Early thoughts and observations on early parenthood:
1) The most motivating sound in the world is a screaming baby. There are no lengths you will not go to in order to resolve that sound as quickly as possible.
2) In physics, we are taught there are 4 states of matter: liquid, solid, gas, and plasma. There is, in fact, a 5th state of matter: meconium. This black, tarlike substance does not behave like anything else.
3) Little girls do, in fact, pee during diaper changes as much as boys. They may not get the height, but their aim and timing is impeccable. 2 days into parenthood, Will has been hosed twice.
4) While we may be mammals, nursing is HARD. It does not always feel natural or even remotely pleasant. This is further complicated by the fact that mother nature punishes us all by making our milk wait 3-5 days to present itself. Not cool. Not cool at all.
5) There are a million and one things to worry about: SIDS, monsters, starvation (see #4 above), wobbly necks, odd illnesses, alien abduction, religious fundamentalists, car crashes, angry kitties. It doesn’t matter how implausible, you will worry.
I’m sure I’ll have tons more later. Right now, I’m pretty damn tired.