Did you know that for the first three months of their lives, babies do not comprehend cause-and-effect? In other words, you can spoil the hell out of them – respond to their every coo, cry, and whimper – without fear of establishing bad habits. Put them to bed early, late, whenever – tomorrow is a clean slate. Linda and I are hanging onto this notion like grim death, and why not? It's like in the movie Groundhog Day - yesterday never happened so there are no consequences! (Too early for flapjacks?) The problem is we are nearing the end of our free ride, and as all proud parents do, we assume our child is brilliant, so she’ll probably catch onto this cause-and-effect thing much earlier than the average kid, right? Oh God, maybe she already has, and she’s playing us for a couple of chumps.
63 days old