I'm not sure if I read it somewhere and it's just been percolating in the back of my mind, or if I just came up with this blast of brilliance on my own, but I think the number one rule of parenting is, "Have no expectations."
1. We expected Ellie to be a boy. Surprise!
2. I expect for her to be brilliant and blow the growth and developmental milestones out of the water. So, she comes out under 7 lbs and proceeds to linger toward the bottom of the weight charts for her age. She IS in the top 30% for height though. (Which just makes all her clothes really baggy and makes her look even skinnier.) She's also about a month behind in rolling and sitting, at least judging by another baby we know on Facebook.
3. She has slept through the night and for long stretches (6+ hours) at night before. She's also taken long naps. She just doesn't do it when I could really use it or when I think she will. For instance, right now, she's taking an hour long morning nap. This will be the 2nd or 3rd time ever. Of course, it took her an extra hour to fall asleep.