The viral video star behind Dude Dad offers a humorous and heartfelt guide to helping expectant fathers survive and thrive during the wild ride that is forty weeks of pregnancy.
Numerous apps and books exist to help expectant parents understand their baby’s development by comparing their unborn child to a raspberry or a stalk of broccoli, but Taylor Calmus takes issue with that. First off, your baby is not some wimpy little vegetable. Your baby is a hardcore little lug nut who is straight-up growing organs on a weekly basis. Second, how big is a stalk of broccoli? And what the heck is a kumquat? Clearly this situation calls for a better approach. Enter . . . A Dude’s Guide to Baby Size.
• At week nine, your little shredder resembles the circumference of a guitar pick.
• At week twenty-four, your budding jalapeño is the size of some concession-stand nachos.
• By week thirty-four, your little lopper is now the size of a sixteen-inch largemouth bass that weighs four to five pounds!
This book is full of fun facts about your growing baby, advice on how to help Mom-to-be, as well as ideas and encouragement for you on your journey from Dude to Dude Dad.
Buckle up for a wild ride full of maternity metaphors, gnarly playlists for all the special occasions, new parenting tales, dos and don’ts for expecting dads, and even an entire chapter dedicated to beef brisket!
Comedian Calmus brings his chuckle-worthy brand of "just one dude talking to another dude" parenting advice to the page in this heartfelt guide to how husbands can help their wives navigate pregnancy. Eschewing the traditional week-by-week comparison of fetal development sizes to produce, Calmus converts the metrics to masculine-coded objects such as a lug nut for week 10 or a circular saw for week 31. He uses those objects to draw lessons on aspects of parenting just strained enough to be funny. Week 23's "Bose Noise Canceling Headphones" size leads to guidance on understanding different types of infant cries (including hangry, tired, and scared), for example, and week 26's "Baseball glove" offers a list of ways to play with babies ("Be an idiot" chief among them). Some of his discussions on how to treat one's pregnant wife are eye-roll-inducing (as with a list of "things not to say to your pregnant wife," including "I don't think you should eat carbs right now" and "Huh, your hips look different. Do you think they'll go back?"), but for the most part, Calmus keeps things fun and empathetic. New fathers fine with a "Dude Dad" approach will find this a welcome collection of information and laughs.