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Blindsided by a Diaper: Over 30 Men and Women Reveal How Parenthood Changes a Relationship Paperback – June 19, 2007

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Packed with essays by some of the best known names in self-help-including Hope Edelman, Dr. Susan Maushart, Beth Levine and Adam Wasson-as well as a few child-besotted writers from other disciplines (like literary prankster Neal Pollack), Bedford's anthology of newborn baby angst is by turns heartwarming and hilarious, and perfect for freshly-minted parents. A wide range of tones and topics map the contemporary child-rearing landscape nicely: Nicholas Weinstock takes the baby's POV in "Being a Baby," Moon Unit Zappa is predictably in-your-face with "Having a Baby can Waylay Getting You Way Laid," Molly Jong-Fast waxes scholarly in "Why My Husband and I Love Our Son More than We Love Each Other" and Adam Wasson strikes a fine balance between tittering and touching in "To Sleep, Perchance to Scheme." Among them, they provide much more engaging reading than the typical parenting book, and, arguably, more honesty as well (novelist Leah Stewart on the moments after giving birth: "I was waiting for the rush of profound, intense love... I felt something more along the lines of, 'Well, look at this. Where did this baby come from?' "). Readers will be happy to join Bedford's community of new parents, and will love sharing favorite essays with their own crowd of postnatal newbies.
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“If you’ve had a baby, are planning on having a baby, know a baby or just act like a baby you’ll be tickled by the hilarity and touched by the candid admissions contained within. We loved Blindsided by a Diaper and related to it like only new parents can.”
-Greg and Amiira Behrendt, authors of It’s Called a Breakup Because It’s Broken and It’s Just a F***ing Date

“Most books about parenthood misguidedly focus on children. This savvy collection recognizes what PARENTS need — camaraderie, wisdom, humor and most of all, the knowledge that we are not alone in this crazy, chaotic new world.”
-Leslie Morgan Steiner, Mommy Wars editor and columnist for “On Balance,” the #1 mommy blog on the web

“The stories in this collection are thrillingly honest, laugh out loud funny, and heartbreakingly poignant. It’s a must for couples who didn’t see it coming and need to know they’re not alone.”
-Brett Paesel, author, Mommies Who Drink: Sex, Drugs, and Other Distant Memories of an Ordinary Mom

“To sleep, or to sleep with you — that is the question we never thought we’d be asking. For a new generation of sleepless, sexless parents, Blindsided by a Diaper shines a light inside the American bedroom and genuinely illuminates the state of our unions.”
-Ian Kerner, Ph.D., Sex therapist and author of She Comes First

“This terrific collection of “what-it’s-like-for-me accounts will stand a treasured source of reassurance, insight, laughter, and hope to new parents in the very thick of it.”
-Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., author of The Dance of Anger and The Mother Dance


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (June 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307351343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307351340
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,237,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Mayo on January 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
My husband and I bought this book when our daughter was about 3 months old and we realized that our relationship was REALLY strained. We enjoyed the candid essays, but found that some of them simply did't apply to our situation. Though it was comforting to know that others struggled the way we do. Sadly, some of the essays did not end happily. Some end in divorce, and one even admitted that he yearns for his days before his child was born. I kept hoping that it would have a happier ending.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Bernal on July 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
Feeling alone enmeshed in the complexity of life with kids and a spouse/significant other? Trust me, you are not.

In Blindsided by a Diaper, Dana Bedford Hilmer has craftily compiled a collection by various respected writers discussing their personal accounts of how the dynamics of parenting has transformed their cozy and not so cozy relationship of two to the sometimes chaotic whirlwind of family life.

The refreshing honesty of the men and women authors featured in Blindsided by a Diaper is tantamount to a productive stint on the therapist's couch. Or rather, a group therapy session where parents vent!

Whether you are expecting or already have a house full of little ones or even contemplating having children, this book will be your survivor's tool and many of the authors who candidly shared their experiences in this collection will become your friends!
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This book was incredible. Every person should read it BEFORE having children. I read it afterwards because I was so taken aback by all the overnight responsibilities no one talks about. All you see in the commercials and ads for moms are happy women skipping down the block in tandem with their stroller buddies while pushing their buggies with huge smiles on their faces. This was the first book that I read that was REAL. The ups, the downs, the good, the bad, the ugly and the thankfully, sometimes happy. It was nice to feel that I got to see a real life glimpse into other relationships. Frequently we feel terminally unique and/or alone in society, when in reality other people are experiencing life in similar ways or ways individual to them but the feelings are the same. And sometimes we get lucky and make it out happily to the other side. Either way, this was an incredible eye-opener and feels like 30 different friends got together and spilled their inner truths to you. If you're looking for a self-help book, this isn't it. These aren't professional counselors. They are real people that are parents and are simply telling you their truths. And I thank them.
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