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Your First Year As a Parent

An old cliche rings true when it comes to parenthood: Life will never be the same. After your baby is born, you discover that so much has changed  -- your body, your relationships, your priorities  -- that there's no getting back to "normal." And you find (after you get some sleep) that that's okay.

You also discover that, along with your baby, you experience many of your own developmental milestones as you grow into the role of parent. Some may be challenging, others downright exhilarating. And by the end of the first year, you'll look back with wonder, love, and, above all, the satisfaction of knowing that it was all worth it.

From the Parenting Guide to Your Baby's First Year, by Anne Kreuger, with the editors of Parenting magazine, published by Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

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