Everyone – from your sister to the postman to strangers on the Internet – will tell you that you need to prepare yourself to have everything you know about the world turned on its head.
They aren’t wrong. But they might forget to tell you that the first year of parenting is also, in no uncertain terms, a complete delight.
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1. The first time they make you laugh.
Every expectant parent knows that the first time your baby laughs will be one of the most glorious moments of your life. But you might not know that it’s a two-way street - one day, from nowhere, your beloved child will do something so ridiculous and hysterical that you will quite frankly lose your mind.
Forget every Netflix comedy special you have on your to-watch list: watching a little person try to eat mashed pumpkin with a spoon is all the comic relief you’ll ever need.
2. The first time you share a celebration.
By the time we reach adulthood, most of us have learned what to expect from Christmas, Easter and our birthdays. It doesn’t mean they aren’t enjoyable, but most families are following the same patterns year after year without much variation.