Depending on how long you have been following Wind-blown, you may or may not know that my wife and I are expecting a son in February. Obviously, this is going to have a big impact on my life, and thus, probably a big impact on Wind-blown as well. Seeing how a great deal of my attention will probably have to shift away from two wheels, and be turned to two little feet, I thought I would create a special section on the blog that will be dedicated to this portion of my life. I am titling this section, “Motor-Dad”.
Included in this section will be thoughts and experiences related to being a father as well as a motorcycle enthusiast. Of course, my hope is that my son will eventually share in my passion for motorcycles. He will certainly be encouraged to delve into the world of two wheels, although not forced (at least not too much).
It seems appropriate to kick off the section of the blog with a review of a book that helped me begin to wrap my mind around being a father. I have to credit my wife for being extremely clever in her purchase of Baby Owner’s Manual by Louis Borgenicht, M.D. and Joe Borgenicht, D.A.D. She had notice that I was reading Motorcycle Owner’s Manual by Hugo Wilson (which you all probably should own, but the post about that book is for another time). Knowing that I would enjoy a more technically focused text on babies, she placed the book right next to the Motorcycle Manual without telling me. Well, her strategy worked; I was intrigued.
I started reading, and immediately cracked a smile. Simply put, the Baby Owner’s Manual is, well, cute. It is written as if a baby is a piece of machinery or an appliance of some sort. You’ll notice immediately the connection between this book, and any type of technical manual you have ever glanced at. This unique perspective on baby-related information makes reading the book somewhat of a novel experience as compared with more traditional baby books. It is very charming, and I found myself laughing out loud more than once. Quirky diagrams accompany the language, which is extremely clever. All fun aside, there is a ton of great information in there for first time parents. My wife was pleasantly surprised when I could pull out facts or tips that she herself hadn’t come across yet, and she has been reading a ton of stuff on babies.
If you are a new parent, or a parent-to-be, and the thought of reading a baby book doesn’t do much for you. I’d highly recommend you give Baby Owner’s Manual a chance. The novelty of it will hopefully keep you entertained, and you can keep the spouse happy by showing them you can tear your interest away from motorcycles long enough to learn a little bit about your offspring. Win-win!
Here is a fun video that has a similar vibe to Baby Owner’s Manual. If you like the video, you’ll enjoy the book.