You’ve welcomed a new member into your family. Congratulations! Already, you are experiencing the joy that a new baby can bring. Here are five gifts your new baby will give you that can never be wrapped.
A Renewed Sense of Wonder
There is nothing quite as awe-inspiring and wonderful as watching new life begin. With a new baby, you will witness the joys, sorrows, struggles, and accomplishments of your child, as he or she learns about the world. The simple things we take for granted each day – like being able to talk or walk – are the very things your new baby will just be learning, often with some bumps and blunders along the way.
Adult life can be tiresome and tedious, as we struggle to make ends meet, climb the career ladder, or simply try to deal with the daily humdrum of our everyday lives. A new baby will help renew your sense of wonder for life as he or she marvels at things we take for granted.
A Sense of Purpose
When you bring new life into that world, you are responsible to care of that life. A new baby relies on its parents for care and sustenance. In many ways, new babies are utterly helpless, especially in early infancy, and rely entirely on their parents and caregivers for the very basics of survival.
While new babies are, as any parent can attest, a lot of work to care for, knowing that someone needs you in order to survive is a gift in and of itself. Children can give our lives purpose in ways that our work or other relationships may not be able to provide. We are responsible for their well-being and development, and that is enough reason to start every day with determination.
Love and Laughter
The love that exists between a newborn and its parents is unparalleled. Your new baby will bring so much joy and laughter into your life, in addition to unconditional love. Even if your baby keeps you up all night, you’ll keep getting up to check on him or her, as your love for this new baby will trump fatigue and stress.
You’ll also have many laughs, as you watch your child learn and discover life. Children have so much energy and zest for life, and it’s nearly impossible not to ‘catch’ their enthusiasm. You’ll find yourself looking at the world in a whole different way.
The late Whitney Houston once sang, “I believe the children are our future.” With a new baby, you’ll start to care more about the state of the world – politics, the environment, social infrastructures, etc. – as you’ll want to help create a better and brighter future for your new baby. You might find yourself getting involved in local social or educational programs, investing your time in helping to create better communities and stronger support structures so that your child can grow up in a better world.
With a new baby, you’ll have no choice but to put away your work and make some good old fashioned time to play. Playtime is important for everyone’s mental and physical health, and with a new child, you’ll find yourself playing for hours, as well as rediscovering your inner child and your imagination.