But, there are several things that these wonderful books failed to mention. There should have been a "What You Don't Expect and No One is Going to Tell You Because You're Going to Have a Baby Anyway" section. There are a few things I would have liked to have added.
It goes into quite the detail when telling you the layette requirements, even to how many safety pins one might need if cloth diapering. But it doesn't say anything about ear muffs.
But you need them. Of course, before you have children you are aware that they're loud, that they cry and scream. You just don't realize the power behind that noise. A child's scream has the ability to clear a room of dogs, cats and husbands. And not only do they have volume, they have incredible staying power. It can go on and on and on...and on. Ear muffs, I think, may be the answer. You can even get some for the dog.
Then there's poop. Again, the books go into great detail about the color and the various textures of poop. But it fails to mention just how much there will be. It's great that breastfed babies poop will be yellow in color. But when it squishes out of the back of the diaper and all over the onesie, your shirt, your hands and arms, it doesn't offer any advice on the best way to remove the soiled onesie from the soiled baby. Nor is there advice on the most effective way to remove poop from baby hair after you've pulled the onesie up over their head. Some sage advice on what to do when the baby starts pooping while you're changing the diaper would have come in handy as well. Some alternate baby-safe swear words would have been a nice addition for when the above incidents happen in the mall or the grocery store.