Our Baby Was Born Premature (The Same Way He Was Conceived)

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A lighthearted experience of being a dad and husband. Wonderful, whimsical and short chapters. I am giving this book a rating of 5 out of 5 stars for the cute diary-like nonfiction book.
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"Sean, when Mommy and Daddy tell you that we love you it doesn't mean that you can be the ruler of the universe."

Trying to choose a quote for the review, particularly fo this hilarious book, turned out to be tougher than I thought it would be. The book is a memoir about the first 5 years of Sean, the author's son's life. And trust me when I tell you, this book is the funniest and heart-touching book ever!

From the very first page, the author and his wife with their witty remarks kept me laughing and wheezing, at some points. What was that about Maggie, Sean's mother, wanting to give him crocodile meat because it is high in calcium? and it wasn't only that! Boy, the books make you go eww, it makes you giggle, it makes you go aww, it makes you have fits of laughter and it scares you about having kids while also making you want kids! The whole book turned out to so heart-warming! I absolutely cannot wait for Sean to grow up and find out how his father has kept a record of all these moments in his childhood! This book truly made me cry with laughter and with sadness and its adorableness as it came to an end. 

I just freakin' love this book and I assure you that you will love it and enjoy it, as much as I did and even more if you are a parent or an expecting one!

Recommended: To everyone out there, whether you are a parent or not, just read this! It is such a beautiful book and you do not want to miss this, I swear to you!
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This was like reading hundreds of "Dad jokes", albeit a more modern day version. If that's your kind of humor, you will love this book. I need a slight edge to my comedy and the bar is low in this regard (I find Jim Gaffigan hilarious), but the author is about as edgy as a circle.

I think all parents should keep a journal of cute things their kids do and observations they have as they raised children. They can look back on it and laugh, smile, cry and remember. The problem is I don't think these things would be readable to a wider audience and this book didn't make me think any different. There is a "you had to be there" quality to permeating it.

Cute kid, though.
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MIxed feelings about this one. I expected it to be funnier than it is. While there were some moments that I had a chuckle over it was mostly not that funny. I persevered and finished the book but didn't particularly enjoy it.
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Reading about experiences is always something that draws me as a subject. I am not a mother myself yet, but I enjoyed this book quite a lot!

I would like to thank the publisher and netgalley for giving me a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Although I read that this book was a collection of 'tweets' by the author, I think I expected it to be in more of a diary format.

Unfortunately this was not the case and the book literally is just a collection of the 'sometimes one-liners, sometimes a few more' posts that the author had put on twitter over a number of years.

I found this format extremely tedious and it meant that the whole book was completely disjointed. There was no real way to tell what had been happening that day to preclude that particular tweet and therefore many of them made no sense at all.

Sadly, not one single line made me laugh either. 

The title of the book is misleading as 'out baby was born premature' suggests the reader will find out at least a little about the baby being in NICU or the birth, but this is not the case.

All in all, I was really disappointed.
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... I did not like the book - I just read a few pages and then flipped through! It was funny, but nothing new!
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This is an unusual kind of memoir - more a series of anecdotes than the normal narrative we are used to. However it is very humorous and brought back many memories of those early years with my children. This is a book you can dip in and out of - ideal for new parents with little free time to read.
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The book is about a few hours to listen to. It's funny and realistic. Not too much about the prematurity side as in I don't know if the baby has some kind of disability as they don't say but I do also know that being born prematurely does not always lead to disabilities necessarily. I was interested in that because I was a preemie born in a twin pregnancy at 29 weeks with significant and multiple disabilities. 

The father, Paul, chart his son's life/ progress month by month and each chapter heading is a month eg 1 month, 2,3 4.....up to a year then 13 months and so on. It's interesting and written in a series of twitter- like statements as opposed to whole paragraphs although some parts of the story are about a page long and sometimes less. 

Maggie, baby Sean's mother, is in there too and her presence is felt with titbits of dry humour throughout the story. We also get an insight into her and Paul's relationship during Sean's first five years of life. We get to witness the ups and downs and the milestones in such a direct way it's like searching a family album or baby album. 

The short presentation of much of the material helps the already great pace of the book and it's laugh out loud funny at times. 

Thanks to Paul Alexander but also to Maggie and Sean for this beautiful book. Thanks to the publisher for my ARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. 

4.5 stars as the ending was too quick.
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This book made me literally laugh out loud on many occasions. The style of super tweets really lent itself to this book as it felt like little bite size chunks of laughter and reality for the reader, it also allow the book to be easily put down and picked up when a wee pick me up is needed. Would recommend this to those with and without children who want a good wee laugh or reassurance you're not alone.
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*thank you to Netgalley, Run Amok Books and the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

2.5 stars.

Firstly I have to point out that this is not a bad book. It just wasn't for me. 

I expected this to be more humor than drama style and while yeah it did have a few that made me giggle, there were only a few parts and the most of it didn't. It seems to be a pretty accurate account of the first 5 years (60 months as it's written as in the book) of a child's life. I was written in point format which makes it an easy read. While it wasn't really for me, I can appreciate it and I would pass it along for others because I do believe that there are a lot of people who would enjoy this and get a good laugh out of it.
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A quick and easy read. Many of the observations and situations of bringing up a child are so accurately described in this book. Loved the format which makes it easy to pick up and put down whilst dealing with small children and other distractions.
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Our Baby Was Born Premature (The Same Way He Was Conceived) by Paul Alexander is an incredibly funny memoir from the first time parent told uniquely and heartwarmingly. 
I just couldn't stop laughing through reading this book. There is something so real, honest and relatable that makes this such endearing and fast read book. It is like scrolling through their family album but with words. 
I had so much fun. 

“Maggie called me at work and told me she was going into labor. I told her the first thing that came into my non-medical mind at that moment. No you're not.”

Paul writes about his family from the moment his son was born to the time he was age five. Certainly, you can feel that this man is a comedian but life also provided him plenty of material. Book is told through short bits of one or a couple of sentences to a maximum of few stories in there that were a page or so long. 
I loved that style it feels like he tells us jokes but at the same time, he is telling a story. 


“Time with the newborn is like running the marathon and collapsing across the finish line and then being told you't+re at the start.”


Besides Paul and of course baby Sean we meet Paul's wife Maggie. I  enjoyed her dry sense of humor and punchlines. It is astonishing how in such writing style without much description these characters become alive and relatable. 


“Tonight the apartment looks like news reel footage after a tornado has ripped through a trailer park. Clothes, toys, and towels everywhere. The baby is going trough sobbing exorcism in the bedroom. Maggies comes in late from work and I look like one of those crazy white meth guys on Cops opening a screen door to greet the police.”


The ending was a bit abrupt. I mean  Paul Alexander you can't end a book like that I mean you can is your book but I still wanted more. But those are my subjective issues. There is nothing wrong with the book. 

I would recommend this book to everyone whether you are a parent, so to be a parent, never want to be a parent. This book is also the perfect present for all of the above-mentioned groups especially soon to be parents. This one of a kind, first hand what to expect after you had the baby scenario. 


Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest opinion.
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Hahaha this book is funny.

It’s a really quick read which follows the first five years of his son’s life. Anecdotes and funny quotes are told through Paul Alexander’s tweet-like prose all of which are believable and recognisable to any parent.

I really enjoyed this book and had a good laugh over the ups and downs, all told through a comedic point of view.

I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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