Jeff Atwood of Coding Horror fame is expecting two more kids – twin baby girls. When something like this – a baby or two on the way – happens, it doesn’t go by unnoticed. It consumes your whole mind and forces you to think and rethink everything. Jeff is an excellent writer with a trained technical brain. So it makes reading his thoughts on parenthood especially interesting – it’s a crazy mix of logic and emotions.
It’s also a history lesson. The first four years of your life. Do you remember them? What’s your earliest memory? It is fascinating watching your child claw their way up the developmental ladder from baby to toddler to child. All this stuff we take for granted, but your baby will painstakingly work their way through trial and error: eating, moving, walking, talking. Arms and legs, how the hell do they work? Turns out, we human beings are kind of amazing animals. There’s no better way to understand just how amazing humans are than the front row seat a child gives you to observe it all unfold from scratch each and every day, from literal square zero. Children give the first four years of your life back to you.
Congratulations, Jeff, and good luck with the pregnancy!