Baby: (n) a very young child, especially one newly or recently born.
I am personally co-responsible for the arrival of four babies onto Planet Earth.
So even though I would not consider myself an authority, I do walk with a bit more gravitas than the average twenty-something postulating on daytime talk shows.
Let me tell you some misconceptions about babies, and then I will tell you what I find to be a few abiding truths.
Let us begin with the misconceptions:
- Babies are cute.
The best way for me to dispel this myth is for me to say they are not meant to be cute because they aren’t ripe yet. A misshapen head, a funny curled lip, lack of eyebrows, and the fact that they insist on having you clean up their buttocks does take away a little bit from their overall beauty. (Not to mention that creepy spot on their head that moves back and forth when they breathe…)
- Babies are hard to take care of.
If you are one of those kinds of people who allow things to pile up on you, or only deals with things in your face, a baby can be a horror. But if you understand that this little kid has come into your world, and therefore needs to learn your system, it becomes much easier to handle their initial moods.
- Babies like it quiet.
Please don’t make your house quiet. A baby will adjust to whatever sound level is in the room, because all babies are human and therefore require sleep. Turn up the stereo and get them used to the din of life.
- Babies are born “a certain way.”
It is probably one of the more unfair things we do–to cast personality, talent and even intelligence on a creature that is still drooling.
- My baby loves me.
Not yet. Your baby still thinks it’s in the womb, where it sucked from everything in sight without ever offering one tittle of gratitude.
Now, how about some truths?
- You have a human being.
- This human being will pretty much become exactly what you want he or she to be.
- The child has not yet formed either virtue or prejudice.
- Do not allow your relatives to spoil the little tot because you will be the one dealing with the backlash.
- Keep them warm, loved, well-fed, changed and stop worrying about anything else.
- It’s a baby. You did not find the cure for cancer. Adding too much pride to the birth of your child is the dictionary definition of obnoxious.
I like babies.
Their simplicity, innocence and vulnerability remind me that God has not given up on the human race.
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