Being a mother is one of the best and worst things that will ever happen to you. It will bring out the absolute best in you. It will also make sure you know what your limitations are. A very good friend of my recently hadher first child, a darling little girl, and as I spoke to her a week after delivery, a wave of memories came flooding back to me of what it was like my first time around. Terrifying. Sweet. Intense. I had so many worries, irrational fears, and a whirlwind of hormones and emotions to envelop my whole experience. As I shared a few bits that I had learned through having children, I remember how wonderful it felt to know that the seemingly insane things I was experiencing were downright normal.
Here are five all-too-real trials from being a mama the first time around and a few things you can do to make your transition smoother.
It will exhaust you. To the ends of your physical limits. Because you will be on-call 24-7 with no real hope of reprieve. Before, regardless of your busy schedule, there was always the option to rest. Read the rest of this entry »