*Fanfare, trumpets, etc*

Today’s the day!

‘Goodbye, Pert Breasts: The Diary of a Newborn Dad’ is now officially released!

I would smash a bottle of champagne against the side of my laptop like they do when launching ships, but it’d just get incredibly messy and totally not worth it.

The book is now available to purchase via Lulu, and will be available through Amazon in a few weeks when they have updated their databases. A massive thank you to everyone who has supported me in this venture, and for all your nice comments and encouraging messages!

A taster of what’s in the book:

  • The Diary: Obviously. Longer chapters than those posted online!
  • The Week After the Night Before: My experiences as a new father, including how using cabbage to cure my wife’s mastitis led to very embarrassing consequences…
  • Fatherhood and…: A number of chapters on how being a father affects your social life, your career, your relationship, and more.
  • Decisions: Helpful advice on making those all-important baby-related decisions, such as whether to give birth at home or in hospital, and the whole breast/bottle feeding thing.
  • How To…: Quick-fire chapters designed to make sure you’re ready for the big day and beyond. And yes, there’s the placenta milkshake recipe!
  • A Letter to my Foetus: I know he can’t read yet, but I wrote one anyway.
  • Why Nursery Rhymes are Evil: The reasons why I think most ‘sweet’ nursery rhymes are actually more brutal than a Quentin Tarantino movie…
  • 40 Titbits of Advice: Witty one-liners of recommendations and observations that, in my wisdom, I’ve amassed throughout the whole nine months.
  • Ancient Chinese Gender Chart: Don’t fork out loads of cash on a sexing scan – use this ancient chart instead to find out if you’re having a boy or a girl!
  • Glossary: A quick reference guide that makes sense of all those confusing pregnancy terms, so you can sound knowledgeable.
  • The End: You wish – this is just the beginning…

Also keep an eye out for the awesome two-page cartoon spread that I had commissioned especially for the book!

From start to finish, this book is written in the same style that you have (hopefully) grown to love on this blog, including the various bizarre images with gormless captions that I love to throw in every now and then.

If you like my blog, please dig out a few coins to buy the book!

You’re the man. (Or woman.) Thanks again for all your support!

Ben Wakeling

15 responses to “*Fanfare, trumpets, etc*

  1. Hi Ben

    I have been enjoying your blog and comparing wives’ progress. Just downloaded the book and looking forward to getting it on the iPad!

  2. Wooooooo!

    Is there anywhere I can get this to read online? Odd question, but I’d love to get it online. I swear I’ll pay too, :)

    Once again, woooooo!

  3. Hi Ben,

    Firstly hi I’m Kate Collings your latest follower :-)

    Secondly huge congrats on your debut book. Am extreamly proud and excited to read it.

    Thirdly I think it is fabulous to read extrats like yoursespecially from a males perspective. I am waiting to purchase the book from Amazon for my OH as he has had a difficult time trying to feel included by the officials when it comes to parenthood. (All the midwives and health visitors mainly focussed on mother and baby in the early stages.)

    I hope you have covered the fact that there are hardly ever any changing units in Male toilets and swimming pool changing rooms etc. lol Just another one of his bug bears.

    Anyway look forward to getting to know you and your readers more.

    Take care
    Kate Collings

    http://www.katecollings.blogspot.com – always welcoming new followers, guests, and comments xx

    • Hi Kate, thanks for following!

      The book can be bought from Lulu now – it’ll take a few weeks to filter through to Amazon. Regarding the changing room issue, it’s funny you should mention it – there is a week where we go swimming (can’t remember which one) and I talk about the fact that men have no shame in changing rooms!!

      Thanks again for following x

  4. Ben,

    Just so you know, been trying to buy your book for two days now. I get to the checkout bit OK but then as soon as I hit ‘buy’ or whatever it says I get the message ‘payment processor is not responding’. I’ve tried about 10 times now but don’t want to keep doing it incase it’s actually working and just being an arse.

    Just thought you should know so you can kick off with Lulu!




    Okay. If my children starve because my husband can’t cook and I’m busy reading, the finger of blame is pointing to you.

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  7. Just bought my copy of your book – had it bookmarked for a while, thinking “Can I spare a fiver which I should be spending on my daughter?” and then thought, bugger it. She’ll live without ANOTHER outfit.

    Looking forward to reading it – really enjoy your blog, so I’m sure the book will rock too. And my hubby can borrow it after – he’s following your blog as well now because of my recommendations.

    Good luck with everything!

    Hannah x

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