You’ve waited what almost seems like your whole life for the Big Event to happen, but in actuality, it’s only been a very long nine months. Now you’re faced with the end product of these nine months and it’s staring you right in the face and screaming its little lungs out. The only thing you can say is that at least your newborn baby’s lungs are in proper working condition. This is about the time however that new parents will start panicking and want to run screaming from the room.
Sure you’ve been reading up on every single book and article you could get your hands on about parenting and babies, just like all new parents do. But in truth, none of them ever prepared you for the reality of facing your newborn infant and the magnitude of the responsibility you’ll be faced with for the rest of your life.
Screaming babies, soggy diapers, and temper tantrums aside, you’ll not only have to look after this helpless bundle of fragility for at least the next fifteen to twenty years, but you’ll also have sole responsibility for turning out a solid, and upstanding citizen who will be a credit not only to society but also to you as well. And don’t worry if the fifteen-to-twenty sounded like a jail sentence to you, most new parents tend to think along just those same terms.
Fifteen-to-twenty then, right? But wait, what happens if you have more children? I’m afraid then that your sentence just got extended, but don’t worry, you won’t be new parents by that time, instead, you’ll be old hat at changing smelly diapers and shoveling mouthfuls of food into their mouths as soon as they open it.
Now, however, all you can think of is the possible fifteen-to-twenty and how as new parents, you’re going to cope with taking your baby home tomorrow. Sure your mom and dad will be there – both sets – to help you get a head start, but what then? What happens after they leave you to a crying baby who can’t tell you what it wants? It’s simple really, as new parents who have not only read up on all the possible baby books around but who probably have a goodly number of them stashed in various places in your house you already know all there is to know about the basics. Feed, burp, change nappy and put to sleep. Not necessarily in that order and not all at once.