The best parenting lesson I ever got came from my dad, long before I became a wife to one and a mom to three. In fact I was only five. Back then one of my favorite things to do was to go to Eisenhower Park with my family. No visit was complete until we visited the pigs at the park's small petting zoo.
When you're a first-time mother, everything feels huge and important. It's difficult to know what advice to follow or what timelines to pay attention to. Having a new baby is difficult enough without worrying about all the endless obligations and deadlines you (or your baby) are supposed to be meeting.
Since the birth of my twins, I have talked to more people, made more new friends, and generally experienced a more extroverted lifestyle than ever before. Never before babies would I have talked to strangers, initiated conversations with those I don't know, commiserated with literally anyone who would listen.