1. There are such things as ugly babies. You will never think your baby is ugly, and you possibly won't think it about a close friend's addition to their family, but you know as well as I do that you've seen ugly babies before! Not all babies are created equal and some are just cuter than others.
2. Strength comes from over-coming something that you didn't know you could. I've been thinking about strength a lot lately (probably b/c I'm getting it tattooed sometime soon), and I realized I am stronger having gone through things and experiencing things I never thought I would. I think I surprised myself at how strong I was through the birth/infection experience.
3. Men cannot multi-task. This has been a very hard truth to comprehend. Probably because all I do is multi-task all day long. It's become so apparent now that we have Kimber, and Pat cannot do anything else if he is watching her. While I can literally cook dinner one handed now, he can't even make a bottle. I'm not saying this to be mean to him because #1 it's the truth and #2 it's not a fault, I seriously think it's something all men cannot do. (Or if they can they either rarely do, or aren't good at it.)
4. Whatever you make your priority will consume your life. I was talking to a girl at work today and we were discussing babies, families, dating, etc and she made a comment about being dedicated to her job. I think that's the problem. She is so consumed with work she has no time for anything else. Again, not a bad thing, making your work a priority is a good thing, it makes you a valuable employee... however, if you want to date/start a family/etc. then make that your priority.
5. None of the good stuff comes easy. Marriage/Love/Relationships are hard work. Pat and I are constantly trying to come up with ways to make our marriage better. No, we're not struggling or unhappy, we just want to strive for better. I don't want to be stuck in the same rut with our relationship, I want it to continually grow. Being a parent, probably the most rewarding thing you can ever do, it a whole lotta hard work. Anyone can (and will) tell you that! School, careers, savings, home ownership, etc... all these things require hard work, but I think they're all worth it in the end!