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First and foremost, Mila is the greatest blessing of my life. I’ve never been so overwhelmed with love for another human being in my life. There is so much of myself I want to empty into her to give her as much happiness as possible. So much so, it pains me that there are times when I can’t make her happy. But being a father to a newborn is the most confusing part of my life. I literally feel like I don’t do anything right with her. Granted I know that’s not true but when she goes Super Saiyan with her cries it’s hard to feel otherwise. Also it doesnt help that if I hold her wrong or don’t serve her bottle within the appropriate time she gives me the side-eye or rolls her eyes with disapproval. I’m fairly certain she came out the womb passive aggressive. This little lady hates been awoken. Sooner or later I’m going to post a video of her waking up to demonstrate my point. She goes from 0 to evil dictator, real quick. Even with all of that — I love that little girl to death. Nothing melts me more than when she cracks a smile and shows all of her gums or when she holds her head for all of 5 seconds to give me this look of love. That is living life, my friend. Below are a few things I’ve learned from my 2 weeks plus as a parent:

  • There isn’t anything you can do to prepare for being a parent.
  • I think parenting a newborn can be used as a torture device.
  • The newborn phase isn’t fun — its alot of waiting, guessing, fumbling bottles and diapers.
  • That sleep deprivation ‘myth’ is real.
  • Grandparents really do have a magic touch.
  • Formula doesn’t look expensive at first glance — but imagine buying 20 of em…at $6 a pop. It adds up real fast.
  • Take advantage of those initial nights in the hospital with the nurses there to help you will need to save your strength.
  • Learn to negotiate with terrorists — because that’s what your child becomes. A terrorist that speaks a foreign language that you have to guess exactly what their demands are.
  • The love that you have for this ‘tiny human’ is unfathomable. You will never know a love like this until you have a child.
  • Nature takes care of any shortcomings you think you may have. Trust your instincts.