddy feels/sees parenting. This will be a great baby shower gift that I will definitely be including in my future gifts.
AND SO IT BEGINS......
I’ll never forget the moment our front door closed behind us and that sudden feeling of isolation that came over me. It was as if I had just been transported to a distant planet in the universe, and I know Louise felt the same.
I know now that it’s a very common feeling for all new parents when they leave the safe sanctuary of the hospital and arrive home, only to realise they are truly on their own when the door shuts behind them. I had thought I was prepared; I thought we were prepared, but the reality of it all was that no one had the slightest idea what to do. A few hours in, my wife was in tears. She just wanted to go back to the hospital, to the safety of the doctors and midwives and high-tech medical equipment.
To be fair I was quite ready to pack up the three of us, drive back to the hospital and beg for re-admittance.
We were just not ready! And, most certainly, we were a danger to our new-born baby! How could they possibly have let us leave the hospital with this tiny person? Surely they’d made a mistake and we had slipped out unnoticed through some “parenting turnstile” that vets qualified parents.
All I can really remember through those first few hours is of the constant talk of Cleo.
Cleo - life saver, keeper of all baby wisdom, knower of all that needs knowing, calmer of the frantic - She was our supervising midwife after delivery, and made us feel so safe while teaching us how to care for our newborn infant. She was warm and cuddly and could do no wrong. I’m fairly sure that given the choice of taking me or the baby back home with her, my wife would have left me sitting in the lobby without so much as a second thought!
Slowly the hours passed and turned into days and we both felt as if we were slowly heading back through the Universe towards Earth. We were fortunate to have a grandmother to help us and I think she was ultimately our saviour. When I look back on the last few years, it’s hard to place anything in any kind of order as it all seems to be melded together in this epic blur of life, constantly flashing before my eyes.
All I can tell you is that I did my best and learned a heck of a lot along the way. While I’m far from the perfect husband or dad, I like to think that I did things my own way and made sure everyone around me was looked after the best I could. I never wanted to be the kind of dad who had to ask my wife about the time of day baby needs to eat, or what time she sleeps during the day and for how long.
I felt I should know, and I did know, and it was simple...by paying attention and spending as much time with them as I could. There is almost nothing you learn about your own child or how your partner feels by reading a book or researching online. I never wanted this to be a manual on how to be a great dad. All I wanted was to share my experiences in a fun and interesting way and hope that it helps someone out there who struggled just like I did at times.
I wish all you new dads out there the best of luck.