The reason that you need to get to know your baby is because they are people too. Babies are not some adorable little breed of human look-a-likes that can be treated like your favorite pet. They are tiny little people with personalities and preferences and they will grow up to be big people with personalities and preferences.
As I am writing this, Javi is eating breakfast next to me. His breakfast consists of a scrambled omelet, a piece of cheese, a handful of raisins and a few Teddy Grahams. It’s all on his highchair tray in bitesized pieces, and he’s happily chomping away while I type. He loves eggs, especially when they are scrambled up with a little pepper and onion powder. He is enthralled with raisins. He thinks tomatoes are disgusting (just like his father).
His favorite toys right now are his orange ball and his little wooden stick that comes from his shape stacker. He loves people, especially girls, and hates to be alone. He dances along to music, especially songs with a deep bass. He prefers to sleep on his tummy, legs tucked under him, butt up in the air. He loves his daddy, enthusiastically yelling out “DA!” when Lover comes home. He’d live outside if I’d let him.
We’ve said from the very beginning that Javi is not the most important person in our family, nor is he the least important. He is, very simply, one of the members of our family. A pint-sized person with preferences and opinions, that we try to respect whenever we can.