Great, another litle Yoda it is....hehe
Congrats Shadow! I'll be surprised if you get much chance to post these days. I remember those first 6 months...well, not really it is a all a big blur. I do remember it was crazy and I like NEVER slept. If your lucky he'll start sleeping in 4 hr shifts so you guys can get some naps in there...hehe
I wish you all the best of luck and happiness dude! Make us proud and cultivate a top notch gamecracking/console modding wizkid!
It's a wonderful feeling having a child....nothing can compare. I wish any new parent the best of luck--it certainly is no picnic, and there are no simple how2's about raising kids. Just remember to give them lots of love and build a strong foundation of trust and respect, and you'll (usually) have a great kid. My 5 yr. old little girl is the best kid I've ever known. I've never raised a hand to her, never laid the guilt trip on her. Just early positive/negative reinforcement. Make sure they see/feel your acceptance/approval when they do good and disapproval when bad. It's amazing how much a child's behavior is developed in that first year. Even though they can't talk or understand you verbally for the most of it--they CERTAINLY understand body language and tone of voice. Once you establish that level of communication, it often takes little more than a look or a word to get their attention.
Oh, and also remember as they get older: It is easier to give something new, than to take away something old. If you start off being lenient, it's almost impossible to crack down on the discipline. If you start with a firm set of rules and expectations, you get far better results by allowing liberties later as a reward for good behavior. This is the most common mistake I see these days. And when it comes to discipline--have the strength of conviction. I can't STAND it when I see parents constantly threaten to haul them out of a store when they are misbehaving. My nephew pulled that crap on me once at Wal-Mart. I left the buggy in the middle of the aisle, snatched him up and took him to the house and sat him on the couch for 30 minutes with no TV, no GameBoy, no PS2. It was pure hell for him! But he minds me much better now! They have to know that you don't make idle threats--follow through. They may try a few more times, but eventually, they will start to think twice about it.
If it ain't broke don't try to fix it! But, hell if you can tweak that bastard just a little bit more....hehehe.