Readiness for Parenthood:
Both Holly and Eric are unprepared to be parents but they are thrust nevertheless into the world of diaper changing and baby baths. They are initially taken aback by the news and are consequently inexperienced with children but as the movie continues, they slowly become sensitive to the baby's needs. For example, one day when they are watching the TV—particularly, a sports game on cable—Sophie begins crying and Eric switches the channel from sports news to her favourite cartoon. He is putting her as first priority now and this is a change in character for him. They get used to having a baby in the house, like when Holly finds a rubber duck in her bath when she is showering.
Responsibility as a Parent:
We follow them along on their journey while they progress as real parents, learning to take responsibility for themselves and the baby. Holly and Eric soon have come to realize that coordinating their new lives and getting along with each other will not be easy as they face a new challenge: their conflicting schedules. They debate who will stay home and take care of Sophie. The argument results in Eric being irresponsible as he decides to leave the child with a cabdriver. The baby's crying subsequently disrupts his job. Unable to stand it, Eric runs away from parenthood and drives off on his motorcycle to calm down and think things through. When he comes back, the steam has cooled off and the reluctant couple decides to patch things up by furnishing the house and making it their home. He realizes that he needs to take responsibility for his actions as he is now not only thinking for himself, but his entire family.
Rewards that Come Along With Parenting:
Holly and Eric go through the