"It's been said that having a baby is like throwing a hand grenade into a marriage. A hand grenade? Why the violent methaphor for such a precious, peaceful thing? They're so beautiful. How could anyone defame such a cutie? But it's true. Those babies just explode right into our hearts and lives."
I love that paragraph from Babyproofing Your Marriage: How to Laugh More, Argue Less, and Communicate Better as Your Family Grows (HarperCollins, 2007) by Stacie Cockrell, Cathy O'Neill, and Julia Stone. I like it because it's accurate.
The authors go on to say that "...most couples, no matter how happy and secure their marriage may be, find the early parenting years a challenge..." They then offer humorous and sobering stories, tips and ideas, and encouragements to help readers build and maintain intimacy in their marriages during the newborn stage and beyond. The three women do an excellent job of telling-it-like-it-is and of speaking to both "sides." They discuss issues that all of us face - from sex to household chores to free time to financial worries. New parents are bound to read plenty of scenarios within the book's page that will sound familiar - perhaps a little too familiar.
Although I think there are a few points in the book where bad advice is proffered up (ex. check page 238), I still sincerely recommend this book to parents-to-be and new parents. The book has much to offer - and, at very minimum, will likely spark some great conversations between you and your spouse.
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*UPDATE* The winner is #91 Helen Vassilakis. Congratulations!