First off, congratulations! I know it's wayyyy too early to know anything about the little gene blob other than it's likely half-human, half-crocodillian,
but I hope that the pregnancy goes smoothly for the Missus and the next nine months go relatively so for you in the Glenn Quagmire department.
As I'm nigh 22 years removed from the womb myself and I've been smart enough not to find myself in the family way, I can't offer you advice from a parental standpoint. However, I offer you a few tips that, looking back, made and broke childhood for me.
1.) Make the kid take some sort of music lessons and make 'em practice. I was a bright kid, but for some reason my parents never signed me up for piano lessons and looking back, I think I've missed out. Maybe it's not the ability to play Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata blindfolded, but rather to be able to hear the music in your head as you read the notes.
2.) Please, please please: for the sake of you and your child, do not try to live vicariously through them. It doesn't work and the only one who will benefit will be your kid's therapist 30 years down the line. This is especially true of girls, since they usually have the father spoiling them and the mother entering them in the beauty pageants she never got to be in.
3.) Another please: you are not your child's "buddy". You are their parent. Make 'em laugh, make 'em cry, make 'em think. But most of all, make 'em grow.
4.) One word: clowns. All kids hate them. Don't ever hire one. Doing so usually leads to a life scar and alcoholism. (Ok, I can't prove the first part.
5.) Corporeal punishment: not just for nuns! But in modereto, per piacere. Grazie
6.) Stay-at-home parents rule. If you can't make it work, that's fine, but try and have a parent at home when the kid leaves for school and comes back from it. It makes all the difference in the world.
Ok, I just reread this and realized that I would start entering Martin Luther's 95 theses territory if I kept this up, so I'll stop there. Besides, there are other threads that need me to grace them with my presence.
My final bit of advice is to get him plane spotting as soon as he can say airplane, to an airshow as soon as he can say wow, and MS
Flight Simulator as soon as he asks how much a used 1996 Cessna 172 with a full glass panel and air conditioning costs. But keep him away from us deranged A.netters as long as you can, lol.
Best of luck to you. You've got at least 18 crazy years ahead. Or 20...25...
When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.