As parents get ready to welcome their new baby, I encourage them to be realistic about the days ahead with their new baby. Newborns are not miniature adults, and they are not just smaller babies. They are unpredictable, unique, sweet, needy and oh so wonderful! And now you know. As you can see from the photo, there is nothing that can prepare you for the love and tenderness you feel as you hold your child for the first time.