10 things your baby would say if only she/he could talk

If your baby could talk, here are 10 guiding words your little angel might say to you.

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  • Your littlest angel, so recently making his or her appearance into this world, just might have a powerful message for you, if only those words could be spoken.

  • Here are 10 things your bundle of joy may be bursting to tell you:

  • 1. God is real

  • I can't figure out why so many people say there is no God. He ushered me into this life. I am His child — everyone is. And here's the best part: He loves all of us more than anyone can imagine. Because of that, I know He watches over us while we're here, even when we turn away from Him. Maybe especially then. He's our Father, who just happens to live in heaven.

  • 2. I trust you, completely

  • When you look into my eyes I can tell that you will do anything to protect me. I'm so blessed to be your child. When you hold me close I feel safe. I know, without a doubt, that you would never let anyone hurt me. I pity them if they ever try. You are my ever-watchful guardian.

  • 3. Thank you for loving me immediately

  • I didn't even have to earn your love. It's just there, and I can feel it every time you hold me, kiss me, feed me, bathe me, and say cutesy words to me. I wish I could say how much I love you back for doing all these things for me.

  • Instead, I look at you and smile and wiggle and do the cleverest things I know how to do, which aren't many yet, but I'll get better at it. Wait and see. I have so many things to show you as I grow.

  • 4. I'm counting on you to teach me good things

  • I'm new on this planet and I don't know much. In fact, I don't know anything. You have a clean slate to write my life on. Be careful what you teach me because I will believe whatever you say. At least for a few short years. Then I guess I'll start figuring things out on my own. That will be easier because of the good things you teach me.

  • 5. Thank you, mommy and daddy, for loving each other

  • I'm watching you. Every time you kiss each other or treat each other in a kind and loving way, it makes me giggle inside. It's the kind of giggle that says, "I'm so lucky to have parents who love me enough to love each other."

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  • I'm going to learn how to be a married person by watching you two. Thanks for showing me the way.

  • 6. Thanks for giving me siblings

  • I hope this is possible because I would love to have those built-in friends. I'm sure we'll do our share of getting on each other's nerves, but it will be worth it—even if we drive you slightly crazy in the process.

  • With a brother, or sister, or both, I won't be lonely. These friendships will last not just while we're home together growing up, but will be with me throughout my whole life. What a gift to have forever friends.

  • 7. You always make sure I have food, clothes, and a roof over my head

  • What a relief to know that you will provide those necessities of life for me. You're doing it already.

  • You may not realize it but when you dress me and wrap me in a warm, cozy blanket I feel so happy. When you feed me, I feel loved. When you take me out into the cold, noisy world, I'm glad beyond words, which I have none of yet, to be back home in a safe place. Wow! I wish every child had that blessing. Thank you for working hard to provide these things for me.

  • 8. I'm hoping you won't spoil me

  • Well, maybe a little spoiling won't hurt. What I mean is, I hope you won't make my life so easy that I won't know how to make it on my own when I'm no longer with you. I hope you won't let me have everything I want. Teach me to work, so I can know the joy of accomplishment. Remind me I said that when I'm acting like a brat, not wanting to do my part.

  • 9. Don't hit me

  • I may deserve a swat on the behind now and then, but please don't hit me. Some kids get beat by their parents and suffer a difficult childhood. Thanks for being the kind of parents who would never do that.

  • Just tell me what I'm doing wrong, set some good boundaries for me, and discipline me with love. A serious look—you know, the evil-eye stare—may be sufficient. Let's hope.

  • 10. Keep on loving me

  • Don't give up on me — ever. Keep that love you felt for me at the beginning. That might be hard when I'm growing and doing some dumb things, but please love me anyway. I promise I will return that love to you. And one day when you are old and not able to do things, kind of like I am now, I will take care of you. I will love you always. You can count on that.

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Gary Lundberg is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Joy is a writer. Together they author books on relationships.

Website: http://garyjoylundberg.com

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