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My Boys Can Swim!: The Official Guy's Guide to Pregnancy Paperback – September 22, 1999
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"My Boys Can Swim! tells real men everything they really want to know about pregnancy, such as: How much is it going to cost? Why does your wife primp before seeing her doctor when she hasn't put a stitch of make-up on for you in months? And, most important, what's it going to do to your sex life?
This rollicking, laugh-out-loud book is for expectant dads in search of bottom-line pregnancy information, without all that boring touchy-feely stuff you find in those books written for women. Inside you'll discover helpful--and hilarious--information and insights on such topics as:
The Maternity Wardrobe: "A key part of the maternity wardrobe is maternity underwear--parachute-like undies big enough to fit an NFL defensive lineman."
Baby Names: "Don't give your kids mockable names like Thaddeus, which is Greek for 'I'm a dork and should be beaten up.'"
The Birth: "No one told me it's normal that babies' heads can be misshapen at birth. I was convinced that my wife gave birth to Veldar, the conehead."
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The book is laid out perfectly from the moment of being made aware of the pregnancy, through the not so pretty side effects, to the big day of labor and even post partum. Davis is not afraid to broach any subject matter in his work either. The section Blazing Saddles was my husband’s favorite for a few weeks he would just die laughing every time he went into his ‘office’ to reread the section yet again (Davis, 1999). Though brought about in a humorous manner, Davis is spot on with the facts that he does provide. During his wife’s labor he communicated the contractions exactly how we were taught in our classes and I am sure that my husband will remember him saying it and not what was said in that boring class. My husband has already gone back and read certain sections as they occur in my own pregnancy so that he can brush up on what was said. Since the book is actually sectioned into trimesters this is helpful as well. Many of the horrific things that can happen during childbirth can be traumatic to men and the childbirth section of this book has really prepare my husband for what is to come. Since it is written so lightly, we have been able to discuss the most embarrassing moments already and this has put me at ease.
Do not mistake me this is NOT an educational book that will detail the ins and outs of pregnancy like many other larger texts out there. This is meant to be humorous while still shedding a little light on pregnancy and the changes that happen during and after. If you are looking to learn and know facts about pregnancy I would suggest another read. If you are just trying to keep your husband’s interests peaked during this long process while he has a few laughs this is the book for you. If anything it is a great conversation starter for some of the uncomfortable things that are bound to come up during a pregnancy.
I read the book in about 20 minutes (not hyperbole! it's really very short). It's devoid of any practical information and--as I should have guessed by the cover--is basically a joke... and a pretty bad one at that. I'm not just putting it down because it is useless in a practical fashion, it also isn't funny to boot.
Poor man Amazoned his own daddy book, The Expectant Father (?), after I harrassed him about not reading the books I bought, I guess because he thought the lady pregnancy book would make him lactate or something. I've read a lot of it & it's pretty good. It doesn't have as much information as the mother-centric pregnancy books, but bc it's addressed to fathers (and all my books are addressed to mothers) it seems easier for him to read.
That being said though, my husband is actually reading it and he does not read anything! I even heard him laughing to himself a couple times. So...as far as readability for the guy who doesn't like to read, and for starting to get them in the mindset of becoming a father it's a good one. But as far as information, I think the 20 page chapter for dads in What to Expect is more helpful.
There seemed to be more of a focus on external events than the actually dealing with a pregnant wife for the first time. A LOT of focus was put on how much things cost, but if you're not shopping in Beverly Hills and buying baby toys from peoepl with Swedish accents these sections of the 80 some page book will not apply to you.
There was a whole chapter dedicated to what the author felt were ridiculous baby names,and then he went on to name his daughter "Logan" (part of me wondered if that section was meant to be intentionally ironic, but most of me doesn't think so).
Overall, I laughed a couple of times and found myself saying "Well in the book I'm reading it says...." but really I would say there isn't much too this book.