Motherhood is not at all like I thought it would be. I’m sure it’s the same for every parent – you just have no idea what it’s really like until you’ve actually been there. It doesn’t matter how many books you read while you’re pregnant, you’re never really prepared. Motherhood is in many ways better than I had imagined, but also very difficult.
It’s exciting to watch my daughter learn new things. Every new word, new song, and new game is just amazing. We can’t wait to share every new first with family and friends. Her smile and laughter melt your heart, and you never want the snuggles to end.
However, there’s this awesome responsibility that you can’t quite grasp the gravity of until you become a parent. It’s ensuring the safety and well being of another person 24/7. It can be absolutely exhausting, mentally and physically. You can never go anywhere or do anything without planning or preparation.
As a new parent, I am learning just as much as my daughter. I had no prior experience with babies before I was pregnant. The first baby I ever held was my own.
I can’t wait for the conversations we’ll have as my daughter grows older. I’ll tell her all about our family. I want to hear about her likes and dislikes, and what she wants to be when she grows up.
I can’t imagine my life without my daughter. My life before she was born feels so foreign now. The responsibility is worth it, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.