A lot of people must feel they have jumped head first into parenting. To go from being a couple to being a full-fledged family in nine short months must be a great, yet terrifying, experience.
My family didn't come about that way. My child was nearing 9 when I first met him. He was already a thinking, functioning human being with a routine, friends, likes and dislikes, favorite foods, and a fiercely protective Nana.