The factory is silent. Its assembly line stands motionless. Somewhere off in the darkness, a buzzer sounds. One by one, lights begin to flicker and illuminate on long-unmanned diagnostic panels, giving a sense of enormity and complexity and scale to the machinery. The low hum of power supplies warming up comes next, followed by the higher and louder whine of turbines and electric motors. A whistle sounds, and one by one, employees begin to file in and take their places at the controls. Purposed for a single task, whose time has now come, the factory slowly comes to life...

Monday, January 5, 2009

Be Prepared (or "finally... a decent baby book for men!")

Those of you who've been following us since the beginning may remember this little gem from last June.

I've been banging my head against the wall trying to find a book for new or expectant dads that doesn't just regurgitate the same stuff they write for expectant moms, find/replacing the word "you" with "your partner".

Our good friends recently told us about this book, which Kathy was nice enough to give me for Christmas.

It's called Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads, and it's by Gary Greenberg and Jeannie Hayden, whose other writing credits include the Pop Up Book of Phobias.

It's awesome, and worth a read even if you're NOT expecting a kid. One of the first pages shows a picture of an "idealized" baby vs. what your baby will actually look like when it emerges. Since your partner will be taking her cues from your face, it warns, you'd better know what to expect so as not to give her a heart attack from your horrified expression.

Other highlights include "pretending to hurt yourself for baby's amusement" and "how to get other people to entertain your kid for you on an airplaine". New or expecting dads, take heart: someone does actually get it.

On the actual baby front, we're headed back to the doctor on Monday. More news as it develops.


  1. so how do you get people to entertain your kid for you on an airplane?????

  2. I'll let you borrow the book when I'm done with it.

  3. hihi Cathy told me your news when I caught her on aim earlier today and I just wanted to pass on huge congrats from Adam and I (it's Susy)! and sending lots of warm and fuzzies in your direction.

    Also, can one of you email me your address? I need to send your wedding invite (april 11th) hopefully it's far enough away from your due date that you both can come and make my uterus flip out at the sight of Kathy!

    Much love to you both


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