Mario Lopez to Write First-Time Dads Book

Cynthia Dermody

extra lean by mario lopezExtra host Mario Lopez has been talking up healthy eating and fitness pretty big as the buff 36-year-old tours around promoting his new cookbook, Extra Lean.

But he's so excited about becoming a father that he told Hollywood Life his next project is a book for first-time fathers like himself. He and girlfriend since 2008, Broadway dancer Courtney Laine Mazza, are expecting a baby at the end of this year.

"There's no blueprint or manual for that," he said.

Well, he's not exactly right. True, there's no universal plan for every father. But there are already a number of pregnancy and fatherhood books out there for first-time dads.

Here are just a few of them:

The Expectant Father

The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year

So, You're Going to Be a Dad

The Daddy Guide: Real Life Advice From 250 Dads

What to Expect When Your Wife Is Expanding

I'm sure his book would be unique in the way that the experience is different for every father. He said that he doesn't want to find out the sex of the child because he wants to be surprised, and that he plans to take baby prep courses and be very hands-on, doing lots of diapering and feeding.

That's a good start, Mario. I might suggest getting a jump on the book now, however, because in another half a year, he'll discover that all those projects take a lot longer to complete.


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