Let's Panic about Babies!

I'll admit to being a little confused when Eden and Alice asked me to take a look at their parenting book, Let's Panic About Babies! How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant who Will Ruin Your Body, Destroy Your Life, Liquefy Your Brain, and Finally Turn You into a Worthwhile Human Being (phew!).

After all, this blog is hardly a parenting blog. I have three kids, sure, but I'm way past the pregnancy stage. I'm not even a world-famous mommyblogger! It just didn't make sense.

I was incredibly curious. So I agreed to take a look.

The first thing I noticed (other than the fact that the book design matches my blog - ladies, I like your style!) was this:

Well, NOW it makes sense! Anyone who can write at length about truly personal grooming is my kind of parenting expert.

Another way that I can attest to their expertise is this handy-dandy naming chart. Please take a look at the very first name:

I have a Benji, and in his three years (almost four!) he has never even tried to run over a small animal. Clearly the authors are baby-naming geniuses.

Do the world a favor and bring this book to your next baby shower. Do it especially if the mom-to-be has registered for a wipes-warmer or a $300 diaper bag with baby bears on it. She obviously doesn't have a clue to what's coming, who wants to be the one to burst her bubble? Not you!

So let Eden and Alice do it for you.

(Here's a good idea: Pre-order the book here -- and check out Lets-Panic.com while you wait for your copy to arrive.)

You should buy this book if you are pregnant, or if you know someone who is. Pregnancy and first-time motherhood are stressful enough without all those well-meaning guides that make you feel like you're going to screw up your child forever if you even dare to eat a ham sandwich. (Ahem.) This book is the antidote to all those books. It's funny, sarcastic and witty, but it's also sweet. They're going to kill me for saying that, but it's true.

And if your family is past the baby stage? This book *may* trigger a touch of PTSD, but it will also make you laugh, and make you proud of what you survived. You did it! Hooray! Now you get to relax in peace until they write Let's Panic About Toddlers! and Let's Panic About Teenagers!

(I actually don't know if they're planning on writing them or not, but I really hope they are. I need a laugh. Help?)