Another family trait perhaps. The self-help book section of the bookstore is really more like home away from home. Heading over to the parenting section was like going to visit a good neighbor. Except we might stay awhile. So perhaps it’s more like staying with your in-laws. All the elements are there, but the routine is different and you can’t really do what you want anymore.
We did find some good books though. I’ve discovered that I am much more terrified about my parenting ability than my ability to actually have a baby. If I do nothing for 9 months, the baby will still get here whether we’re ready or not. But parenting? If I don’t have some idea what I’m doing or what I’m trying to do, that’s going to be a long 18 years for all of us.
I was pretty happy when I found the book Becoming the Parent You Want to Be. We also picked up What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Becoming a Dad. Nathan was happy about that one because it covers three years and it’s short 🙂
This promises to be an interesting journey.