A friend of mine emailed me asking for some philosophical thoughts now that I'm a mama. I didn't think I'd be able to come up with anything, but here are a few that came to mind pretty quickly: Love fiercely and with passion Be certain of that love so that you can do the above Be present with the people in your life who are most important. There's nothing more special than quality time with them. Patience and tolerance makes life way more bearable Don't be too precious. Poop and spit-up (both literal and figurative) happen and it's ok. Be selfless. Get your priorities straight. Letting the baby have a nap is more important than going to the mall for no good reason. Take walks in the sunshine for pleasure. Not to get skinny or arrive at a destination. Not bad... And that's after only 3.5 months! Can't wait to see what else this little lady has to teach me.