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James Douglas Barron grew up in the Midwest and now lives with his wife and their two children in New York City and Connecticut.

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THE FIRST TRIMESTER

1. She's going to have a baby -- Congratulations!

But along with all those knowing winks and slaps on the back comes the realization that you're going to have a baby, too. Isn't that just great --Well, isn't it --?

2.If this is all so great, why do you feel as if you're about to have a breakdown.

Your wife hugged you to her chest and whispered warmly into your ear, You've just made me the happiest woman alive. Okay, maybe she didn't ex-actly do that, but you read the message in her eyes. You reveled in it, felt yourself swelling like a hot-air balloon-but you felt a distinct tugging, too, as if you were being held down, tethered to sandbags.

Sure, the first golden moments after finding out are greeting card-ish. All the things you ever thought would make her happy -- the ultimate tumble in the sack, a diamond ring, a home with a yard-are nothing compared to this. She's ecstatic, out of her mind. And you already feel queasy. Why? Because you feel responsibility looming above you like some ominous storm cloud. You can hear crashing thunder; she can't. You see lightning; she doesn't. You're taking the keys out of your pockets so you don't get electrocuted; she's not. You find the difference in your re-actions very disconcerting.

Your best remedy here is simple: learn from your wife. Don't look too far ahead or you won't appreciate the moment. Sure, take measures. Start saving (now!) if you're already worried about college tuition. But don't get so caught up in planning and plotting that you can't see the great beauty you've helped to create. Nobody can take that away from you. In other words, cut the strings, toss out the ballast, and soar.

More good news: you won't have a breakdown during pregnancy. Sometimes you'll think you're having one-but you won't be. (Then, dur-ing the first six weeks after your baby's born, you'll swear you're having a breakdown-but again, you won't.

Copyright ) 1998 by James Douglas Barron

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (May 20, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688158250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688158255
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By John G. Hilliard on April 16, 2002
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This book was a gift and unfortunately it arrived too late. Its not that my wife had already given birth, it is because my wife single handily tried to increase the revenue projections of Amazon by purchasing every known book about pregnancy that was written in English. I even think she brought a few books written in Spanish thinking she could translate them, but that is another story. So armed with a city library size collection of books she dug into them like a dieter at Dairy Queen, and I being the caring new age man I am, patently listened to each fact, story and antidote (regardless of the number of times they were told). Thus when I was given this book during the fourth month I thought I had a pretty good understanding of what was going on. My assumption proved correct.
This is a well written and funny book that all men should get before the pregnancy starts, because each day into the pregnancy usually brings on something new that this book would have warned and prepared you for. If I had read the book before my wife engaged in the home study Ph.D. program on pregnancy, then I would have been able to better engage in conversations with her on the topics at hand instead of just stilling there in a permanent state of confusion. Buy the book then for no other reason that you can not seam so dumb when your wife starts to talk to you about what is happen on week 15 and 2 days.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 1999
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She's Having a Baby is an excellent book for both fathers and mothers-to-be. It is funny and accurately captures the many thoughts and emotions that couples tend to experience during their pregnancy. I laughed out loud many times as I read the book. I knew exactly what Mr. Barron was talking about more times than I would like to admit. From a father's viewpoint, my two favorite pregancy books are this one and a book called We're Pregnant! - written by an expectant mother and father and also very candid, funny and true-to-life.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2002
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I bought this book for my husband when we found out we were having our first baby. I first bought myself 3 books on pregnancy and he was annoyed that I was always reading them and he had nothing to read, I told him he could read my books too but he didn't like them. I then discovered this little gem. It is written in numbered sections, most being a page or less. It is a perfect book to leave in the bathroom if that is your husband's favourite reading spot, like mine! It is NOT a medical book, he will have to look at your books for any details but does tell him how to deal with all your symptoms including hormone craziness, worrying about miscarriage, getting fat... Even tells him how not to react if he happens to ingest a bit of breast milk later in the pregnancy! Very funny and well written. It validates alot of the feelings men go through too, worries about money, their wive's health etc... I would highly recommend it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 2000
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I bought this book for my husband to help him thru the trials and tribulations of my pregnancy, of which I am having many. It has been extremely useful, and I believe it has given my husband real insight into what I have been going thru and how I feel. I feel like he sympathizes more and is more supportive since he has read it. Whenever I try to enlighten him about something, he says "I know that, I read it in my book!"
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Allen on November 11, 2004
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When my wife became pregnant I read every book, magazine, and article on pregnancy that came into the house. I even read "The Girlfriend's Guide" and "What to Expect" from cover to cover (ok, so I'm a bit obsessive). Somewhere along the way I decided to find some books on the lighter side of impending fatherhood. I purchased three or four humor books, this was the best of the bunch. I must have read it eight or nine times before my son was born. When my wife's sister became pregnant I sent my dogeared copy to my brother-in-law as a gift. I have since purchased several more copies for friends whos wives are pregnant. It's become part of my traditional gift, the guy gets this book during the pregnancy, after the baby is born the couple gets a case of diapers. Both gifts are always appreciated.

I've seen some reviews that call the book sexist and neanderthal but I just don't see it. Heck, my wife read it and loved it and she's as liberal as they come.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Kappler on November 16, 2000
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I was searching for a pregnancy book that my husband would enjoy reading when I discovered She's Having a Baby. Since we were expecting our third child, being pregnant was nothing new for us. James Barron provides an accurate and often homorous look at pregnancy through the eyes of a father to be. As I read the book, I found myself laughing at the thought of my own husband musing about my ever-changing body, mood swings, enormous appetite, and fascination with the size and shape of my belly. Gene laughed harder than I did at many of the comments and smirked a time or two when I asked if he really had thought the same thoughts Mr. Barron described. This book won't give you much medical information but it will provide an insightful look at pregnancy from the viewpoint of a dad-to-be. A Child is Born is also an excellent resource as it contains detailed pictures of the unborn baby. We're Pregnant! is another good resource as it contains a down-to-earth look at pregnancy from the viewpoint of both an expectant mother and expectant father.
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