Then Comes Baby

The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Three Years of Parenthood

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: November 3, 2014

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Greg and Lisa Popcak—popular Catholic authors, radio hosts, and marriage and family experts—present this unique guide to caring for one’s baby, self, marriage, and spiritual life in the first three years of parenthood.

In Then Comes Baby: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Three Years of Parenthood, Greg and Lisa Popcak lend readers the benefit of their twenty-five years’ experience in parenting and marriage and family counseling to help them navigate the earliest years of parenthood. They recommend rituals, routines, and tips on how to manage feeding, fatigue, and finances and how also to prioritize marital bonding and faith life, suggesting that setting the pattern early will pay dividends later. The Popcaks coach Catholic couples as they become first-time parents as they adjust to their new identities and help them face the inevitable challenges of parenthood with ideas for bonding with babies and getting sufficient sleep and nutrition—all while seeing these everyday experiences through the lens of Catholic teaching on the purpose of family life.

Product Details

Pages: 288

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781594714115

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “A practical vision of family life.”

    “Then Comes Baby will help every parent rejoice in both the gift of new life and all the blessings and changes that come with it. The Popcaks articulate a practical vision of family life that is deeply faithful, extravagantly loving, and incredibly joyful. You can create the family your heart desires. This book will show you how.”

    Damon Owens
    Executive Director of the Theology of the Body Institute

  • “Wise and practical guide.”

    “Greg and Lisa Popcak remind us that in spite of our fears, God invites us to do the most important work in building a good and holy world: raising children. This wise and practical guide will help parents navigate the sometimes challenging, often uplifting work of parenting babies. More importantly, it will remind them to love every minute of it!”

    Tim and Sue Muldoon
    Authors of Six Sacred Rules for Families

  • “Solid, hands-on help and rich Catholic guidance.”

    Then Comes Baby provides solid, hands-on help and rich Catholic guidance for parents on how to love their child deeply as they strengthen their love for each other. This book will help them become holy families.”

    Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz
    Archbishop of Louisville

  • “Delightful.”

    “Then Comes Baby is a delightful book for new Catholic parents, full of personal anecdotes and wonderful insights. What we like best about this book is that it addresses the new mom and the new dad with equal emphasis. Husbands and wives are together called to build a healthy Catholic family by having a strong faith walk. This book tells them what works when both parents, together, are uniquely aware of the design God intends for families when baby comes.”

    Dr. William and Martha Sears
    Co-authors of The Baby Book and The Attachment Parenting Book

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