I really enjoyed reading this book when I was pregnant. It seemed like I read almost every pregnancy related book and they all suceeded in scaring the crap out of me! This one provided laughs and reassurance that I could suceed in not only the birth but also in being a parent. A good light read inbetween the "scary" pregnancy books :)
Written by Paul Reiser, star of NBS's sitcom "Mad About You". This is his second book and he gleefully announces that it is NOT a selfhelp book, not a how-to book, but a book where you can see the word pterodactyl and uterus in the same book! LOL
Paul Reiser's book is outstanding start to finish. You can nearly hear his dead pan humor in every detail of the book. With an excellent use of irony, Reiser discusses the common nuances of married and baby life. With cute stories and marital tales the book delivers great satisfaction, both funny and non.
Very funny book. I read it before I had a baby and again after. It had a completely different meaning after. Very funny for anyone who has ever had a baby. He puts lots of humor into the everyday things of parenting.
I read this many years ago when I had a newborn and remember laughing out loud at times.I loved the sometimes dry humor of P Reiser. You will definitely be able to relate to the areas covered in this book.
Fans of television's Mad About You and its star, Paul Reiser, will be delighted with his second foray into the self-deprecating self-help genre. Couplehood, his first book, leads logically to this next phase--Babyhood. In a chatty voice Reiser takes us from the "Maybe someday we'll have kids" step into the deep-sea dive of commitment.
Babyhood begins on an airplane, with Paul and wife blissfully unencumbered by children. They are seated across from the young parents (graying before his eyes) of a terrorizing 2-year-old and a screeching infant. This sobering reality manages magically to pale in a transcendent moment of the baby's bliss, uncomplicated by drool or colic, and the two decide: "Now."
Well, more or less now. First they try to get pregnant, making expeditions to the bookstore to case out the shelves of baby books; then there are the bouncy reflections on who is, after all, cut out to parent ("I don't know if, for example, Mozart actually had kids, but certainly there is no record of him ever leaving the office early to coach Peewee Soccer League"). Later comes the account of sibling rivalry between the newborn and the family dog, and why women make better moms than men. Babyhood manages to provoke thought about the important questions of when and why to have children, many of which are answered in the book's endearing details.
My friend, Laurie, loved this book, laughed out loud while driving and listening to it. I tried listening to this on a long road trip with my husband who kept saying, He isn't funny. He just isn't funny. The first time was only 15 minutes into the tape at the most, so I said, Give it a chance. 15 minutes later, I popped it out of the player. I can't really say if he influenced my opinion. My friend just loved it...