I won't be saying Happy 18 month birthday to Braden because that makes no sense. A birthday is just that, the day of birth. I will say thanks Braden for the greatest year and a half of my life. You are an amazing little boy and are certainly a much more wonderful gift than I ever deserved.
Although this idea is not completely original, even in this space, I thought it would be fun to note some of the things I have learned over the past 18 months.
- Immobile babies should be enjoyed thoroughly for their immobility.
- You can do a surprising amount of things, including complex engineering, on little to no sleep.
- I need a lot more patience. Even after 18 months I still struggle with that most days.
- If we could harness toddler energy we could power the entire planet.
- Trying to follow a TV show while keeping up with Braden is about like reading a book while someone beats you over the head with a mallet.
- Declaring "Bath Time!" is the equivalent of a parenting time out that can save you from some tough spots.
- I am willing to sit through any amount of insanely annoying children's TV shows if they just make Braden stop crying.
- Clip! Clop! Riding on a Pony!....Sorry. Too much Barney yesterday. That just proves my point.
- You cannot fit all of your old hobbies and habits into 1/3 of the time. After having kids cuts will have to be made. I am still working on this one too.
- Becoming a first time parent is like taking your prior life and inserting it into a roller coaster ride. It is difficult at times to keep your balance and staying on track often challenges the very laws of physics, but it sure is a thrilling ride. There's a lot better chance that you'll get puked on too.