Answer by Mahesh Murthy:
1. The conception is the most fun part.
2. Then getting the darn thing to take birth is painful
3. In the early months and years it keeps you awake night and day
4. During this time, there are only two modes – "in tears" and "not yet in tears"
5. It takes 2 to 3 years before it starts to move by itself
6. It takes 3 or 4 years to discover its own voice
7. And 8 to 10 years before you can leave it alone for extended periods and be confident it won't self-destruct