Doesn’t it seem that everyone you know is having babies? You log on to social media and see birth announcements, pregnancy announcements, and gender reveals. Whether or not you’ve reached that chapter of your life, you know babies are a big deal.
Sure, they’re a challenge. They can’t do a whole lot for themselves and they don’t sleep through the night (at least, not at first). But those itty-bitty baby limbs and the tiny, chubby cheeks are worth it.
Human babies are born with fewer abilities than most animals. That’s because our development in utero is largely centered on our brains. We have above-average cognitive development as we near birth. But that means eventually the head gets too big and the baby has to enter the world.
So, babies arrive and their brains are full of activity. But those tiny bodies? Not so much. They need a lot of help in those early days, from eating to diaper changes to getting around.
And yeah, it’s exhausting yet amazing. It’s also weird, surreal, and a lot of other things all rolled into one. Just take it from the people who made these tweets about babies.