Everything you need to know about life you can learn from my baby boy
What my newborn son has taught me: 8 simple rules
1. We need to be held, fed and kept dry. If these three needs are met we will continue to thrive just like my baby. We all respond to touch. I especially like it when my wife hugs me when I'm sleeping. We love to eat good food. Rumor has it some women prefer chocolate to sex. I could go for a nice ribeye with the right rub any day of the week. Stay dry my friends. I know I can catch cold and prune up quickly.
2. Life is boring without entertainment. My son has a swing that plays classical music, toys that light up and make noise, a rattle, a pacifier, stuffed animals and me as a singer, dancer, noise maker, and comedian. We are all visual beings and we need to be stimulated. I require television, movies, sports, and thank God for the internet, not to mention toys like Wii, playstation, Xbox and expensive toys like sportscars, etc., etc.
3. Cleanliness is next to Godliness. Oh what fluids, solids and smells my son produces, especially if he gets the cheesy milk neck. If we don't tend to our personal care and hygiene, we can be pretty nasty. We must bathe often or we become even more susceptible to infection. Skin is our armor and first line of defense, so we must take good care of it. Poor hygiene is also a barrier to socialization because we generally don't like to be around dirty and stinky folks.
4. Gluttony is a deadly sin. If my wife and I offer my son a bottle he rarely turns it down and on occasion we overfeed him, as evidenced by having an engorged belly and spitting up everything as opposed to burping. It's important to stick to a routine when feeding. As for us adults, how many of us keep eating when we're full. We'll go to a buffet and eat till we can barely drive because we have to try everything no matter how uncomfortable we're feeling. My sister once vomited from eating too much shrimp. It's better to have a routine of eating 6 small meals a day rather than 3 big meals.
5. We are so darn manipulative. When he cries we come running and we don't put him down if he protests. If he laughs or smiles we keep doing it until he grows tired of it. I am not proud of the fact that at only 12 weeks he already has us trained. Truth is sometimes it's a lot easier to just say "yes" and let each other have our way. My wife knows exactly what to do to get what she wants.
6. We are a weak and vulnerable species. My son is pretty much helpless. He's a newborn so he needs his head supported, he's not mobile,and can't even turn over yet. My chihuahua-dachshund mix could pretty much put him out of commission if he felt so inclined. Good thing knowledge is power, because we are not a very imposing breed. One false move and it's lights out.
7. We need our sleep. Other than feedings and play times, the baby takes a series of short naps and long naps. The brain needs REM sleep. Statistics show that those that get enough sleep live longer. It makes sense that we have to recharge our batteries suffiently to get the maximum performance out of us.
8. All we need is love. Unconditional love really exists. My wife and I fell in love with our son from the moment he came into this world and we would do anything for him. Love makes life bearable and is our driving force whether it be for ourselves or others.