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So You're Going to Be a Dad, Revised Edition by Peter Downey

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Author’s Note

“You know . . . when I was nineteen, Grandpa took me on the roller-coaster . . . up . . . down . . . up . . . down . . . Oh, what a ride! Some didn’t like it. They went on the merry-go-round. That just goes around . . . nothing. I like the roller-coaster. You get more out of it.”

Helen Shaw (Grandma), Parenthood

So, you’re going to be a dad?

Well, from one dad to another, here’s a couple of tips you might find useful.

First, in the last trimester of your wife’s pregnancy, hire a pager so that, whenever she goes into labor, she can buzz you straight away, no matter where you are. And, second, have a bag of quarters in your car at all times. That way, once your child is born, you can use the payphone in the hospital lobby to call ...

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