Being a parent is hard work! You've got to work nights... weekends! Sometimes even all day Sunday!
But there's nothing better than being a parent... other than being a parent while eating pizza and drinking a cream soda. But being a parent is an integral part of that awesomeness trifecta.
Being a parent is one of those things that cannot be described; it has to be lived. Nobody is a good enough writer - surely I am not - to articulate what it feels like to be a parent.
Once you're a parent, what used to be HUGE is now small. Beating that Metallica song on Guitar Hero III? Yeah, that used to rule my life. Now, I rock out to "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on my daughter's musical turtle toy, and that takes way much more skill. (Although it would be even cooler if the turtle was shaped like a guitar. I'm just saying....)
And small things, like rolling over from the belly to the back, are suddenly huge milestones. Even mundane things, like a jar of carrots, can either be endlessly entertaining - such as when watching my daughter eat and/or raspberry mushed carrots across the floor - or invoke fear, such as when they pass through my daughter's system and turn her diaper into a scene out of Dawn of the Dead.
Every day is filled with awe, by both the child and the parents, as your child laughs, cries, and becomes self-aware. Even when my daughter frowns, it's so friggin cute that sometimes I don't want to make her happy. Case in point:
I've only been a parent for just under six months, and I can't imagine life without my daughter. Whatever I did before she was born was apparently not important enough for me to remember. Either that or my sleep deprivation is getting to me.
And since I know how much fun being a parent can be, it's with great pleasure that I take this opportunity to congratulate our good friends Kim and Chris on their baby girl, Lilly. I hope you have as much fun being parents as we've had so far!